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Rights group denounces 'unfree and unfair' Egyptian vote

Apr. 24, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The referendum approved by Egyptian voters that allows President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to extend his rule to 2030 was held in an "unfair and unfree" environment and has "no pretense to legitimacy," an international rights group said. Human Rights Watch said the three-day vote on a set of...

Egypt court sentences 2 monks to death for abbot's killing

Apr. 24, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced two former monks to death for killing an abbot in a desert monastery north of Cairo last year. The Damanhur Criminal Court, north of Cairo, announced the sentences Wednesday for two defrocked monks identified as Isaiah and Faltaous. They can appeal. The two were...

Radicalization among Sri Lanka's Muslims was slow and steady

Apr. 24, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A spate of attacks against mosques, shrines and followers of Sufi sheikhs in Sri Lanka more than a decade ago point to early warning signs of fundamentalism taking root among a sliver of the country's Muslims. The Easter attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 350...

Ambassador: US had no prior knowledge of Sri Lanka threat

Apr. 24, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The U.S. had no prior knowledge of the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that killed over 350 people, the American ambassador said Wednesday, despite local claims that foreign officials had been warned an attack was looming. As the investigation into Sunday's Islamic State-claimed...

UN: Libya fighting reaches facility holding migrants

Apr. 24, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The fighting in Libya's capital has reached a detention center holding hundreds of detained migrants and refugees, the U.N. said Tuesday. Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general, said the U.N. aid agency has received reports that the Qasr Ben Ghashir detention...

Japan reporter sues government after passport is invalidated

Apr. 24, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese journalist known for covering war zones sued the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday after it invalidated his passport and demanded he surrender it, saying it deprived him of his right to travel and restricted press freedom. Kosuke Tsuneoka was stopped at Tokyo's Haneda airport in...

The Latest: Russian official calls for Libya cease-fire

Apr. 24, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The Latest on developments in Libya, where armed groups are battling for control of the capital, Tripoli (all times local): 3 p.m. A top Russian diplomat has called on the self-styled Libyan National Army to cease fire and stop its advance on the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Asked if...

Report: Emirati woman wakes up from coma after 27 years

Apr. 24, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The story of a woman in the United Arab Emirates who woke up from a 27-year-long coma has grabbed international headlines. The story of Munira Abdulla first ran in Abu Dhabi's The National newspaper on Monday. The newspaper says in 1991, Abdulla was with her son when a...

Yemeni officials say 5,000 migrants detained in Aden

Apr. 24, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say police have detained at least 5,000 migrants over the last 10 days who were attempting to cross to Saudi Arabia. The officials said Wednesday that the migrants, most of them from African countries, are being held in overcrowded police stations across the...

Iranian leaders defiant in face of Trump's move on sanctions

Apr. 24, 2019 7:35 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian leaders are defiant in the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to impose sanctions on countries that import Iranian oil, vowing to respond to America's move. The U.S. announced the sanctions in November but some countries got temporary waivers that allowed them to import...