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Turkey: Police on trial for killing of prominent lawyer

Oct. 21, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Three police officers went on trial Wednesday in southeastern Turkey over the killing of a prominent lawyer and human rights defender nearly five years ago. Lawyer Tahir Elci was fatally shot in the head after making a press statement on the destruction of a historic mosque in the Sur...

Parents of Eyah Hallaq, an autistic Palestinian man who was fatally shot by Israeli police, Khiri and mother Rana, talk during an interview In Jerusalem, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The family says it is hopeful the officers will be prosecuted after finally confirming the existence of security-camera footage of the incident.(AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Officer may face charges in killing of autistic Palestinian

Oct. 21, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli prosecutors on Wednesday recommended charging a police officer with reckless manslaughter in the deadly shooting of an autistic Palestinian man in Jerusalem's Old City earlier this year. The decision came nearly five months after the shooting of Eyad Hallaq. Hallaq's family, which...

NATO chief rules out rushed, early exit from Afghanistan

Oct. 21, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — As rising violence threatens to derail Afghan peace talks, the head of NATO said Wednesday that the military alliance will not leave Afghanistan until security conditions allow, even as some U.S. troops might be hoping to be back home in time for Christmas. “We will make a decision...

Sudanese return to streets over dire living conditions

Oct. 21, 2020 7:55 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese protesters took to the streets in the capital and across the country on Wednesday over dire living conditions and a deadly crackdown on demonstrators in the east earlier this month. The protests came on the anniversary of a 1964 uprising that ended six years of military rule. Sudan is...

FILE - This Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009 file photo shows Syrian President Bashar Assad during a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran, Iran. Syria's state media says President Bashar Assad has made a rare public visit to the coastal province of Latakia where he toured areas that suffered heavy damage in last week’s deadly wildfires. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Syria president orders new tax breaks amid rising hardship

Oct. 21, 2020 7:29 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's president decreed a new income tax exemption on Wednesday intended to provide relief to low-income earners at a time of deepening economic hardship in the war-ravaged country. The decree exempts those making 50,000 liras ($40) a month or less from paying income tax. The limit...

In this photo released by Combined Maritime Forces, a boarding team from a British royal navy vessel, the HMS Montrose, transits towards a stateless dhow, a traditional cargo ship that plies the Persian Gulf and surrounding waters, in the northern Arabian Sea, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. The British royal navy seized 450 kilograms 450 kilograms (990 pounds) of methamphetamine from the dhow in the largest-ever bust by a joint maritime operation in the region. (Combined Maritime Forces via AP)

UK warship seizes 450 kilograms of meth in Arabian Sea

Oct. 21, 2020 6:37 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A British royal navy vessel seized 450 kilograms (990 pounds) of methamphetamine in the northern Arabian Sea in the largest-ever bust by a joint maritime operation in the region, officials said Wednesday. The HMS Montrose seized the drugs hidden aboard a stateless dhow, a...

Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, speaks about the fourth round of the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission, during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

UN envoy hails early agreements in Libya talks

Oct. 21, 2020 6:25 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya said Wednesday the two warring factions have agreed on issues that “directly impact the lives and welfare of the Libyan people,” noting that the thorny work to cement a cease-fire in the restive North African country will continue. Stephanie Turco...

FILE- In this Jan. 4, 2020 file photo, protesters demonstrate over the U.S. airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, Iran. Whether it's framed as American exceptionalism, American interventionism, American global standing, or a lack of it, how the world's foremost superpower moves forward following the presidential election will have a sizeable impact in various geopolitical pressure points and in the time of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Many thorny global situations hinge on US election outcome

Oct. 21, 2020 2:04 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Four years after Donald Trump’s election reframed how many nations interacted with the United States, the way that the world’s foremost superpower moves forward after its presidential election stands to impact many geopolitical pressure points — whether the victor turns...

Israeli volunteer Sharon Yaron, left, brings a cake to 85-year-old Holocaust survivor Sara Weinsten during a visit to her house in Yavne, Israel, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. For thousands of older Israelis like Weinsten, being housebound alone during Israel's second nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic is difficult and depressing. But each week ahead of the Jewish Sabbath, which starts on Friday at sundown, a home-baked cake is delivered by one of thousands of volunteers bringing pastries to home-bound older Israelis. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

With cakes, solitary Sabbaths sweetened for older Israelis

Oct. 21, 2020 1:55 AM EDT

YAVNE, Israel (AP) — For thousands of older Israelis like Sara Weinsten, being housebound alone during the country's second nationwide lockdown is difficult and depressing. “Loneliness brings back the past, and it's hard,” said Weinsten, an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor who lives in the...

FILE- In this Jan. 4, 2020 file photo, protesters demonstrate over the U.S. airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, Iran. Whether it's framed as American exceptionalism, American interventionism, American global standing, or a lack of it, how the world's foremost superpower moves forward following the presidential election will have a sizeable impact in various geopolitical pressure points and in the time of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Many thorny global situations hinge on US election outcome

Oct. 21, 2020 1:44 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Four years after Donald Trump's election reframed how many nations interacted with the United States, the way that the world's foremost superpower moves forward after its presidential election stands to impact many geopolitical pressure points — whether the victor turns out to be Trump...