• Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leaves after a press conference of the Group of Seven Summit in Shima, central Japan, Friday, May 27, 2016. The G-7 host, Abe appealed to his fellow leaders to act to avert another global crisis, comparing the current global economic situation to conditions just before the 2008 financial crisis. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    G7 leaders pledge action on terrorism, refugees, slow growth

    SHIMA, Japan (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed success Friday in winning support for his approach to fighting off a possible economic crisis from fellow leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations, despite mounting evidence the formula is failing to yield promised results in Japan.

    Updated: 4:02 am

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the World Humanitarian Summit, in Istanbul, Monday, May 23, 2016. World leaders and representatives of humanitarian organisations from across the globe converge in Istanbul on May 23-24, 2016 for the first World Humanitarian Summit, focused on how to reform a system many judge broken. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Turkey threatens to suspend agreements with EU

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Turkey’s president on Monday that Ankara must fulfill all the European Union’s conditions, including revisions to Turkey’s anti-terror laws, to secure visa-free travel to the EU for its citizens.

  • This picture provided by the office of Iraq's Prime Minister, shows Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, seated left, wearing a black uniform and flanked by senior military commanders during a meeting at the Fallujah Operation Command center outside Fallujah, Iraq, Monday, May 23, 2016. Iraqi government forces on Monday pushed Islamic State militants out of some agricultural areas outside Fallujah as they launched a military offensive to recapture the city from the extremists, officials said. (Iraqi Prime Minister's Office via AP)

    Iraqi forces battle IS militants outside Fallujah

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister hailed “big successes” Monday by government troops after launching an offensive to retake Fallujah from Islamic State militants, but the operation promises to be one of the toughest challenges yet for the country’s struggling security forces.

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians gather in front of a burning car at the scene where suicide bombers blew themselves up, in the coastal town of Tartus, Syria, Monday, May 23, 2016. Syrian TV said suicide bombers blew themselves followed by a car bomb in a parking lot packed during morning rush hour. (SANA via AP)

    The Latest: IS claims deadly blasts in 2 Syrian cities

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Latest on a violent day in the Middle East, with deadly bombings in Syria and Yemen and the start of an Iraqi government offensive to retake the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State group (all times local):

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians gather in front of a burning car at the scene where suicide bombers blew themselves up, in the coastal town of Tartus, Syria, Monday, May 23, 2016. Syrian TV said suicide bombers blew themselves followed by a car bomb in a parking lot packed during morning rush hour. (SANA via AP)

    Syria TV: More than 20 killed in explosions in coastal city

    BEIRUT (AP) — A series of coordinated explosions including suicide bombings rocked two normally quiet coastal government strongholds in Syria Monday, killing more than 80 people and wounding 200 others, state media and opposition activists said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

  • Shiite clerics and mourners pray over the Iraqi flag-draped coffins of two people killed in protests at Baghdad's highly fortified Green Zone on Friday, during their funeral at the holy shrine of Imam Ali, in Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, May 21, 2016. Hundreds gathered in Baghdad's Sadr City and at the holy shrine of Imam Ali in Najaf, as families held funerals for the two men killed in Friday's protests. Their coffins were hoisted above the crowds of mourners in Sadr City before being driven to Najaf for burial. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)

    Funerals held for 2 killed in Friday protests

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds gathered in Baghdad’s Sadr City Saturday as families held funerals for two people killed in protests a day earlier. The coffins for the two men were hoisted above the crowds of mourners before being driven to the holy city of Najaf for burial.

  • In this May 19, 2016 picture Belgium's Mourad Laachraoui , right, celebrates  after winning his fight against Spain's Jesus Tortosa Cabrera, during their men -54kg final at the European Taekwondo Championships in Montreux, Switzerland. (Daniel Mitchell/Keystone via AP)

    Brother of Brussels bomber wins European taekwondo gold

    MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — Mourad Laachraoui, the brother of one of the Brussels airport suicide bombers, keeps enhancing his Olympic taekwondo prospects after winning his third gold medal this year.

  • Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso, left, speaks next to Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda, right, during a press conference after a meeting of finance ministers and heads of central banks of the Group of Seven in in Akiu, northern Japan, Saturday, May 21, 2016. The G7 major economies showed a united front on fighting terrorist financing and tax evasion in talks that ended Saturday, but shied away from coordinated action on policies to revive stalling growth. Yohei Kanezashi/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    G-7 commits to step up controls on terrorist financing

    AKIU, Japan (AP) — The Group of Seven major economies showed a united front on fighting terrorist financing and tax evasion in talks that ended Saturday, but shied away from coordinated action on policies to revive stalling growth.

  • Pakistani police kill 14 alleged al-Qaida militants

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police acting on intelligence killed 14 al-Qaida members and other militants in two separate shootouts in central Pakistan, authorities said Friday.