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Saudi women are now driving as longstanding ban ends

Jun. 23, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi women are in the driver's seat for the first time in their country and steering their way through busy city streets just minutes after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted on Sunday. It's a euphoric and historic moment for women who have had to rely...

The Latest: England-Panama game could decide World Cup group

Jun. 23, 2018 6:23 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:11 a.m. If more stoppage-time drama is too much to ask of this suddenly stunner-filled World Cup, at least Sunday could bring more clarity about which teams will make it out of their groups. England starts the day with a question...

As driving ban lifted, Saudi women in crosshairs of change

Jun. 23, 2018 5:58 PM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Outside a sprawling mall in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, young single men and women walk through an open-air exhibit where Saudi women and traffic police explain the ins and outs of handling a car. Children take a lap around a makeshift course in tiny electric cars as clowns...

Who's in and who's out at the World Cup

Jun. 23, 2018 5:58 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Who's in, who's out and possible scenarios at the World Cup after a second straight day that ended with a comeback win in stoppage time: GROUP A Russia and Uruguay have clinched berths in the round of 16, and play each other Monday to determine who wins the group. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have...

Saudi women have hit the roads for the first time in their country as the kingdom lifts ban on females driving.

Jun. 23, 2018 5:02 PM EDT
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi women have hit the roads for the first time in their country as the kingdom lifts ban on females driving.

Iraqi PM al-Abadi announces coalition with elections winner

Jun. 23, 2018 4:56 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced on Saturday a political coalition amid talks to form a new government after national elections last month. Al-Sadr's political bloc won the largest share of seats in May parliamentary elections. He has already...

Egypt officer who thought to break Israeli Bar Lev line dies

Jun. 23, 2018 3:44 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state-owned media says the army officer credited with the idea to destroy the Bar Lev line on the Suez Canal's eastern bank during the 1973 Arab Israeli war has died. The Akhbar al-Youm daily said Baki Zaki Youssef died on Saturday at the age of 87. State-run Al Ahram daily hailed him...

IS demands release of Iraq women prisoners in hostage video

Jun. 23, 2018 3:01 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group released a hostage video on Saturday demanding the release of all Sunni women prisoners from Iraqi jails. The group said it was giving the government a deadline of three days before it would execute the six men in the video, who identified themselves as Iraqi...

Debate over migrants divides EU; Mini-summit seeks solutions

Jun. 23, 2018 1:51 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — With another migrant rescue ship stranded in the Mediterranean and both Italy and Malta again refusing to let it dock, European Union leaders will try to find common ground for tackling a growing political crisis that is threatening to undermine the entire EU. The leaders of about 16...

Racist tropes in Ramadan TV satires anger black Arabs

Jun. 23, 2018 1:30 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In an attempt to capitalize on what's become a ratings bonanza for Arabic satellite channels during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, two comedies struck the wrong chord with audiences when their lead actors appeared in blackface. Criticism was swift on social media, but...