- North Korea sends another US citizen to prison
PYONGYANG, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year.
- Prominent detentions of foreigners in North Korea
Prominent detentions of foreigners by North Korea in recent years:
- Polls open in key runoff parliamentary election in Iran
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's parliamentary runoff elections got underway Friday, a key vote to decide whether hard-liners or moderate forces backing President Hassan Rouhani will control the legislature, state media reported.
- Casualties mount from bombardment in Syria's largest city
BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes and artillery killed more than 60 people in the past 24 hours in Aleppo, including dozens at a hospital in a rebel-held neighborhood, as Syria's largest city was turned once again into a major battleground in the civil war, officials said Thursday.
- AP EXPLAINS: A look at the Syrian city of Aleppo
As a two-month-old cease-fire collapses and peace talks stall, the northern city of Aleppo is once again a main battlefield in Syria's devastating civil war. More than 60 people have been killed in less than 24 hours in airstrikes and shelling on contested neighborhoods of the city.
- Iran calls on UN to help with US court asset award
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran asked the United Nations on Thursday to intervene with the U.S. government over a Supreme Court ruling that allows nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets to be paid to victims of terrorist attacks for which the Middle Eastern country has been blamed.
- Israel treads carefully with claim to Golan
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sparked a new diplomatic brushfire by declaring that the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war, is and should remain "under Israel's sovereignty permanently."
- AP PHOTOS: Fragments of shattered lives after Ecuador quake
PEDERNALES, Ecuador (AP) — The dreams, plans and even the lives of hundreds of families were shattered in one moment — 6:58 p.m. on April 16 — when a magnitude 7.8 earthquake rocked the central coast of Ecuador.
- UN says 9,333 killed since Ukraine conflict began
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nearly 10,000 people have been killed and more than 20,000 injured since the Ukraine conflict began in April 2014, a top U.N. official said Thursday.
- Biden presses Iraq to not let political chaos upend gains
BAGHDAD (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden pressed Iraq on Thursday not to let its crippling political crisis upend hard-fought gains against the Islamic State group as he returned to the country that's come to symbolize America's relentless struggles in the Middle East.