• Iraqi security forces guard the entrance to a sports complex being built by a Turkish construction company, in the Shiite district of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. Masked men in military uniforms kidnapped 18 Turkish workers and engineers working at the site in Baghdad at dawn Wednesday, bundling them into several SUVs and speeding away, Iraqis security officials said. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    Masked men kidnap 18 Turkish workers in Baghdad

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Masked men in military uniforms kidnapped 18 Turkish citizens in Baghdad early Wednesday, bundling them into several SUVs and speeding away in a brazen operation that laid bare serious security gaps in the heavily defended city.

  • European Tour makes exception for McIlroy’s injury

    VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Rory McIlroy will be able to compete in the Race to Dubai even though he will fall short of the minimum 13 tournaments required by the European Tour.

  • This image released by the Royal Thai Police on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, shows Emrah Davutoglu from Turkey, who police said faces "charges of conspiracy to possess unauthorized war materials". Thai police have issued an arrest warrant for a Turkish man who is the husband of a Thai suspect already being sought for possible links to Bangkok’s Erawan Shrine bombing. (Royal Thai Police via AP)

    Thai police: Suspect’s prints match those on bomb material

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police said Wednesday a prime suspect in Bangkok’s deadly bombing has admitted to being near the shrine where the attack took place but denied placing the bomb, as other clues increasingly linked the blast to Thailand’s forced repatriation of members of a minority ethnic group to China.

  • A Lebanese activist is assisted after Lebanese security forces dragged a number of activists out of the Environment Ministry in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Lebanese security forces dragged a number of activists out of the Environment Ministry in downtown Beirut, where they were staging an hour-long sit-in on Tuesday demanding the minister's resignation over a trash crisis that has ignited mass protests. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Questions in Lebanon over protesters’ end game

    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces and protesters engaged in a drawn-out standoff outside a ministry that was briefly taken over by activists Tuesday, reflecting both reluctance by authorities to decisively crack down and a lack of focus by protesters — who are determined but lacking a clear path to success.

  • In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, Hussein Al-Shamali, 20, from Idlib, Syria, shows his school identity card as he rests after crossing from Serbia to Roszke, Hungary. In his backpack, Hussein carries what he hopes is the key to his future: all the records of his learning. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

    A look at what migrants are carrying with them to Europe

    ROSZKE, Hungary (AP) — To survive days on end of walking and improvised camping in harsh weather, they must concentrate on essentials: pain medicine, foot powder and first aid, food and personal hygiene items. The savviest have smartphones with backup battery power and SIM cards that work in the countries they’re passing through. Otherwise, they can end up walking in circles without satellite navigation, particularly at night, when many travel to avoid police.

  • In this Nov. 25, 1966 file photo, farmers look at a towering flame at an outburst of natural gas, discovered by the Italian oil company ENI in the Nile Delta region of Kafr el-Sheikh, Egypt. Italian energy company Eni SpA said Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, that it found the “largest-ever” gas field in the Mediterranean Sea off Egypt’s shores. Egypt’s new natural gas bonanza is causing an uproar in Israel, with energy stocks plummeting and recriminations over dithering and infighting that has delayed production from the country’s own gas fields. (AP Photo/Aly Mahmoud)

    Egypt gas find sparks panic in Israel about Israeli reserves

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Egypt’s new natural gas bonanza is causing an uproar in Israel, with energy stocks plummeting and recriminations over indecisiveness and infighting that have delayed production from the country’s own gas fields.

  • Egyptian woman tops squash world ranking

    CAIRO (AP) — The Professional Squash Association ranked Egyptian Raneem El Welily as the world’s No. 1 women’s player on Tuesday, making her the first Egyptian woman to hold the sport’s top spot.

  • COMBO - This combination of two satellite images provided by UNITAR-UNOSAT shows damage to the main building of the ancient Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, top, and before the damage on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. The main building has been destroyed, a United Nations agency said on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The imagery was taken before and after a massive explosion was set off near the 2,000-year-old temple in the city occupied by Islamic State militants. (UNITAR-UNOSAT via AP)

    UNESCO chief: IS destruction of Syrian temple ‘intolerable’

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants in Syria committed an “intolerable crime against civilization” by destroying the Temple of Bel, one of the ancient world’s most iconic monuments, the head of the U.N. cultural agency said Tuesday.

  • In this Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, file photo, Pope Francis waves as arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Francis, speaking Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, from Rome via satellite to people in three American cities, asked a teenage girl to sing for him as he sought prayers for his upcoming trip to the United States. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

    A primer on where pope stands on gays, divorce, climate

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is expected to raise issues ranging from climate change to income inequality when he visits Cuba and the United States Sept. 19-27. Francis has launched an agenda of reform in the Vatican and in the global church, prioritizing different issues and counseling a more merciful message. Here’s a primer on where the pope stands on key issues.

  • Official: Turkish court orders British journalists arrested

    DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court charged two Vice News journalists and their assistant on Monday with “aiding a terrorist organization” and ordered them arrested pending trial. Their employer has called the charges “baseless and alarmingly false.”