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Austrian minister: Turkey uses migrants to pressure EU

Sep. 16, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Austria’s minister for the European Union on Thursday accused Turkey of using migrant flows as a means to pressure the 27-member bloc for its own purposes and warned that the EU won’t be “blackmailed” by any country. Karoline Edtstadler...

Libyan commander, Chadian rebels clash in southern Libya

Sep. 16, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Forces loyal to a powerful Libyan commander said Thursday they are now battling their former allies, Chadian rebels who have sought refuge in southern Libya as they fight the government in Chad's capital, N'Djamena. The self-styled Libyan army led by...

Hezbollah-organized fuel arrives in crisis-hit Lebanon

Sep. 16, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

AL-AIN, Lebanon (AP) — A convoy of tanker trucks carrying Iranian diesel crossed the border from Syria into Lebanon early Thursday, the first in a series of deliveries organized by the militant Hezbollah group to ease crippling fuel shortages in the crisis-hit Mediterranean country. ...

Cyprus recovers looted 18th century church doors from Japan

Sep. 16, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' Orthodox Church formally took charge Thursday of two ornately decorated 18th century doors stolen from a church in the ethnically divided island's breakaway north and reclaimed from a Japanese art college after a long legal battle. ...

Judge seeks arrest of ex-minister charged in Beirut blast

Sep. 16, 2021 07:41 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The lead judge investigating Lebanon’s massive port explosion last year issued an arrest warrant Thursday for a former government minister who failed to appear for questioning, the state-run National News agency reported. Youssef Fenianos, the former...

Group: Egypt’s security tactics 'destroy' lives of activists

Sep. 16, 2021 06:56 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A global human rights group Thursday accused Egypt’s main domestic security agency of harassing and intimidating rights advocates and activists to silence them. The Amnesty International report was the latest rebuke to Egypt’s government, which faces...

AP Week in Pictures: Middle East

Sep. 16, 2021 06:42 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in the Middle East, Afghanistan & Pakistan region between Sept. 9-15, 2021. This week’s selection includes scenes from across the region, where the...

Germany indict 4, including US citizen, for supporting Nusra

Sep. 16, 2021 05:48 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Germany said Thursday they have indicted four men on suspicion of supporting the Islamic extremist group Jabhat al-Nusra. Prosecutors said in a statement that one the men — who were indicted last month — is also accused of...

With eye on Iran, Israeli navy steps up Red Sea presence

Sep. 16, 2021 02:17 AM EDT

ATLIT, Israel (AP) — Israel’s navy has stepped up its activities in the Red Sea “exponentially” in the face of growing Iranian threats to Israeli shipping, the country’s just-retired navy commander said in an interview. Vice Adm. Eli Sharvit stopped short of...

With foreign funds frozen, Afghan aid groups stuck in limbo

Sep. 16, 2021 02:12 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A month after the fall of Kabul, the world is still wrestling with how to help Afghanistan’s impoverished people without propping up their Taliban leaders — a question that grows more urgent by the day. With the Afghan government...