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Zimbabwe rules out delaying election after blast at rally

Jun. 24, 2018 6:40 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's presidential spokesman is ruling out an election delay or a state of emergency after an explosion at the president's campaign rally on Saturday that state media has called an assassination attempt. George Charamba told the state-run Sunday Mail newspaper that the historic...

Kushner rips Abbas, says Mideast peace plan due 'soon'

Jun. 24, 2018 6:37 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser said in an interview published Sunday that the administration will soon present its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, with or without input from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. In an interview published in the Arabic language...

The Latest: Bulk voting seen at Turkish polling station

Jun. 24, 2018 6:33 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday (all times local): 13:30 p.m. The head of Turkey's electoral commission says authorities have taken the "necessary initiatives" following reports of irregularities at voting stations in southeast Turkey. Videos...

Trump Administration says it knows location of all children

Jun. 24, 2018 6:28 AM EDT

Trump administration officials say the U.S. government knows the location of all children in its custody after separating them from their families at the border and is working to reunite them. A fact sheet on "zero-tolerance prosecution and family reunification" released Saturday night by the Department of...

UK euroskeptics urge PM May to prepare for 'no deal' Brexit

Jun. 24, 2018 5:40 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Pro-Brexit politicians and business figures are urging British Prime Minister Theresa May to be ready to walk away from the European Union without a trade agreement, despite warnings from major manufacturers that a "no deal" Brexit would be an economic disaster. In an open letter, 60...

Erdogan seeks to cement power in Turkey's high-stakes votes

Jun. 24, 2018 5:12 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey held high-stakes presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday that could consolidate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's grip on power or curtail his vast political ambitions. Opposition leaders cast their ballots vowing to be vigilant against voting fraud. The elections...

Egypt raises military pensions amid austerity measures

Jun. 24, 2018 5:11 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has raised pensions for military personnel and salaries for civil servants by 15 percent amid a wave of price hikes linked to austerity measures. The raises, published late Saturday in the official gazette, will take effect on July 1. El-Sissi, a retired...

Saudi women hit the roads after driving ban is lifted

Jun. 24, 2018 4:28 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi women steered their cars through busy streets for the first time on Sunday after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted. It's a historic moment for women who have had to rely on their husbands, fathers, brothers and drivers to run basic errands, get to...

2nd person dies after blast at Ethiopia rally, minister says

Jun. 24, 2018 3:44 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's health minister says a second person has died after Saturday's explosion at a massive rally in the capital for the new prime minister. Health Minister Amir Aman says on Twitter that the person died at a local hospital in intensive care. More than 150 people were...

In about-face, Iraq's maverick al-Sadr moves closer to Iran

Jun. 24, 2018 3:20 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric who emerged as the main winner in Iraq's parliamentary elections last month, campaigned on a platform to end sectarian politics and replace it with a government that puts Iraqis first. Instead, he has forged a postelection coalition with a rival...