Arrests made in Australian counterterrorism raids
SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police made a series of arrests on Thursday in a counterterrorism operation that comes just days after the country lifted its terrorism threat to the second-highest level in response to the domestic threat posed by supporters of the Islamic State group.
Israeli rising star quits politics
JERUSALEM (AP) — A rising political star seen as a potential successor to Israel's prime minister has announced he will quit politics in a surprise move.
AP Interview: Iraq premier nixes US ground troops
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the "puzzling" exclusion of neighboring Iran from the coalition being assembled to fight the Islamic State group.