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Israel vows to keep hitting militants as 18 killed in Gaza

Nov. 13, 2019 5:48 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli airstrikes killed more Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza on Wednesday as rocket fire toward Israel resumed after a brief overnight lull, raising the death toll in the strip to 18 Palestinians in the heaviest round of fighting in months. The military said more than 250...

The Latest: UN mediator in Cairo over Israel-Gaza escalation

Nov. 13, 2019 5:41 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the new escalation between Israel and Gaza (all times local): 12:35 p.m. Egyptian officials say U.N. Mideast envoy has arrived in Cairo in efforts to deescalate the worst escalation between Israel and Gaza militants in recent months. The officials say that Nickolay Mladenov...

The Latest: 8 die as Israeli planes hit Gaza

Nov. 12, 2019 3:52 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israeli airstrikes on Tuesday (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Israel has 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 steps up its battle against Iran and its proxies across...

Egypt lawmaker refutes UN report about ex-president's death

Nov. 11, 2019 2:58 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian lawmakers said Monday that the late President Mohammed Morsi was treated well in prison, just days after a U.N. report attributed Morsi's death to "brutal" conditions inside the country's jails. Alaa Abed, head of the Parliament's human rights committee, told The Associated Press that...

Egypt says it's unearthed large animal mummy, likely a lion

Nov. 11, 2019 5:49 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities says local archeologists have unearthed the mummy of an unusually large animal, most likely a lion or lioness. The ministry said on Monday the mummy was excavated in Saqqara, a town south of Cairo that was a vast necropolis in antiquity and is home to the famed...

UN experts: 'Brutal' prison killed Egyptian ex-president

Nov. 8, 2019 2:39 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — U.N. rights experts say Egypt's ex-President Mohammed Morsi endured "brutal" prison conditions that contributed to his death in custody. They also warn that thousands more prisoners are "at severe risk" from "gross violations" in Egyptian prisons. Morsi, Egypt's first democratically...

Correction: Yemen story

Nov. 7, 2019 3:20 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — In a story Nov. 5 about the signing of a power-sharing deal in Yemen, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has been in exile since 2014. He fled Yemen in 2015. A corrected version of the story is below: Yemen's government, separatists sign...

Egypt lawmaker says parliament could sack him for criticism

Nov. 6, 2019 7:13 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian opposition lawmaker said Wednesday that the country's parliament has referred him to an ethics committee for posting a video criticizing President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the latest episode in a widening crackdown by authorities on dissent. The lawmaker, Ahmed Tantawi, also told The...

Egypt's president lavishly praises Trump on social media

Nov. 5, 2019 1:56 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president lavished praise on President Donald Trump via social media, calling him a "man with unique power to confront crises." Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi's comments were the latest public example of the two leaders' closeness. El-Sissi thanked Trump for his "generous concern" for helping...

Key moments in the 1979 Iran hostage crisis at US Embassy

Nov. 4, 2019 1:31 AM EST

Here are key moments in the 1979 Iranian takeover and subsequent 444-day hostage crisis at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Day 1, Nov. 4, 1979 - Iranian protesters seize the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and take 98 people hostage. They demand the United States return the deposed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who is in a New...