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Israel holds off on escalating Gaza barrage; West wants truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel appeared to hold off on a threatened escalation of its week-old Gaza Strip barrage on Monday despite balking at Western calls for a ceasefire with an equally defiant Hamas. | Video

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Spain's embattled Socialists elect new leader

MADRID - Spain's opposition Socialists, besieged by upstart leftist movements and struggling to win back voters, on Sunday chose economist Pedro Sanchez to lead the party and try and revive its chances in a looming election.

Spain, United Nations 6:28pm EDT

Political novice wins power in Slovenia, hints at revisiting economic reform plan

LJUBLJANA - Center-left political novice Miro Cerar led his party to victory in Slovenia's election on Sunday, indicating he would rewrite a reform package agreed with the European Union to fix the euro zone member's depleted finances.

4:04pm EDT

Uncertainty reigns in Australian parliament as mining king holds sway

SYDNEY - It took mining magnate Clive Palmer only three days to show Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott just how uncomfortable life can be in a parliament in which he holds the balance of power.

Australia, Tony Abbott 5:11pm EDT

U.S. concerned foreign fighters in Syria are working with Yemenis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he is concerned fighters from Europe and the United States who are supporting violent insurgents in the Syrian civil war are joining forces with Yemeni bomb makers.

Yemen, 2:02pm EDT

Yemeni leader demands Shi'ite group give up captured city

SANAA - Yemen's president on Sunday demanded the withdrawal of Shi'ite Muslim tribesmen from a captured provincial city, in a stand-off that threatens to intensify turmoil in the Arab country.

Yemen 2:29pm EDT

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