• Taliban officials: 3 Taliban in Qatar for prisoner swap

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Tuesday freed an American and an Australian held hostage since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures — a move that the insurgent group asserted could help rekindle talks to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war.

    Updated: 1:05 pm

  • Hard-line newspaper: Violent Iran protesters face execution

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Days of protests in Iran over rising fuel prices and a subsequent government crackdown have killed at least 106 people across the Islamic Republic, Amnesty International said Tuesday, citing “credible reports.”

    Updated: 11:50 am

  • 100 protesters still holed up in Hong Kong university

    HONG KONG (AP) — A small band of anti-government protesters, their numbers diminished by surrenders and failed escape attempts, remained holed up at a Hong Kong university early Wednesday as they braced for the endgame in a police siege of the campus.

    Updated: 10:56 am

  • The Latest: Family: Freed American now with US officials

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the Afghanistan prisoner swap with the Taliban for American and Australian hostage held by insurgents since 2016 (all times local):

    Updated: 10:39 am

  • The Latest: Rights group: Over 100 killed in Iran protests

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on protests in Iran (all times local):

  • Sweden discontinues Assange rape investigation

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden on Tuesday dropped its investigation into an alleged rape by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently in prison in Britain, because too much time has elapsed since the accusation was made over nine years ago.

    Updated: 8:27 am

  • NATO chief heads to Paris as France comes under fire

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that he will travel to Paris next week for talks with President Emmanuel Macron after the French leader lamented the “brain death” of the world’s biggest military alliance.

  • Protesters force postponement of Lebanese parliament session

    BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of protesters rallying against the Lebanese political elite blocked roads in central Beirut on Tuesday, preventing lawmakers from reaching the parliament and forcing the postponement of a legislative session.

    Updated: 7:24 am

  • Johnson, Corbyn to square off in 1st UK election debate

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn prepared to square off Tuesday in the first live televised debate of Britain’s election, each trying to spark a lackluster campaign to life.

    Updated: 7:09 am

  • The Latest: China appoints new police chief in Hong Kong

    HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong protests (all times local):