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Spain, Morocco square off after 7,000 migrants arrive by sea

May. 18, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

CEUTA, Spain (AP) — Spain deployed its military to the Moroccan border Tuesday as thousands of migrants jumped fences or swam onto European soil for the second day in a row after Rabat loosened border controls amid a deepening diplomatic spat. Overwhelmed soldiers...

Strike from Gaza kills 2 as Israel topples 6-story building

May. 18, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A strike launched from Gaza killed two Thai workers in southern Israel on Tuesday, police said, hours after Israeli airstrikes toppled a six-story building in the Palestinian territory that housed bookstores and educational centers. With the war showing no sign...

The Latest: Netanyahu says Hamas dealt 'unexpected blows'

May. 18, 2021 11:30 AM EDT

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Palestinian militants have been dealt “unexpected blows” in more than a week of Israeli bombardments in the Gaza Strip. Netanyahu’s office released a video of the prime minister speaking in front of an...

More than 50 migrants reported drowned off Tunisia; 33 saved

May. 18, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — More than 50 migrants have drowned or disappeared off the coast of Tunisia, while 33 others were rescued by workers from an oil platform, the Tunisian Defense Ministry said Tuesday. Ministry spokesperson Mohamed Zekri said that the boat carrying...

Senior US diplomat in Libya to support interim government

May. 18, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A top American diplomat arrived Tuesday in Libya's capital, marking the first visit by a senior U.S. official since the U.N.-backed election of an interim government in February. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Joey Hood...

Tunisian authorities say more than 50 migrants have drowned off the coast of the North African country

May. 18, 2021 09:44 AM EDT
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian authorities say more than 50 migrants have drowned off the coast of the North African country.

Rights group urges Egypt to free detained mother of inmate

May. 18, 2021 06:35 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A leading international rights group on Tuesday urged Egyptian authorities to release a woman who was arrested apparently over publishing a letter from her imprisoned son in which he claims he was tortured and sexually assaulted behind bars. Police last...

ICC prosecutor urges Libya to hand over Gadhafi's son

May. 17, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court urged Libya’s new interim government Monday to arrest the son of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi and called for mercenaries and foreign fighters to leave the North African nation without delay, warning that...

The Latest: Biden expresses 'support' for Gaza cease-fire

May. 17, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The White House says President Joe Biden has expressed “support” for a cease-fire during a call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A statement says the leaders spoke Monday, which was the eighth day of Israeli-Palestinian fighting. ...

Sudan fires top judge, accepts prosecutor’s resignation

May. 17, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan announced the resignation of the country’s chief prosecutor and the firing of the top judge Monday, without giving any reasons for the changes. The development came amid growing criticism by activists of the justice system for purported delays in...