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Ancient tablet acquired by Hobby Lobby going back to Iraq

Sep. 23, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 3,500-year-old clay tablet discovered in the ruins of the library of an ancient Mesopotamian king, then looted from an Iraqi museum 30 years ago, is finally headed back to Iraq. The $1.7 million cuneiform clay tablet was found in 1853 as part of a...

Mideast in shambles, but the world has moved on for now

Sep. 23, 2021 02:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — There was a time not long ago when uprisings and wars in the Arab world topped the agenda at the U.N. General Assembly meetings in New York. With most of those conflicts in a stalemate, the world’s focus has shifted to more daunting global challenges...

Pulitzer-winning reporter Jim Sheeler dead at 53

Sep. 22, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Sheeler, a former Rocky Mountain News journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for his extensive and compassionate reporting on the families of Colorado soldiers killed in the Iraq War and the man tasked with notifying them, has died. Sheeler, who was also an author, was 53. ...

Iran's president slams US in first speech to UN as leader

Sep. 21, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's new president slammed U.S. sanctions imposed on his nation as a mechanism of war, using his first U.N address since his swearing-in to forcefully call out Washington's policies in the region and the growing political schism within America. ...

Poland's, Lithuania's PMs discuss higher security, migration

Sep. 17, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The prime ministers of Poland and Lithuania said Friday that tighter security at their borders with Belarus was the best way to ease pressure from migrant inflows there, as they expect what they called a “hybrid attack” from Belarus to continue. ...

Iraqi refugee gets 45 years for police officer's shooting

Sep. 16, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for shooting a Colorado Springs police officer in the head. The Gazette reports Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi was convicted in June of attempted murder and other charges and was sentenced...

Iraq election chief vows fair elections despite concerns

Sep. 15, 2021 08:47 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq is taking measures to close loopholes and conduct fair elections despite attempts to compromise the upcoming polls, the head of Iraq’s electoral commission said. Judge Jaleel Adnan Khalaf, chairman of the Iraqi Independent High Electoral...

Study: Pentagon reliance on contractors hurt US in 9/11 wars

Sep. 13, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

Up to half of the $14 trillion spent by the Pentagon since 9/11 went to for-profit defense contractors, a study released Monday found. It's the latest work to argue the U.S. reliance on private corporations for war-zone duties that used to be done by troops contributed to mission failure in...

Auditors highlight flaws in EU migrant deportation program

Sep. 13, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union auditors said Monday that the 27-nation bloc’s program for deporting migrants is not working well but they warned that any attempts to force countries to take their citizens back by coercion could be counterproductive. The EU has been...

Rhode Island VFW post renamed in honor of veteran

Sep. 13, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Rhode Island has been renamed in honor of a soldier who was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and later dedicated his life to helping other veterans in crisis. Post 272 in Warwick was rededicated Saturday as the...