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Islamist party makes early victory claim in Algeria election

Jun. 13, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A moderate Islamist party claimed victory Sunday in Algeria's legislative election even though results were not expected for several more days. Less than 24 hours after polls closed in the North African country, the head of the Movement for a...

Pakistan acquits Christian couple facing death for blasphemy

Jun. 03, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani appeals court on Thursday acquitted a Christian couple sentenced to death on blasphemy charges for allegedly insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad, their defense lawyer said. The appeal of their 2014 death penalty by Shagufta Kausar and her...

Netanyahu could lose PM job as rivals attempt to join forces

May. 30, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A former ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said he would seek to form a coalition government with the Israeli leader's opponents, taking a major step toward ending the rule of the longtime premier. The dramatic announcement by Naftali...

Bomb targeting Islamist leader's car kills 7 in Pakistan

May. 21, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful roadside bomb that went off on Friday near a vehicle carrying a local leader of an Islamist political party in southwestern Pakistan killed seven people, police and a government spokesman said. It was unclear who was behind the attack...

The Latest: Israeli airstrike on Gaza house kills at least 7

May. 14, 2021 20:31 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the stepped-up fighting between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers (all times local): GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza City has killed at least seven Palestinians. The airstrike...

Pakistan decries EU parliament's move on blasphemy laws

Apr. 30, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Friday decried a move by the European Parliament, which a day earlier adopted a resolution demanding Islamabad allow freedom for religious minorities and asked the EU to reconsider the South Asian country's preferential trade status. The...

Israel's Netanyahu backs bill for direct election for PM

Apr. 19, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing for a new law to allow the direct election of the nation's leader as a way to break the country's two-year political deadlock. The proposal could guarantee Netanyahu another term as prime minister...

Radical Islamist party frees 11 Pakistani police hostages

Apr. 19, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — An outlawed Pakistani Islamist political group freed 11 police a day after taking them hostage in the eastern city of Lahore amid violent clashes with security forces, the country’s interior minister said Monday. Supporters of the hard-line...

Bangladesh court allows police to question Islamist leader

Apr. 19, 2021 06:42 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A court in Bangladesh on Monday allowed police to continue to question an influential leader of an Islamist group that led violent protests against last month’s visit by India’s prime minister to the Muslim-majority nation. Lawyers said...

Bangladesh arrests Islamist leader after violent protests

Apr. 18, 2021 07:28 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police in Bangladesh on Sunday arrested an influential leader of an Islamist group that led violent protests against last month's visit by India's prime minister to the Muslim-majority nation, officials said. Mamunul Haque of the group...