• Russia military acknowledges new branch: info warfare troops

    MOSCOW (AP) — Along with a steady flow of new missiles, planes and tanks, Russia’s defense minister said Wednesday his nation also has built up its muscle by forming a new branch of the military — information warfare troops.

  • Gazans excited over territory’s new indoor mall

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — In a welcome sign of normalcy, a new Western-style indoor shopping mall — complete with an international retail chain, three-story bookstore and bustling food court — has opened in the Gaza Strip.

  • Top-seeded Kerber reaches quarterfinals in Dubai

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — American teen Catherine “CiCi” Bellis captured her first career Top 10 win on Wednesday when she upset sixth-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 at the Dubai Tennis Championships.

  • Iraqi suicide bomber was ex-Gitmo detainee

    LONDON (AP) — A suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release, raising questions about the ability of security services to track the whereabouts of potential terrorists.

  • Amnesty blames Trump, others in global rollback of rights.

    PARIS (AP) — Amnesty International says “toxic” fear-mongering by anti-establishment politicians, among them President Donald Trump and the leaders of Turkey, Hungary and the Philippines, is contributing to a global pushback against human rights.

  • New hope for Yazidi women raped and tortured by IS fighters

    DOHUK, Iraq (AP) — It’s been less than two weeks since Perwin Ali Baku escaped the Islamic State group, after more than two years in captivity, bought and sold from fighter to fighter and carted from Iraq to Syria and then back again.

  • Long road ahead for justice and accountability in Syria

    GENEVA (AP) — A fresh round of Syrian peace talks is set to begin in Geneva on Thursday. And while the U.N-sponsored talks may represent the best opportunity in years to make progress toward an end to the conflict, the burning question for many Syria observers is whether justice will be sacrificed in the name of peace.

  • Iraqi forces on Mosul hilltop gird for fierce fight ahead

    ABU SAIF, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi troops worked to secure a strategic hilltop overlooking Mosul’s international airport and a nearby military base on Tuesday, fearing the Islamic State group, which still holds both facilities, may launch another wave of nighttime counterattacks.

  • Lindsay Lohan says she was profiled while wearing headscarf

    LONDON (AP) — Lindsay Lohan claims she was “racially profiled” while wearing a headscarf at London’s Heathrow Airport.

  • Israeli court gives soldier 18 months for fatal shooting

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — An Israeli military court on Tuesday sentenced a soldier to 18 months in prison for his deadly shooting of a Palestinian attacker who lay wounded on the ground, capping a nearly yearlong saga that has deeply divided the country.