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UN: Yemen’s warring sides resume talks on prisoner exchange

Jan. 24, 2021 1:19 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen’s warring sides Sunday resumed United Nations-backed negotiations over a prisoner swap, the world body said, more than three months after they completed the war’s largest exchange. The talks in the Jordanian capital Amman between representatives of the internationally...

Prisoners find unusual ally in fight for freedom

Jan. 3, 2021 3:01 AM EST

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — South Florida prosecutors who fight crime and push for convictions are now also flipping the script: They’re working to clear innocent people. In the past 18 months, Broward and Palm Beach County state attorneys opened “Conviction Review Units” that seek to wipe...

UN: Libya’s rivals swap prisoners, part of cease-fire deal

Dec. 26, 2020 8:29 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s rival leaders kicked off a U.N.-brokered prisoner exchange, United Nations and Libyan officials said Saturday, which was part of a preliminary cease-fire agreement between the warring Libyan groups. The exchange of a first batch of prisoners, supervised by a joint military...

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2018 file photo released by the Union for the Republic and Democracy party shows then opposition Presidential candidate Soumaila Cisse casting his ballot during the presidential second round election in Niafunke, Mali. Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cissé, who was held hostage for six months by jihadists and considered a leading contender for 2022 elections, has died in Paris, his family said Friday. (Boubacar Sada Sissoko/Union for the Republic and Democracy via AP, File)

Mali opposition leader Cissé dies after contracting COVID-19

Dec. 25, 2020 12:55 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Soumaila Cissé, Mali's main opposition leader who was held hostage for six months earlier this year by jihadis and was considered a leading contender in the 2022 presidential election, has died in Paris. He was 71. Cissé died after contracting COVID-19, his eldest son Bocar...

Afghan army: 2 officers killed by roadside bomb in north

Dec. 25, 2020 5:43 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least two Afghan army officers including a battalion commander were killed Friday when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in the northern Balkh province, the military said. Hanif Rezaie, a spokesman for the army in the country's north, said Capt. Mohammad Qasim Paikar and...

Azerbaijan, Armenia exchange prisoners as part of peace deal

Dec. 14, 2020 3:55 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Azerbaijan and Armenia exchanged prisoners Monday, a move stipulated in the peace deal between the two ex-Soviet nations that ended recent fighting over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijani authorities said an all-for-all exchange of prisoners and hostages have been...

Today in History

Dec. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Dec. 7, the 342nd day of 2020. There are 24 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan launched an air raid on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as well as targets in Malaya, Hong Kong, Guam, the Philippines and...

Israelis prepare to fly to Dubai at the Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.   The Israeli government is urging its citizens to avoid travel to the Gulf states of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, citing threats of Iranian attacks. Thursday's travel advisory comes as Iran is threatening to attack Israeli targets following the assassination of its top nuclear scientist last Friday. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Israel urges citizens to avoid Gulf, cites Iran threat

Dec. 4, 2020 4:34 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government on Thursday urged its citizens to avoid travel to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, citing threats of Iranian attacks. Iran has been threatening to attack Israeli targets since its chief nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated last Friday near...

Israelis prepare to fly to Dubai at the Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.   The Israeli government is urging its citizens to avoid travel to the Gulf states of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, citing threats of Iranian attacks. Thursday's travel advisory comes as Iran is threatening to attack Israeli targets following the assassination of its top nuclear scientist last Friday. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Israel urges citizens to avoid Gulf, cites Iran threat

Dec. 3, 2020 3:57 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government on Thursday urged its citizens to avoid travel to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, citing threats of Iranian attacks. Iran has been threatening to attack Israeli targets since its chief nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated last Friday near...

Azerbaijani soldiers wave national flags as they celebrate the transfer of the Lachin region to Azerbaijan's control, as part of a peace deal that required Armenian forces to cede the Azerbaijani territories they held outside Nagorno-Karabakh, in Aghjabadi, Azerbaijan, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Azerbaijan has completed the return of territory ceded by Armenia under a Russia-brokered peace deal that ended six weeks of fierce fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev hailed the restoration of control over the Lachin region and other territories as a historic achievement. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel

Azerbaijan fully reclaims lands around Nagorno-Karabakh

Dec. 1, 2020 12:17 PM EST

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan on Tuesday completed reclaiming territory held by Armenian forces for more than a quarter-century after a peace deal ended six weeks of fierce fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev hailed the restoration of control over the areas as a...