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Netanyahu says a cease-fire deal would only delay 'somewhat' an Israeli military offensive in Rafah

Feb. 25, 2024 14:42 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — An Israeli military offensive in Gaza's southernmost city of Rafah could be “delayed somewhat” if a deal is reached for a weekslong cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, and claimed that total victory in the territory would...

Algeria inaugurates Africa's largest mosque that was commissioned by ousted former president

Feb. 25, 2024 13:17 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria on Sunday inaugurated a gigantic mosque on its Mediterranean coastline after years of political upheaval transformed the project from a symbol of state-sponsored strength and religiosity to one of delays and cost overruns. Built by a Chinese...

At least 15 Catholic worshippers were killed in an attack during a service in northern Burkina Faso

Feb. 25, 2024 12:38 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — At least 15 Catholic worshippers were killed in a Burkina Faso village on Sunday when gunmen attacked a community as they gathered for prayers in the country's conflict-hit northern region, church officials said. The violence in the village of Essakane was a...

The pope delivers Sunday prayers from the Vatican window a day after suffering a mild flu

Feb. 25, 2024 07:28 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis was well enough on Sunday to celebrate his weekly Angelus prayer from the Vatican window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, a day after cancelling his engagements because of a mild flu. A brief announcement on Saturday from the Vatican press office...

Israeli officials to meet on a proposed pause in Gaza while the Cabinet is set to OK a Rafah plan

Feb. 24, 2024 15:20 PM EST

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli officials will meet Saturday night on the next steps after the latest talks with the United States, Egypt and Qatar in search of a deal on pausing the fighting in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. But Netanyahu announced...

The body of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been handed over to his mother, aide says

Feb. 24, 2024 15:01 PM EST

The body of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been handed over to his mother, a top aide to Navalny said Saturday on his social media account. Ivan Zhdanov, the director of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, made the announcement on his Telegram account and thanked...

Pope Francis cancels a meeting with Rome deacons because of mild flu, the Vatican says

Feb. 24, 2024 12:53 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has canceled an audience scheduled for Saturday as a precaution after coming down with mild flu, the Vatican press office said in a short statement, without adding further details. Francis was scheduled to meet with Rome deacons in the morning. ...

UK Conservatives suspend a lawmaker after he accused London's mayor of being controlled by Islamists

Feb. 24, 2024 12:20 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.’s governing Conservative Party has suspended ties with one if its lawmakers after he accused London Mayor Sadiq Khan of being controlled by Islamists, as tensions over the Israel-Hamas war roil British politics. The party said on Saturday that Lee Anderson...

A teacher and 6 members of a religious congregation have been kidnapped in Haiti, officials say

Feb. 24, 2024 12:03 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Six members of a religious congregation in Haiti and a teacher have been kidnapped while gathered in front of a school in the capital, officials said. The members are men from the Congregation of Brothers of Sacred Heart, according to a statement on...

Two daughters ran away to join Islamic State. Years later, their family’s story is an Oscar nominee

Feb. 24, 2024 01:26 AM EST

Olfa Hamrouni doesn’t know much about her granddaughter; not her favorite toy nor food — is it the pasta the child’s mother loves, or something else? The Tunisian grandmother doesn’t even let her mind go there. “I don’t want to know. What for but more heartache?” she...