• This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Activists say Islamic State militants have destroyed a temple at Syria's ancient ruins of Palmyra.  News that the militants blew up the Baalshamin Temple (not pictured) came after the extremists beheaded Palmyra scholar Khaled al-Asaad on Tuesday, hanging his bloodied body from a pole in the town's main square.  (SANA via AP, File)

    Iraqi officials say 23 soldiers, Sunni fighters killed

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants have destroyed a temple at Syria’s ancient ruins of Palmyra, activists said Sunday, realizing the worst fears archaeologists had for the 2,000-year-old Roman-era city after the extremists seized it and beheaded a local scholar.

  • In this Monday Jan. 17, 2011 file photo, Former Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak attends a press conference at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem. Former Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s comments that Israel came close to ordering an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities but was thwarted by military men and cowardly politicians could shake up Israeli politics. The leaked interview, in which Barak also described Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as indecisive and obsessively pessimistic, was the talk of the town Sunday in an Israel obsessed about Iran.  (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)

    Ehud Barak’s Iran bombshell could shake up Israeli politics

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s comments that Israel nearly attacked Iran’s nuclear facilities but the plan was scuttled by military men and cowardly politicians could shake up Israeli politics.

  • FILE- In this Aug. 12, 2015, file photo, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond delivers his speech at Peking University in Beijing. Hammond confirmed the release of a British hostage, Douglas Robert Semple, by UAE forces in a military intelligence operation on Sunday, Aug. 23. "The British national is safe and well, and is receiving support from British government officials," said Hammond. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

    UAE says army frees British hostage held in Yemen

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates said Sunday that its military freed a British hostage who was kidnapped 18 months ago by al-Qaida in Yemen, which has expanded its reach amid fighting between Shiite rebels and their opponents.

  • Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento University in California, second right, U.S. National Guardsman from Roseburg, Oregon, Alek Skarlatos, right, U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, second from left, and U.S. Ambassador to France Jane D. Hartley take their seats before a press conference held at the US Ambassador's residence in Paris, France, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Sadler, Skarlatos and Stone helped foil a potentially deadly attack when they subdued a man armed with an assault rifle and other weapons on board a high-speed train bound for Paris two days ago. The man was known to intelligence services in three countries and had ties to radical Islam, authorities said Sunday. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Man tackled on train on authorities’ radar in 3 countries

    PARIS (AP) — Three American travelers say they relied on gut instinct and a close bond forged over years of friendship as they took down a heavily armed man on a passenger train speeding through Belgium.