- North Korea fires rocket seen as covert missile test Updated: Feb-06-16 8:15 pm
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland.
- The Latest: Attackers torch refugee center in Prague Updated: Feb-06-16 3:17 pm
AMSTERDAM - The Latest on the flow of thousands of would-be refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere to Europe (all times local):
- Turkey under pressure as Syrians mass at border Updated: Feb-06-16 2:22 pm
BEIRUT - Turkey came under mounting pressure to open its border Saturday as tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing a government onslaught sought entry and the European Union called on Ankara to grant them refuge.
- Editorials from around New England Updated: Feb-06-16 1:17 pm
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers:
- In Obama's final year, Senate is slow to act on his nominees Updated: Feb-05-16 5:28 pm
WASHINGTON - If you wear combat fatigues to work, then your nomination is almost sure to sail through the Senate. If not, you're likely in for a long wait.
- Obama, Xi discuss NKorea amid signs of rocket launch preps Updated: Feb-05-16 4:45 pm
WASHINGTON - The presidents of the U.S. and China agreed Friday that a planned rocket launch by North Korea would violate U.N. sanctions, the White House said, amid signs the isolated nation was moving closer to blastoff.
- Canada eases certain sanctions against Iran Updated: Feb-05-16 4:27 pm
TORONTO - Canada has dropped many of the sanctions it imposed on Iran over that country's nuclear ambitions.
- Historic step: Pope, Russia patriarch meet in Cuba Feb. 12 Updated: Feb-05-16 1:44 pm
VATICAN CITY - In an historic step to heal the 1,000-year schism that split Christianity, Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in an attempt to begin bridging the church's East-West divide.
- Seoul, Tokyo threaten to intercept N. Korean rocket debris Updated: Feb-04-16 4:37 am
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea and Japan vowed to shoot down any debris that falls on their territories from a long-range rocket that North Korea plans to fire this month, with Seoul saying Thursday that it has detected launch preparations by Pyongyang.
- North Korea's rocket plans seen as disrespectful of China Updated: Feb-03-16 11:42 pm
BEIJING - The timing couldn't have appeared worse. North Korea announces it will launch a long-range rocket smack in the middle of a top Chinese envoy's visit to Pyongyang. In diplomatic terms, it was yet another sign of disrespect for North Korea's chief ally.
- China urges restraint over North Korea rocket launch Updated: Feb-03-16 7:19 am
BEIJING - China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday called for all sides to show restraint over North Korea's announcement that it plans to launch a rocket in defiance of U.N. sanctions.
- Iran's stock exchange hits 1-year high after nuclear deal Updated: Feb-02-16 11:30 am
TEHRAN, Iran - The Tehran Stock Exchange has rallied to a one-year high after Iran's landmark nuclear deal with world powers went into effect last month, a spokesman for the exchange said Tuesday.
- Iran: $100B in assets 'fully released' under nuclear deal Updated: Feb-01-16 9:05 am
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran said Monday it now has access to more than $100 billion worth of frozen overseas assets following the implementation of a landmark nuclear deal with world powers.
- Senate committee approves North Korea sanctions bill Updated: Jan-28-16 4:33 pm
WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved legislation to tighten sanctions against North Korea following its latest nuclear test explosion.
- Car-making deals, protests greet Iranian president in Paris Updated: Jan-28-16 3:09 pm
PARIS - France's government welcomed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday with promises of a new beginning in an old relationship, starting with investments to boost Iran's flagging economy that has been crippled by decades of sanctions.
- Iran: European airlines set to resume flights to Tehran Updated: Jan-28-16 2:47 pm
TEHRAN, Iran - Several European airlines aim to resume their flights to Iran following a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, the state-owned IRAN daily reported on Thursday.
- The Latest: France, Iran sign trade deals Updated: Jan-28-16 1:46 pm
PARIS - The Latest on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's visit to Europe (all times local):
- AP Exclusive: Officials say France wants more Iran sanctions Updated: Jan-27-16 4:54 pm
VIENNA - France has asked the European Union to consider new sanctions against Iran over recent missile tests, in a request made shortly after the EU ended sanctions over Iran's nuclear program, officials have told The Associated Press.
- Obama administration loosens Cuba embargo with new measures Updated: Jan-26-16 9:15 pm
HAVANA - The Obama administration is loosening the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba with a new round of regulations allowing American companies to sell to Cuba on credit and export a potentially wide range of products to the Cuban government for the first time, officials said Tuesday.
- Vatican: Iran must join fight against terrorism Updated: Jan-26-16 3:22 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis held talks with Iran's president at the Vatican Tuesday, calling on Tehran to play a key role in stopping the spread of terrorism as Iran tries to improve its image in the global arena following an agreement on its nuclear program.
- Iran signs flurry of business deals as leader visits Europe Updated: Jan-26-16 11:55 am
MILAN - Iran is signing business deals across Europe as its president embarks on a tour of the region to restore contacts after years of economic sanctions and international isolation.
- The Latest: Iran's president, Pope Francis exchange gifts Updated: Jan-26-16 8:52 am
VATICAN CITY - The Latest on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's visit to Europe (all times local):
- UN panel: South Sudan rival leaders qualify for sanctions Updated: Jan-25-16 7:35 pm
JUBA, South Sudan - South Sudan's president and a rebel leader both merit sanctions because their troops have targeted civilians and broken international law, a U.N. panel of experts says in a new report obtained by The Associated Press.
- Russian economy has worst year since global financial crisis Updated: Jan-25-16 5:51 am
MOSCOW - Russia's economy shrank 3.7 percent in 2015, the worst drop since the depths of the global financial crisis, as the country struggled with a drop in the price of its oil exports and international sanctions, the state statistics service said Monday.
- China seeks 'new chapter' with Iran after sanctions end Updated: Jan-23-16 12:52 pm
TEHRAN, Iran - Chinese President Xi Jinping said Saturday he hopes to open a "new chapter" in relations with Iran after the lifting of international sanctions under a historic nuclear deal, as he paid the first visit by a Chinese leader to the Islamic Republic in 14 years.