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Today in History

Oct. 20, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2018. There are 72 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 20, 1973, in the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre," special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox was dismissed and Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney...

Italy announces return of fishing boats seized by Libya

Oct. 12, 2018 2:26 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's premier says two Italian fishing vessels seized by Libyan forces earlier this week are returning home. The self-styled Libyan National Army had announced it had seized the vessels in Libyan territorial waters and brought them to the port of Ras al-Hilal. In a tweet Friday, Premier...

Libyans find 75 bodies of suspected IS fighters

Oct. 11, 2018 9:28 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan authorities have found a mass grave believed to contain the bodies of 75 Islamic State fighters near the coastal city of Sirte, formerly the main North African stronghold of the extremist group, an official said Thursday. Salem el-Ameel, a spokesman for a local force, said a...

Egypt's president wants Libya to hand over captured militant

Oct. 11, 2018 8:13 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president says he wants a prominent militant captured in Libya this week extradited so that he can be "held accountable." Thursday's comments by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi were the first official word in Egypt on the capture of Hisham el-Ashmawi by a self-styled Libyan military...

Sense of impunity emboldens autocrats to get rid of enemies

Oct. 11, 2018 7:03 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist raises a dark question for anyone who dares criticize governments or speak out against those in power: Will the world have their back? Dictators and autocrats have always sought to silence dissenters, even ones that flee abroad to escape their...

The Latest: 3 near Greece-Turkey border fatally stabbed

Oct. 10, 2018 2:31 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration: (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Greek police say three females found dead by a river on the border with Turkey and believed to be migrants had been stabbed in the neck. Police said a farmer found the victims Wednesday on the Greek side...

Egyptian investigators in Libya to question wanted militant

Oct. 9, 2018 12:35 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Eager to access valuable intelligence for its fight against militants, Egyptian military investigators were in Libya on Tuesday to join their counterparts interrogating the most wanted militant in Egypt, who was captured this week by a Cairo-allied Libyan force. Hisham el-Ashmawi was captured...

Libyan forces capture fugitive Egyptian militant

Oct. 8, 2018 12:51 PM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The self-styled Libyan National Army says it captured one of Egypt's most wanted militants Monday in a raid in an eastern Libyan town long known to be a stronghold of radical Islamists. In a statement posted on its Facebook page, the LNA, which is allied with authorities in eastern...

Migrant buried a day after Morocco's navy fires on boat

Sep. 26, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A Moroccan woman killed after the North African kingdom's navy opened fire on a boat carrying her and two dozen other migrants was buried on Wednesday, a day after she was shot. The victim, who had been studying law, died before reaching a hospital, said Mohamed Benaissa, the head of...

The Latest: Migrant rescue ship has dog aboard

Sep. 26, 2018 3:23 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants to Europe (all times local): 8:15 p.m. One of five countries taking in the 58 migrants saved on the rescue ship Aquarius 2 will also get a dog — large, white and named Bella. France, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Malta will take in migrants...