TV pundit who claimed CIA ties pleads guilty to fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Former cable news pundit Wayne Simmons admits he's a fraud. And he admits he's a felon. But despite all evidence to the contrary, he remains adamant that he was a CIA man.

  • Written by MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press

Air strikes on Aleppo amid calm in other parts of Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government warplanes and helicopter gunships launched new airstrikes Saturday on insurgent-held neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo. The fresh violence comes as the International Committee of the Red Cross warned that the intensification of fighting brings millions of people closer to a humanitarian disaster.

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

Iraqi protesters breach Green Zone, storm parliament

BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of protesters climbed over the blast walls surrounding Baghdad's highly-fortified Green Zone for the first time on Saturday and stormed into parliament, carrying Iraqi flags and chanting against the government.

  • Written by SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press

China lays out firm conditions for improved ties with Japan

BEIJING (AP) — China laid out firm conditions Saturday for improved ties with Japan, telling Tokyo's visiting foreign minister that there could be "no ambiguity or vacillation" in meeting Beijing's demands over historical interpretation, relations with Taiwan and other key matters.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press