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Algeria inaugurates Africa's largest mosque that was commissioned by ousted former president

Feb. 25, 2024 13:17 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria on Sunday inaugurated a gigantic mosque on its Mediterranean coastline after years of political upheaval transformed the project from a symbol of state-sponsored strength and religiosity to one of delays and cost overruns. Built by a Chinese...

At least 15 Catholic worshippers were killed in an attack during a service in northern Burkina Faso

Feb. 25, 2024 12:38 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — At least 15 Catholic worshippers were killed in a Burkina Faso village on Sunday when gunmen attacked a community as they gathered for prayers in the country's conflict-hit northern region, church officials said. The violence in the village of Essakane was a...

UK Conservatives suspend a lawmaker after he accused London's mayor of being controlled by Islamists

Feb. 24, 2024 12:20 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.’s governing Conservative Party has suspended ties with one if its lawmakers after he accused London Mayor Sadiq Khan of being controlled by Islamists, as tensions over the Israel-Hamas war roil British politics. The party said on Saturday that Lee Anderson...

Iraq announces reopening of a key oil refinery a decade after it was stormed by the Islamic State

Feb. 23, 2024 12:15 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister announced Friday the reopening of the Beiji refinery, the country’s largest, which had been shut down for a decade after being damaged in the battle against the Islamic State extremist group. Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani said in a...

Philippine troops clash with Muslim militants in a gunbattle that has left at least eight dead

Feb. 19, 2024 09:42 AM EST

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops clashed with Muslim militants in a gunbattle that left at least six soldiers and two rebels dead in a fog-shrouded hinterland in the south, military officials said Monday. Military chief Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. said four other...

French mayors face violence and intimidation from xenophobic far-right groups

Feb. 19, 2024 00:05 AM EST

SAINT-BREVIN-LES-PINS, France (AP) — The mayor of a small resort town on the Atlantic coast of France resigned, closed his medical practice and moved away after his house and two cars were set on fire. The arson followed months of death threats over plans to relocate a refugee center near a...

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi opens stone-built Hindu temple in UAE ahead of India's elections

Feb. 14, 2024 19:36 PM EST

ABU MUREIKHA, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Middle East's first traditional stone-built Hindu temple on Wednesday, internationalizing both his reelection campaign and his effort to push secular India into a Hindu state. The trip to the...

House Homeland chairman announces retirement a day after leading Mayorkas' impeachment

Feb. 14, 2024 19:08 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Green on Wednesday announced that he won't run for a fourth term, pointing to the impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas just the day before as among the reasons it is “time for me to return home.” ...

Blasts hit a natural gas pipeline in Iran and an official says it was an act of sabotage

Feb. 14, 2024 14:03 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Explosions struck a natural gas pipeline in Iran early on Wednesday, with an official blaming the blasts on a “sabotage and terrorist action” in the country as tensions remain high in the Middle East amid Israel's war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip. ...

A defense minister and 2 former governors are vying for Indonesia’s presidency

Feb. 13, 2024 21:51 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian voters on Wednesday were making their choice of who will succeed popular President Joko Widodo, who is serving his second and final term. It is a three-way race for the presidency among current Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto and two former...