UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia says it has asked the U.N. Security Council to blacklist two powerful Syrian rebel groups that it considers "terrorist organizations," one which is playing a key role in political negotiations aimed at ending the five-year conflict.
Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters Wednesday that the two hardline Islamic groups — Jaish al-Islam, or the Army of Islam, and Ahrar al-Sham — aren't observing the cessation of hostilities in...
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Judges in Mexico have ordered two soldiers and three federal police officers to stand trial in connection with the torture of a young woman that was caught on video.
Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that all five face charges of torture. They are accused of torturing the woman after she was detained Feb. 4, 2015, in Ajuchitlan del Progreso, in the troubled southern state of Guerrero.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The director of Mexico's criminal investigation agency is defending the handling of evidence in the case of 43 missing students, after an international group of experts raised questions about it.
Tomas Zeron says he visited the scene where charred bone fragments believed to belong to the students were found on Oct. 29, 2014. He acknowledges that he visited the scene Oct. 28, but he said Wednesday no evidence was picked up that day.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister says a review of nation gun laws will not weaken strict regulations that have kept Australians safer since 35 people were shot dead by a mass murderer 20 years ago.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was in the island state of Tasmania on Thursday to attend a 20th anniversary commemoration of one of the world's worst mass murders by a lone gunman at the historic tourist site of Port Arthur on April 28, 1996....
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Syria is appealing to the U.S. and Russia to intervene "at the highest level" to help revive ailing Syrian peace talks without setting a date for them to resume.
Staffan de Mistura spoke to reporters early Thursday after briefing the U.N. Security Council via videoconference about the largely stalled talks. He said he hoped talks could resume sometime in May but suggested it would first require a reduction in fighting.
MONTREAL (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency says Russia was responsible for more doping violations than any other country in 2014, while track and field was the sport with the worst doping record over the year.
Russian athletes topped the country list with a total of 148 violations, followed by Italy with 123 and India with 96, according to a WADA report on doping cases around the world. Belgium and France completed the top five with 91 violations each....
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. government is honoring dozens of Puerto Rican veterans who faced discrimination and waited decades to be recognized for fighting several wars under the last segregated unit in combat.
U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald traveled to the American territory to hand out the Congressional Gold Medal to veterans on Wednesday. He said the service of the 65th Infantry Regiment known as the Borinqueneers is legendary....
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group says Egyptian police arrested at least 382 people in the days leading up to and during April 25 protests in Cairo against a government decision to hand over control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.
Human Rights Watch, citing witnesses and media reports, said Wednesday that Egyptian police arrested lawyers and activists.
It cited the Front for the Defense of Egyptian Protesters, an independent rights...