Obama out: President closes out his run as comedian-in-chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama performed his brand of sharp-tongued comedy at the White House Correspondents' Dinner for the last time — wrapping up with "Obama out" and dropping the mic while the crowd cheered.


First US cruise in decades arrives in Havana

HAVANA (AP) — The first U.S. cruise ship in nearly 40 years crossed the Florida Straits from Miami and docked in Havana on Monday, restarting commercial travel on waters that served as a stage for a half-century of Cold War hostility.

  • Written by MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press

Protests disband after IS group carries out 2nd Iraq bombing

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters disbanded at least temporarily Sunday from the heavily fortified Green Zone they had stormed a day earlier after the Islamic State group carried out its second major attack in Iraq in as many days — a pair of car bombs that killed more than 30 people.

  • Written by SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press

Kerry seeks path to calm in Syria, holds talks in Geneva

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday said "several proposals" aimed at finding a way to restore at least a partial truce in Syria are being discussed, amid continuing attacks in the city of Aleppo.

  • Written by MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer