• In this Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 photo, Israeli Dr. Elan Karten poses for a portrait at his office in Jerusalem. Karten, a U.S.-trained psychologist and Orthodox Jew, says he treated about 100 people looking to minimize their homosexual attractions. Therapy to reduce or eliminate homosexuality has been widely discredited by the mainstream scientific community. Karten and his colleagues insist the therapy can be effective, but that professional health organizations dismiss the claim because of a pro-gay political bias. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

    ‘Gay conversion’ therapists find safe haven in Israel

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A leading American Jewish group promoting therapy it said could turn gays to heterosexuals was ordered shut in December by a New Jersey court, amid growing efforts in the U.S. to curb the generally discredited practice. But therapists with ties to the shuttered group say they have found a haven for their work in Israel.

  • Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland  tees off on the 11th hole during 1st round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    McIlroy shoots 4-under 68 in 1st round in Dubai

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rory McIlroy started the defense of his Dubai Desert Classic title with a bogey but battled back to post a 4-under 68 on Thursday, leaving him two shots off the lead.

  • Dave Renwick, top Scottish caddie, dies of cancer at 62

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dave Renwick, the Scottish caddie who worked for three major champions and was on the bag for Vijay Singh’s greatest season, has died of stomach cancer. He was 62.

  • UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, right, speaks as from left to right, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah and British Prime Minister David Cameron look on at the 'Supporting Syria and the Region' conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016.  Leaders and diplomats from 70 countries are meeting in London Thursday to pledge billions to help millions of Syrians displaced by war, and try to slow the chaotic exodus of refugees to Europe. (Dan Kitwood Pool via AP)

    A glance at which countries are pledging what for Syrian

    LONDON (AP) — A look at what countries attending an international donor conference in London on Thursday are pledging to help the millions of Syrians displaced by civil war and neighboring countries struggling with the refugee crisis.

  • Belgium remains on top of FIFA rankings

    ZURICH (AP) — Belgium has kept the No. 1 spot in the FIFA rankings among an unchanged top 18 for February.

  • Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, left, and 17-year-old Syrian refugee Mazoun Almellehan during a press conference during the 'Supporting Syria and the Region' conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016.  Leaders and diplomats from 70 countries are meeting in London Thursday to pledge billions to help millions of Syrians displaced by war, and try to slow the chaotic exodus of refugees to Europe. (Dan Kitwood Pool via AP)

    The Latest: Monitor says 500 sites hit by air in offensive

    LONDON (AP) — The latest on fighting in Syria and Thursday’s Syria aid conference (all times local):

  • Israeli military seals off Palestinian attackers’ village

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Thursday sealed off the home village of the three Palestinian men who staged a deadly attack in Jerusalem and carried out a number of arrests there.

  • In this Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 photo, a Syrian boy walks in Kawergosk refugee camp in northern Iraq carrying a plate with boiled potatoes. Syrian refugees in Iraq are struggling to feed themselves as cash-trapped aid agencies scale back assistance, with many viewing the perilous crossing to Europe as their best hope of survival. (AP Photo/Alice Martins, File)

    Syrian refugees struggle to buy food as aid dwindles

    KAWERGOSK CAMP, Iraq (AP) — Perwin Shamsaddeen Ali, a Syrian refugee living in a tent camp in northern Iraq, has been reduced to cooking one meal a day for her family of four.

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron, right, walks back to his seat on the stage after speaking, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel gets up for her turn to speak during the co-hosts press conference near the end of the 'Supporting Syria and the Region' conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Leaders seek funds for Syria, elusive stability for region

    LONDON (AP) — World leaders pledged more than $10 billion Thursday to help fund schools, shelter and jobs for refugees from Syria’s civil war, money that British Prime Minister David Cameron said “will save lives, will give hope, will give people the chance of a future.”

  • Migrants and refugees walk to a refugee camp, as they wait to be allowed to continue their trip to southern Macedonia, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Police in northern Greece late Tuesday said 5,000 refugees and migrants were gathered at or near the border with Macedonia, where authorities continued to provide limited access at a frontier barrier built in November. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

    The Latest: Ai Weiwei gets 14,000 life vests for project

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on migrants seeking sanctuary in Europe (all times local):