• Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) before the joint session of the 17th Congress Monday, July 25, 2016, at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Philippine leader declares ceasefire with communist rebels

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared a unilateral cease-fire with communist guerrillas effective immediately Monday and asked the rebels to do the same to end decades of deadly fighting and foster the resumption of peace talks.

  • Intense airstrikes in Syria’s Aleppo province hit 5 clinics

    BEIRUT (AP) — Government air raids struck at least five medical facilities in the northern province of Aleppo, where violence has intensified in recent weeks amid a siege by government forces, Syrian opposition activists said Sunday.

  • In this Tuesday, July 19, 2016 photo, an Afghan soldier guards a checkpoint on the Kabul-Jalalabad highway on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. After two years of heavy casualties, the Afghan military is trying to retake the initiative in the war against militants with a new offensive next week, an assault that will see American troops back working more closely with Afghan soldiers. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    After Obama’s green light, Afghan forces on the offensive

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — After two years of heavy casualties, the Afghan military is trying to retake the initiative in the war against militants with a new offensive next week against Islamic State group loyalists, an assault that will see American troops back on the battlefield working more closely with Afghan soldiers.

  • G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors prepare for a group photo session in Chengdu in Southwestern China's Sichuan province, Sunday, July 24, 2016. Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors of the 20 most developed economies met in the southwestern city of Chengdu ahead of a G20 leaders meeting in September hosted by China. Participants in the front row are, from left are: World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, an unidentified member, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek, China's Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, China's People's Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan and Germany's Federal Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schauble. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool)

    G20 countries pledge to boost growth, dampen Brexit shock

    BEIJING (AP) — Global finance officials promised Sunday to protect the world economy from the shockwaves of Britain’s European Union referendum and to boost sluggish growth.

  • In In this June 1, 2016 file photo, flags of some of the 193 countries fly in the breeze in front of the Secretariat building of the United Nations. The U.N. Security Council held its first informal poll Thursday, July 21 on the dozen candidates competing to succeed Ban Ki-moon as secretary-general on Jan. 1, a secretive vote behind closed doors. The 15 council members decided not to reveal the results — unlike the informal "straw" polls 10 years ago, which were made public and led to Ban's election to the world's top diplomatic post. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    Diplomats:Ex-Portuguese minister tops poll for next UN chief

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres topped the first informal poll to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general on Jan. 1 followed by Slovenia’s former president Danilo Turk.

  • A woman takes part in a pro-government rally in Taksim Square, Istanbul, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. The Turkish government accelerated its crackdown on alleged plotters of the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The rebellion, which saw warplanes firing on key government installations and tanks rolling into major cities, was quashed by loyal government forces and masses of civilians who took to the streets. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    The Latest: Canada urges respect for law in coup aftermath

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Turkey after the failed military coup last week (all times local):

  • In this Feb. 23, 2012 file photo, former Philippine President and now Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, center, arrives at a Pasay City Court for her arraignment on electoral fraud charges in Manila. The Philippine Supreme Court has dismissed the plunder charge against former PresidentArroyo, ordering her immediate release from nearly five years of hospital detention.  Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te said Tuesday, July 19, 2016,  the 15 justices voted 11-4 granting Arroyo’s petition seeking the dismissal of the remaining plunder case against her before an anti-graft court for lack of evidence. The case is about the alleged misuse of 366 million pesos ($7.8 million) of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office fund. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

    Philippine court clears Arroyo of plunder, orders her freed

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plunder case against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and ordered her freed immediately after nearly five years of hospital detention — a decision the grateful ex-leader indicated can help her deal with those who “through self-serving interpretation and implementation of the law” made her suffer.

  • In this Tuesday, July 12, 2016 photo, acclaimed Irish author Colm Toibin shows his ID to an Israel soldier in the West Bank city of Hebron. Toibin has toured the West Bank to observe Israeli military rule over the Palestinians, collecting material for an essay that will be part of an anthology on 50 years of occupation. The 2017 book includes contributions from two dozen well-known authors who have written about subjects ranging from Israel’s military courts to a weekend in Gaza. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org via AP)

    Through an author’s eyes: 50 years of Israeli occupation

    HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — Notebook in hand, acclaimed Irish author Colm Toibin walks into Hebron to observe Israeli military rule in its rawest form.