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UN adds explosive components ban to Somalia arms embargo

Nov. 15, 2019 12:29 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has extended an arms embargo on Somalia and a ban on trade in charcoal, a key source of funds for al-Shabab extremists — and it also imposed a new ban on ingredients for explosive devices the group is increasingly using. Friday’s vote on the...

US commander: Partnership with Kurds against IS still strong

Nov. 15, 2019 12:07 PM EST

ERBIL, Iraq (AP) — A senior U.S. coalition commander said Friday the partnership with Syrian Kurdish forces remains strong and focused on fighting the Islamic State group, despite an expanding Turkish incursion into areas under Kurdish control. The U.S.-Syrian Kurdish relationship, which dates back to...

Rights group: Bosnian migrant camp “dangerous and inhumane”

Nov. 15, 2019 11:42 AM EST

BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A prominent human rights group is warning that migrants trying to reach Western Europe are living in “dangerously cold and harsh conditions” in Bosnia, where hundreds rallied on Friday amid tensions over the influx of people fleeing war and poverty. The...

Taliban say prisoner swap promised by Kabul fails to happen

Nov. 15, 2019 10:22 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Three Taliban prisoners who were to be freed in exchange for an American and an Australian national, both kidnapped in 2016, are still in custody in Bagram prison, north of the capital Kabul, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Friday. The three Taliban prisoners did not show up at...

UN links Kenyan military to attacks on Somalia’s top telecom

Nov. 15, 2019 9:04 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A new United Nations report says it has corroborated evidence of five attacks allegedly carried out by Kenya’s military on communication masts belonging to neighboring Somalia’s largest telecom provider. One attack killed two civilians in 2018. The report by the U.N....

Slovak man convicted, sentenced after explosives found

Nov. 15, 2019 7:41 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — A court in the Czech Republic has convicted a Slovak national of public endangerment and promoting terrorism and sentenced him to six-and-a-half years in prison. Two years ago, police seized chemicals that can be used to make explosives and videos on how to make them in Dominik...

Israel says it has completed Gaza strikes after rocket fire

Nov. 15, 2019 7:24 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel said early Friday it has completed a series of airstrikes on targets linked to the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza after overnight rocket fire that rattled a day-old truce. The Palestinian territory’s Hamas rulers, who kept to the sidelines of this...

Amid Gaza fighting, Israel could face questions on tactics

Nov. 15, 2019 12:49 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Residents say the airstrike came without warning: With fighting raging between Israel and Islamic Jihad militants throughout Gaza, two loud blasts shook the night, destroying the Abu Malhous home and killing eight members of the family in a split second. As Israel claims...

Key facts on Sri Lanka as it prepares to elect new president

Nov. 14, 2019 11:58 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Indian Ocean island nation of Sri Lanka, which will elect a new president on Saturday, has had a tumultuous history. Since gaining independence from British colonial rule in 1948, the country has seen three major armed conflicts in which hundreds of thousands have died. It...

Sri Lankans seek security in post-Easter attack election

Nov. 14, 2019 11:38 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Worries about Islamic extremism will be paramount for many Sri Lankan voters while others hope to block former leaders accused of human rights violations from returning to power in Saturday’s presidential election, the country’s first national polls since last...