• Top UN human rights official arrives in Sri Lanka

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The top U.N. human rights official arrived Saturday in Sri Lanka on a four-day visit aimed at reviewing the measures taken by the island-nation to investigate alleged atrocities committed during the long civil war that left tens of thousands dead.

    Updated: 12:06 am

  • Top UN human rights official arrives in Sri Lanka

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The top U.N. human rights official has arrived in Sri Lanka on a four-day visit aimed at reviewing the measures taken by the island-nation to investigate alleged atrocities committed during the long civil war that left tens of thousands dead.

  • New Mexico Senate passes version of a ‘Kendra’s law’

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A year after a similar bill died amid partisan bickering, the New Mexico Senate passed a proposal Friday that would require some state residents with severe mental illness to receive court-ordered outpatient treatment.

    Updated: 3:00 pm

  • Correction: Obit-Hayling story

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — In a story Dec. 24 about the death of Dr. Robert B. Hayling, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Hayling was among a group known as “The St. Augustine Four” who were members of the NAACP Youth Council. Hayling was an adviser to the Youth Council but was not part of “The St. Augustine Four,” known for spending six months in a Florida jail and reform school in 1964 after they asked to be served at a Woolworth’s lunch counter. The AP also reported erroneously the date Hayling died. He died Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, not Sunday, Dec. 20. The story also reported erroneously that a public memorial service was being planned for January; it is scheduled for Feb. 20.

  • Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. holding a U.N. report speaks on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. A U.N. human rights panel says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been squirreled away inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to avoid questioning by Swedish authorities about sexual misconduct allegations, has been "arbitrarily detained" by Britain and Sweden since December 2010. The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said his detention should end and he should be entitled to compensation. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    Julian Assange claims total vindication with UN panel ruling

    LONDON (AP) — It started more than five years ago as what appeared to be a fairly simple sex crime case: two women in Sweden came forward to accuse Julian Assange of sexual misconduct.

  • Pope Francis attends his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Pope, Russian Orthodox patriarch to meet in historic step

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in a historic step to heal the 1,000-year-old schism that divided Christianity between East and West, both churches announced Friday.

  • A man identified only as Younes, 29, who says he is unjustly under house arrest, answers the Associated Press in Goussainville, north of Paris, Thursday Feb.4, 2016. French police have rounded up hundreds of suspects and searched nearly 3,000 homes under a state of emergency since the November extremist attacks on Paris, but much of the action involves drug cases or similar crime instead of terrorism. Rights activists say that's an abuse of authority, and strongly oppose a new government effort to permanently expand police powers. (AP Photo/Nadine Achoui-Lesage)

    French activists denounce abuse of authority after attacks

    PARIS (AP) — French police have rounded up hundreds of suspects and searched more than 3,000 homes under a state of emergency since the November extremist attacks on Paris — but much of the action involves drug cases or similar crime, not terrorism.

  • In this photo provided by Turkey's Islamic aid group of IHH, Syrians fleeing the conflicts in Azaz region, arrive in a lorry at the Bab al-Salam border gate, Syria, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Turkish officials say thousands of Syrians have massed on the Syrian side of the border seeking refuge in Turkey. Officials at the government’s crisis management agency said Friday it was not clear when Turkey would open the border to allow the group in and start processing them. The refugees who fled bombing in Aleppo, were waiting at the Bab al-Salam crossing, opposite the Turkish province of Kilis.(IHH via AP)

    Activists: Syrian government closes in on Daraa

    BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of Syrians rushed toward the Turkish border Friday, fleeing a fierce government offensive and intense Russian airstrikes near Syria’s largest city of Aleppo.

    Updated: 3:10 pm

  • This image posted online after the Jan. 25, 2016 disappearance of Italian graduate student Giulio Regeni in Cairo, Egypt shows Reggeni in a graphic used in an online campaign, #whereisgiulio seeking information on his whereabouts. The body of the missing Italian student was found with signs of torture, including multiple stab wounds and cigarette burns, by the side of a highway on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital, an investigating prosecutor told The Associated Press on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2015. (#wheresgiulio via AP)

    Tortured Italian student died ‘slow death’: Egypt official

    CAIRO (AP) — The body of an Italian graduate student who disappeared last month has been found with multiple stab wounds, cigarette burns and other signs of torture and a “slow death” on a roadside on the outskirts of Cairo, an Egyptian prosecutor said Thursday.

  • Lazio’s Curva Nord closed for 2 games for racist chanting

    ROME (AP) — Lazio’s Curva Nord will be closed for two games and the club has been fined 50,000 euros ($55,972) for racist chanting by its fans.