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The Latest: Monitor says death toll at 23 in Israel strikes

Nov. 20, 2019 9:22 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the situation in the Mideast following latest Israeli airstrikes in Syria (all times local): 4:20 p.m. A war monitoring group says the death toll from Israeli airstrikes in Syria has risen to 23, including 15 non-Syrians, some of them Iranians. Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the...

Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new president

Nov. 18, 2019 5:53 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s president on Monday and appealed to minority Tamils and Muslims who voted against him to give their support. Rajapaksa, who is credited with helping end the country’s long civil war, comfortably...

Airstrikes kill 9 in rebel-held northwest Syria

Nov. 17, 2019 11:47 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes on rebel-held areas in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib killed at least nine people on Sunday, an opposition war monitor and a paramedic group said. Syrian troops launched a four-month offensive earlier this year against the country’s last opposition stronghold,...

Former Sri Lankan defense chief wins presidential vote

Nov. 17, 2019 6:44 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former defense official revered by Sri Lanka’s ethnic majority for his role in ending a bloody civil war but feared by minorities for his brutal approach, registered a comfortable victory Sunday in the nation’s presidential election. Elections...

Bolivian interim leader meets UN envoy amid violence fears

Nov. 16, 2019 11:14 PM EST

SACABA, Bolivia (AP) — A U.N. envoy met with Bolivia’s interim president Saturday to find a way out of the country’s political crisis while the world body expressed concern the situation could “spin out of control” amid a rising death toll. On leaving the meeting with interim...

Muslim voters attacked in Sri Lanka presidential election

Nov. 16, 2019 8:38 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Polls closed Saturday evening after a day of voting for Sri Lanka’s next president, an election marred by shots fired at a convoy of Muslims heading to cast their ballots in what some called a coordinated effort to disenfranchise the minority group. There were no reported...

Key facts on Sri Lanka as it prepares to elect new president

Nov. 14, 2019 11:58 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Indian Ocean island nation of Sri Lanka, which will elect a new president on Saturday, has had a tumultuous history. Since gaining independence from British colonial rule in 1948, the country has seen three major armed conflicts in which hundreds of thousands have died. It...

Sri Lankans seek security in post-Easter attack election

Nov. 14, 2019 11:38 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Worries about Islamic extremism will be paramount for many Sri Lankan voters while others hope to block former leaders accused of human rights violations from returning to power in Saturday’s presidential election, the country’s first national polls since last...

Sri Lankan journalists fear situation may worsen after vote

Nov. 13, 2019 7:59 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Forced to flee their country a decade ago to escape allegedly state-sponsored killer squads, Sri Lankan journalists living in exile doubt they’ll be able to return home soon or see justice served to their tormentors — whose alleged ringleader could come to power in...

Israel targets Islamic Jihad leader, sending message to Iran

Nov. 12, 2019 3:22 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Tuesday targeted two senior commanders from the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, killing one in the Gaza Strip and missing the second in Syria as it stepped up its battle against Iran and its proxies across the region. The death of Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his wife as they...