• This image posted on the Twitter page of Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front on Thursday, May 5, 2016, shows a fighter from the Nusra Front firing a weapon during clashes against Syrian government forces and pro-government militiamen in the town of Khan Touman, near Aleppo province, Syria. Al-Qaida’s branch in Syria has recruited hundreds of new fighters, including teenagers, and taken territory from government forces in a successful offensive in the north, illustrating how the cease-fire put in place by Russia and the United State to weaken the militants has in many ways backfired. Arabic, bottom, reads "preparation for the attack with heavy machine gun fire in Khan Touman." (Al-Nusra Front social media account via AP)

    Syria’s cease-fire strengthens al-Qaida branch

    BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida’s branch in Syria has recruited thousands of fighters, including teenagers, and taken territory from government forces in a successful offensive in the north, illustrating how the cease-fire put in place by Russia and the United States to weaken the militants has in many ways backfired.

  • In this undated and unknown location photo, the new leader of Taliban fighters, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada poses for a portrait. Afghanistan's government has offered the new Taliban leader a choice: make peace or face the same fate as his predecessor, who was killed last week in a U.S. drone strike. (Afghan Islamic Press via AP)

    AP Analysis: Hopes for peace dim with new Taliban leader

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s government has offered the new Taliban leader a choice: make peace or face the same fate as his predecessor, killed in a U.S. drone strike last week. But Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada is a hard-liner who has used his religious credentials to justify the Taliban insurgency that has killed or wounded tens of thousands of Afghan civilians as a “holy war” and his succession has inspired little hope for an end to the bloodshed.

  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, looks at Ukrainian jailed pilot Nadezhda Savchenko during their meting in the Presidential Office in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Russia has released jailed pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, as part of a swap for two Russian servicemen imprisoned in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Savchenko’s return heralds new turmoil in Ukraine

    MOSCOW (AP) — After being freed from a Russian jail, Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko stands to emerge as a wild new force in Ukraine’s already volatile politics.

  • Leaders of Group of Seven nations, from left, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, European Council President Donald Tusk, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel look to media as they gather to participate in a G-7 Working Session in Shima, Japan, Friday, May 27, 2016, during the G-7 Summit. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

    G-7 in sync with Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s own agenda

    SHIMA, Japan (AP) — The leaders of the Group of Seven rich economies pledged Friday to “collectively tackle” major risks to global growth, including direct political threats to the international order from terrorist attacks, violent extremism and refugee flows.

  • In this May 24, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Commerce, Calif. A State Department audit has faulted Hillary Clinton and previous top U.S. diplomats for poorly managing information and slowly responding to new cybersecurity risks. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

    The Latest: State Dept audit faults Clinton in emails

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the State Department audit that faulted Hillary Clinton’s email practices and cybersecurity (all times local):

  • In this photo taken May 24,2016, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Commerce, Calif. Hillary Clinton disregarded State Department cybersecurity guidelines by using a private email account and server, an internal audit found Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Her staff twice brushed aside specific concerns that she wasn't following federal rules. (AP Photo/John Locher)

    APNewsBreak: State Dept audit faults Clinton in emails

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the State Department that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers, a department audit has found. Her aides twice brushed aside concerns, in one case telling technical staff “the matter was not to be discussed further.”

  • In this Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, file photo, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman walks under a screen showing him and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the inauguration of their election campaign in Jerusalem. Israel’s incoming defense minister once called for bombing Egypt, just weeks ago suggested that Israel kill Hamas’ leader in the Gaza Strip and has opposed prosecution of a soldier accused of manslaughter _ just a few of the positions that could put former bar bouncer Avigdor Lieberman at odds with a military he now commands. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)

    Israel’s new defense minister could clash with his soldiers

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s incoming defense minister once called for bombing Egypt, suggested just weeks ago that Israel kill Hamas’ leader in the Gaza Strip and opposed the prosecution of a soldier accused of killing a wounded Palestinian. These are just a few of the positions that could put former bar bouncer Avigdor Lieberman at odds with the military he now commands.

  • In this undated and unknown location photo, the new leader of Taliban fighters, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada poses for a portrait. The Afghan Taliban confirmed on Wednesday that their leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor - a scholar known for extremist views who is unlikely to back a peace process with Kabul. (Afghan Islamic Press via AP)

    Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after Mansour’s death

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban confirmed on Wednesday that their leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor — a scholar known for extremist views who is unlikely to back a peace process with Kabul.

  • Correction: Cyprus-Parliament-Elections story

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — In one version of a story May 22 about parliamentary elections in Cyprus, The Associated Press erroneously switched the descriptions of northern and southern Cyprus.