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Rejecting taboos, Palestinian businessman welcomes US plan

May. 22, 2019 2:14 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian businessman who flouts political taboos by working with Israeli settlers in the West Bank could soon have a role in President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan. While Palestinian officials have swiftly rejected next month's planned Mideast conference in Bahrain, Ashraf...

Officials say Iran quadruples production of enriched uranium

May. 20, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity amid tensions with the U.S. over Tehran's atomic program, nuclear officials said Monday, just after President Donald Trump and Iran's foreign minister traded threats and taunts on Twitter. Iranian officials made a point to...

The Latest: Saudi says Yemen rebels launch new drone attack

May. 20, 2019 10:25 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 6:20 a.m. Saudi Arabia says Yemen's Houthi rebels have launched a bomb-laden drone targeting civilian infrastructure in...

Iraqi Shiite figures warn US-Iran war could 'burn' Iraq

May. 20, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Leading Iraqi Shiite figures warned Monday against attempts to pull their country into a war between the U.S. and Iran, saying it would turn Iraq into a battlefield yet again, just as it is on the path to recovery. The warning came hours after a rocket slammed into Baghdad's heavily...

Group wants Tennessee DA to resign over anti-Islam post

May. 17, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee district attorney is facing calls to resign after posting several anti-Islam remarks to social media. The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced Friday that it was asking for Tennessee's Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott to resign. The advocacy...

Algerians hold anti-government protest, jump on police vans

May. 17, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Protesters flooded the streets of Algeria for the 13th straight Friday, climbing atop police vans that were blocking the main demonstration site in the capital in a bold show of defiance. Security forces earlier fired tear gas into the crowd in Algiers to keep them out of the...

Egypt's president pardons 560, including prominent columnist

May. 17, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi pardoned 560 prisoners, including a prominent journalist and several women. The pardons, announced in the official gazette late Thursday, coincide with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan when authorities traditionally release detainees as a goodwill...

India's ruling party takes election battle to West Bengal

May. 17, 2019 7:23 AM EDT

KOLKATA, India (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken his ruling party's fight to the state of West Bengal, where it hopes to retain a majority in staggered general elections concluding this week by diluting the strength of a formidable opponent, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The battle...

Man to stay jailed over talk about avenging mosque attacks

May. 16, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled a New York man will remain in custody in Montana pending his June 24 trial over charges that he lied to authorities about discussions he had about joining the Islamic State group and attacking random people to avenge shootings at two New Zealand mosques. The...

Muslim prison guard accuses Georgia agency of discrimination

May. 16, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia prison guard who recently converted to Islam says the state Department of Corrections won't allow her to wear a hijab at work. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 25-year-old Rogers State Prison corrections officer Jalanda Calhoun has filed a discrimination complaint against...