• In this Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 file photo, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir speaks after meeting with South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, in the capital Juba, South Sudan. South Africa has decided to withdraw from the International Criminal Court following a dispute over the visit in 2015 by al-Bashir, who is wanted by the tribunal for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. (AP Photo/Ali Ngethi, File)

    AP Explains: Why African states have started leaving the ICC

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Until this week, no country had withdrawn from the International Criminal Court. Now two African states, South Africa and Burundi, have made official decisions to leave. Concerns are high that more African countries now will act on years of threats to pull out amid accusations that the court unfairly focuses on the continent. Here’s a look at what it all means.

  • In this Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi wait for their delegations during their meeting in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia. Egypt has made fighting Islamic militants its overriding foreign policy objective, a decision that led to a series of regional realignments that have puzzled Western backers, antagonized traditional Arab allies like Saudi Arabia and brought Cairo closer to Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russia and Iran. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool, File)

    Egypt’s fight against Islamic militancy makes enemies

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has made fighting Islamic militants its overriding foreign policy objective, a decision that has brought it closer to Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russia and Iran, in turn antagonizing its chief financial backer, Saudi Arabia.

  • The Latest: IS militants attack police in Iraq’s Kirkuk

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The Latest on the developments in Iraq where Iraqi forces and their allies launched a major offensive this week to retake Mosul, the country’s second-largest city from the Islamic State group (all times local):

  • In this image made from video, smoke rises from a building where two militants are believed to be holed up, according to Rudaw TV, in Kirkuk, Iraq, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. Militants armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early on Friday in an assault quickly claimed by the Islamic State group and likely aimed at diverting authorities' attention for the battle to retake IS-held Mosul. (Rudaw TV via AP)

    Militants attack police compound in northern Iraq’s Kirkuk

    KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Islamic State militants launched a wave of pre-dawn attacks in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, killing at least 14 people and setting off fierce clashes with Kurdish security forces that were still raging after sundown.

  • Anthony Crawford is seen in this undated photo provided by the Crawford Family. Crawford was a wealthy black farmer in Abbeville County, South Carolina, lynched by a white mob in 1916. Descendants of Anthony Crawford will honor him and unveil a historical marker Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in a ceremony outside the Abbeville Opera House.  (Courtesy of the Crawford family via AP)

    Lynching memorial rises near revered Confederate sites

    ABBEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In this small South Carolina town near the Georgia line, where some say the Confederacy was born and died, descendants of a man lynched 100 years ago are erecting a downtown memorial to him and other black men killed by white mobs after the Civil War.

  • Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces advance near Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. Iraqi special forces charged into the Mosul battle Thursday with a pre-dawn advance on a nearby town held by the Islamic State group, a key part of a multi-pronged assault on eastern approaches to the besieged city. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    World diplomats seek post-battle plan for IS bastion Mosul

    PARIS (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister vowed Thursday to protect civilians fleeing the battle to oust Islamic State extremists from Mosul, as the offensive picked up speed and diplomats worked to ensure the gains are lasting — and that jihadists don’t escape.

  • Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military's General Staff speaks, in front of a map of the Aleppo area in Syria, at a briefing at the Russian Defense Ministry's headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. The Russian military says that Russian and Syrian warplanes are staying away from Aleppo a day before a temporary pause in the military push declared by Moscow. Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said the "humanitarian pause" in Aleppo will last from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, three hours longer than the Russian military initially announced. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    The Latest: Syrian Kurd commander say Turkey still attacking

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

  • An Iraqi military convoy advances towards the city of Mosul, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. A senior Iraqi general on Wednesday called on Iraqis fighting for the Islamic State group in Mosul to surrender as a wide-scale operation to retake the militant-held city entered its third day. (AP Photo)

    The Latest: Iraqi PM: Mosul battle going faster than thought

    KHAZER, Iraq (AP) — The Latest on the campaign to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group (all times local):

  • FILE  In this Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 file photo, supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr wave national flags during a demonstration in front of the Turkish Embassy calling for the immediate withdrawal of Turkish troops from northern Iraq, in Baghdad, Iraq. Just days into the operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul, a fault-line has widened between Iraq and Turkey that reflects the lingering distrust of the various forces arrayed against the extremists. The rhetoric is growing increasingly heated on both sides, with some hinting at an open confrontation after the city is liberated – or maybe even before.  (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)

    Iraqi-Turkish split points to distrust among Mosul forces

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Just days into the operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul, a fault-line has widened between Iraq and Turkey, and the distrust among the various forces arrayed against the extremists has again bubbled to the surface.

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. Turkish jets have struck the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia north of the embattled city of Aleppo, killing as many as 200 militia members, Turkey's state-run news agency reported Thursday. The Anadolu Agency, quoting military officials, said the raids were carried out late Wednesday night, attacking 18 targets in the Maarraat Umm Hawsh region in northern Syria.(Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service, Pool photo via AP)

    Turkish jets strike Syrian Kurdish militia targets

    BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey escalated its offensive Thursday against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, pounding them with airstrikes and artillery, and complicating the battle against the Islamic State group by Ankara and Washington, both NATO allies.