Pakistan PM views Oscar-nominated film on honor killings

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed Monday to act against the "despicable" practice known as honor killing after viewing an Oscar-nominated documentary about the issue.


Labrador retrievers hit their 25th year as top US dog breed

NEW YORK (AP) — Labrador retrievers still reign supreme after a quarter century as America's most prevalent purebred dog. But French bulldogs are riding their je ne sais quoi toward new heights, and some lesser-known breeds are climbing the popularity ladder, according to American Kennel Club rankings released Monday. Here's a look at how breeds stack up:

  • Written by JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

Across Europe, gay migrants face abuse in asylum shelters


BERLIN (AP) — Alaa Ammar fled Syria to escape not just civil war but also the threat of persecution as a gay man. Yet when he arrived in The Netherlands last spring, he did not find the safe haven he craved.

  • Written by KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, Associated Press Writers MIKE CORDER, Associated Press Writers

New US-Russia plan sets Syria cease-fire for Saturday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Russia agreed Monday on a new cease-fire for Syria that will take effect Saturday. However, major questions over enforcing and responding to violations of the truce were left unresolved, and where in Syria the fighting must stop and where counterterrorism operations can continue also must still be addressed.

  • Written by BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press