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Syrian government bombing of rebel stronghold kills 11

Jul. 21, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian first responders and activists say government bombing of the last rebel stronghold in the country has killed at least 11 civilians, as the nearly four-month offensive shows no sign of abating. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says six people were killed, including...

Audio shows UK navy trying to thwart Iran from seizing ship

Jul. 21, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In an audio recording released Sunday, a British naval officer insists that a British-flagged oil tanker must be allowed to sail through the Strait of Hormuz as Iranian paramilitary forces demand that the vessel change course before commandeering it. The audio, released by maritime security...

Lufthansa resumes flights to Cairo after safety pause

Jul. 21, 2019 7:24 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Lufthansa has resumed flying to Cairo following a one-day suspension due to safety concerns. The German airline's website shows LH582 took off from Frankfurt after an almost two-hour delay and was expected to arrive in Egypt's capital later Sunday. On Saturday, British Airways announced the...

The Latest: Germany urges diplomacy amid Gulf tensions

Jul. 21, 2019 7:03 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 3 p.m. Germany's foreign minister is warning Iran that its seizure of commercial vessels in a key Persian Gulf shipping lane is contributing to an "escalation spiral" that could lead to war. Foreign Minister...

The Latest: UK rejects Iran's 'tit for tat' view of tanker

Jul. 21, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 12:55 p.m. The U.K.'s foreign secretary says the seizing of a British-flagged tanker by Iran's Revolutionary Guard "raises very serious questions about the security of British shipping and indeed...

Refugee swimmer feels for separated families at US border

Jul. 21, 2019 5:11 AM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Refugee swimmer Yusra Mardini knows what she's talking about when it comes to family separation for asylum seekers, having fled her native Syria four years ago. Mardini empathizes with families currently separated along the U.S. southern border. "This is the most terrible thing...

Libya's largest oil field shut down over pipeline closure

Jul. 21, 2019 4:47 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's national oil company has suspended operations at the country's largest oil field over the "unlawful" closure of a pipeline valve. The National Oil Corporation announced the move late Saturday without saying who was behind the closure of the pipeline linking the field to the port of...

Gunmen kill 2 Guard members in southeastern Iran

Jul. 21, 2019 4:21 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state TV says gunmen have killed two members of the Revolutionary Guard and wounded another two near the border with Pakistan. State TV blamed the attack late Saturday on "terrorists" without elaborating. The southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan province has been the scene of...

Iran says its seizure of British ship a 'reciprocal' move

Jul. 21, 2019 1:35 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's seizure of a British oil tanker was a response to Britain's role in impounding an Iranian supertanker first, senior officials said Saturday, as newly released video of the incident showed Iranian commandos in black ski masks and fatigues rappelling from a helicopter onto the...

British Airways, Lufthansa suspend Cairo flights

Jul. 20, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Airways and Lufthansa both said Saturday they were suspending flights to Cairo for unspecified reasons related to safety and security. The British carrier said it was canceling flights to the Egyptian capital for a week. The German airline said normal operations would resume Sunday....