• Polls open in first Iran presidential vote since atomic deal

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians voted Friday in the country’s first presidential election since its nuclear deal with world powers, as incumbent Hassan Rouhani faced a staunch challenge from a hard-line opponent over his outreach to the West.

  • Islamic State attacks Syrian state-held areas, 52 killed

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group attacked several government-held villages in central Syria on Thursday, capturing at least one of them in violence that left 52 people dead including more than two dozen women and children, some of whom were beheaded, as well as Syrian troops, state media, medical officials and an opposition monitoring group said.

  • 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.

  • 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.