An Iranian man shows Telegram app messages from supporters of female conservative candidate Zohreh Elahian, on his mobile phone in Tehran, Iran,  Feb. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Inside the Islamic State’s favorite app

"They just want to feel relatively secure right now, or for the lifetime of whatever operation they're plotting." The messaging app Telegram has gained notoriety recently for its use by the Islamic State, or...
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Project Exile: Photographer smuggled out of Syria

"When you are doing anything against the regime, you will be wanted and arrested." Bassel Tawil was once a network engineer with an internet company in the Syrian city of Homs. That changed in 2009 when...
In this Nov. 22, 2014 photo, Thai and Burmese fishing boat workers sit inside a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia. The imprisoned men were considered slaves who might run away. They said they lived on a few bites of rice and curry a day in a space barely big enough to lie down, stuck until the next trawler forces them back to sea. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Photo essay: slavery in the Thai fishing industry

How an AP photographer captured labor abuses in Southeast Asia Most people don't think of slavery as a 21st century problem. But between 2013 and 2015, a group of Associated Press reporters conducted a...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel accompanied by Bosnian Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic, left, arrives at Bosnian Parliament  in Sarajevo, Bosnia, July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

Bosnia’s European lifeline

A serious effort by Brussels could help reform Bosnia's troubled politics, argues Columbia's Tanya Domi Bosnia-Herzegovina is among the poorest and most corrupt corners of Europe. The country made significant...
A EU flag hangs beside the Union Jack at the Europa House in London, Feb. 17, 2016.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

British debate divorcing Europe

Immigration, economy weigh on debate Should the British choose to leave the European Union after a June 23 referendum, the effects could be far-reaching. If the United Kingdom does vote to leave, the...
An exhausted man disembarks from a dinghy on a beach next to the town of Mytilene, after crossing a part of the Aegean sea from the Turkey's coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, on  Dec. 6, 2015.  (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

Aid workers in Greece overwhelmed by refugees

"It's a situation that will change your life completely." The paved road began to turn to gravel as the van carrying Rasha Abousalem neared the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos. Neither Abousalem, the...