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France is trying Syrian ex-officials for the torture and killing of a father and son. Here's why

May. 21, 2024 04:40 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Syrian soldiers came first, at night, for the son, Patrick, a 20-year-old psychology student at Damascus University, and said they were taking him away for questioning. They came back the next night for his father, Mazen. Five years later, in 2018,...

Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels claim they shot down another US drone

May. 21, 2024 04:35 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed on Tuesday they shot down an American drone over the impoverished Arab county. The U.S. military did not immediately acknowledge the claim. If confirmed, this would be the second MQ-9 Reaper drone downed by the Houthis...

Germany's foreign minister visits Kyiv as Ukraine battles to hold off a Russian offensive

May. 21, 2024 04:21 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister arrived in Kyiv on Tuesday in the latest public display of support for Ukraine by its Western partners, although deliveries of promised weapons and ammunition from NATO countries like Germany have been slow and have left Ukraine vulnerable to a...

Israeli forces kill at least 7 Palestinians in a West Bank raid

May. 21, 2024 03:53 AM EDT

JENIN REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank (AP) — Israeli forces raided a militant stronghold in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, killing at least seven Palestinians, including a doctor, according to local authorities, in some of the deadliest violence in the territory since the war in the Gaza Strip...

Drexel threatens to clear encampment as arrests linked to Israel-Hamas war protests exceed 3,000

May. 20, 2024 22:38 PM EDT

Drexel University in Philadelphia threatened to clear an encampment of pro-Palestinian protesters on Monday as arrests linked to campus demonstrations against the Israel-Hamas war surpassed the 3,000 mark nationwide. Drexel President John Fry said the encampment had disrupted campus...

Russian theater director and playwright go on trial over a play authorities say justifies terrorism

May. 20, 2024 21:55 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A Russian court on Monday opened the trial of a theater director and a playwright accused of advocating terrorism in a play, the latest step in an unrelenting crackdown on dissent in Russia that has reached new heights since Moscow sent troops into Ukraine. ...

These photos show Palestinians' quick exodus from Rafah after Israel issued evacuation orders

May. 20, 2024 21:07 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Newly-released satellite photos reviewed by the Associated Press show a large exodus of Palestinians from the southernmost Gaza city of Rafah earlier this month ahead of a feared Israeli ground invasion there. The photos taken three days apart — first on May 5...

Helicopter crash that killed Iran's president and others could reverberate across the Middle East

May. 20, 2024 14:20 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The helicopter crash in which Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, the country’s foreign minister and other officials were killed is likely to reverberate across the Middle East, where Iran’s influence runs wide and deep. That's because Iran has spent decades...

Timeline of the Assange legal saga over extradition to the US on espionage charges

May. 20, 2024 08:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange won a key battle on Monday in his decade-and-a-half-long attempt to avoid extradition to the United States on espionage charges. Two judges at London’s High Court ruled that Assange can appeal against his extradition order. ...

Ireland's top diplomat concerned over slow pace of justice in peacekeeper's killing in Lebanon

May. 20, 2024 04:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Ireland’s top diplomat in a visit to Lebanon on Monday expressed his concern over the slow progress in criminal proceedings against several Lebanese men charged with the killing of an Irish peacekeeper in 2022 in the tiny Mediterranean country. Micheál Martin,...