• Trump, in new dig, mocks North Korea leader as ‘Rocket Man’

    SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday mocked the leader of nuclear-armed North Korea as “Rocket Man” while White House advisers said the isolated nation would face destruction unless it shelves its weapons programs and bellicose threats.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Instability lingers in African kingdom after deadly shootout

    MASERU, Lesotho (AP) — For workers leaving a textile factory during a recent lunchtime in Lesotho, assassinations and political intrigue are a kind of background noise in the small southern African kingdom.

  • Defiant N. Korea leader says he will complete nuke program

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea leader Kim Jong Un said his country is nearing its goal of “equilibrium” in military force with the United States, as the United Nations Security Council strongly condemned the North’s “highly provocative” ballistic missile launch over Japan on Friday.

  • Olympic leader confident Games will go on in South Korea

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — The president of the International Olympic Committee said Friday he remains confident the Winter Games will go on as scheduled in South Korea despite growing tensions on the peninsula, including North Korea’s ballistic missile test this week.

  • The Latest: SKorea, Japan discuss North Korea’s missile test

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korean missile test (all times local):