• Rape probe dropped for WikiLeaks’ Assange; uncertainty ahead

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s top prosecutor on Friday dropped an investigation into a rape claim against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after almost seven years, saying that’s because there’s no possibility of arresting him “in the foreseeable future.”

  • Saudi Arabia working to dazzle Trump in busy overseas visit

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia is making every effort to dazzle and impress President Donald Trump on his first overseas trip, seizing on the visit to cement itself as a major player on the world stage and shove aside rival Iran.

  • 2 Moldova weightlifters fail drug tests

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Two medalists from the European weightlifting championships have been suspended after failing drug tests.

  • The Latest: Syria talks on constitutional issues begin

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest Syria developments (all times local):

  • Rouhani looks to beat hard-liner as Iran prepares to vote

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani staked his political future on opening Iran ever so slightly to the outside world and overcoming hard-liners’ opposition to secure a historic nuclear deal in exchange for relief from crippling sanctions.

  • It’s a record year for processing US passport applications

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. State Department expects 20.5 million applications for new and renewed passports this year, and that will be a record number.

  • Australia considers banning laptops from airliner cabins

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia is considering following the United States and Britain in banning laptops from inbound airliner cabins, the prime minister said, but declined to explain whether the move was related to an Islamic State group threat that President Donald Trump discussed with Russian diplomats.

  • Syrian government denies US allegations of mass killings

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria on Tuesday rejected U.S. accusations it carried out mass killings at a prison near Damascus and then burned the victims’ bodies in a crematorium, describing the allegations as “lies” and “fabrications.”

  • The Latest: Putin condemns North Korea missile test

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea’s missile launch (all times local):

  • North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday boasted it successfully launched a new type of “medium long-range” ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead, an escalation of its nuclear program that the U.N. Security Council warned could bring new sanctions on Pyongyang.