• Hamas says it accepts reconciliation demands

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Hamas militant group on Sunday said it has accepted key conditions demanded by its rival, President Mahmoud Abbas, including nationwide elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, to clear the way for a reconciliation deal after a 10-year rift that has left the Palestinians divided between two governments.

  • Transcript of AP interview with Iraqi PM

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A transcript of an interview Saturday with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi by The Associated Press.

  • Iraq could use force if Kurdish referendum leads to violence

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq is prepared to intervene militarily if the Kurdish region’s planned independence referendum results in violence, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Saturday.

  • Iran recruits Afghan and Pakistani Shiites to fight in Syria

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Thousands of Shiite Muslims from Afghanistan and Pakistan are being recruited by Iran to fight with President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria, lured by promises of housing, a monthly salary of up to $600 and the possibility of employment in Iran when they return, say counterterrorism officials and analysts.

  • The Latest: Turkey, Russia, Iran to coordinate zones

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

  • King’s forces arrest prominent Saudis in warning to critics

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — When news broke of a possible breakthrough in an impasse that has pitted Qatar against its Arab neighbors for the past three months, one of Saudi Arabia’s most well-known clerics expressed his support for reconciliation in a tweet to his more than 14 million followers.

  • Edgardo Bauza replaces Van Marwijk as coach of Saudi Arabia

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Former Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza has replaced Bert van Marwijk as head coach of Saudi Arabia just nine days after the Dutchman led the team to its first qualifying spot at a World Cup since 2006.

  • The Latest: At least 45 dead in attack on Iraq checkpoint

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on developments in Iraq (all times local):

  • Israel says international marathon body playing politics

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Thursday said the international marathon body was injecting politics into sports by excluding an Israeli race because it passes through West Bank territory the Palestinians and most of the world considers to be occupied.

  • Giro d’Italia to open 2018 race in Israel

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Giro d’Italia cycling race will open next year’s event in Israel, marking the first time any leg of the sport’s Grand Tours will take place outside of Europe.