• Uzbekistan has first election since Soviet-era ruler’s death

    MOSCOW (AP) — Voters in Uzbekistan are casting ballots Sunday in the tightly controlled, ex-Soviet nation’s first presidential election since the death of Islam Karimov, the authoritarian leader who ruled for 27 years.

  • Ruins of homes in Kirkuk a sign of divisions to come in Iraq

    Arab residents sit amid their destroyed home in Kirkuk's Huzeiran neighborhood, Iraq, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. In the weeks following a deadly Islamic State group attack in central Kirkuk, residents of the city's Arab neighborhoods say Kurdish security forces moved into a small mostly Arab neighborhood on the city's southern edge, destroyed homes and confiscated identity documents. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — All along the street, houses have been reduced to rubble in the central Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The work of Kurdish security forces retaliating against Sunni Arabs after a recent Islamic State group attack, residents say.

  • Indonesia blasphemy protest draws 200,000; ends peacefully

    Thousands of Muslims gather during a protest against Jakarta's minority Christian Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama who is being prosecuted for blasphemy, at the National Monument in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Tens of thousands of conservative Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest in a month against its minority Christian governor. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied peacefully in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest against its minority Christian governor, who is being prosecuted for alleged blasphemy.

  • Group praises employees who shielded hijab-wearing shopper

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A civil rights group is praising the response of employees at a New Mexico grocery store when a woman yelled at a hijab-wearing shopper, saying she was a terrorist.

  • Leicester grabs 2-2 draw v Middlesbrough with late penalty

    Middlesbrough's Alvaro Negredo celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, Leicester, England, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. (Nigel French/PA via AP)

    LEICESTER, England (AP) — Islam Slimani converted an injury-time penalty as Leicester snatched a 2-2 draw at home to Middlesbrough on Saturday, the latest disappointing result in the English champion’s title defense.