Iraqi troops face stiff resistance from IS in eastern Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi troops faced stiff resistance Saturday from Islamic State militants as they pushed deeper into eastern Mosul, backed by aerial support from the U.S.-led international coalition, a senior military commander said.

  • Written by QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press

US seeks sanctions on South Sudan rebel leader, army chief

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is seeking to impose sanctions on South Sudan's rebel leader, army chief of staff, and information minister for fueling conflict and obstructing peace in the world's newest nation.

  • Written by EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press

With rock music and pinatas, S. Koreans rally against Park

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is seeing its biggest wave of street demonstrations in decades, but gone are the raised fists, flying rocks and police water cannons that had symbolized the intensity of the country's protest culture.

  • Written by KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press

Obama blocks new oil, gas drilling in Arctic Ocean

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is blocking new oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean, handing a victory to environmentalists who say industrial activity in the icy waters will harm whales, walruses and other wildlife and exacerbate global warming.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press