Palestinians give cool reception to US peace conference
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinians are giving a cool reception to an American plan to hold a conference next month to unveil the first phase of its Mideast peace plan.
Australia's prime minister set to form majority government
SYDNEY (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison looked set on Monday to form a majority government as vote counting from Australia's weekend election allayed fears that his conservative coalition may have to rule in the minority following its shock victory.
Kashmir group seeks UN probe into torture by India troops
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A prominent rights group in Indian-controlled Kashmir is advocating for the United Nations to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate what it calls the endemic use of torture by government forces who have faced a decades-long anti-India uprising in the disputed region.
Report: More companies in China handing over technology
BEIJING (AP) — The number of foreign companies that feel compelled to hand over technology in exchange for Chinese market access — an issue that sparked President Donald Trump's tariff fight with Beijing — has doubled since two years ago despite official promises to end such pressure, a business group reported Monday.
Conservatives look set to form gov't after Australia vote
SYDNEY (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison looks set to form a majority government as counting of votes from Australia's election allays fears his conservative coalition may have to rule in the minority.
Famed Sherpa climber helps Nepal kids reach greater heights
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Apa Sherpa has stood on top of the world more times than all but one other person. Now he wants to make sure no one feels compelled to follow in his footsteps.
India's marathon election ends, vote count begins Thursday
KOLKATA, India (AP) — Voting in India's mammoth national election ended Sunday with the seventh and final phase of a grueling poll that lasted more than five weeks, as exit polls predicted a victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party and its allies.
Saudis say they will defend themselves, as Trump warns Iran
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia does not want war but will not hesitate to defend itself against Iran, a top Saudi diplomat said Sunday after the kingdom's energy sector was targeted this past week amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf.
Australia's leader vows to get back to work after shock win
SYDNEY (AP) — A jubilant Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison vowed Sunday to get straight back to work after a shock election victory by his conservative government that has left bewildered voters wondering how they were taken by surprise.
US to roll out economic part of Mideast peace plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will unveil the first phase of its long-awaited blueprint for Mideast peace next month at a conference in the region designed to highlight economic benefits that could be reaped if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved, the White House said Sunday.
Swiss voters approve tighter gun laws, lining up with the EU
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters on Sunday approved a measure to tighten the Alpine nation's gun laws, bringing the country in line with many of its European partners despite the objections of local gun owners, official results showed.
UN tells Italy proposed decree violates migrants' rights
ROME (AP) — The Italian interior ministry vowed Sunday to press ahead with a new decree formalizing the closure of Italian ports to aid groups that rescue migrants, even after U.N.
Pro-EU rallies draw tens of thousands before elections
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Tens of thousands of demonstrators opposed to right-wing populism and nationalism took to the streets Sunday in a number of European cities before May 23-26 elections to the European Parliament.
Vast gasoline lines form in oil-rich Venezuela
MARACAIBO, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. sanctions on oil-rich Venezuela appear to be taking hold, resulting in mile-long lines for fuel in the South American nation's second-largest city, Maracaibo.
No more Mr Europe: Macron forced to curb EU ambitions
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron sees himself as Europe's savior, and this week's European Parliament elections as a make-or-break moment for the beleaguered European Union.
In Iran, a plunging economy trumps fears of US confrontation
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Across Iran's capital, the talk always seems to come back to how things may get worse. Battered by U.S. sanctions and its depreciating rial currency, Iran's 80 million people struggle to buy meat, medicine and other staples of daily life.
Bomb hits tourist bus near Egypt's Giza Pyramids, wounds 17
CAIRO (AP) — A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Sunday near the Giza Pyramids, wounding at least 17 people including tourists, Egyptian officials said.
Austrian president eyes September as best time for new vote
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Austria's president said the first few days of September would be the best time to hold an early election after a covert video scandal shook up the country's politics and warned that the government needed to remain capable of taking part in important European Union decisions in the interim.
Russia says Syrian government forces halt fire in Idlib
MOSCOW (AP) — Syrian government forces have unilaterally ceased fire in the northern Idlib province, the last major rebel stronghold, Russia said Sunday, while opposition activists reported continued shelling and airstrikes.
On two wheels, 'The Climb' rides through Cannes as a hit
CANNES, France (AP) — Some stars and directors come to the Cannes Film Festival by boat, others by private jet. Michael Angelo Covino and Kyle Marvin pretty much cycled their way into Cannes.
Royal praise for Dutch singer's victory at flashy Eurovision
AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch royal family and prime minister are leading an unusual outpouring of praise for the 25-year-old singer who brought the Netherlands its first victory in the Eurovision song contest since the 1970s.
Jobs, corruption top issues as Malawi votes for president
LILONGWE, Malawi (AP) — Corruption and the need for economic growth are the main campaign issues as Malawi goes to the polls Tuesday for a presidential election that pits the incumbent against his own vice president as well as the country's main opposition party.
Blame it on Bieber: Iceland canyon too popular with visitors
FJADRÁRGLJÚFUR, Iceland (AP) — A large sign warns motorists that Iceland's Fjadrárgljúfur canyon is closed to visitors but drivers keep on coming down the narrow gravel road.
AP PHOTOS: Indians vote in final phase of election
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's marathon general election, the world's largest democratic exercise, is nearing the finish line. The first of the election's seven staggered phases was held on April 11.
Australia's conservative coalition wins surprise 3rd term
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's ruling conservative coalition won a surprise victory in the country's general election on Saturday, defying opinion polls that had tipped the center-left opposition party to oust it from power and promising an end to the revolving door of national leaders.