• French President Francois Hollande, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pay their respect in front of the Eternal Flame at the Douaumont's Ossuary, in Douaumont, northeastern France, Sunday May 29, 2016, during a remembrance ceremony to mark the centenary of the battle of Verdun. Hollande and Merkel are marking 100 years since the 10-month Battle of Verdun, which killed 163,000 French and 143,000 German soldiers and wounded hundreds of thousands. (Mathieu Cugnot/Pool Photo via AP)

    German, French leaders mark 100 years since Battle of Verdun

    VERDUN, France (AP) — In solemn ceremonies Sunday in the forests of eastern France, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel marked 100 years since the Battle of Verdun, determined to show that, despite the bloodbath of World War I, their countries’ improbable friendship is now a source of hope for today’s fractured Europe.

  • Driver’s family press charges over US drone hit on Pakistan

    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — The family of a driver who was killed alongside Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan has filed a case against U.S. officials, seeking to press murder charges, police said Sunday.

    Updated: 11:46 am

  • This image posted on the Twitter page of Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front on Thursday, May 5, 2016, shows a fighter from the Nusra Front firing a weapon during clashes against Syrian government forces and pro-government militiamen in the town of Khan Touman, near Aleppo province, Syria. Al-Qaida’s branch in Syria has recruited hundreds of new fighters, including teenagers, and taken territory from government forces in a successful offensive in the north, illustrating how the cease-fire put in place by Russia and the United State to weaken the militants has in many ways backfired. Arabic, bottom, reads "preparation for the attack with heavy machine gun fire in Khan Touman." (Al-Nusra Front social media account via AP)

    Syria’s cease-fire strengthens al-Qaida branch

    BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida’s branch in Syria has recruited thousands of fighters, including teenagers, and taken territory from government forces in a successful offensive in the north, illustrating how the cease-fire put in place by Russia and the United States to weaken the militants has in many ways backfired.

  • Israel arrests Palestinian suspects in Jerusalem bus attack

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s internal security service says it has arrested six Palestinians from the West Bank suspected of preparing explosives and planning the bomb attack on a bus in Jerusalem that wounded 21 Israelis last month.

  • This Friday, May 27, 2016 image from video provided by KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV shows graffiti on a Vietnam War memorial in the Venice area of Los Angeles. The homespun memorial painted on a block-long wall on Pacific Avenue lists the names of American service members missing in action or unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, painted by a Vietnam veteran and dedicated in 1992. The wall has been tagged previously but the latest vandalism - within the past week - covers the bottom half of the memorial for much of its length. (KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV via AP)  TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Veterans sites in California, Kentucky, Virginia damaged

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Memorials to veterans in a Los Angeles neighborhood and a town in Kentucky, as well as a Civil War veterans cemetery in Virginia, were damaged as the nation prepares to mark Memorial Day, officials said.

  • This Friday, May 27, 2016 image from video provided by KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV shows graffiti on a Vietnam War memorial in the Venice area of Los Angeles. The homespun memorial painted on a block-long wall on Pacific Avenue lists the names of American service members missing in action or unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, painted by a Vietnam veteran and dedicated in 1992. The wall has been tagged previously but the latest vandalism - within the past week - covers the bottom half of the memorial for much of its length. (KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV via AP)  TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Veterans sites in California, Kentucky, Virginia damaged

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Memorials to veterans in a Los Angeles neighborhood and a town in Kentucky, as well as a Civil War veterans cemetery in Virginia, were damaged as the nation prepares to mark Memorial Day, officials said.

  • In this Sunday Feb. 15, 2015 file photo and provided on by the Syrian anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian rebels firing locally made shells against the Syrian government forces, in Aleppo, Syria. Islamic State militants entered a Syrian opposition stronghold in the country's north on Saturday, clashing with rebels on the edges of the town as the extremist group built on its most significant advance near the Turkish border in two years, Syrian opposition groups and IS media said. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC, File)

    Syria rebels under fire from IS militants, government troops

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants entered a major Syrian opposition stronghold in the country’s north on Saturday, clashing with rebels on the edges of the town as the extremist group builds on its most significant advance near the Turkish border in two years — even as it loses ground elsewhere in the country and in neighboring Iraq.

  • Palestinians chant slogans as they carry the body of Abdel-Fattah al-Sharif, during his funeral, in the West Bank city of Hebron, Saturday, May 28, 2016. Al-Sharif was killed by an Israeli soldier in March while lying on the ground seriously wounded after he and another Palestinian attacked IDF troops.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

    West Bank buries wounded Palestinian who was killed in March

    HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — Over a thousand people have attended the West Bank funeral of a Palestinian who was shot and killed by an Israeli soldier while he lay wounded after carrying out a stabbing attack on security forces in March.

  • In this undated and unknown location photo, the new leader of Taliban fighters, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada poses for a portrait. Afghanistan's government has offered the new Taliban leader a choice: make peace or face the same fate as his predecessor, who was killed last week in a U.S. drone strike. (Afghan Islamic Press via AP)

    AP Analysis: Hopes for peace dim with new Taliban leader

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s government has offered the new Taliban leader a choice: make peace or face the same fate as his predecessor, killed in a U.S. drone strike last week. But Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada is a hard-liner who has used his religious credentials to justify the Taliban insurgency that has killed or wounded tens of thousands of Afghan civilians as a “holy war” and his succession has inspired little hope for an end to the bloodshed.

  • People sit in federal court for the sentencing of former military officers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, May 27, 2016. The court will deliver a sentence on a long-awaited human rights trial focused on Operation Condor, a secret conspiracy launched by six South American dictators in the 1970s in a combined effort to track down their enemies and eliminate them. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Argentine court sentences ex-dictator for Operation Condor

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s last dictator and 14 other former military officials were sentenced to prison for human rights crimes, marking the first time a court has ruled that Operation Condor was a criminal conspiracy to kidnap and forcibly disappear people across international borders.