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Israel braces for bitter fight after Netanyahu indictment

Nov. 22, 2019 5:53 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment is expected to sharpen the battle lines in Israel’s already deadlocked political system and could test the loyalty of his right-wing allies, Israeli commentators said Friday. The serious corruption charges announced Thursday...

Lebanon’s leaders make joint appearance at military parade

Nov. 22, 2019 5:46 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s top politicians made their first joint appearance Friday since massive anti-government protests erupted last month, attending a military parade for the country’s 76th Independence Day. This year’s parade couldn’t be held in its traditional location in...

Iraq officials: 10th protester dead after overnight clashes

Nov. 22, 2019 5:39 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say the death toll has risen to 10 after overnight clashes between protesters and security forces in Baghdad. Security and medical officials said one protester died of his injuries Friday morning. He was wounded in bloody street clashes between Ahrar and Sinak bridges the...

Germany wants ‘swift solution’ for lawyer detained in Turkey

Nov. 22, 2019 4:59 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister says he’ll raise with his Turkish counterpart the issue of a lawyer retained by the Germany embassy in Ankara who was arrested two months ago. Heiko Maas said Friday that Germany wants a “swift solution” and he plans to speak to Turkish...

Palestinians: Israeli settlers torch cars in West Bank

Nov. 22, 2019 4:54 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian officials say Israeli settlers attacked five villages in the occupied West Bank overnight, torching vehicles and olive trees, and leaving graffiti on the walls of homes. Ghassan Daghlas, a spokesman for the Nablus governorate, says the Jewish settlers set fire to five...

US calls for Iran crackdown videos, internet slowly returns

Nov. 22, 2019 3:43 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian authorities slowly eased up their sweeping blockage of internet access on Friday, as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for Iranians to send the U.S. videos “documenting the regime’s crackdown” on protesters. “The U.S. will...

Turkey: Captured IS figure planned Russia, Germany attacks

Nov. 22, 2019 3:07 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's interior minister has identified a key Islamic State suspect captured by the country's forces in Syria as the alleged mastermind behind attacks in Russia and Germany, according to a newspaper report on Friday. Turkey had announced last week that it detained an "important" IS...

Baghdad tunnel becomes a museum for Iraq’s protest movement

Nov. 22, 2019 1:23 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The images are both haunting and inspiring, transforming a once dreary, grim underpass into a vivid, colorful wall of art. “We want a nation, not a prison,” says one painting that depicts a man bursting free from behind bars. “Plant a revolution, and you will harvest a...

Trump pays respects to Army officers killed in Afghanistan

Nov. 22, 2019 12:23 AM EST

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) — President Donald Trump paid respects Thursday to two Army officers who were killed when their helicopter crashed this week in Afghanistan, holding his salute until each of the flag-draped cases containing their remains were returned to their grieving families. Trump and...

Bennett scores 17 to lift Marshall past Howard 91-63

Nov. 21, 2019 10:19 PM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Iran Bennett had 17 points as Marshall easily defeated Howard 91-63 on Thursday night. Jannson Williams had 15 points for Marshall (2-3). Taevion Kinsey added 14 points and Jarrod West had 11. Kyle Foster had 14 points and Charles Williams added 13 for the Bison (0-6). Marshall...