• In this May 3, 2016, file photo, U.S. Actor Vin Diesel flashes a heart-in-hand to the crowd ahead of the presentation of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld's "cruise" line for fashion house Chanel, along Paseo del Prado street in Havana, Cuba. The mostly foreign audience arrived in specially hired classic American cars. Havana residents had to watch from behind police lines more than a block away.  (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

    Vin Diesel, Chanel spark cultural backlash in Cuba

    HAVANA (AP) — “Fast and Furious.” U.S. cruise ships. A star-studded private celebration of Chanel.

  • This August 21, 2015 photo shows an EgyptAir Airbus A320 with the registration SU-GCC taking off from Vienna International Airport, Austria. Egyptian aviation officials said on Thursday May 19, 2016 that an EgyptAir plane with the registration SU-GCC, traveling from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board has crashed off the Greek island of Karpathos. Meanwhile, Egypt's chief prosecutor Nabil Sadek says he has ordered an "urgent investigation" into crash. Sadek instructed the National Security Prosecutor to open an "extensive investigation" in the incident. (AP Photo/Thomas Ranner)

    What caused EgyptAir plane crash? A look at likely scenarios

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — While nothing can be ruled out yet, what’s known about the erratic behavior of EgyptAir flight 804 before it crashed suggests the cause was human rather than technical, or potentially a combination of both, aviation experts told The Associated Press.

  • Army Gen. Joseph Votel speaks to reporters at a base in Taji, Iraq, Friday, May 20, 2016, where Iraqi soldiers are being trained by Australian and New Zealand military forces. Bolstered by U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi ground forces have recaptured the western town of Rutba after Islamic State fighters who had occupied the town for nearly two years fled or put up only light resistance, U.S. military officers said Friday, May 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)

    US says Iraqi forces have retaken western town of Rutba

    TAJI, Iraq (AP) — The top American general for the Middle East said Friday he is confident that Iraq is on course to defeating the Islamic State, but his words were spare and cautious, his tone notably muted.

  • 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.

  • New Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, left, and Vice President Chen Chien-jen wave during their inauguration ceremonies in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, May 20, 2016. Taiwan inaugurated Tsai as its first female president on Friday, returning the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party to power amid new concerns over increasingly fractious relations with Beijing and a flagging economy. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

    New Taiwan president omits one-China principle in speech

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s new independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen tread carefully around the thorny issue of relations with China in her inaugural address Friday, emphasizing the importance of two decades of growing exchanges without mentioning the one-China principle fundamental to Beijing.

  • FILE- In this May 29, 2014, file photo, Thai soldiers guard an area to prevent an anti-coup demonstration at Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand. In the early evening of May 22, 2014, all TV screens in Thailand turned blue and up flashed an army emblem. That was the first sign of change. Suddenly, the country's army commander appeared on-screen to say that he was now in charge. Without firing a shot or spilling any blood, the military had staged its second coup in eight years _ and its 12th since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn, File)

    Voices from Thailand: Reflections on 2-year coup anniversary

    BANGKOK (AP) — In the early evening of May 22, 2014, all TV screens in Thailand turned blue and up flashed an army emblem. That was the first sign of change. Suddenly, the country’s army commander appeared to say he was now in charge.

  • Taiwan's new president Tsai Ing-wen arrives for the presidential inauguration ceremony at the Presidential Office, Friday , May 20, 2016, in Taipei, Taiwan. Taiwan inaugurated Tsai as its first female president on Friday, returning the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party to power amid new concerns over increasingly fractious relations with Beijing and a flagging economy. (Taipei Photojournalist Association, Pool Photo via AP)

    Taiwan’s leader faces thornier ties with China, growth woes

    BEIJING (AP) — Taiwan’s newly inaugurated President Tsai Ing-wen, the first female leader of the self-ruled island, must confront major challenges including navigating increasingly fractious relations with Beijing and rejuvenating the flagging economy.

  • In this Monday, May 16, 2016 photo, orphan children of truck bomb victims, Mushtaq Talib Jassim Issa, 34, and his brother Dergahm Talib Jassim Issa, 32, sit at their home in Baghdad's Sadr City, Iraq. This sprawling district in northeast Baghdad has witnessed some of the worst violence to hit Baghdad this year as Islamic State group fighters have increasingly tuned to insurgent style terrorist attacks in the face of mounting battlefield losses in Iraq. Along Sadr City's main thoroughfares, fresh black posters bare the names and pictures of the more than 80 killed in the past week. The single deadliest attack this year was also in Sadr City in late February when a double car bombing killed more than 70 and wounded more than 100. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Mourning in Sadr City, Baghdad’s deadliest district

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Among the dozens killed when a truck bomb struck a crowded market last week in Baghdad’s Sadr City were two brothers, the only sons of Talib Jassum Issa, who got the news in a phone call just minutes after the attack.

  • Correction: Armenia-Azerbaijan story

    VIENNA (AP) — In a story May 17 about the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, The Associated Press incorrectly reported the size of Nagorno-Karabakh. The region is 4,400 square kilometers (1,700 square miles), not 12,000 square kilometers (4,400 square miles).

  • FILE -- In this April 20, 2016 file photo, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, listens to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during their meeting at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Tuesday that Egypt’s relations with Israel, rooted in a landmark 1979 peace treaty, can only be “warmer” if his country’s former enemy reached a settlement with the Palestinians and pledged to “make every effort” toward a solution. . (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, Pool, File)

    Kerry in Cairo for talks on Egypt’s politics, Mideast peace

    CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was holding talks Wednesday with Egyptian officials on the country’s political situation and to explore Egypt’s ideas for supporting a new Israeli-Palestinian peace bid.