• 4 years on, ancient heart of Homs still abandoned ruins

    HOMS, Syria (AP) — Sumaya Bairuty walked through abandoned streets pocked with shell craters amid rows of destroyed buildings, at times climbing over giant sand barriers before reaching her parent’s apartment in the once rebel-held district of Bab Dreib in this central Syrian city.

  • 7 dead as Myanmar police open fire to disperse protesters

    BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar police opened fire at hundreds of protesters angry about a ban on a local festival, killing seven people, officials said Wednesday.

  • China: ‘Cold War thinking’ behind Vancouver N. Korea meeting

    BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday said “Cold War thinking” was behind a meeting of U.S. allies on how to deal with North Korea’s nuclear threat, adding that the gathering risks splitting international opinion over the issue.

  • Sri Lanka reinstated ban on selling alcohol to women

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s government has reinstated a ban on women buying alcohol and being employed in places where the drinks are produced and sold, saying it’s in line with the country’s cultural values, a senior official said Wednesday.

  • Pope heads to Chile indigenous area after churches burned

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Looking to put Chile’s sex abuse scandal behind him, Pope Francis dives Wednesday into another divisive issue roiling the South American nation: the plight of the indigenous Mapuche and their long-running conflicts with government authorities.

  • Politics in China weighs heavily on business

    BEIJING (AP) — Politics weighs more heavily on foreign companies in China than it has in nearly three decades.

  • The Latest: N. Korea to send delegation to Paralympics

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on talks between North and South Korea (all times local):

  • Thai court drops royal insult charges against academic

    BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai military court on Wednesday dropped royal insult charges against an 84-year old historian who questioned whether a Thai king had actually defeated a Burmese adversary in combat on elephant-back over 500 years ago.

  • Analysis: With a vent at Trump, Abbas exits ‘peace process’

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — There seems to be no going back for Mahmoud Abbas after the Palestinian leader cursed and ridiculed President Donald Trump and his aides in a pugnacious speech — a very public break with the 82-year-old’s long-standing efforts to cultivate Washington’s goodwill as the sole pathway to Palestinian statehood.

  • US allies from Korean War meet on North Korean nuke threat

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Tuesday for nations to step up the U.S.-led “maximum pressure” campaign against North Korea by thwarting sanctions evasion and interdicting ships conducting illicit trade with the pariah nation.