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Top Libyan security official wounded in car bomb attackA Libyan spokesman says a top security official in the eastern city of Benghazi has survived an assassination attempt by a car bomb
The Associated Press1 hour ago
Over 100 migrants drowned off Libya shores, survivor saysA survivor of this week's deadly migrant boat disaster says over 100 migrants drowned off the Libyan coast when their boat lost its engine shortly after starting their perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea
The Associated Press2 hours ago
Son of dissident cleric begins prison termIran's semi-official Fars news agency is reporting that the son of late dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri has begun serving a six-year prison term
The Associated Press3 hours ago
Gazans excited over territory's new indoor mallIn a welcome sign of normalcy, a new Western-style indoor shopping mall _ complete with an international retail chain, three-story bookstore and food court _ has opened in the Gaza Strip
The Associated Press3 hours ago
Frenchman who signed Arabic terrorism confession appealsA Frenchman arrested in anti-terrorism raids in Morocco is in court to appeal his conviction, claiming he signed a confession in Arabic that he could neither read nor understand
The Associated Press4 hours ago
A civilian kisses a federal police officer after escaping Islamic State territory in the town of Abu Saif, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.  Iraqi forces advanced into the southern outskirts of Mosul in a push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half, as the visiting U.S. defense secretary met with officials to discuss the fight against the extremists.(AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
Iraqi Shiite militias push to take villages west of MosulIraq's government-sanctioned paramilitary forces, made up mainly of Shiite militiamen, have launched a new push to capture villages west of the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Asmaa, the daughter of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York City in the decade before 9/11, waits for the body's arrival at Cairo International Airport, in Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Abdel-Rahman, blind since infancy from diabetes, had diabetes and coronary artery disease, died Saturday at the Federal Correction Complex in Butner, North Carolina, said its acting executive assistant, Kenneth McKoy. The inmate spent seven years at the prison medical facility while serving a life sentence. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Body of Egypt's so-called Blind Sheikh brought home from USBody of blind Egyptian cleric convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York brought home after his death in US prison
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Rebel missile kills senior Yemeni general in Red Sea portBallistic missile fired by Yemen's Shiite rebels kills deputy chief of staff of country's military
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Report: US resident detained in Iran encouraged 'decadence'Report: Iranian official alleges US resident sentenced to 10 years confessed he tried to 'encourage decadence' in Iran
The Associated Press8 hours ago
Militants kill 2 Christians in Egypt's SinaiEgyptian security officials say suspected militants have killed two Christians in the restive north of the Sinai Peninsula, days after an Islamic State affiliate vowed to step up a wave of attacks on the embattled minority
The Associated Press9 hours ago
Egypt activist out of prison but still only half freeAfter 3 years in prison, night-time detentions for Egyptian activist as another government measure to punish dissent
The Associated Press12 hours ago
Israeli soldier Elor Azaria is embraced by his mother at the start of his sentencing hearing in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. The court sentenced Azaria to 18 months in prison for the fatal shooting of a wounded Palestinian assailant. The Palestinian, Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, was lying on the ground badly wounded and already unarmed when Azaria shot him in the head. Prosecutors had asked that Sgt. Elor Azaria be sentenced to 3-5 years in prison. (Jim Hollander, Pool, via AP)
Sentencing of Israeli soldier in shooting deepens fissuresAn Israeli soldier is sentenced to 18 months in prison for killing a badly wounded Palestinian assailant as he lay on the ground in a landmark decision that has deepened fissures in Israeli society and drawn Palestinian criticism for being too lenient
The Associated Press22 hours ago
Bahrain lawmakers approve military trials for civiliansLawmakers in Bahrain have backed changing the constitution in a way that would allow civilians to be tried by military courts amid a wide-ranging crackdown on dissent
The Associated Press1 day ago
FILE -- In this Jan. 23, 2017 file photo, U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura arrives to attend the talks on Syrian peace in Astana, Kazakhstan. Chief of staff to de Mistura, Michael Contet,  said Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, that their "main guidance" for the first intra-Syrian peace talks in 10 months will be a Security Council resolution that calls for political transition. Contet said that de Mistura is putting the "finishing touches on arrangements" for Thursday's start of talks in Geneva between government and opposition delegations, the fourth round since early last year. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)
UN says upcoming Syria talks aimed at 'political transition'A top adviser to the U.N. envoy for Syria says that their "main guidance" for the first intra-Syrian peace talks in 10 months will be a Security Council resolution that calls for political transition
The Associated Press1 day ago
Body guards escort a vehicle that carries French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, as she leaves Dar al-Fatwa building the headquarters of the Sunni Mufti, after she refused to wear a head scarf to meet with of Lebanon's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Le Pen refused to go into a meeting with Lebanon's Grand mufti after his aides asked her to wear a head scarf. Le Pen said she met in the past with the Grand mufti of Egypt's Al-Azhar, one of the world's top Sunni clerics, without wearing a veil. Once she was told it is different here, Le Pen walked toward her car and left. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Le Pen refuses headscarf, nixes talks with Lebanon clericFrance's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has refused to go into a meeting with Lebanon's grand mufti after his aides asked her to wear a headscarf
The Associated Press1 day ago
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