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Boebert in call refuses to apologize for anti-Muslim remarks

Nov. 29, 2021 19:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after firebrand conservative Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado was harshly criticized for making anti-Muslim comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat whom she likened to a bomb-carrying terrorist, the two spoke by phone Monday. By both...

Libya: UN following attempts to thwart electoral process

Nov. 29, 2021 19:24 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations expressed concerns Monday over the forced closure of a Libya appeals court that is meant to decide whether the son of the late dictator Moammar Gadhafi can run for president. The UN mission to Libya said in a statement that it is...

Pentagon: few changes to U.S. overseas military 'footprint'

Nov. 29, 2021 17:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of study, the Pentagon has decided no immediate major changes are needed in the global positioning of U.S. forces, although it will further analyze force needs in the Middle East and make refinements in Asia and the Pacific, officials said Monday. ...

Austin orders new review of deadly 2019 airstrike in Syria

Nov. 29, 2021 17:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered a new review of a U.S. airstrike in Syria in March 2019 that killed dozens, including women and children, to assess the extent of civilian casualties and whether the strike violated the laws of war. Pentagon...

Coronavirus again scuttles trade trip for Missouri governor

Nov. 29, 2021 17:11 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has again nixed Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's plans for an overseas trade trip. Parson's office said Monday that a planned trip to Israel and Greece has been postponed because of coronavirus travel restrictions. That...

Syria hosts first international basketball tourney in years

Nov. 29, 2021 15:39 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria hosted the first international basketball tournament on its soil in at least two decades Monday, bringing an Asia region World Cup qualifying game to a packed stadium in the capital Damascus. The game with Kazakhstan, which Syria lost 81-71,...

France beefs up anti-smuggling agency after migrant deaths

Nov. 29, 2021 14:40 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France will double the staff of the agency in charge of fighting smugglers after 27 people died trying to reach Britain in an overcrowded boat last week and will talk with Britain about how best to stop migrants from undertaking such dangerous Channel crossings, a French...

Black Eyed Peas frontman defies Israel boycott calls

Nov. 29, 2021 14:35 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am said Monday that politics don’t dictate his actions, with pressure from pro-Palestinian activists unable to deter him from performing in Israel and maintaining ties to the country's high-tech scene. A Palestinian-led...

Talks to revive Iran nuclear deal resume; US stays distant

Nov. 29, 2021 13:56 PM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Negotiators in Vienna resumed talks Monday over reviving Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, with the United States taking part at arm's length as in previous rounds since the Trump administration pulled out of the accord three years ago. Hopes...

Leading Egyptian rights activist fined for social media post

Nov. 29, 2021 13:15 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A leading Egyptian human rights activist was convicted Monday of insulting a judicial election commission and fined about $640, in the latest episode in the government's crackdown on dissent. The prosecution of Hossam Bahgat has drawn international...