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Tunisia's opposition says politically motivated arrests and gag orders are chilling election efforts

Jul. 17, 2024 12:28 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Leading opposition parties in Tunisia asserted Wednesday that politically motivated arrests and gag orders are creating impossible conditions for holding democratic elections later this year. Members of the National Salvation Front, a coalition of secular and...

Islamic State attacks on track to double in Iraq and Syria compared to last year, US military says

Jul. 17, 2024 10:25 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. Central Command said Wednesday that the Islamic State group is trying "to reconstitute” as the number of attacks in Syria and Iraq is on track to double this year, compared to the year before. IS claimed 153 attacks in the two countries in the first six...

Shiite Muslims in Lebanon and Iraq commemorate Ashoura, marking the death of Imam Hussein

Jul. 17, 2024 06:22 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Shiite Muslims Wednesday in Lebanon and Iraq commemorated Ashoura, marking the 7th-century death of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Hussein, that gave birth to their faith, while paying tribute to Palestinians as the Israel-Hamas war entered its 10th month and tensions heightened...

Iran’s Shiite Muslims commemorate the mourning day of Ashoura with processions

Jul. 17, 2024 01:49 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Shiite Muslims in Iran and elsewhere on Tuesday commemorated Ashoura, a remembrance of the 7th century martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Hussein, that gave birth to their faith. Over 1,340 years after Hussein’s death, Tehran and other cities...

In attack that shocks quiet Oman, gunmen kill 6 and wound dozens more at a Shiite mosque

Jul. 16, 2024 22:13 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Several gunmen burst into a Shiite mosque in the Gulf Arab state of Oman and opened fire, killing six people and wounding nearly 30 more, authorities said Tuesday, stunning the peaceful sultanate and making it the country's deadliest such attack in recent...

Gambia upholds its ban on female genital cutting. Reversing it would have been a global first

Jul. 15, 2024 19:10 PM EDT

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Lawmakers in the West African nation of Gambia on Monday rejected a bill that would have overturned a ban on female genital cutting. The attempt to become the first country in the world to reverse such a ban had been closely followed by activists abroad. The...

Iran's new president vows balance with all countries but warns US his country won't be pressured

Jul. 13, 2024 16:09 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s newly elected president said his government will create "balance in relations with all countries” in line with national interests and the prerequisites for peace but stressed to the United States that his country “will not respond to pressure.” ...

Inmates escape from one of Niger’s most fortified prisons where jihadis are held

Jul. 12, 2024 07:26 AM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Nigerien authorities enforced a curfew Friday as they searched for inmates who escaped from one of the country's most fortified prisons in the Tillaberi region after it was breached under unclear circumstances. Niger’s Ministry of Interior alerted government...

Syria and Saudi Arabia resume regular commercial flights as part of a thaw in relations

Jul. 10, 2024 04:55 AM EDT

DAMASCUS (AP) — Regular flights between the Syrian capital of Damascus and Saudi Arabia resumed Wednesday for the first time in more than a decade as part of a thaw in relations between the countries, Syrian state media reported. Syria and Saudi Arabia had severed ties in 2012 over...

Department of Education and Brown University reach agreement on antidiscrimination efforts

Jul. 08, 2024 14:43 PM EDT

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights announced Monday that it entered into an agreement with Brown University to make sure the school is in compliance with federal law barring discrimination and harassment against students of Jewish, Palestinian, Arab and Muslim ancestry. ...