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Doubts loom over Colombia peace deal with hawk's election

Jun. 18, 2018 4:04 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Uncertainty loomed over Colombia's fragile peace deal on Monday with the victory of one of its most hawkish critics in a bruising presidential runoff that laid bare deep divisions in the South American nation as it emerges from decades of bloody conflict. Ivan Duque, a law-and-order...

Libyan airstrikes target group attacking oil ports

Jun. 18, 2018 11:42 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan forces carried out airstrikes against a militia attacking key oil ports in the east, a spokesman said as Libya's national oil firm warned on Monday of further damage to oil infrastructure as well as environmental contamination in the north African country. The militia, led by Ibrahim...

Syria says US-led strike hits troops in east, US denies

Jun. 18, 2018 11:07 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Iraqi Shiite forces and Syria accused the United States on Monday of targeting their troops inside Syria with an airstrike, a charge the U.S. denied but that ratcheted up tensions in the area. Iraq's Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces, the units' umbrella organization, said in a...

Philippine airstrikes target IS-linked militants near Marawi

Jun. 18, 2018 8:07 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine military airstrikes and ground assaults targeted a group of Islamic State group-linked militants in an offensive that reportedly killed five extremists and forced more than 5,000 villagers to flee to safety in the south, officials said Monday. Army Col. Romeo Brawner...

Militants say they were behind attack in India's northeast

Jun. 18, 2018 7:53 AM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — An insurgent separatist group has claimed responsibility for a weekend attack in India's remote northeast that left four Indian paramilitary soldiers dead. The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) emailed reporters to say it was behind the Sunday attack, in which...

Palestinian dies after being wounded near Gaza-Israel border

Jun. 18, 2018 7:16 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian man died in unclear circumstances near the Israel-Gaza border on Monday, hours after Israel and Hamas traded salvos over Palestinian incendiary kites. The Israeli military said in a statement that five Palestinian militants were wounded while attempting "to sabotage a...

Conservative wins Colombia's presidency in divisive election

Jun. 17, 2018 8:55 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Ivan Duque, the young conservative protege of a powerful former president, was elected Colombia's next leader Sunday after promising to roll back a fragile peace accord that has divided the South American nation. Duque captured almost 54 percent of the vote, putting him 12 points...

Israel strikes launchers of burning kites from Gaza Strip

Jun. 17, 2018 12:26 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Sunday said it carried out four airstrikes targeting Palestinians launching burning kites and balloons into southern Israel. No one was injured in the strikes, but it marked an escalation in Israel's response to a phenomenon that has wreaked havoc on fields and...

AP Explains: How Colombia's presidential vote affects peace

Jun. 17, 2018 8:26 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia signed a peace deal in 2016 that ended five decades of conflict. The accord was praised around the world, but its implementation has been slow and ridden with obstacles. The two candidates in Sunday's presidential...

Ex-rebel looks to defy odds in Colombia presidential race

Jun. 16, 2018 7:42 PM EDT

ZIPAQUIRA, Colombia (AP) — Gustavo Petro began his long ascent to the cusp of Colombia's presidency in this self-built barrio named after South American independence hero Simon Bolivar. In 1983, equipped with little more than a shovel and a surplus of revolutionary ideals, the then-clandestine militant led...