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French far-right chief calls Assad solution to Syria crisisFrench far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen tried to raise her international profile and press her pro-Syria, pro-Christian stance with a visit to Lebanon, holding her first campaign meeting with a head of state
The Associated Press1 hour ago
Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui, center, sits with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, second right, Algerian Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel, left, and Director General of Arab and Islamic Affairs Mohamed Samir Koubaa, second left, prior to their meeting to discuss efforts to resolve the Libyan conflict, in Tunis, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)
North African diplomats seek solutions for chaotic LibyaThe presidents of Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia will hold a summit soon to try to find ways to reconcile neighboring Libya's rival political factions and stem the country's chaos, diplomats say
The Associated Press4 hours ago
Israeli soldier to be sentenced Tuesday for manslaughterThe Israeli army says a military court on Tuesday will sentence a soldier convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting a wounded Palestinian assailant
The Associated Press5 hours ago
Israel arrests alleged Islamic State supporterIsrael's domestic security agency says it arrested an Arab citizen suspected of activities linked to the Islamic State group
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, center, arrives at Baghdad International Airport, Iraq, on an unannounced trip Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Mattis said Monday the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled Iraq's leaders. (AP Photo/Sagar Meghani)
Iraqi troops advance on western Mosul as Mattis holds talksIraqi forces have advanced into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half, as the U.S. defense secretary met with officials to discuss the fight against the extremists
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Iran summons Turkish ambassador over Ankara's commentsIran's foreign ministry has summoned the Turkish ambassador to Tehran over the comments by his country's leaders at a Munich security conference over the weekend
The Associated Press6 hours ago
EDS NOTE GRAPHIC CONTENT -Iraqi forces pass the body of an Islamic State militant fighter next to the road on a hill outside Abu Saif, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Iraqi Federal Police forces have pushed into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a new push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half. Iraqi helicopters were seen firing rockets on Monday at the village of Abu Saif, mainly at a hill that overlooks the city's airport and provides the militants with a natural defense line on the southern approaches to Mosul. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
US Defense Secretary Mattis: US will stay in Iraq a whileU.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he believes U.S. forces will be in Iraq and in the fight against Islamic State militants for a while, despite some rocky times between the two nations
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Eastern Libya ban women from traveling without male guardianEastern Libyan military authorities issued a ban on women from traveling outside the country without a male guardian, sparking mockery
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CEFC China Energy wins 4 percent stake in UAE oil projectThe United Arab Emirates' main state oil company has agreed to give CEFC China Energy a 4 percent stake in a major onshore oil project a day after awarding a minority stake to another Chinese company
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Iran blames sandstorm on Iraq after protests over power cutsIranian authorities are blaming neighboring Iraq for a sandstorm that knocked out power in a southern province and sparked protests against local officials
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting, in Jerusalem, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, Pool)
Israeli opposition head: Netanyahu caved on peace initiativeIsrael's opposition leader says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was ready to freeze settlement construction in most of the West Bank but ultimately backed out for fear of losing his grip on power
The Associated Press8 hours ago
Islamic State vows more attacks on Egypt's ChristiansAn Islamic State group affiliate in Egypt has released a video showing the suicide bomber who attacked a church in December and vowing more attacks on the country's Christian minority
The Associated Press8 hours ago
Norwegian relief group says staffers detained in YemenA Norwegian relief group says six of its staffers and a driver have been detained in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida by Houthi rebels
The Associated Press9 hours ago
Iran bans use of private drones over its capitalIran has banned use of drones in its capital because of security concerns after authorities opened fire on at least two unmanned aerial vehicles that flew too close to sensitive areas in recent months
The Associated Press9 hours ago
FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2012 file photo, Egyptian fans clash with riot police following an Al-Ahly club soccer match against Al-Masry club at the soccer stadium in Port Said, Egypt. On Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, Egypt's highest appeals court upheld the death sentences against 10 people convicted over a soccer riot in 2012 that killed over 70 fans, becoming one of the world's deadliest soccer disasters. The verdict by the Court of Cassation is final. The defendants were charged with murder along with several other charges. Also, the court also upheld the convictions of 22 suspects who received up to 10 years in prison over the rioting. (AP Photo, File)
Egypt high court upholds death sentence of 10 in soccer riotEgypt's highest appeals court has upheld the death sentences against 10 people convicted over a soccer riot in 2012 that killed over 70 fans, becoming one of the world's deadliest soccer disasters
The Associated Press9 hours ago
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