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Malaysia: VX nerve agent killed brother of N. Korean leader
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Sometime in the hours after poisoning the half brother of North Korea's leader, one of his two attackers began to vomit, Malaysian police said Friday. It was apparently an early indication of the immensely powerful toxin that was used in the killing: the chemical warfare agent VX....



Banned chemical weapon VX is potent killer that lingers
The banned chemical weapon VX is considered by some experts to be the nastiest of the nasty nerve agents known to exist. With a consistency similar to motor oil, it lingers for long periods in the environment and even a tiny amount causes victims' bodies to flood with fluids, producing a feeling of drowning before death....



The Latest: Turkey's military says 'achieved goals' in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the developments in the Syrian conflict (all times local):...



Other nations shaking heads at US transgender toilet battle
DUBLIN (AP) -- Coming out as a transgender boy brought untold relief to Irish student Lucas Cross. After years of holding it in, he could finally start using the boys' restrooms at school - because Ireland, like some other parts of the world, doesn't make a federal issue about where children do their business....



Iraq strikes IS in Syria as Iraqi forces enter western Mosul
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's air force struck Islamic State targets inside Syria for the first time on Friday as Iraqi troops on the ground pushed into western Mosul, the last major urban stronghold held by the Sunni militant group in Iraq....



South Africa anti-immigrant protests erupt in capital
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Police fired stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannon Friday as the latest wave of anti-immigrant protests broke out in South Africa's capital, while President Jacob Zuma condemned the violence but said his country's migrant burden is bigger than Europe's....



Tunisia overwhelmed, divided over returning extremists
KELIBIA, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's unhappy distinction as one of the world's primary jihadi exporters is coming home to haunt the country, where young men trained by the Islamic State group have killed tourists, soldiers and even an unfortunate shepherd....



Car bomb kills 2 soldiers, wounds 3 others in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says a suicide car bomb has killed at least two soldiers and wounded three others in southern Helmand province....



Egyptians bear down under worst inflation in a decade
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptians are bearing down under their worst inflation in a decade, cutting spending as much as possible as prices surge on basic food items, transport, housing, and even some essential medicines....



Doubts grow over stock market's Trump-inspired surge
NEW YORK (AP) -- How much more can the "Trump Bump" lift the stock market?...