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The Latest: Syrian opposition group mourns Egypt's Morsi

Jun. 18, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on developments in Egypt after former President Mohammed Morsi's dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom (all times local): 2:25 p.m. A main Syrian opposition group is mourning the death of Egypt's ousted former president, Mohammed Morsi. The Turkey-based Syrian...

Egypt's ousted President Morsi buried after courtroom death

Jun. 18, 2019 7:36 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's first democratically elected president, Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi, was buried under heavy security early on Tuesday, a day after his dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom, his family and a member of his defense team said. Morsi's family attended funeral prayers in...

The Latest: Amnesty urges Egypt to investigate Morsi's death

Jun. 17, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's death during a court hearing (all times local): 9:50 p.m. A leading human right group is urging Egypt to investigate the death of former President Mohammed Morsi. Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader who rose to office in the country's...

Rights group: Houthi attack on airport 'apparent war crime'

Jun. 15, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A leading rights group has called the recent drone attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels on an airport in Saudi Arabia an "apparent war crime." Human Rights Watch urged the Houthis to stop attacks on civilian infrastructure in Saudi Arabia. Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at HRW, said...

Near-erasure of Cambodian opposition makes noodles a target

Jun. 9, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The bitter rivalry between Cambodian strongman Hun Sen and his self-exiled chief political rival Sam Rainsy has sometimes played out in deadly violence. But on Sunday, soup rather than blood was likely to be spilled. The two titans of Cambodian politics normally agree over...

Rights group cheers Bhutan's move toward legalizing gay sex

Jun. 9, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A global rights group on Sunday welcomed Bhutan's move toward becoming the latest South Asian nation to decriminalize homosexuality. The tiny Himalayan kingdom's lower house of Parliament voted overwhelmingly on Friday to repeal provisions that said "unnatural sex" is illegal. The bill...

The Latest: Sudan protesters say 40 killed since dispersal

Jun. 4, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of the Sudanese military's crackdown on a sit-in protest camp in the capital (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Sudanese protest organizers say the killing of two more people increases the death toll to 40 since the bloody dispersal of a sit-in in the...

Sudanese forces clamp down in capital, clash with protesters

Jun. 4, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters defied Sudan's military rulers Tuesday, carrying out scattered demonstrations around the capital of Khartoum as security forces — including one of the most feared military units — fanned out in large numbers and clashed with opponents in the...

Syrian troops take village in last rebel stronghold

Jun. 3, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops captured on Monday a village in the last rebel stronghold in the northwest province of Idlib, while a government airstrike killed at least three people, opposition activists and state media said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor,...

Israeli order against Human Rights Watch director frozen

Jun. 2, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court has issued a ruling allowing the local director of Human Rights Watch to remain in the country while he fights a deportation order. A lower court in April ordered Omar Shakir to leave the country, saying his activities against Israel's West Bank settlements amount to...