• 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.

  • AP Analysis: Will China be North Korea’s Trump card?

    TOKYO (AP) — China’s announcement it has suspended North Korean coal imports may have been its first test of whether the Trump administration is ready to do something about a major, and mutual, security problem: North Korea’s nukes. While China is Pyongyang’s biggest enabler, it is also the biggest outside agent of regime-challenging change — just not in the way Washington has wanted.

  • New Mexico panel advances bill aimed at regulating drones

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to ban drones from flying within 500 feet of power plants and refineries in New Mexico has cleared its first hurdle.

  • New Mexico school leaders plead for more state funding

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Public school superintendents from across New Mexico are urging lawmakers to restore school funding cuts even if it means raising more money from taxes.

  • Leading critic of Philippine leader arrested on drug charges

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine senator and leading critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly crackdown on illegal drugs said she won’t be intimidated by a leader she called a “serial killer” after police arrested her on drug charges.

  • Ukrainian lawmaker visits rebel east, urges prisoner release

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Ukrainian lawmaker visited the rebel-held east on Friday to meet with Ukrainian prisoners there, a trip that irked many in Ukraine.

  • Agency plans to award Mexico border wall contracts by April

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, signaling that he is aggressively pursuing plans to erect “a great wall” along the 2,000-mile border.