• Turkish Cypriots: Reunification agreement possible in months

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said Friday that an agreement on reunifying the divided Mediterranean island can be reached in months rather than years if talks with the Greek Cypriot president continue at the same pace, with the same determination and political will, as they have in recent months.

  • Somalia wants to liberate territory held by al-Shabab soon

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Somalia’s prime minister said Friday the government wants to liberate all remaining territory held by the Islamic militant group al-Shabab in the coming year and have its own forces take over the country’s security from an African Union force in the next two to three years.

  • CORRECTS CAPTION TO REMOVE REFERENCE TO STATE OF PALESTINE IN ACCORDANCE WITH AP STYLE - The Palestinian flag flies in the wind after a Rose Garden ceremony at the United Nations headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Following a vote in November 2012, the U.N. recognized Palestine as a state with non-member status and as a result it was permitted to raise its flag outside the U.N. for the first time on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

    President Abbas raises Palestinian flag for first time at UN

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas raised the Palestinian flag at the United Nations for the first time on Wednesday with a promise that it will be raised soon in Jerusalem, “the capital of our Palestinian state.”

  • Saudi minister: There’s a military option to oust Assad

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said Tuesday there is a military option in Syria that will end with the removal of President Bashar Assad if the preferred political option does not lead to his departure.