U.N. human rights office: Islamic State group appears to be using tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians as human shieldsU.N. human rights office: Islamic State group appears to be using tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians as human shields.
Syrian rebels launch Aleppo offensive to break siege
Fierce fighting broke out around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo Friday as rebels announced a large-scale offensive to break the government's nearly two-month siege of opposition-held areas. A reporter ...
Upstart Pirate Party senses victory in Iceland elections
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) ? The past few years have been stormy for Iceland, a country threatened by volcanoes and brought low by bankers. Now, Icelanders are thinking of putting their trust in pirates.
UK tribunal to rule on work benefits for Uber driversLONDON (AP) ? A British employment tribunal is expected to rule on whether Uber drivers are employees in a case that challenges the ride-sharing service's business model.
Northern Ireland court rejects Brexit challenge
By Amanda Ferguson BELFAST (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's High Court on Friday ruled that the law of the province did not restrict the British prime minister's ability to trigger an exit from the European Union, and that the consent of the regional parliament was not required. But it said that it would defer to English courts on the wider issue of whether Prime Minister Theresa May and her ministers have the authority to invoke Article 50 of the EU Lisbon Treaty, the mechanism by which a nation can leave the bloc, without the explicit backing of the British parliament. ...
Hong Kong regulators probe UBS on initial public offeringsHONG KONG (AP) ? Swiss bank UBS said Friday that Hong Kong regulators are investigating its work on some initial public offerings on the southern Chinese financial center's stock market.
In Germany, Syrians find mosques too conservative
By Joseph Nasr COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Hani Salam escaped civil war in Syria and survived the journey from Egypt to Europe. Syrians in Germany say many of the country's Arab mosques are more conservative than those at home. People have criticized the way the newcomers dress and practice their religion, they said.
US says Iraqis have retaken 40 villages from IS near Mosul
Hideki Matsuyama backing up his top 10 ranking
SHANGHAI (AP) ? Hideki Matsuyama arrived at the HSBC Champions as the first Japanese player in nearly two decades to reach the top 10 in the world ranking. His 19 birdies over 36 holes in biting chill and swirling wind helped explain how he got there.
Israel to name nuclear facility after Shimon PeresJERUSALEM (AP) ? Israel's prime minister says a nuclear facility will be named after late former President Shimon Peres.