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Pakistan briefly blocks social media amid anti-France rally

Apr. 16, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan briefly blocked access to all social media on Friday, after days of anti-French protests across the country by radical Islamists opposed to cartoons they consider blasphemous. Sites including Twitter and Facebook were blocked for four...

Pakistan interior minister recommends ban on Islamist party

Apr. 14, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's interior minister on Wednesday recommended a ban on an Islamist political party whose supporters held violent rallies this week to condemn the arrest of their leader that left at least five people dead. Saad Rizvi, an Islamist cleric, had...

Pakistan forces try to clear sit-ins by protesting Islamists

Apr. 13, 2021 23:05 PM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani security forces swinging batons and firing teargas moved before dawn Wednesday to clear sit-ins by protesting Islamists in the garrison city of Rawalpindi and elsewhere after five people died in earlier clashes, officials said. The...

Suez Canal chief: Vessel impounded amid financial dispute

Apr. 13, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities impounded a massive cargo vessel that blocked the Suez Canal last month amid a financial dispute with its owner, the canal chief and a judicial official said Tuesday. Lt. Gen. Osama Rabie said the hulking Ever Given would not be allowed...

Pakistan police arrest radical Islamist party head in Lahore

Apr. 12, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan police Monday arrested the leader of a radical Islamist political party a day after he threatened the government with protests if it did not expel France's ambassador over depictions of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Lahore police chief...

Egypt seeks settlement out of court for Suez Canal blockage

Apr. 06, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

ISMAILIA, Egypt (AP) — The Suez Canal chief said Tuesday that authorities are negotiating a financial settlement with the owners of a massive vessel that blocked the crucial waterway for nearly a week. Lt. Gen. Osama Rabie told The Associated Press he hoped talks with...

With ship now freed, a probe into Suez Canal blockage begins

Mar. 30, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

SUEZ, Egypt (AP) — Experts boarded the massive container ship Tuesday that had blocked Egypt's vital Suez Canal and disrupted global trade for nearly a week, seeking answers to a single question that could have billions of dollars in legal repercussions: What went wrong? ...

Bangladeshi protesters clash with police during strike

Mar. 28, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh security forces opened fire and used tear gas Sunday to disperse thousands of protesters who were enforcing a nationwide general strike they called to denounce violence at a previous protest over a visit by India's prime minister. At...

EXPLAINER: What we know about a ship blocking the Suez Canal

Mar. 25, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A giant backhoe and a squadron of tugboats look minuscule against the cargo ship’s bulk, demonstrating the enormity of the challenge at hand: freeing the wedged, skyscraper-sized container ship that has blocked the entire width of the Suez Canal and...

Massive cargo ship becomes wedged, blocks Egypt's Suez Canal

Mar. 24, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

ISMAILIA, Egypt (AP) — A skyscraper-sized container ship has become wedged across Egypt's Suez Canal and blocked all traffic in the vital waterway, officials said Wednesday, threatening to disrupt a global shipping system already strained by the coronavirus pandemic. ...