10,000th Syrian reaches US this week in resettlement program

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) – The U.S. will reach its target this week of taking in 10,000 Syrian war refugees in a year-old resettlement program, the U.S. ambassador to Jordan said Sunday, after meeting families headed to California and ...

Locally transmitted Zika virus infects 41 in Singapore

SINGAPORE (AP) – More than 40 people have been infected by the Zika virus in Singapore, but most have fully recovered, officials said Sunday.Singapore announced its first Zika infection in May, with the virus imported by a 48-yea...

Burkini clash sets tone for France's presidential campaign

PARIS (AP) – The national identity crisis exposed by France's burkini controversy is threatening to set the tone for the country's presidential campaign.A top court ruling Friday against banning the head-to-ankle swimwear didn't ...

Obama plans to create world's largest marine protected area

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating a safe zone for tuna, sea turtles and thousands of other species in what will be the world's largest marine protected area...

Aid access in Syria 'unacceptable': UN

GENEVA (AFP) -- Humanitarian access to Syria's besieged areas is "wholly unacceptable", the UN said Friday as it announced that just one aid convoy had completed deliveries this month. The United Nations humanitarian office said a...

SpaceX Dragon heads back to Earth with station science, gear

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A SpaceX Dragon capsule headed back to Earth on Friday with a load of science experiments and gear from the International Space Station.NASA astronaut Kate Rubins waved goodbye as the Dragon slowly fle...

Car bomb attack in Turkey kills 11 police; 78 wounded

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A Kurdish militant suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden truck into a checkpoint near a police station in southeast Turkey on Friday, killing at least 11 police officers and wounding 78 other people, the...

Tears as town evacuation starts in symbol of Syria revolt

DARAYA (AFP) -- Syrian rebels and civilians, many in tears, began Friday evacuating the Syrian town of Daraya after a four-year army siege, in a blow for the beleaguered opposition.The evacuation came after a deal struck by Presid...

France's top court to rule on burkini ban

PARIS (AFP) -- France's highest administrative court will decide Friday whether to overturn bans on wearing the full-body burkini swimsuit which have sparked controversy at home and abroad.The State Council has heard arguments fro...

China Communist party expels 'insatiable' statistics chief

BEIJING (AFP) -- The "morally bankrupt" former head of China's statistics bureau, responsible for calculating the country's economic figures, has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party for actions including "superstitious a...

US, Russia renew push for elusive agreement on Syria

GENEVA (AP) -- The United States and Russia on Friday renewed efforts to secure a military and humanitarian cooperation agreement for war-torn Syria as conditions on the ground continued to deteriorate after months of hesitation, ...

Strong aftershocks rattle devastated Italian earthquake zone

AMATRICE, Italy (AP) -- Strong aftershocks rattled central Italy and shut down a key route into the hard-hit town of Amatrice on Friday as hopes dimmed that firefighters would find any more survivors from the earthquake that kille...

Court rejects state appeal over 'lenient' Pistorius sentence

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) -- A South African judge on Friday rejected the state's appeal seeking a longer jail sentence for Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, who is serving a six-year term for killing his girlfriend three years ago.Thokozile ...

Hope for survivors fades as Italy quake toll climbs

AMATRICE, Italy (AFP) -- An increasingly forlorn search for victims of the earthquake that brought carnage to central Italy entered a third day Friday as a day of mourning was declared for victims of a disaster that has claimed at...

US fears over IS group's Southeast Asia expansion

SINGAPORE (AFP) -- Islamic State jihadists are eyeing expansion into Southeast Asia by joining forces with local extremists, a senior US counter-terrorism official warned Friday.IS has a history of partnering with militant groups ...