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Deaths rise as Palestinians flee heavy Israeli fire in Gaza

May. 14, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Palestinians grabbed children and belongings and fled their homes Friday as Israel barraged the northern Gaza Strip with tank fire and airstrikes, killing a family of six in their house and heavily damaging other neighborhoods in what it said was an...

South Sudan, nearing 10 years old, struggles for stability

May. 14, 2021 04:43 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — As South Sudan approaches 10 years of being an independent country, many challenges remain for the world’s youngest state. A 2018 peace deal ending a five-year civil war has faced delays in implementation. A government of national unity was...

Beset by virus, Gaza's hospitals now struggle with wounded

May. 14, 2021 04:31 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Just weeks ago, the Gaza Strip’s feeble health system was struggling with a runaway surge of coronavirus cases. Authorities cleared out hospital operating rooms, suspended nonessential care and redeployed doctors to patients having difficulty breathing. ...

Israel threatens Gaza ground invasion despite truce efforts

May. 13, 2021 23:03 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Thursday said it was massing troops along the Gaza frontier and calling up 9,000 reservists ahead of a possible ground invasion of the Hamas-ruled territory, as the two bitter enemies plunged closer to all-out war. Egyptian mediators rushed to Israel for...

Beset by virus, Gaza's hospitals now struggle with wounded

May. 13, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Just weeks ago, the Gaza Strip’s feeble health system was struggling with a runaway surge of coronavirus cases. Authorities cleared out hospital operating rooms, suspended nonessential care and redeployed doctors to patients having difficulty breathing. ...

17 migrants drown, 2 rescued in boat sinking off Tunisia

May. 13, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Authorities say 17 migrants drowned and two were rescued Thursday after a boat trying to carry them to Europe sank off the Tunisian coast. A naval mission saved two women from Nigeria off the coastal town of Zarzis who said their inflatable boat...

Tunisia to reopen economy despite hospital strain

May. 13, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian authorities plan to reopen the economy next week amid public pushback against virus restrictions, even as the country's hospitals are struggling for enough oxygen to treat a persistently high number of COVID-19 patients. Tunisia shut down...

Officials say Egyptian delegation is in Tel Aviv in effort to negotiate a cease-fire in escalating Gaza conflict

May. 13, 2021 07:38 AM EDT
CAIRO (AP) — Officials say Egyptian delegation is in Tel Aviv in effort to negotiate a cease-fire in escalating Gaza conflict.

Prosecutors shelves probe of gang rape that shocked Egypt

May. 12, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors said they have shelved their months-long investigation into an alleged 2014 gang rape of a 17-year-old girl at a luxury Cairo hotel, ordering the release of all suspects for lack of evidence. The case shocked Egypt’s conservative...

Official says fire at ICU in Egypt hospital kills 2 patients

May. 12, 2021 05:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A fire broke out in an intensive care unit of an Egyptian hospital Wednesday, leaving at least two patients dead, an official said. The fire erupted overnight at a government-run hospital in the Nile Delta city of Kafr el-Sheikh, said Ahmed el-Samahi, a...