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Germany preparing to deport convicted Sept 11 suspect

Oct. 15, 2018 5:02 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is preparing to deport a Moroccan man convicted in Hamburg of helping three of the Sept. 11 attackers as they got ready to strike New York and Washington. Mounir el-Motassadeq was convicted in 2006 of membership in a terrorist organization and accessory to murder for his part in the...

When embassies become places of terror, not sanctuaries

Oct. 15, 2018 3:38 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions worldwide are often considered places of sanctuary, however, not all have been impervious to horrific incidents. When Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi vanished after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last week it prompted Turkish officials...

Aid groups decry 'routine' killing of Yemen's civilians

Oct. 14, 2018 1:35 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The United Nations and humanitarian workers on Sunday condemned an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemen's Shiite rebels that reportedly killed at least 15 civilians near the port city of Hodeida. Video footage released by the rebels, known as Houthis, showed a mangled...

Israel warns Hamas of 'painful' strikes if protests go on

Oct. 14, 2018 11:26 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday threatened "very painful blows" against Gaza's Hamas rulers if they don't halt protests along the perimeter fence that have led to clashes with Israeli troops. Netanyahu said Israel is very close to waging a "different kind of activity"...

5 Algerian major-generals face corruption charges, jailed

Oct. 14, 2018 11:25 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian television station close to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's family reports that five senior Algerian army officers have been jailed after appearing before a magistrate on corruption charges. Ennahar TV says the major-generals — three former military region heads,...

Egypt says truck traffic resumes with Israel via Sinai

Oct. 14, 2018 8:05 AM EDT

El-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — The Egyptian military says commercial truck traffic with Israel has resumed via a border crossing in the Sinai Peninsula that had been shut down amid the insurgency there. Brig. Gen. Tareq Younis says the first few trucks from Israel crossed over into Egypt on Sunday, and that...

Saudi-led airstrike kills 17 in contested Yemeni port city

Oct. 13, 2018 1:49 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemen's Shiite rebels known as Houthis killed at least 17 people in the port-city of Hodeida on Saturday, Yemeni rebel officials said. The strike, which hit in the Jebel Ras area, also wounded 20 people, a spokesman for the rebel-run...

Saudi writer's disappearance strains Turkey-Saudi ties

Oct. 13, 2018 10:50 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — At first glance, the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi from the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul is just the latest crisis to strain relations between the kingdom and Turkey in the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011. Yet, like elsewhere in the region, things are more...

Correction: Melania Trump story

Oct. 12, 2018 4:36 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — In a story Oct. 6 about Melania Trump, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Joshua Meservey works for the Heritage Institute. Meservey works for the Heritage Foundation. A corrected version of the story is below: Melania Trump puts on happier face during Africa tour It took Melania...

Top Yemen Bahai figure disappears amid Houthi crackdown

Oct. 12, 2018 10:20 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Friends of the spokesman for Yemen's Bahai religious minority say he has been detained by Houthi militias who control the country's north. Two friends of Abdullah Yahia al-Ayolofi said Friday that unidentified men snatched al-Ayolofi from a market in a district called al-Jarraf in Sanaa on...