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UK finds 34 high-rise apartment buildings with unsafe siding
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's fire-safety crisis expanded substantially Saturday as authorities said 34 high-rise apartment blocks across the country had cladding that failed fire safety tests. London officials scrambled to evacuate four public housing towers after experts found them "not safe for people to sleep in overnight."...

Jordan to cancel 'marry the victim' clause shielding rapists
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- A pregnant 15-year-old who had been raped by a brother-in-law decided to marry her attacker, hoping this would shield her from other male relatives who might kill her in the name of "family honor."...

Egypt's president ratifies disputed Saudi islands pact
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's president on Saturday ratified a disputed 2016 agreement under which his country would transfer control of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, following through on his assertion earlier this week that the matter was closed....

Suicide bomber blows himself up as Saudis foil Mecca plot
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque in Mecca as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the fasting month of Ramadan ends, Saudi security forces said Saturday....

Turkey bans Istanbul Pride, organizers vow to march anyway
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkish authorities announced Saturday they will not allow the Istanbul Pride march to take place on Sunday - the third year in a row the celebration has been banned. The move prompted criticism from rights groups and fears of possible violence, as Pride organizers said they would defy the ban....

UAE: Arab states don't seek 'regime change' in Qatar
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A top United Arab Emirates official said Saturday the Arab countries isolating Qatar do not seek to force out the country's leadership over allegations it supports extremist ideology but are willing to cut ties altogether if it does not agree to their demands....

Iran detains Islamic State linked group
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's Intelligence Ministry is saying that its forces have detained members of a group linked to the Islamic State group it says intended to carry out terrorist acts in holy cities across the country....

Berlin gives celebrity welcome to 2 giant pandas from China
BERLIN (AP) -- Two giant pandas - Meng Meng and Jiao Qing - received a celebrity welcome Saturday in Berlin from the German capital's mayor and the Chinese ambassador after they safely weathered a long flight from China....

Polish protesters demand halt to logging in primeval forest
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Hundreds marched in Warsaw on Saturday to protest widespread logging in Europe's last primeval forest, a project undertaken by Poland's conservative government....

Syria releases hundreds of detainees ahead of Eid
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The Syrian government released Saturday hundreds of detainees including some who backed the insurgency against President Bashar Assad on the eve of a major Muslim holiday....

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