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Egypt’s el-Sissi says militias hold Libyan gov’t 'hostage'

Dec. 15, 2019 2:51 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s U.N.-supported government is held hostage by “armed and terrorist militias” in the capital, Tripoli, Egypt’s leader said Sunday. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in televised comments that the Government of National Accord “is not able to have a...

Libyan PM unfazed by commander’s zero hour Tripoli push

Dec. 13, 2019 10:08 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The prime minister of Libya's U.N.-supported government Friday shrugged off threats by his rival, the commander of a self-styled army waging a months-long offensive to capture the capital Tripoli that the “zero hour” of the battle has begun. Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj called on...

US envoy briefs Pakistan leaders on peace talks with Taliban

Dec. 13, 2019 5:34 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad briefed Pakistani leaders on Friday on last week's first official talks with the Taliban since President Donald Trump declared a near-certain peace deal with the insurgents dead in September. Khalilzad met with Pakistan's foreign minister, Shah Mahmood...

Egypt urges decisive action against states backing 'terror'

Dec. 11, 2019 12:19 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president Wednesday called for “decisive” and “collective” action against countries supporting “terrorism" in an apparent reference to Turkey and Qatar, who back the Muslim Brotherhood group, which is outlawed in Egypt. The three countries also...

Gulf leaders meet in Saudi Arabia under looming Iran threat

Dec. 10, 2019 2:56 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Arab Gulf leaders gathered in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for an annual summit that was intended to showcase their unity in the face of shared threats. But looming over the meeting were their frayed ties and heightened worries about Iran. For all their diverging views and...

Erdogan names Trump, Putin among leaders whom he admires

Dec. 10, 2019 10:17 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday named U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Qatar's Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani as the leaders whom he most admires. In a Q&A with university students, Erdogan said he struggles to name a current...

US’s Afghan peace envoy makes surprise stop in Kabul

Dec. 4, 2019 1:08 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Washington’s special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday to launch an “accelerated effort” to get Afghans on both sides of the protracted conflict to the negotiation table to plot a roadmap to a post-war Afghanistan. His...

Gulf Cooperation Council meeting to be held in Saudi Arabia

Dec. 1, 2019 10:14 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A regional body of Arab Gulf states will hold its annual meeting in Saudi Arabia next week. The Gulf Cooperation Council said late Sunday it will meet in Riyadh on Dec. 10. It’s the group’s 40th summit. The meeting had been scheduled to be held in the United...

Emirates opts for 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in revised deal

Nov. 20, 2019 6:37 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East’s biggest carrier, the Dubai-based Emirates, announced on Wednesday a firm order for 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in a deal valued at $8.8 billion. The order, however, does not represent additional spending by Emirates because it replaces a previous...

US, Australian hostages freed by Taliban in prisoner swap

Nov. 19, 2019 3:06 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Tuesday freed an American and an Australian held hostage since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures — a move that the insurgent group asserted could help rekindle talks to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war. The hostages — American Kevin King and...