Assad's battlefield gains cast cloud on upcoming Syria talks

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian peace talks due next week are looking increasingly moot as a string of recent battlefield victories by government troops have bolstered President Bashar Assad's hand and plunged the rebels into disarray.

  • Written by BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press

Morocco arrests Belgian man linked to Paris attackers


RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan police have arrested a Belgian man of Moroccan descent linked to the Islamic State group and who had a "direct relationship" to attackers who carried out the Paris attacks just over two months ago, the Interior Ministry said Monday.

  • Written by SAMIA ERRAZZOUKI, Associated Press

More quakes rattle Oklahoma but state avoids tough measures


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — In Oklahoma, now the country's earthquake capital, people are talking nervously about the big one as man-made quakes get stronger, more frequent and closer to major population centers. Next door in Kansas, they're feeling on firmer ground though no one is ready yet to declare victory.

  • Written by SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press KELLY P. KISSEL, Associated Press SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press

Illinois, other states debate laws for police videos


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The yearlong delay before the release of a video showing a white Chicago police officer fatally shooting a black teenager has Illinois lawmakers facing the same question before many states: As officers' dashboards and body cameras capture more police encounters with the public, how much access to the videos should there be under open records laws?

  • Written by IVAN MORENO, Associated Press