• Malaysia says airport safe, autopsy shows nerve agent effect

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s health minister said Sunday autopsy results suggested a nerve agent caused “very serious paralysis” that killed the exiled half brother of North Korea’s leader, as police completed a sweep of the budget terminal where he was poisoned and declared it safe of any toxin.

  • Perez, Ellison at finish line of Dem chair race

    ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new national chairman Saturday over a liberal Minnesota congressman, capping a divisive campaign that reflected the depths of the party’s electoral failures as well as the energy from resistance to President Donald Trump.

    Updated: 3:28 pm

  • ACC’s Swofford encouraged by bill to repeal NC’s HB2 law

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford says he’s encouraged that North Carolina lawmakers have filed bipartisan legislation to repeal a law that limits protections for LGBT people.

  • Conditions deteriorate in west Mosul as Iraqi advances slow

    MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The Iraqi advance into Mosul’s western half slowed Saturday as combat turned to urban warfare and Iraqi forces met stiff resistance from the Islamic State group. Hundreds of civilians poured out of Mosul on foot following the advances, but the vast majority of 750,000 estimated to still be in the city’s west remain trapped, and describe deteriorating humanitarian and security conditions.

    Updated: 10:28 am

  • Brazen attacks against Syrian security kill at least 32

    BEIRUT (AP) — In synchronized attacks, insurgents stormed into heavily guarded security offices in Syria’s central Homs city, clashed with troops and then blew themselves up, killing a senior officer and at least 31 others, state media and officials reported.

    Updated: 10:35 am

  • Survey: Fraud-free elections, free speech, key to democracy

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A survey of U.S. political science professors a month into Donald Trump’s presidency shows that fraud-free elections tops a list of 19 principles as most essential to democracy, as do free speech and a free press.

  • Zimbabwe’s Mugabe marks 93rd birthday in opposition area

    MATOPO HILLS, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is celebrating his 93rd birthday amid granite hills where ancient spirits are said to dwell, defying calls to resign after nearly four decades in power in a region known for opposing the man who says he’ll run again in 2018 elections.

  • Inside the fight against IS sleeper cells in liberated Mosul

    MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Two crudely armored pickup trucks cruised along an eastern Mosul highway. A masked Iraqi officer riding shotgun yelled “Go! Go! Go!” and switched the radio from Iraqi folk music to fast, patriotic battle hymns as the vehicles sped up and weaved through the busy afternoon traffic.

  • The Latest: Indonesia: Suspect was paid $90 to attack Kim

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on Malaysia’s investigation into the apparent assassination of the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local):

  • New Mexico consolidates personnel functions

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed an executive order designed to save money by shifting human resources functions to a single executive agency.