AP Analysis: Iran president may help shield rulers

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — For a lesson in what Hasan Rowhani’s reformist-backed presidency could mean for Iran, a promise Sunday by the ultra-powerful Revolutionary Guard to cooperate with him is a good guide. Like the rest…

Putin, Cameron still hopeful on Syria peace talks

LONDON (AP) — The leaders of Britain and Russia said Sunday they’re hopeful that Syria’s warring factions can hammer out their differences at upcoming peace talks tentatively planned for next month in Geneva. Speaking at British Prime Minister’s…

Israeli, Palestinian finance ministers meet

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli and Palestinian finance ministers have agreed on a series of economic cooperation projects. Sunday’s meeting between Israel’s Yair Lapid and the Palestinians’ Shukri Bashara marked the first high-profile meeting between officials since the new…

Killing of 4 Shiites in Lebanon deepens tension

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Sunni extremists blew up a Shiite mosque in a village in eastern Syria stormed by rebels earlier this week, another sign of the growing sectarian hatred in the country’s civil war, activists said Sunday.…

38 countries beat UN targets to reduce hunger

ROME (AP) — Thirty-eight countries have beaten a U.N.-imposed deadline of 2015 to cut in half the proportion of hungry people. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization on Saturday recognized the 38 countries and urged those still working…

Hard-line Egypt cleric sentenced for burning Bible

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s official news agency says a hardline Muslim cleric has received an 11-year suspended sentence for tearing up and burning a Bible. The Middle East News Agency says Cairo’s Nasr City court sentenced Ahmed Abdullah,…

UK police: 5 from diverted plane claim asylum

LONDON (AP) — Scottish authorities say that five passengers from an EgyptAir flight that was diverted to Britain over an apparent threat to destroy the aircraft are now seeking asylum in Britain. New York-bound Flight 985 was forced…

G8 faces uncertain recoveries, turbulent markets

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (AP) — Europe is mired in debt and recession. Financial markets have hit violent ups and downs on fears that U.S. stimulus efforts may soon be scaled back. Japan is finally looking up after years…

Syria lashes out at Egypt decision to sever ties

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria says Egypt’s decision to cut diplomatic ties with his country is “irresponsible,” accusing its president of joining a U.S.-Israeli conspiracy to divide the Middle East. The official government statement quoted in state media…

In Uganda, forlorn square is symbol of crackdown

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A public square in Uganda’s capital that is closed to the public is becoming a symbol for what many here see as the state’s growing intolerance of political dissent. Kampala’s Constitution Square, once a…

Mandela seeing sustained improvement in health

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s president says that Nelson Mandela is seeing sustained improvement from the recurring lung infection that is forcing him to spend a ninth day in the hospital. President Jacob Zuma said Sunday that Mandela…

Beyond NYC: Other places adapting to climate, too

BONN, Germany (AP) — From Bangkok to Miami, cities and coastal areas across the globe are already building or planning defenses to protect millions of people and key infrastructure from more powerful storm surges and other effects of…

Kuwait court dissolves parliament; elections ahead

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait says its constitutional court has dissolved the current parliament after challenges to ballot rules, forcing new elections that could reopen political showdowns and clashes in the Gulf nation. The ruling follows challenges to…

Pope blesses hundreds of Harley-Davidsons

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Biker culture has come to the Vatican. Pope Francis on Sunday blessed thousands of Harley Davidsons and their riders as the American motorcycle manufacturer celebrated its 110th anniversary with a loud parade and plenty…

24 dead in new wave of Iraq attacks

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Officials say 10 apparently coordinated car bombs and a shooting across Iraq have killed at least 24 and wounded dozens. Police say most of Sunday’s car bombs hit Shiite-majority areas, killing 20. The blasts…

Paris Air Show peek: Wide-body battle and drones

PARIS (AP) — The Paris Air Show, which opens for business on Monday Jun. 17, brings hundreds of aircraft to the skies around the French capital, the usual tense competition between aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus, and a…

Gunmen in Pakistan kill 2 anti-polio workers

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say the death toll from attacks on a hospital and a women’s university bus in a southwestern provincial capital has increased to 24. Senior police officer Fayaz Sumbal said Sunday that a…

Series of attacks kill 51 people across Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Officials say four car bombs in Shiite-majority parts of central and southern Iraq have killed at least eight people and wounded 31. Police say the deadliest blasts on Sunday took place in and near…

Iran’s president-elect says economy will take time

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s stock exchange is climbing for the second continuous day following the surprise election of a reformist-backed president. The rise came after a night of a celebration in Tehran, with cars honking and blaring…

Moderate Iranian leader could hinder Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — A senior Israeli official says international sanctions are still needed to pressure Tehran over its nuclear program, despite the election of a reformist-backed president. Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s minister of intelligence and strategic affairs, said Sunday…