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UN says war has set back Yemen's development by 20 years

Apr. 23, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A U.N.-commissioned report says the war in Yemen has set back its development by more than 20 years. The study commissioned by the U.N. Development Program found that if the war ends this year, it will have caused economic losses of $88.8 billion. If the conflict lasts until 2030, it...

Saudi Arabia executes 37 prisoners for terrorism crimes

Apr. 23, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia beheaded 37 Saudi citizens for what it said Tuesday were terrorism-related crimes, the Interior Ministry said, publicly pinning two of the bodies to a pole as a warning to others. The report said the executions were carried out by beheading and that two of...

The Latest: Islamic State claims to identify attackers

Apr. 23, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The Islamic State group claims to have identified the attackers who carried out the Sri Lanka Easter suicide bombings after earlier asserting it was responsible for the assault that killed over 320 people....

Sudanese launch new protests to pressure military

Apr. 23, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudanese activists were holding nationwide protests on Tuesday to press the military to hand over power to a civilian authority after the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir earlier this month. Railway workers and other protesters gathered in Atbara, the northern transport hub...

The Latest: Analysts: Iran sanctions bullish for oil prices

Apr. 23, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. move to end Iran sanction exemptions (all times local): 4 p.m. Energy analysts at Raymond James & Associates are warning that U.S. imposition of tougher Iranian oil sanctions is "unambiguously bullish" for the price of oil. The analysts say in a report...

The Latest: Buttigieg: It's clear Trump deserves impeachment

Apr. 23, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on a series of town halls with five 2020 Democratic presidential candidates (all times local): Midnight South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) says President Donald Trump has "made it pretty clear that he deserves impeachment," but he will "leave it to...

Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry says kingdom has executed 37 nationals connected to terrorism

Apr. 23, 2019 9:35 AM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry says kingdom has executed 37 nationals connected to terrorism.

US move to end Iran exemptions sending oil prices higher

Apr. 23, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Global oil prices are climbing in the wake of the U.S. move to impose sanctions on countries that buy Iranian oil. And analysts said Tuesday that prices could keep heading higher. The U.S. announced the sanctions last year to push Iranian leaders to renegotiate an agreement aimed...

Sri Lanka, like world, again sees scourge of suicide attacks

Apr. 23, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Easter attacks in Sri Lanka are a bloody echo of decades past in the South Asian island nation, when militants inspired by attacks in the Lebanese civil war helped develop the suicide bomb vest. Government ministers have said seven Sri Lankans from a little-known local group...

Oil prices spike further after US move on Iran buyers

Apr. 23, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Oil prices remained near six-month highs Tuesday in the wake of the Trump administration's announcement that it would soon impose sanctions on all buyers of Iranian oil. On Monday, the Trump administration said it would no longer exempt any countries from U.S. sanctions if they continue to...