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French yellow vests protest in Paris amid tighter security

Mar. 23, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of French yellow vest demonstrators were marching through Paris on Saturday as authorities enforced bans on protests in certain areas and displayed enhanced security measures to avoid a repeat of last week's riots in the capital. The crowd gathered peacefully Saturday at...

Pakistan showcases military even as tensions with India ease

Mar. 23, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan celebrated its national day on Saturday with a military parade showcasing its missiles, tanks and aircraft, even as the prime minister and his Indian counterpart exchanged goodwill messages in a sign of easing tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals. Indian Prime Minister...

The Latest: Somali forces end attack by Islamic extremists

Mar. 23, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The Latest on an extremist attack in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A Somali police officer says security forces have ended a siege by Islamic militants of a government building in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. Capt. Mohamed Hussein confirmed that...

IS loses all territory but its shadowy leader still at large

Mar. 23, 2019 9:26 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group has lost all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, but its shadowy leader and self-proclaimed "caliph" is still at large. With a $25 million U.S. bounty on his head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the world's most wanted man, responsible for steering his...

The Latest: France's Macron praises coalition for IS defeat

Mar. 23, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The Latest on the battle against the Islamic State group in Syria (all times local): 3:15 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to the international coalition and its allies after U.S.-backed forces declared military victory over the Islamic State group in Syria....

Somalia govt minister among 5 victims in extremist attack

Mar. 23, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Gunmen stormed a government building in Somalia's capital after a suicide car bombing on Saturday, killing at least five people including the country's deputy labor minister, police said, in the latest attack by Islamic extremist fighters in the Horn of Africa nation. Somali...

Twin bombing at Afghan ceremony kills 4, including official

Mar. 23, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A twin bombing at a public ceremony in southern Afghanistan on Saturday killed at least four people, including a provincial official, and wounded more than 30, officials said. Omar Zwak, spokesman for the governor of Helmand province, said the bombings targeted a celebration of...

US-backed Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State

Mar. 23, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed forces declared military victory over the Islamic State group in Syria on Saturday after liberating the last pocket of territory held by the militants, marking the end of a brutal self-styled caliphate the group carved out in large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014. After...

Q&A: The end of the Islamic State group's "caliphate"

Mar. 23, 2019 7:28 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The announcement of victory over the Islamic State group in Syria marks the end of the extremists' self-styled caliphate, a proto-state in which they held millions hostage to their dark and brutal vision. But IS, which traces its roots back to the bloody emergence of al-Qaida in Iraq after...

Timeline of the rise and fall of the Islamic State group

Mar. 23, 2019 4:06 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group erupted from the chaos of Syria and Iraq's conflicts and swiftly did what no Islamic militant group had done before, conquering a giant stretch of territory and declaring itself a "caliphate." Its territorial rule, which at its height in 2014 stretched across nearly a...