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Mexico highlights Cuban leader's visit on Independence Day

Sep. 16, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The big highlight of Mexico’s Independence Day Thursday was a visit by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador welcomed the Cuban leader on the reviewing platform for Mexico’s annual Sept. 16 military...

With eye on Iran, Israeli navy steps up Red Sea presence

Sep. 16, 2021 02:17 AM EDT

ATLIT, Israel (AP) — Israel’s navy has stepped up its activities in the Red Sea “exponentially” in the face of growing Iranian threats to Israeli shipping, the country’s just-retired navy commander said in an interview. Vice Adm. Eli Sharvit stopped short of...

Israel PM in first official trip to Egypt in over a decade

Sep. 14, 2021 08:57 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The leaders of Egypt and Israel met Monday as part of the first official trip to Egypt by an Israeli prime minister in over a decade, and rising tensions in the Gaza Strip were at the top of their agenda. Gaza is sandwiched between Israel and Egypt, and...

Report: 150 starved to death in Ethiopia's Tigray in August

Sep. 07, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A least 150 people starved to death last month in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region amid a near-complete blockade of food aid by federal and allied authorities, the Tigray forces say, while close to half a million people face famine conditions. ...

Police clash with opponents of Serbian church in Montenegro

Sep. 05, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

CETINJE, Montenegro (AP) — Arriving in a military helicopter, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro was inaugurated in the state's old capital on Sunday amid clashes between police and protesters who oppose continued Serb influence in the tiny Balkan nation. ...

Ethnic tensions flare up in Montenegro over church ceremony

Sep. 04, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Protesters clashed with hundreds of riot police in the old capital of Montenegro on Saturday, setting up blockades of tires and large rocks ahead of the inauguration of the new head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the small Balkan nation. ...

Hamas operatives launch incendiary balloons into Israel

Sep. 04, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza’s ruling Hamas militant group on Saturday launched over a dozen of incendiary balloons into Israel, seeking to ratchet up pressure in order to ease a crippling blockade of the territory. Photos and videos posted online showed masked...

Gaza recovers three dead bodies from smuggling tunnels

Sep. 03, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza’s ruling Hamas militant group on Friday said it recovered the bodies of three men from a smuggling tunnel along the Egyptian border. The statement gave no cause of death. But a day earlier, the group accused Egypt of pumping poisonous...

Gaza man killed by Israeli fire during border protest

Sep. 02, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Palestinian man was killed by Israeli gunfire on Thursday night, Gaza health officials said, during a violent protest along the Israeli border. Hundreds of Palestinians took part in protests held at five locations, demanding an end to...

Israel approves steps to ease Gaza Strip blockade

Sep. 01, 2021 01:59 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Wednesday approved a series of measures easing its blockade of the Gaza Strip, including opening the main commercial crossing with the Palestinian enclave to imports. The announcement came a day after Israeli officials allowed the import of...