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AP WAS THERE: Shah leaves Iran as 1979 revolution looms

Jan. 16, 2019 1:09 AM EST

EDITOR'S NOTE: On Jan. 16, 1979, Iran's powerful Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi abandoned his Peacock Throne and left his nation, never to return home, setting the stage for the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution a month later. His departure and the ensuing chaos blindsided the United States, which for decades relied...

Egyptian denied entry to Italy jumps from parked airplane

Jan. 15, 2019 4:05 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italian news agency ANSA reports that Milan's Malpensa Airport was closed temporarily after an Egyptian passenger who was not allowed into Italy jumped from a parked airplane and evaded law enforcement. ANSA said the man arrived in Milan on a direct flight from Senegal that was continuing on...

Archaeologists find Rome-era tombs in Egypt's Western Desert

Jan. 15, 2019 8:13 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says archaeologists have uncovered two ancient tombs dating back to the Roman period in the country's Western Desert. The Antiquities Ministry says Tuesday the excavations took place in the Beir Al-Shaghala archaeological site in the Dakhla Oasis. Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the...

Trump's evolving foreign policy challenges top US diplomat

Jan. 14, 2019 5:45 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — If Mike Pompeo was surprised, he didn't show it. But the secretary of state had woken up in the capital of Saudi Arabia on Monday to find that President Donald Trump had tweeted a threat to NATO ally Turkey warning of economic harm should the Turks attack U.S.-backed rebel...

Egypt launches regional gas forum, including Israel in fold

Jan. 14, 2019 1:09 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt hosted its first ever regional gas forum on Monday, with several regional delegations attending alongside the Israeli energy minister, the first such visit by an Israeli Cabinet member since its 2011 Arab Spring uprising. Speaking after attending the closed meeting in Cairo, Yuval...

Sudan's al-Bashir defiant in face of weeks of unrest

Jan. 14, 2019 11:24 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's longtime ruler was defiant Monday in the face of more than three weeks of protests demanding his resignation, reiterating at a rally in the west of the country that a change in leadership can only come through the ballot box. In power since 1989, Omar al-Bashir is already one of the...

Senior US official vows to counter Iran on Lebanon visit

Jan. 14, 2019 10:57 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. will step up efforts to counter Iran's "dangerous activities" around the region including the financing and activities of proxy organizations such as Lebanon's Hezbollah, a senior U.S. official said Monday. U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale spoke following...

Roadside bomb hits police convoy in Egypt's Sinai, kills 1

Jan. 14, 2019 10:21 AM EST

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian security officials say a roadside bomb has hit a police convoy in the north of the Sinai Peninsula, killing a conscript and seriously wounding four others. The officials said the attack Monday took place in the town of Rafah on the Egyptian border with the Gaza Strip. They...

Egypt deports second German in a week for alleged IS links

Jan. 14, 2019 4:07 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian officials say authorities have deported a German teenager they say had come to Egypt with the intention of joining Islamic State militants fighting security forces in the Sinai Peninsula. They said the Giessen resident was put on a flight to Germany early Monday. They said he was...

In role reversal, Abbas pressures Hamas as Israel allows aid

Jan. 14, 2019 1:08 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Western-backed Palestinian Authority is threatening to step up pressure on Hamas amid renewed tensions in Gaza, even as Israel allows a lifeline of Qatari aid to flow directly to the Islamic militants. The unlikely role reversal reflects the two sides' conflicting priorities....