• UN to consider statement on North Korea missile launch

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council agreed at an emergency meeting late Wednesday to consider issuing a statement on the latest North Korean missile launch.

  • People celebrate  the announcement from Havana, Cuba, that delegates of Colombia's government and leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia reached a peace accord to end their half-century civil war, in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The government's accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia must still be ratified by voters in a plebiscite in order to take effect. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    Colombia, rebels say they have reached historic peace deal

    HAVANA (AP) — Colombia’s government and the country’s biggest rebel group reached a historic deal Wednesday evening for ending a half-century of hostilities in one of the world’s longest-running and bloodiest armed conflicts.

  • France: Syria and Islamic State blamed for chemical attacks

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France’s deputy U.N. ambassador says an international team is blaming the Syrian government and Islamic State militants for chemical weapons attacks in the conflict-wracked nation during 2014 and 2015.

  • In this Sept. 14, 2015, file photo, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Marilynne Robinson visits the State Library of Iowa in the Ola Babcock Miller Building in Des Moines, Iowa. On Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, Dayton Literary Peace Prize organizers announced Robinson as the recipient of the annual Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, to be presented at a Nov. 20, 2016, ceremony in Dayton, Ohio. The lifetime achievement award celebrates the power of literature to foster peace, social justice and global understanding. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

    APNewsBreak: Ohio literary peace award to Marilynne Robinson

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Writer Marilynne Robinson has been named the winner of a lifetime achievement award that celebrates the power of literature to foster peace, social justice and global understanding.

  • FILE: In this Aug. 2014 file photo, worshippers gather at the Nizamiye Mosque for prayers after celebrating Eid in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, South Africa. Turkey has launched an international campaign to shut schools and foundations linked to Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim preacher that it blames for an attempted coup last month. Some Erdogan supporters also criticized the Nizamiye mosque north of Johannesburg, a soaring structure built with the funds of a Gulen backer. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, file)

    Turkey targets Gulen-inspired projects around the world

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In past years, big names in South Africa picked up the annual Gulen Peace Award, a local accolade inspired by a Turkish preacher who has been blamed by Turkey for an attempted coup last month.

  • In this Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 photo, a selection of private medical files published by transparency website WikiLeaks is shown in Paris. WikiLeaks’ global crusade to expose government secrets is causing collateral damage to the privacy of hundreds of innocent people, including survivors of sexual abuse, sick children and the mentally ill, The Associated Press has found.(AP Photo/Raphael Satter)

    Private lives are exposed as WikiLeaks spills its secrets

    CAIRO (AP) — Its scoops have rattled the Saudi foreign ministry, the National Security Agency and the U.S. Democratic Party. But WikiLeaks’ spectacular mass-disclosures have also hit hundreds of average people — including sick children, rape victims and mental patients — who just happened to find their personal information included in the group’s giant data dumps, The Associated Press has found.

  • A Turkish army tank and an armored vehicle are stationed near the border with Syria, in Karkamis, Turkey, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Turkish media reports say Turkish artillery on Tuesday launched new strikes at Islamic State targets across the border in Syria, after two mortar rounds, believed to have been fired by the militants, hit the town of Karkamis, in Turkey's Gaziantep province. Hurriyet newspaper and other reports said the mortar rounds were fired from IS-held Jarablus, Syria.(IHA via AP)

    Turkey strikes IS in Syria as tensions rise over border town

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s prime minister’s office said the Turkish military and the U.S.-backed coalition forces on Wednesday launched an operation to clear a Syrian border town from Islamic State militants.

  • Correction: United Nations-Nuclear Weapons story

    GENEVA (AP) — GENEVA — In a story Aug. 19 about a U.N. working group’s decision to call on the U.N. General Assembly to consider launching multilateral negotiations on nuclear disarmament, The Associated Press misspelled the name of Thai ambassador and erroneously attributed to him a comment that the decision would have little impact unless nuclear powers were also on board. His name is Thani Thongphakdi, and he did not say that the group’s decision will have little impact unless nuclear powers join in.

  • In this Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 photo, Martin Corena, acting commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s southern bloc, FARC, addresses his troops in the southern jungles of Putumayo, Colombia. Corena is calling on President Barack Obama to free a guerrilla leader jailed for more than a decade in the U.S. Corena said Ricardo Palmera’s 60-year sentence in connection to the FARC’s holding captive of three American defense contracts was incompatible with Obama’s support for a peace deal. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    Colombian rebel leader calls on US to free jailed comrade

    JUNGLES OF PUTUMAYO, Colombia (AP) — One of Colombia’s most-grizzled and important rebel fighters is calling on President Barack Obama to do more to support peace and to free a guerrilla leader jailed for more than a decade in the United States.

  • In this Dec. 26, 2013, file photo, communist New People's Army (NPA) rebels perform in the hinterlands of Davao in Southern Philippines. Philippine communist rebels vowed Although less numerous and less violent than Muslim separatist rebels in the country’s south, the Maoists have outlived successive Philippine administrations and held out against constant military and police offensives, relying on clandestine cells to pass on orders to members from their exiled leaders. (AP Photo, File)

    AP EXPLAINS: Who are Philippine communist rebels?

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Communist rebels in the Philippines have fought one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies. Although less numerous and less violent than Muslim separatist rebels in the country’s south, the Maoists have outlived successive Philippine administrations and held out against constant military and police offensives, relying on clandestine cells to pass on orders from exiled leaders.