2 Indonesians make rare, daring escape from Filipino captors

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Threatened with beheadings, two Indonesian sailors made a daring escape from Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines after almost two months of captivity. One was rescued by villagers who found him entangled in fishnets and the other picked up by Philippine troops on a village road, officials said Thursday.

  • Written by TERESA CEROJANO, Associated Press

UN Syria envoy pauses humanitarian task force amid fighting

GENEVA (AP) — Frustrated and unhappy, the U.N. envoy for Syria abruptly cut short a Thursday meeting of its humanitarian task force because aid convoys to besieged cities and towns have been impeded this month amid a surge in fighting in the country's 5-1/2-year civil war.

  • Written by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

Are France's burkini bans sexist, or liberating?

PARIS (AP) — Male officials are dictating what women can wear on French beaches — and people across a wide swath of French society say that's a good thing.

  • Written by ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press

Cisco laying off 5,500 employees amid tech upheaval

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cisco Systems is laying off 5,500 employees as the internet gear maker scrambles to adapt to a technology upheaval that has triggered similar cutbacks to other storied tech companies.

  • Written by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer