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Russia to study Israeli data related to downed plane

Sep. 19, 2018 1:14 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted Israel's offer to share detailed information about its air raid which triggered fire by Syrian forces that downed a Russian reconnaissance plane, the Kremlin said Wednesday. Syrian forces mistook the Russian Il-20 for Israeli aircraft, killing all...

Putin says Russia perfected weapons based on Syria campaign

Sep. 19, 2018 1:04 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says that the military's combat experience gained in Syria has helped develop new weapons systems. Russia has waged a campaign in Syria since September 2015, helping turn the tide of war in favor of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Russian military has used...

Franco-Egyptian actor Gamil Ratib dies at 92

Sep. 19, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Gamil Ratib, an award-winning Franco-Egyptian actor whose roles as villain or aristocrat made him a household name across the Arab world, died Wednesday, state media reported. He was 92. Ratib's acting career — he appeared in about 100 films in both French and Arabic — began as...

Gaza protests escalate after deal to ease blockade fails

Sep. 19, 2018 12:17 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinians protested Wednesday at a new location along the perimeter fence between Israel and Gaza as Hamas intensified demonstrations at the border after Egyptian-led cease-fire talks stalled. The militant Hamas group was hoping its indirect talks with Israel would result in...

US tags Iran anew as top terror sponsor, global attacks fall

Sep. 19, 2018 12:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has once again named Iran as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, accusing it of intensifying numerous conflicts and trying to undermine governments throughout the Middle East. The State Department's annual survey of global terrorism released on Wednesday said...

World Bank: Global poverty rate drops to record low 10 pct.

Sep. 19, 2018 10:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global poverty has fallen to a record low. The World Bank said Wednesday that 10 percent of the world's population lived on less than $1.90 a day in 2015 — the last year for which numbers were available — down from 11.2 percent in 2013. That means 735.9 million people lived...

Pakistan's new PM, Imran Khan, visits Saudi Arabia

Sep. 19, 2018 10:29 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan's new prime minister, former cricket player Imran Khan, is in Saudi Arabia as part of his first official overseas trip. Khan arrived in the kingdom on Tuesday and will later travel to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. While in Saudi Arabia, Khan...

Thousands back home in north Syria after Russia-Turkey deal

Sep. 19, 2018 10:19 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of people who were recently displaced by violence in northwest Syria have returned home following a Russia-Turkey deal that averted a government offensive on the last major rebel stronghold, Syrian opposition activists said Wednesday. The United Nations said that in the first 12...

Egypt court upholds suspended sentence against activist

Sep. 19, 2018 10:08 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday upheld a three-month suspended prison sentence for a prominent rights lawyer convicted of offending public morals Khaled Ali's lawyer said he will appeal the verdict by the Misdemeanor Court of Appeals in Giza. Ali has served no prison time for the...

UN agency warns time running out to prevent Yemen famine

Sep. 19, 2018 6:53 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. food agency said Wednesday time was running out for aid groups working in Yemen to prevent a "devastating" famine in the war-torn country. World Food Program said new entry points were urgently needed to bring in humanitarian food aid and commercial imports in and to address what it...