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Rebels claim downing US drone over Yemen

Aug. 21, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed they shot down a U.S. drone over the country's north, as a leading rights group said Wednesday the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis killed at least 47 Yemeni fishermen in bombing attacks on fishing boats last year. Yahia Sarie, a military spokesman for the...

Sudan's top general sworn in as leader of new ruling body

Aug. 21, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's top general was sworn in Wednesday as the leader of a joint military-civilian body created to rule Sudan during a three-year transition period toward democratic elections. Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan was sworn in before the country's top judge and will lead the 11-member Sovereign Council...

Spain: Island wildfire eases, lets evacuees return home

Aug. 21, 2019 5:16 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in the Canary Islands say cooler temperatures and weaker winds are helping firefighters to progress in bringing Spain's biggest wildfire so far this year under control, permitting just under half of the more than 10,000 people evacuated to return home. The islands' emergency...

Sudan protesters, army announce new ruling body after deal

Aug. 20, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's pro-democracy movement and the army announced a joint ruling body on Tuesday, formally disbanding the military council that took power after the ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April. The new, 11-member body — called the Sovereign Council — is to rule Sudan...

Sudan's pro-democracy group, army announce joint ruling body to lead the country during transition to elections

Aug. 20, 2019 3:45 PM EDT
CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's pro-democracy group, army announce joint ruling body to lead the country during transition to elections.

Spain: Winds drop, slowing Canary Island wildfire

Aug. 20, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The wind dropped in the Canary Islands Tuesday, allowing firefighters to make progress against Spain's biggest wildfire so far this year, raising hopes it might be contained within two days and that evacuated residents may soon be able to return home. Canary Islands President Ángel...

Egypt says its forces kill 11 militants in Sinai Peninsula

Aug. 20, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says its security forces have killed 11 suspected militants in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, where it has been fighting an insurgency for years. The Interior Ministry issued a statement Tuesday saying it had received information about insurgents hiding at a farm in the city of...

UN agency: Rival tribes clash in southern Libya; 90 killed

Aug. 20, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A U.N. humanitarian agency says at least 90 people have died this month in southern Libya amid fighting between rival tribes. The fighting pits the Arab Alzway tribe against the sub-Saharan African Tabu tribe that inhabits a wide area stretching across Chad, Libya, Sudan and Niger and that...

Today in History

Aug. 20, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2019. There are 133 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 20, 1986, postal employee Patrick Henry Sherrill went on a deadly rampage at a post office in Edmond, Okla., shooting 14 fellow workers to death before killing himself....

Thousands flee from 'monster' wildfire on Canary Islands

Aug. 19, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A major, out-of-control wildfire in Spain's Canary Islands was throwing flames 50 meters (160 feet) into the air on Monday, forcing emergency workers to evacuate more than 9,000 people, authorities said. The blaze — described by the local fire department as "a monster"...