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Iraqi jets target Islamic State meeting dens in Syria

Dec. 11, 2018 12:12 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi military says its jets have bombed two Islamic State positions inside Syria that were being used for as meeting places for the jihadist group. Iraq's Joint Operations Command said in a statement on Tuesday that at least 30 IS members were present in one of the locations targeted...

Nobel Peace winners urge global action vs. sexual violence

Dec. 10, 2018 5:37 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Congolese doctor who shares this year's Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the use of rape and sexual violence as weapons of war called Monday for strong international action against the abuse, including reparations for victims. Dr. Denis Mukwege, founder of a hospital in eastern...

Cyprus sees surge in migrants crossing from breakaway north

Dec. 10, 2018 1:24 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — On the final leg of his journey from Iraq to Europe, Hawye Rasool Saleh paid 400 euros ($457) borrowed from his best friend to a smuggler who would help him across the cease-fire line of ethnically split Cyprus. The transaction was sealed in anonymity. "You don't know me, I don't...

Iraq celebrates victory over IS while grappling with legacy

Dec. 10, 2018 11:54 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq began removing cement walls from areas surrounding the capital's most fortified enclave Monday, opening parts of the so-called Green Zone to traffic in a symbolic move coinciding with nationwide celebrations marking the anniversary of the country's costly victory over the Islamic State...

Nobel peace winners demand action against sex abuse

Dec. 9, 2018 10:12 AM EST

OSLO, Norway (AP) — One of the winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize says the attention the prize has drawn to sexual violence against women in war zones must be followed by action against the abuses. Dr. Denis Mukwege spoke Sunday at a news conference with Nadia Murad of Iraq, with whom he shared the...

Trump picks Army chief of staff as next top military adviser

Dec. 8, 2018 3:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he wants a battle-hardened commander who oversaw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to be the nation's next top military adviser. If confirmed by the Senate, Gen. Mark Milley, who has been chief of the Army since August 2015, would succeed Marine...

After defeat in Iraq, IS fights on in last enclave in Syria

Dec. 8, 2018 12:23 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — A year after it was routed from Iraq in a devastating war that left entire neighborhoods and towns in ruins, the Islamic State group is fighting to hang on to its last enclave in eastern Syria, engaging in deadly battles with U.S.-backed forces. Cornered in the desert near the Iraqi border...

Correction: Trump-Joint Chiefs story

Dec. 8, 2018 12:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Dec. 7 about President Donald Trump's selection of his next top military adviser, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Gen. Mark Milley is a former commander of the 82nd Airborne Division and the 5th Special Forces Group. He is a former commander of the 10th Mountain...

Oil producers join forces and cut production again

Dec. 7, 2018 2:08 PM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Oil prices spiked sharply higher Friday as major oil producers, including the OPEC cartel, agreed to cut global oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day to reduce oversupply. Following two days of meetings, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries that includes the likes of...

The Latest: OPEC backs 6-month oil production cut package

Dec. 7, 2018 11:14 AM EST

VIENNA (AP) — The Latest on the OPEC oil meeting (all times local): 5:05 p.m. OPEC's president says the oil cartel in conjunction with non-OPEC producers including Russia have agreed to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day in January for six months. Suhail Mohamed al-Mazrouei, who is also the...