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Sudan's military council resumes talks with protesters

May. 19, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's ruling military council is meeting with protesters on Sunday to discuss the country's political transition after talks were halted for three days while roads were cleared outside the main sit-in in the capital, Khartoum. The two sides have held several rounds of talks since...

Eurovision scolds Madonna for Palestinian flag display

May. 19, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Eurovision Song Contest organizers say they were taken aback by the display of a Palestinian flag during Madonna's guest appearance, which defied contest rules. While Madonna performed her new single, two of her dancers flashed Israeli and Palestinian flags pinned on their backs. The...

Jimmy Carter finds a renaissance in 2020 Democratic scramble

May. 19, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Jimmy Carter carved an unlikely path to the White House in 1976 and endured humbling defeat after one term. Now, six administrations later, the longest-living chief executive in American history is re-emerging from political obscurity at age 94 to win over his fellow Democrats once again. A...

In Iran, a plunging economy trumps fears of US confrontation

May. 19, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Across Iran's capital, the talk always seems to come back to how things may get worse. Battered by U.S. sanctions and its depreciating rial currency, Iran's 80 million people struggle to buy meat, medicine and other staples of daily life. Now they wonder aloud about America's intentions...

UN tells Italy proposed decree violates migrants' rights

May. 19, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian interior ministry vowed Sunday to press ahead with a new decree formalizing the closure of Italian ports to aid groups that rescue migrants, even after U.N. human rights investigators said it violated international law. Ministry officials said the security decree was "necessary and...

Bomb hits tourist bus near Egypt's Giza Pyramids, wounds 17

May. 19, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Sunday near the Giza Pyramids, wounding at least 17 people including tourists, Egyptian officials said. The officials said the bus was travelling on a road close to the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum, which is located adjacent to the Giza Pyramids...

Saudis say they don't want war, but will defend themselves

May. 19, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia does not want war but will not hesitate to defend itself against Iran, a top Saudi diplomat said Sunday, after the kingdom's energy sector was targeted this past week amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf. Adel al-Jubeir, the minister of state for...

The Latest: US conducts navy exercises in Arabian Sea

May. 19, 2019 11:07 AM 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): 6:50 p.m. The U.S. Navy says it has conducted exercises in the Arabian Sea with an aircraft carrier strike group...

Bomb attack on Shiite militiamen kills 7 in eastern Iraq

May. 19, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi Shiite paramilitary group says a roadside bomb has hit a bus carrying its fighters in eastern Iraq, killing seven people and wounding 26. The Popular Mobilization Forces said in a statement that the bomb hit the bus in the eastern town of Balad Ruz, while traveling from the southern...

Russia says Syrian government forces halt fire in Idlib

May. 19, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Syrian government forces have unilaterally ceased fire in the northern Idlib province, the last major rebel stronghold, Russia said Sunday, while opposition activists reported continued shelling and airstrikes. Fighting erupted in Idlib late last month, effectively shattering a cease-fire...