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French President Emmanuel Macron, center, delivers a speech while Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, left, and Seine-Saint-Denis prefect Georges-Francois Leclerc listen, after a visit on the fight against separatism at the Seine Saint Denis prefecture headquarters in Bobigny, a northeastern suburbs of Paris, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020. Authorities were looking into about 50 associations suspected of encouraging hate speech and the issue will be discussed at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday after the history teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday by an 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee. (Ludovic Marin, Pool via AP)

French militant group, mosque to close after teacher slaying

Oct. 20, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s president on Tuesday named a domestic militant Islamist group as “directly implicated” in last week’s gruesome street beheading in a Paris suburb of a teacher who had shown his class caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Emmanuel Macron said the group will...

Today in History

Oct. 20, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 20, the 294th day of 2020. There are 72 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 20, 1973, in the so-called “Saturday Night Massacre,” special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox was dismissed and Attorney General Elliot L....

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2020 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stands with Sudanese Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, the head of the ruling sovereign council, in Khartoum, Sudan. President Donald Trump on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 said Sudan will be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism if it follows through on its pledge to pay $335 million to American terror victims and families. (Sudanese Cabinet via AP, File)

Trump says Sudan to be removed from terrorism list

Oct. 19, 2020 9:12 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday said Sudan will be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism if it follows through on its pledge to pay $335 million to American terror victims and their families, but some hurt in the attacks weren't happy with the deal. The move would open...

Stephanie Williams, the head of the United Nations support mission for Libya and former U.S. State Department official, wearing a protective face mask against the spread of the coronavirus leaves the building after a meeting of the fourth round of the Libyan Joint Military Commission, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Military leaders from Libya’s warring sides met Monday in Geneva in hopes of a U.N.-brokered breakthrough that could pave the way for a “complete and permanent cease-fire” in the conflict-ridden North African country. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

UN hosts Libyan military leaders in hopes of end to conflict

Oct. 19, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Military leaders from Libya’s warring sides met Monday in Geneva in hopes of a U.N.-brokered breakthrough that could pave the way for a “complete and permanent cease-fire” in the conflict-ridden North African country. The meeting marks the fourth round of talks involving...

World Bank: 5.2% decrease in MENA economies expected in 2020

Oct. 19, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic and a collapse in oil prices have affected all aspects of the Middle East and North Africa, with the region’s economies projected to contract by 5.2% in 2020, the World Bank said Monday. The current projection is 4.1% below the forecast in April, and 7.8% worse...

This undated photo provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities shows a trove of ancient coffins and artifacts that Egyptian archaeologists unearthed in a vast necropolis south of Cairo, authorities said Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Saqqara, south of Cairo, Egypt. The Tourism and Antiquities Ministry said in a statement that archaeologists found a “large number” of colorful, sealed sarcophagi buried more than 2,500 years ago. (Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities via AP)

Egypt says another trove of ancient coffins found in Saqqara

Oct. 19, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed another trove of ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of Cairo, authorities said Monday. The Tourism and Antiquities Ministry said in a statement that archaeologists found the collection of colorful, sealed sarcophagi buried more than 2,500 years...

The national flags of Bahrain, Israel and America, flutter in near the Israeli flag carrier El Al plane that will fly an Israeli delegation, accompanied by U.S. aides, to Bahrain to formalise relations and broaden Gulf cooperation, at Ben Gurion airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP)

Israel, Bahrain sign deal establishing formal ties

Oct. 18, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Bahrain on Sunday agreed to establish formal diplomatic relations, making the small Gulf country the fourth Arab state to normalize ties with Israel. The U.S.-brokered agreement capped a one-day visit by a high-level delegation of American and Israeli officials to Bahrain....

Moroccans wear face masks and pray respecting social distancing at the great Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. In Morocco today, around 10,000 mosques have opened their doors for the faithful to perform the Friday. For the first time since the outbreak of coronavirus in March, Morocco has allowed mosques to reopen for Friday prayers. (AP Photo / Abdeljalil Bounhar)

Morocco reopens some mosques, even as infections grow

Oct. 18, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccans across the country performed their first weekly prayers in more than seven months as authorities eased some restrictions aimed at containing the virus pandemic. Morocco announced the suspension of prayers in mosques back in March to limit the spread of the coronavirus,...

Egypt releases comedian after more than 2 years in prison

Oct. 18, 2020 8:08 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities released a comedian, who was working for a popular satirical television program, after more than two years in prison without trial, a rights lawyer said Sunday. Attorney Mokhtar Mounir said Shady Abu Zaid was released from a Cairo police station late Saturday, but as part...

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2020 file photo, Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir sits at the defendant's cage during his trial a courthouse in Khartoum, Sudan, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.  The officer of Sudan’s prime minister says International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is arriving in Khartoum Saturday, Oct. 17,  to discuss cooperation with local authorities over the trial of those internationally wanted over war crimes and genocide in the Darfur conflict. Among those wanted by the court is former President Omar al-Bashir.  (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)

ICC prosecutor arrives in Sudan to discuss Darfur charges

Oct. 17, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The International Criminal Court's prosecutor arrived in Sudan late Saturday to discuss cooperation with local authorities over bringing to trial those internationally wanted for war crimes and genocide in the country's Darfur conflict, the Sudanese official news agency said. Prime Minister...