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Protesters gather on Gaza frontier, Israeli fire wounds 77

Oct. 19, 2018 11:56 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Palestinians massed Friday along Israel's frontier, with dozens approaching and breaching the perimeter fence that separates Gaza from Israel, even as Egypt stepped up efforts reach a lasting cease-fire between the territory's Hamas rulers and Israel. The militant...

European, Asian leaders want free trade, push back at Trump

Oct. 19, 2018 11:44 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe and Asia presented a united front Friday in support of free trade based on international rules and cooperation, starkly underscoring their differences with U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" policy. That support for free trade "is the most important signal from this...

What's at stake if investors begin to shun Saudi Arabia

Oct. 19, 2018 10:48 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The disappearance of a Saudi journalist last seen entering the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul has shaken businesses' confidence in the country as a place to do business, with potential consequences for billions of dollars in investments into and out of the country. It's a blow,...

Turkey probes whether Khashoggi remains taken from consulate

Oct. 19, 2018 10:14 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish official said Friday that investigators are looking into the possibility that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's remains may have been taken to a forest outside Istanbul or to another city after his suspected killing at the consulate earlier this month. Ankara's top...

Christian leaders urge Israeli PM to nix church lands bill

Oct. 19, 2018 10:07 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Christian leaders in Jerusalem are urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop a bill that the churches say would allow the state to appropriate land sold to buyers. Orthodox, Catholic and Armenian church leaders wrote a letter to Netanyahu on Friday saying the vote...

Egypt, Saudi conclude Tabuk-4 joint military drills

Oct. 19, 2018 10:05 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's military says its forces have concluded drills with Saudi Arabia held in Egypt's southern military zone. The armed forces' statement on Friday said the Tabuk-4 exercises were held with the participation of observers from the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Bahrain. Also this week,...

The Latest: State TV: Turkey questions Saudi consulate staff

Oct. 19, 2018 9:55 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month (all times local): 4:50 p.m. Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency says prosecutors are questioning a number...

Report: Crew of Iranian cargo ship poisoned, 3 seamen die

Oct. 19, 2018 9:52 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency says three seamen have died from an unspecified toxic substance that poisoned all 11 crew members of an Iranian cargo ship on the Caspian Sea. Friday's report says the crew of the vessel, Nazmehr, was transferred to a hospital in Baku, Azerbaijan, but...

Trump: 'Very Severe' consequences if Saudis killed Khashoggi

Oct. 19, 2018 9:50 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has acknowledged it "certainly looks" as though missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he threatened "very severe" consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered him. His warning came as the administration toughened its response to a...

State media: Turkish prosecutors are questioning Saudi consulate employees over missing journalist

Oct. 19, 2018 9:40 AM EDT
ISTANBUL (AP) — State media: Turkish prosecutors are questioning Saudi consulate employees over missing journalist.