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Hong Kong chooses new Beijing-backed leader amid political tension

HONG KONG A Beijing-backed civil servant, Carrie Lam, was chosen to be Hong Kong's next leader on Sunday amid accusations that Beijing is meddling and denying the financial hub a more populist leader perhaps better able to defuse political tension. | Video

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Egyptian court jails 56 over migrant boat shipwreck

RASHID, Egypt An Egyptian court sentenced 56 people to prison on Sunday over the capsizing of a migrant boat that left over 200 people dead last year.

Egypt 7:51am EDT

Iran denies harassing U.S. warships in Gulf, warns of clashes

DUBAI Iran denied on Saturday U.S. accusations that its fast-attack boats were "harassing" warships at the mouth of the Gulf, and said Washington would be responsible for any clashes in the key oil shipping route.

Mar 25 2017

Islamic State warns Syrian dam at risk of collapse

BEIRUT Islamic State has warned that the Tabqa dam, which a U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab militia is trying to capture from the militant group, is at imminent risk of collapse because of airstrikes and increased water levels.

7:59am EDT

Iraqi military says 61 bodies found in Mosul district, combat around key mosque

MOSUL, Iraq Iraq's military said on Sunday that 61 bodies were recovered from a collapsed building that Islamic State had booby-trapped in west Mosul, but there was no sign the building had been hit by a coalition air strike.

Iraq 8:47am EDT

Snap election to test Bulgaria's divided loyalties

SOFIA Bulgarians were voting in a snap general election on Sunday, with the center-right GERB party challenged for power by Socialists who say they will improve ties with Russia even if it means upsetting the country's European Union partners.

Russia 5:57am EDT

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