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Egypt tightens restrictions on media, social networks

Mar. 19, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top media regulator has put into effect tighter restrictions that allow the state to block websites and even social media accounts with over 5,000 followers if they are deemed a threat to national security. The move is the latest step by the government of President Abdel-Fattah...

Court: Germany must press US over Yemen drone strikes

Mar. 19, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany ruled Tuesday that the government has partial responsibility to ensure U.S. drone strikes controlled with the help of an American base on German territory are in line with international law, but judges stopped short of ordering the ban that human rights activists had called...

Mattis returning to research role at Stanford think tank

Mar. 19, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jim Mattis, who resigned as Pentagon chief three months ago, is returning to Stanford University. The Hoover Institution at Stanford announced Tuesday that Mattis will join the public policy think tank to research and write about domestic and international security policy. He was in the...

Uganda denies backing Rwandan rebels as tensions grow

Mar. 19, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's president is denying support for rebels opposed to Rwanda's government as tensions between the two East African neighbors persist, raising fears of a possible armed conflict. In a letter to Rwandan President Paul Kagame published on Tuesday in government-controlled media,...

Ambush north of Baghdad kills 3 Iraqi soldiers, wounds 5

Mar. 19, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security and hospital officials say three soldiers have been killed and five wounded in an ambush on an army patrol north of Baghdad. The officials say a group of militants opened fire on the patrol Tuesday in the town of Tarmiyah, a former insurgent stronghold about 50 kilometers (30...

US backs Venezuela opposition to take UN disarmament role

Mar. 19, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A top U.S. diplomat says her country wants an envoy of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to take up the rotating presidency of a key U.N. disarmament body in two months. Assistant Secretary Yleem Poblete used the United States' turn to hold the rotating presidency of the Conference on...

7 dead, others shot in election-related attack in Bangladesh

Mar. 19, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Gunmen opened fire on two cars returning from a polling station with ballot boxes, killing at least seven people and wounding 15 in part of southeastern Bangladesh known for tribal life and tourism, officials said Tuesday. Local police official Manjurul Alam said early Tuesday that...

Colombia: 1,000 Venezuelan forces crossed border since Feb.

Mar. 18, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — About 1,000 members of the Venezuelan security forces have fled to Colombia since last month, giving up weapons and uniforms as they abandoned the government of President Nicolas Maduro, Colombian authorities said Monday. Colombia's foreign ministry released the updated number of...

Pentagon lists possible project cuts to pay for wall

Mar. 18, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon sent a 20-page list of military construction projects to Congress on Monday that might be slashed to pay for President Donald Trump's wall along the Mexican border. Democrats expressed hope that by knowing which local projects could be targeted, lawmakers would be likelier to...

Trump tweets donation check to Homeland Security

Mar. 18, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has tweeted a picture of a $100,000 check he recently wrote to the Department of Homeland Security, his latest donation to a federal agency. Trump pledged as a candidate in 2016 to not accept the $400,000 annual presidential salary he would be due if elected. Trump...