- AP Exclusive: UN rights staff fear for jobs amid abuse case
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s poor handling of child sexual abuse claims against French soldiers has human rights staffers fearing for their jobs as they struggle with how to respond to highly sensitive allegations in the future, according to a letter to the world body's human rights chief obtained by The Associated Press.
- Defiant soccer chief resists calls to resign amid scandal
ZURICH (AP) — As defiant as ever, Sepp Blatter resisted calls to resign as FIFA president Thursday and deflected blame for the massive bribery and corruption scandal engulfing soccer's world governing body.
- Civilians biggest losers on Afghan war's new northern front
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) — When the Taliban descended a month ago on Dam Shakh, a hamlet on the wheat-growing plains of northern Afghanistan's Kunduz province, nobody was prepared.
- Myanmar warns against 'finger pointing' at migrant meeting
BANGKOK (AP) — Regional talks to deal with the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia began Friday with a defensive Myanmar official criticizing those who blame his country for causing the crisis, saying "finger pointing" would not help.
- Israel begins honoring long-overlooked Jewish WWII veterans
JERUSALEM (AP) — As a proud patriot, Brooklyn-born Dan Nadel enlisted in the U.S. army right after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But there was another force driving him to battle — his Jewish faith.
- Muhammadu Buhari takes over Nigeria in crisis
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Muhammadu Buhari takes over a nation in crisis Friday with an Islamic uprising that has made 1.5 million people homeless and coffers emptied by massive corruption.
- Alleged Nazi war criminal wanted by Russia dies in Quebec
MONTREAL (AP) — The second most wanted man on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of Nazi war criminals — charged earlier this month by Russia with genocide — has died at age 93, his lawyer said.
- Russia steps up propaganda push with online "Kremlin trolls"
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Deep inside a four-story marble building in St. Petersburg, hundreds of workers tap away at computers on the front lines of an information war, say those who have been inside. Known as "Kremlin trolls," the men and women work 12-hour shifts around the clock, flooding the Internet with propaganda aimed at stamping President Vladimir Putin's world vision on Russia, and the world.
- Kurdish fighters in Syria on the march against IS militants
BEIRUT (AP) — In contrast to the Iraqi army's failures, Kurdish fighters in Syria are on the march against the Islamic State group, capturing towns and villages in an oil-rich swath of the country's northeast under the cover of U.S.-led airstrikes.
- No exit: For female jihadis, Syria is one-way journey
PARIS (AP) — When three British schoolgirls trundled across the Syrian border; when a pregnant 14-year-old ran away from her Alpine home for the second time; when a sheltered girl from the south of France booked her first trip abroad — they were going to a place of no return.