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Rare protests in Egypt call for president to step down

Sep. 21, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Rare anti-government protests broke out in several Egyptian cities late Friday calling on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step down. The small street demonstrations were quickly dispersed by riot police using batons and tear gas. Dozens of people were arrested, including at least two...

FIFA sees no obstacles for women to attend games in Iran

Sep. 21, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — Soccer's governing body FIFA says an inspection visit to Iran has shown "no noteworthy operational obstacles" to lifting the country's 40-year ban and letting women attend a World Cup qualifying game next month. After meeting government and soccer officials in Tehran this week, FIFA says it...

UN welcomes Houthi move to halt attacks on Saudi Arabia

Sep. 21, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Yemen says the Houthi rebels' initiative to halt attacks on Saudi Arabia "could send a powerful message of the will to end the war" in Yemen. Martin Griffiths' comments Saturday came hours after the Houthi announcement, and a week after the rebels claimed a strike that...

Trump heads to UN with long list of deals he's yet to close

Sep. 21, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, a self-described deal-maker, is saddled with a long list of unresolved foreign policy deals he has yet to close heading into his U.N. visit this coming week. There are challenges with Iran, North Korea, the Afghan Taliban, Israel and the Palestinians — not...

Iran's Guard says ready for 'any scenario' amid US standoff

Sep. 21, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard is ready for combat and "any scenario," its chief commander said Saturday, as the country's nuclear deal with world powers collapses and the U.S. alleged Iran was behind a weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia that shook global energy...

Syria says it captured drone near Israeli-occupied Golan

Sep. 21, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian authorities captured and dismantled Saturday a drone rigged with cluster bombs near the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, state news agency SANA said. SANA gave no further details about the drone but posted several photos of the unmanned aerial vehicle. Israel...

Albanian ship rescues 111 migrants in the Aegean Sea

Sep. 21, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's Defense Ministry says one of its ships in the Aegean Sea has rescued 111 migrants trying to cross into Greece, and has handed them over to Turkish authorities. Defense Minister Olta Xhacka on Saturday wrote on her Facebook page that the Syrian, Iraqi and Palestinian...

Iraq detains suspect in deadly bombing that killed 12

Sep. 21, 2019 7:05 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces boosted their presence and measures around the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Saturday, a day after a deadly bombing hit a minibus packed with passengers outside the city. Iraq's prime minister said security forces have detained a man suspected of detonating the bomb....

US to send troops to Saudi Arabia, hold off on striking Iran

Sep. 21, 2019 6:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Friday announced it will deploy additional U.S. troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as President Donald Trump has at least for now put off any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil...

The Latest: US to deploy more troops to Saudi Arabia, UAE

Sep. 21, 2019 3:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. response to attacks on the Saudi oil industry (all times local): 6:45 p.m. The Pentagon says the U.S. will deploy additional troops and military equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to beef up security, as President Donald Trump has at least for...