• Palestinian leader tries to put Trump on notice with warning

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Overshadowed by last week’s showdown between the U.S. and North Korea, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued an ominous warning in his address to the United Nations: With hopes running out for an independent Palestinian state, the Palestinian leader said he may have no choice but to seek a single, binational state with Israel.

  • Iraq’s Kurds to vote on independence amid fears of unrest

    KALAK, Iraq (AP) — “For the sake of the sacrifices and blood of the martyrs, let’s all say yes for Kurdistan independence,” reads a large billboard in the center of Kalak, a small town in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region. “Independence is not given, it’s taken!” reads another banner hanging below a cluster of red, green, yellow and white Kurdish flags.

  • Bangladesh coastal town a place of Rohingya hope and tragedy

    SHAH PORIR DWIP, Bangladesh (AP) — From a distance you can see elegantly carved wooden boats bob gently in the waters that surround this coastal town at Bangladesh’s southern tip. Across a sliver of the shimmering waters of the Bay of Bengal is Myanmar.

  • Syria looks to peace, North Korea to attack on US mainland

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria’s foreign minister told world leaders Saturday that victory against terrorists in his war-ravaged nation “is now within reach” while North Korea’s foreign minister said U.S. President Donald Trump’s insult to his country makes an attack against the U.S. mainland inevitable.

  • The Latest: Iraq recaps opposition to planned Kurdish vote

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local):

  • UN votes to help Iraq collect evidence against Islamic State

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. investigators will help Iraq collect evidence to build potential war crimes cases against Islamic State extremists, under a resolution the Security Council approved Thursday.

  • Iraqi forces begin operation to retake Hawija from IS group

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — In a push at dawn, Iraqi forces launched an operation on Thursday to retake the town of Hawija — one of the last extremist strongholds in Iraq — from the Islamic State group, according to a statement from the Iraqi prime minister’s office.

  • Bangladesh truck carrying Rohingya Muslim aid crashes; 9 die

    COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — A truck filled with aid for Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh veered off a road and fell into a ditch Thursday morning, killing at least nine aid workers, hours after another aid shipment in the refugees’ violence-wracked home state in Myanmar was attacked by a Buddhist mob.

  • AP Interview: Morocco to expand counterterror efforts abroad

    SALE, Morocco (AP) — A top Moroccan security official says his government is working on a new strategy to track Moroccans who become radicalized in Europe, part of beefed-up counterterrorism efforts by a country that is both a key player in the global anti-extremism struggle and a source of international jihadis.

  • Leader of Indonesia attack plot gets 11 years in prison

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian militant linked to the Islamic State group smiled and raised one finger toward heaven after a court on Wednesday sentenced him to 11 years in prison for leading a plot to attack a presidential guard-changing ceremony in Jakarta.