• US, Poland launch Mideast conference despite uncertain aims

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Although it is absent from the stage, Iran is nevertheless taking the spotlight at a Middle East security conference co-hosted by the United States and Poland that has highlighted deep divisions between the U.S. and some of its traditional allies.

  • Report: At least 20 Guard personnel killed in Iran bombing

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A suicide car bomber claimed by an al-Qaida-linked group attacked a bus carrying members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard paramilitary force Wednesday, killing at least 27 people and wounding 13 others, state media reported.

  • Nigeria, other African countries in fight against fake news

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — In Nigeria fake news can be so outlandish, yet widely believed, that the president recently felt compelled to declare that he had not died and been replaced by a Sudanese body double.

  • The Latest: Giuliani wants hard line on Iran from conference

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the international conference on the Middle East (all times local):

  • Russia teen refits car, gets shoutout from Elon Musk

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian teenager has refitted his car to drive it backward, and got a shoutout from Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk. But this didn’t stop the police from stripping him of the car registration.

  • Correction: Iraq-Christian Town story

    BARTELLA, Iraq (AP) — In a story Feb. 11 about Christians in the northern Iraqi town of Bartella, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Ammar Shamoun Moussa is the head of the Nineveh Plain Protection Units, and that the force fled Bartella to Kurdish areas as Islamic State fighters captured the town. Moussa is the head of another Christian Assyrian Force known as the Nineveh Plain Guard Forces, which is the force that did flee Bartella. The story also quoted Bartella city council member Jalal Boutros as having pointed to worries that some Shiite militiamen known locally as the “Hashed” are just as extremist as Sunni militants in IS. Boutros did not make the specific comparison and was referring to extremist mentality in general.

  • Sinaloa cartel marches on after El Chapo arrest, conviction

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Despite the arrest, extradition and now conviction of narco-lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, his Sinaloa cartel marches on — and the proof is in huge, multi-drug shipments detected on the border in recent weeks.

  • Pompeo warns eastern Europe on Chinese and Russian meddling

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday invoked the 30th anniversary of the demise of communism to implore countries in Central and Eastern Europe to resist Chinese and Russian influence.

  • May delay: UK PM asks lawmakers for more time on Brexit

    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May urged restive lawmakers Tuesday to hold their nerve and give her more time to rework a divorce agreement with the European Union, heightening concerns that Brexit uncertainty will continue right up to the edge of the U.K.’s departure on March 29.

  • Anti-communist guerrilla who became Afghan president dies

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s first president following the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the country and the collapse in 1992 of Kabul’s pro-communist government, Sibghatullah Mujadidi, has died. He was 93.