Told to leave, IS 'caliphate' holdouts in Syria stay devoted
OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — They were living in holes in the ground, with only dry flatbread to eat at the end. Those injured in an intense military campaign had no access to medical care, and those who were sick had no medicine.
Aid showdown: Venezuela opposition prepares to deliver goods
CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuelans frustrated over their nation's crippling food and medical shortages are expected to join opposition leaders Saturday in a potentially risky push to deliver international aid that Nicolas Maduro has refused to accept into the country.
Yellow vest protesters try to keep up momentum on week 15
PARIS (AP) — French yellow vest protest organizers are trying to tamp down violence and anti-Semitism in the movement's ranks as they launch a 15th straight weekend of demonstrations.
Severely ill children left in limbo by Venezuela-US crisis
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Carlos Acosta thought his prayers had been answered when he was able to fly his son out of Venezuela, where hospitals lack basic supplies, to Spain for a needed bone marrow transplant.
Nun to Vatican abuse summit: "This storm will not pass by"
VATICAN CITY (AP) — A prominent Nigerian nun has blasted the culture of silence in the Catholic Church that has long sought to hide clergy sexual abuse, telling a Vatican summit that transparency and an admission of mistakes is needed to restore trust.
Gunfire heard in cities as Nigerians finally go to the polls
DAURA, Nigeria (AP) — Gunfire opened Nigeria's delayed election on Saturday as President Muhammadu Buhari seeks a second term in Africa's most populous nation.
Legal loophole may be closing for bishops who hide sex abuse
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The legal loopholes that have allowed Catholic bishops to escape sanction when they cover up clergy sex abuse cases may be closing.
From bombers to Big Macs: Vietnam a lesson in reconciliation
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The Vietnamese capital once trembled as waves of American bombers unleashed their payloads, but when Kim Jong Un arrives here for his summit with President Donald Trump he won't find rancor toward a former enemy.
Venezuela opposition leader Guaido appears at aid concert
CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Defying orders banning him from leaving Venezuela, opposition leader Juan Guaido made a surprise appearance at the end of star-studded aid concert in neighboring Colombia, joining thousands of other Venezuelans in pressuring President Nicolas Maduro into allowing the delivery of emergency food and medicine.
The Latest: Venezuela partially closes Colombian border
CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Venezuela's government is ordering the partial closure of its border with Colombia hours ahead of a U.S.-backed plan to deliver humanitarian aid over the objections of President Nicolas Maduro.
Sudan declares state of emergency, disbands Cabinet
CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, facing deadly protests, on Friday declared a state of emergency for a year, disbanded the federal government and replaced all state governors with senior army officers.
The Latest: Trump raises prospect of dropping Huawei charges
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S.-China trade talks in Washington (all times local): 4:20 p.m. President Donald Trump says the possibility of dropping criminal charges against Huawei would be discussed with U.S.
From Syria, IS slips into Iraq to fight another day
BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State fighters facing defeat in Syria are slipping across the border into Iraq, where they are destabilizing the country's fragile security, U.S.
Vatican sex abuse summit seeks new culture of accountability
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals attending Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse called Friday for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors when they fail to protect their flocks from predator priests.
Protests in Algeria against president's bid for 5th term
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Thousands of Algerians have taken to the streets in several towns to denounce ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term.
UN nuclear watchdog: Iran stays within limits of 2015 deal
VIENNA (AP) — Iran is continuing to comply with the landmark 2015 deal with major powers aimed at preventing Tehran from building atomic weapons in exchange for economic incentives despite the United States withdrawing from the pact and re-imposing sanctions, the U.N.
Palestinians protest in Gaza and Jerusalem, 1 killed
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli gunfire killed a Palestinian teenager at a protest along Gaza-Israel border fence, Gaza officials said Friday, as thousands in contested Jerusalem descended on a section of a flashpoint holy site that has been closed by Israeli court order for over a decade.
Africa's largest democracy finally goes to vote, a week late
KANO, Nigeria (AP) — A voting card and a metal rod for self-defense are both close at hand in Christopher Obiorah's tiny bookshop but he hopes to use just one of them when Africa's largest democracy goes to the polls on Saturday, one week after a surprise delay.
Israeli acting foreign minister doubles down on Nazi comment
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's acting foreign minister has doubled down on his divisive claim that Poles collaborated with the Nazis and "suckled anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk."
The Latest: US ambassador: Protect children, stop sex abuse
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' sex abuse summit at the Vatican (all times local): 5:15 p.m. The U.S. ambassador to the Vatican says she hopes the Holy See will show a "renewed commitment to ending clerical sexual abuse" following this week's summit of church leaders at the Vatican.
Pakistan's army strips ex-spy chief of pension over book
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's army has stripped a former spy chief of his pension and other benefits over a book he co-authored with his former Indian counterpart.
Fly-past honors WWII airmen who died saving UK children
SHEFFIELD, England (AP) — U.S. and Royal Air Force planes roared over the English city of Sheffield on Friday to honor 10 American airmen who sacrificed their lives to save British children playing in a park beneath their crippled bomber during World War II.
As prices soar, Turkey's Erdogan woos voters with vegetables
ISTANBUL (AP) — In a middle class Istanbul neighborhood shoppers form a long line to an immense tent carrying a sign that reads "Total combat against inflation."
Ireland publishes no-deal Brexit bill it hopes it won't need
LONDON (AP) — The Irish government published legislation Friday designed to ease the damage if Britain leaves the European Union next month without a Brexit divorce deal — but said it hoped the law would never be needed.