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Rare protests in Egypt call for el-Sissi to step down

Sep. 21, 2019 3:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Dozens of people have protested in Egypt's capital, Cairo, to call for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step down. The short-lived, rare protest began Friday night near Tahir Square, the epicenter of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The protesters were...

The Latest: US to deploy more troops to Saudi Arabia, UAE

Sep. 21, 2019 3:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. response to attacks on the Saudi oil industry (all times local): 6:45 p.m. The Pentagon says the U.S. will deploy additional troops and military equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to beef up security, as President Donald Trump has at least for...

Fun & Games: Lyles wants to win, celebrate just like Bolt

Sep. 21, 2019 2:50 AM EDT

The most promising signal that track and field remains in good hands even after Usain Bolt's retirement comes from a 22-year-old American named Noah Lyles , who appreciates the Jamaican superstar more for what he did after his races than during them. When Lyles spends time studying Bolt on video, he's not only...

The Latest: Americans, Australians celebrate in Rose Garden

Sep. 20, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the state visit to the U.S. by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (all times local): 10:30 p.m. American and Australian luminaries gathered under the stars in the White House Rose Garden on Friday, resolutely "celebrating" even as serious matters of national security...

Yemen rebels say they're halting attacks on Saudi Arabia

Sep. 20, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels said late Friday night that they were halting drone and missile attacks against Saudi Arabia, one week after they claimed responsibility for a strike that crippled a key oil facility in the kingdom. The U.S. and the Saudis blamed the Sept. 14 attack on Iran, which backs...

US to send troops to Saudi Arabia, hold off on striking Iran

Sep. 20, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Friday announced it will deploy additional U.S. troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as President Donald Trump has at least for now put off any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil...

Activist: Egyptian authorities arrest brother to silence me

Sep. 20, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S.-based Egyptian activist whose Facebook page helped ignite the 2011 pro-democracy uprising said authorities have arrested his brother in Cairo. Wael Ghonim, a computer engineer, said his recent criticism of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi prompted authorities to retaliate by...

President Donald Trump approves deployment of US forces to Saudi Arabia, UAE after attack on oil facilities

Sep. 20, 2019 6:44 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump approves deployment of US forces to Saudi Arabia, UAE after attack on oil facilities.

The Latest: Greek refugee camp unable to house new arrivals

Sep. 20, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 12:30 a.m. Malta has taken in 35 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea by a humanitarian ship a day earlier. The Ocean Viking had assisted Maltese authorities and pulled the migrants from an overcrowded wooden boat on...

Greek island refugee camp too crowded to house newcomers

Sep. 20, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A perpetually overcrowded refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos can't accommodate any more newly arrived asylum-seekers after the number of people already housed exceeded the camp's intended capacity by 400%, authorities said Friday. Migrants who made it to Lesbos were sleeping...