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Tunisia polls suggest conservative professor wins election

Oct. 13, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A conservative, Islamist-backed law professor looked set to assume Tunisia's presidency after polling agencies suggested he overwhelmingly won Sunday's runoff election in the country that unleashed the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprisings. Kais Saied's supporters exploded with joy,...

India to allow tourists back into locked-down Kashmir

Oct. 8, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir will allow tourists back into the region two months after ordering them to leave because of security concerns amid an Indian crackdown, an official said Tuesday. But tourists are unlikely to experience normal life in the disputed area or be able to...

Company making Costco pajamas flagged for forced labor

Oct. 8, 2019 6:30 AM EDT

The Trump Administration is blocking shipments from a Chinese company making baby pajamas sold at Costco warehouses, after the foreign manufacturer was accused of forcing ethnic minorities locked in an internment camp to sew clothes against their will. The government is also blocking rubber gloves sold by...

Violence escalates in Iraq even after top cleric urges calm

Oct. 4, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Security forces opened fire directly at hundreds of anti-government demonstrators Friday in central Baghdad, killing at least 17 protesters and injuring dozens, hours after Iraq's top Shiite cleric warned both sides to end four days of violence "before it's too late." The latest deaths...

The Latest: Iraq Parliament speaker says he supports demands

Oct. 4, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on developments in Iraq, amid deadly violence over anti-government protests (all times local): 10:35 p.m. An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric has called on the government to resign and early elections be held to bring the country out of a crisis that has left more than 50 dead in...

India's moves in Kashmir raise tension in part next to China

Oct. 2, 2019 3:34 AM EDT

LEH, India (AP) — Nearly two months after the Indian government changed the status of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, new tensions are brewing in Ladakh, a remote and picturesque part of that territory that borders China. On Aug. 5, New Delhi stripped Indian-controlled Kashmir of its statehood...

Fire breaks out at train station in Saudi city of Jiddah

Sep. 29, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A fire broke out Sunday at a train station in the Saudi city of Jiddah, with local media saying five people had been injured. Thick black smoke could be seen Sunday afternoon in the sky over Jiddah, a city on the Red Sea. The fire struck a train station on the line that connects...

Analysis: To combat Islamophobia, Khan bridges East and West

Sep. 28, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — He spoke of Islam — his religion — but he used references like Charles Bronson's "Death Wish" movie, Monty Python and Japanese kamikaze pilots during World War II. He built linguistic and pop-culture bridges as he carefully made his points. Pakistan's enigmatic prime...

Decorum prevails as nations at odds take each other on

Sep. 27, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Pakistan and India sparred over Kashmir, Russia chided the West and said its influence in world affairs was diminishing and China's top diplomat warned that unilateralism and protectionism "are posing major threats to the international order" — a veiled reference to its ongoing...

The Latest: Education Department responds to ACLU letter

Sep. 27, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

The Latest on a request to the Education Department to revoke a threat to cut grant funding to a Middle East studies program (all times local): 5:10 p.m. The U.S. Education Department says its review of a Middle East studies program is not "anti-Muslim or pro-any other group." A letter sent Friday by the American...