• Mass slaughter in Brazil prison exposes gang war over drugs

    MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — Shortly after midnight on New Year’s Eve, hundreds of inmates watched from a Manaus prison yard as the sky lit up with fireworks, paid for by the gangs that dominate the jail system.

  • 7 Earth-size worlds found orbiting star; could hold life

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life.

  • David Douillet running for French Olympic committee top job

    PARIS (AP) — Former Olympic judo champion David Douillet will run for the French Olympic committee presidency later this year.

  • Iraqi suicide bomber was ex-Gitmo detainee

    LONDON (AP) — A suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release, raising questions about the ability of security services to track the whereabouts of potential terrorists.

  • Summer Britcher out of luge finale with shoulder injury

    LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Summer Britcher will miss the final World Cup luge race of the season because of a shoulder injury she’s battled since November.

  • End of the euro? French candidate plots return of the franc

    PARIS (AP) — If Marine Le Pen has her way, the French will soon pay for their baguettes with francs, not euros.

  • Amnesty blames Trump, others in global rollback of rights.

    PARIS (AP) — Amnesty International says “toxic” fear-mongering by anti-establishment politicians, among them President Donald Trump and the leaders of Turkey, Hungary and the Philippines, is contributing to a global pushback against human rights.

  • Iceland’s president says he would not ban pineapple pizza

    REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland’s president’s strong views on pizza have caused an international stir.

  • New hope for Yazidi women raped and tortured by IS fighters

    DOHUK, Iraq (AP) — It’s been less than two weeks since Perwin Ali Baku escaped the Islamic State group, after more than two years in captivity, bought and sold from fighter to fighter and carted from Iraq to Syria and then back again.

  • Long road ahead for justice and accountability in Syria

    GENEVA (AP) — A fresh round of Syrian peace talks is set to begin in Geneva on Thursday. And while the U.N-sponsored talks may represent the best opportunity in years to make progress toward an end to the conflict, the burning question for many Syria observers is whether justice will be sacrificed in the name of peace.