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America’s influence, once so dominant, waning under Trump

Dec. 8, 2019 1:17 PM EST

It’s whispered in NATO meeting rooms and celebrated in China’s halls of power. It’s lamented in the capital cities of key U.S. allies and welcomed in the Kremlin. Three years into Donald Trump’s presidency, America’s global influence is waning. In interviews with The Associated...

Egyptian officials say policeman, militant killed in Sinai

Dec. 8, 2019 8:13 AM EST

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian officials say a militant attack has killed a police conscript in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula. The officials say that the militants attacked a police checkpoint in the town of Rafah early on Sunday, wounding another two conscripts who were taken to a...

Israeli aircraft strike Hamas sites in Gaza after 3 rockets

Dec. 8, 2019 6:56 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli aircraft bombed several militants’ sites in Gaza early Sunday, hours after three rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave toward southern Israel. The military said in a statement the airstrikes targeted military camps and a naval base for Hamas, the Islamic militant...

Algeria's presidential debate falls flat, as anger simmers

Dec. 7, 2019 6:02 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's first-ever presidential debate seems to have failed to persuade the country's pro-democracy protesters to take part in next week's election. The five candidates recited their platforms instead of sparring over ideas in the Friday night debate — and they didn't even...

UN Libya migrant center plagued with crowding, TB, food cuts

Dec. 6, 2019 1:22 PM EST

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The United Nations center in Libya was opened as an “alternative to detention,” a last, safe stop for migrants before they were resettled in other countries. Now, just a year later, it looks increasingly like the notorious Libyan lockups it was supposed to replace. The...

Protests at Gaza-Israel fence resume after 3-week pause

Dec. 6, 2019 11:39 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated along the Gaza-Israel frontier Friday as the territory’s Hamas rulers resumed the regular protests after a three-week pause. The renewed weekly protests came as leaders from Hamas and the smaller but more radical Islamic Jihad were...

Greece expels Libyan ambassador in dispute with Turkey

Dec. 6, 2019 10:26 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece ordered the expulsion of the Libyan ambassador Friday in the latest escalation of a dispute over a controversial deal signed between Libya’s U.N.-supported government and Turkey on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean. Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said the...

Close associates of Israeli PM to be indicted in graft case

Dec. 5, 2019 2:54 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s state prosecutor said Thursday he intends to indict seven men, including close associates of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a sweeping graft case related to a possible conflict of interest involving a $2 billion purchase of German submarines. State prosecutor Shai...

As 58 migrants drown off Africa, a call to stop smugglers

Dec. 5, 2019 1:41 PM EST

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — The drowning of at least 58 migrants in the Atlantic Ocean off Mauritania sent despair through tiny Gambia on Thursday while some demanded a crackdown on human traffickers after one of this year’s deadliest disasters among young Africans trying to reach Europe. At least...

Turkish parliament backs contentious deal with Libya

Dec. 5, 2019 12:40 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s parliament on Thursday endorsed a controversial deal on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean reached between Turkey and Libya's U.N.-supported government. Legislators approved the agreement which would give Turkey access to an economic zone across the...