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The Latest: Macron wants to 'move forward' with Turkey ties

Jun. 14, 2021 07:44 AM EDT

The Latest on the NATO summit taking place in Brussels: BRUSSELS — French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that he wants to “move forward” with Turkey toward a demanding and respectful relationship, after meeting with the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan....

Islamist party makes early victory claim in Algeria election

Jun. 13, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A moderate Islamist party claimed victory Sunday in Algeria's legislative election even though results were not expected for several more days. Less than 24 hours after polls closed in the North African country, the head of the Movement for a...

Nigerian refugee's dreams come true in Traverse City

Jun. 13, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Blessing Ovie’s wings weren’t just clipped. They weren’t just broken. No, it was much worse than that. The world took Ovie’s wings from her. The world convinced her that she didn’t have wings, that she never had...

Algeria election gets low turnout amid opposition boycott

Jun. 12, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerians voted for a new parliament Saturday in an election with a majority of novice independent candidates running under new rules meant to erase political corruption and open the way to a “new Algeria.” But the turnout was dismal for the first legislative...

UN says over 200 migrants intercepted off Libyan shores

Jun. 11, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — More than 200 migrants bound for Europe were intercepted on Friday by Libya's coast guard just off the shore of the North African country, a U.N. spokeswoman said. Safa Msehli, a spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration, tweeted that...

Sea search continues after Spanish girl's body found in bag

Jun. 11, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain is in shock after investigators combing the seabed near the Canary Islands found the body of one of two young sisters taken by their father weeks earlier without the mother's permission. Coroners have confirmed that the body found in a bag and tied...

Two Algerian opposition figures arrested ahead of elections

Jun. 11, 2021 08:13 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A politician and a journalist who are prominent opposition figures in Algeria have been arrested days ahead of the country's parliamentary election, according to a group of lawyers defending jailed activists of the pro-democracy movement. The...

EU lawmakers say Morocco put children's lives at risk

Jun. 10, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers on Thursday accused Morocco of endangering the lives of children in an attempt to put political pressure on Spain, after thousands of people crossed into Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta last month. In a 397-to-85...

C. African Republic PM resigns in latest blow to government

Jun. 10, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic's Prime Minister Firmin Ngrebada resigned Thursday, in the latest sign of fragility within the government already under threat from a coalition of armed groups opposed to the president. The development...

Biden embraces a Trump policy in backing Arab-Israeli deals

Jun. 10, 2021 00:30 AM EDT

The Biden administration is laying the groundwork for a renewed push to encourage more Arab countries to sign accords with Israel and working to strengthen existing deals after last month's devastating war in the Gaza Strip interrupted those diplomatic efforts. The...