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U.S. aims to make Iran nuclear deal immune to Russian, Chinese veto

UNITED NATIONS - Washington wants to be certain that any nuclear deal between Iran and major powers includes the possibility of restoring U.N. sanctions if Tehran breaks the agreement without risking Russian and Chinese vetoes, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.

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King's changes make Saudi policy less predictable

RIYADH - Changes in Saudi Arabia's leadership have concentrated power in an inner circle of the Al Saud dynasty, removing constraints on the monarch and making the conservative kingdom's strategic positions less predictable.

World, Saudi Arabia 6:23am EDT

Aid agencies may stop Yemen work, Houthis say raids kill 43

CAIRO - Planes from a Saudi-led coalition struck Yemeni provinces near the Saudi border overnight, killing at least 43 civilians, Houthi sources said, as 22 aid agencies warned that fuel shortages could halt their work.

World, United Nations, Yemen 5:14am EDT

EU's top diplomat says destabilized Russia in nobody's interest

BEIJING - A destabilized and isolated Russia is in nobody's interests, and sanctions are only being kept in place because a truce agreement in the conflict in Ukraine is not being fully implemented, the European Union's foreign policy chief said on Wednesday.

World, Russia 6:19am EDT

Germanwings co-pilot practiced before crash: Bild

BERLIN - The Germanwings co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps in March, killing all 150 people on board, practiced a descent on the previous flight, German newspaper Bild reported.

Almost 40,000 flee Burundi amid political crisis: U.N.

BUJUMBURA - Nearly 40,000 refugees have fled Burundi to neighboring Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the last month, amid protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

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Thai army finds six more bodies near suspected human trafficking camp

PADANG BESAR, Thailand - Authorities in Thailand have dug up the bodies of six suspected Rohingya migrants from Myanmar at a rubber plantation near a mountain where a mass grave was found at the weekend, the military said on Wednesday.