• Reporters wait in front the UN building after Syria talks were rescheduled at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. A spokeswoman for U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura says indirect talks between the Syrian government and the opposition are likely to be delayed. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

    UN envoy declares ‘official beginning’ to Syria peace talks

    GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria has announced the official start of peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition leaders.

  • Report finds cronyism turning business off of New Mexico

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s economy is losing potential business because of a lingering perception of corruption and cronyism in its government, according to a new report.

  • In this Sunday, June 21, 2015 file photo, Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. Regev caused an uproar this week in parliament by vowing to press ahead with legislation that would allow her as minister to determine what cultural institutions and projects could be denied funding based on a list of criteria that could include denigrating the national flag or state symbols, denying Israel’s existence as a Jewish and democratic state, or promoting Israel’s independence day as a day of mourning.(AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)

    Israel’s liberal artists decry attempts to limit expression

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s cultural class is increasingly alarmed by what many see as a tightening noose on freedom of expression, as a hard-line government minister seeks to cut off funding for artists who are critical of the state and activists accuse them of outright treason.

  • In this May 16, 2012 file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Facebook says it’s cracking down on online gun sales, with a new policy that bars private individuals from advertising or selling firearms on the world’s largest social network, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    Facebook announces stricter policy on firearms sales

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook says it’s cracking down on online gun sales, announcing Friday a new policy barring private individuals from advertising or selling firearms on the world’s largest social network.

  • Ethics commission plan advances in New Mexico

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A plan to create an ethics commission to evaluate complaints about the conduct and campaign finances of public officials in New Mexico received a unanimous endorsement in its first legislative committee hearing in Santa Fe.