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Hifter calls on youth to help with battle for Tripoli

Jul. 20, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army has called on young people in Tripoli to join its offensive to capture the capital from the U.N.- backed government based there amid warnings from the international community of military escalation and targeting of civilians. The LNA, led...

Drone targets base for Iran-backed militia in northern Iraq

Jul. 19, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An unmanned drone dropped explosives on a base belonging to Iran-backed paramilitary forces in northern Iraq early Friday, wounding two people, Iraqi security officials and a military statement said, amid regional tensions between the United States and Iran. The statement said the drone...

Egypt: At least 20 killed in airstrikes in northern Sinai

Jul. 19, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian security officials say airstrikes targeting Islamic militants are underway in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 20 insurgents. Officials said that Egypt's air force on Friday hit more than 100 mountainous hideouts of militant groups in the city of...

US targets senior Hezbollah operative with sanctions

Jul. 19, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is targeting a senior operative of the Iran-backed Hezbollah militant group with sanctions as part of its pressure campaign against Tehran. The government is also issuing a $7 million reward for information leading to the capture of the operative, Salman Rauf Salman. The...

Turkish jets strike Kurdish rebels after diplomat's death

Jul. 19, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey launched airstrikes against Kurdish rebel targets in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, after the killing of a Turkish diplomat there, state-run media quoted Turkey's defense minister as saying on Friday. Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Turkish jets on Thursday hit the...

IS claims suicide bombing that killed 2 in Egypt's Sinai

Jul. 19, 2019 4:12 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed two people, including a civilian, and wounded three in Egypt's restive northern Sinai Peninsula. The militant group says in a statement on an IS-affiliate website that an IS militant named Abu Omar El-Seedy...

Editorials from around New York

Jul. 17, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: Follow the Emiratis' lead, out of Yemen The New York Times, July 15 The conflict in Yemen is unwinnable, dangerous for the region and remarkably cruel. So the drawdown of troops by the United Arab Emirates, the biggest outside ground...

Gunmen in restaurant in northern Iraq kill Turkish diplomat

Jul. 17, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Unknown gunmen opened fire inside a Turkish-owned restaurant in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil on Wednesday, killing at least one Turkish diplomat stationed in Ankara's consulate and one Iraqi civilian, Turkish officials and Kurdish security forces said. The rare shooting in broad...

Brother of Manchester Arena suicide bomber arrested in UK

Jul. 17, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A key suspect in the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing that killed 22 people was arrested Wednesday at a London airport after being extradited from Libya, British police said. Greater Manchester Police said Hashem Abedi, the younger brother of suicide bomber Salman Abedi, has been arrested for...

Militants behead 4 people in Egypt's Sinai

Jul. 17, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian security officials say militants have beheaded four people in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula. The officials say the militants attacked a group of people in the small town of Bir al-Abd on Wednesday, beheading four and kidnapping a fifth after accusing them of...