Iran to take a seat among world powers for Syria talks

BEIRUT (AP) — Iran takes part in international talks on Syria for the first time this week, giving it a voice in the effort to find a resolution to the more than 4-year-old civil war that has so far defied even the slightest progress toward peace.

  • Written by ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press LEE KEATH, Associated Press

Labor laws questioned after Indian maid loses arm in Saudi

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kasthuri Munirathinam, a 55-year-old mother of four from southern India, was plunged into debt after borrowing money to marry off her daughters. Like many before her, she was recruited through an agency and promised an opportunity to earn 1,000 Saudi riyals ($267) a month by working as a live-in maid in Saudi Arabia, the Arab region's largest economy where domestic help is in high demand.

  • Written by AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press NIRMALA GEORGE, Associated Press

Panel rejects ban on air shipments of fire-prone batteries

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.N. aviation panel has rejected a ban on rechargeable battery shipments on passenger airliners despite evidence they can cause explosions and unstoppable, in-flight fires, aviation officials told The Associated Press.

  • Written by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

Glamour's Women of the Year: Witherspoon, Jenner, Copeland

NEW YORK (AP) — Caitlyn Jenner, Reese Witherspoon, Misty Copeland and five women touched by the South Carolina church massacre and lauded in the aftermath as "The Peacemakers of Charleston" are among this year's honorees as Glamour magazine's Women of the Year.

  • Written by LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press