UN Syria envoy pauses humanitarian task force amid fighting

GENEVA (AP) — Frustrated and unhappy, the U.N. envoy for Syria abruptly cut short a Thursday meeting of its humanitarian task force because aid convoys to besieged cities and towns have been impeded this month amid a surge in fighting in the country's 5-1/2-year civil war.

  • Written by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

Are France's burkini bans sexist, or liberating?

PARIS (AP) — Male officials are dictating what women can wear on French beaches — and people across a wide swath of French society say that's a good thing.

  • Written by ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press

Cisco laying off 5,500 employees amid tech upheaval

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cisco Systems is laying off 5,500 employees as the internet gear maker scrambles to adapt to a technology upheaval that has triggered similar cutbacks to other storied tech companies.

  • Written by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer