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Fire at Cairo Coptic church kills 41, including 15 children

Aug. 14, 2022 16:40 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A fire ripped through a packed Coptic Orthodox church during morning services in Egypt’s capital on Sunday, quickly filling it with thick black smoke and killing 41 worshippers, including at least 15 children. Several trapped congregants jumped from upper floors of...

Syria says Israeli strikes kill 3 soldiers, wounds others

Aug. 14, 2022 15:25 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israel launched a missile attack on western and central Syria Sunday night, killing three soldiers and wounding three others, the Syrian military said in a statement. The Syrian army said Israel’s military targeted several positions in the coastal province...

Palestinian gunman wounds 8 in late-night Jerusalem shooting

Aug. 14, 2022 15:01 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian gunman opened fire at a bus near Jerusalem’s Old City early Sunday, wounding eight Israelis in an attack that came a week after violence flared up between Israel and militants in Gaza, police and medics said. Two of the victims were in serious...

Salman Rushdie 'on the road to recovery,' agent says

Aug. 14, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Salman Rushdie is “on the road to recovery,” his agent confirmed Sunday, two days after the author of “The Satanic Verses” suffered serious injuries in a stabbing at a lecture in New York. The announcement followed news that the lauded writer was...

High oil prices help Saudi Aramco earn $88B in first half

Aug. 14, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi energy company Aramco said Sunday its profits jumped 90% in the second quarter compared to the same time last year, helping its half-year earnings reach nearly $88 billion. The increase is a boon for the kingdom and the crown prince's spending power as...

Svika Pick, prolific Israeli singer-songwriter, dies at 72

Aug. 14, 2022 09:13 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Svika Pick, a pillar of Israel's music industry who gained international attention after his song won the Eurovision Song Contest, has died. He was 72. Pick, known as “the Maestro” in Israeli pop circles, was a singer, composer and prolific songwriter who...

Despite public anger, no progress in Iraq political deadlock

Aug. 14, 2022 08:32 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Weeks after followers of an influential cleric stormed parliament, Iraq’s political crisis shows no signs of abating, despite rising public anger over a debilitating gridlock that has further weakened the country's caretaker government and its ability to provide basic services. ...

Iraqi judiciary says it has no powers to dissolve parliament

Aug. 14, 2022 08:05 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s top judicial body said Sunday it doesn't have the authority to dissolve the country’s parliament, days after an influential Shiite cleric gave it one week to dismiss the legislature so that new elections can be held. The decision by the Supreme Judicial...

Egypt’s Coptic Church, citing health officials, says fire at Cairo church kills at least 41 people

Aug. 14, 2022 06:49 AM EDT
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Coptic Church, citing health officials, says fire at Cairo church kills at least 41 people.

Saudi oil company Aramco's half-year profits reach close to $88 billion after posting a 90% surge in second quarter

Aug. 14, 2022 02:52 AM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi oil company Aramco's half-year profits reach close to $88 billion after posting a 90% surge in second quarter.