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WikiLeaks founder Assange may be near the end of his long fight to stay out of the US

Feb. 19, 2024 02:43 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's fight to avoid facing spying charges in the United States may be nearing an end following a protracted legal saga in the U.K. that included seven years of self-exile inside a foreign embassy and five years in prison. Assange faces...

Jordan kills 5 drug smugglers on the Syrian border. The area is known for an addictive amphetamine

Feb. 18, 2024 22:36 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordanian soldiers have killed five smugglers who allegedly tried to bring drugs into the country from neighboring Syria, the country's military. The army said the incident occurred early Sunday. It said four other suspected smugglers were wounded and “large...

Interior ministers from 4 Arab countries agree in Jordan that illegal drug trade needs to be tackled

Feb. 17, 2024 12:27 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The interior ministers of four Arab countries held talks in Jordan on Saturday to discuss ways of combatting the illegal drug trade in the region and agreed to set up a joint telecommunications cell to exchange information. The meeting between the interior...

The Islamic State group poses rising threat in Africa despite progress, UN experts say

Feb. 16, 2024 18:27 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Islamic State extremist group poses a rising threat amid political instability in West Africa and the Sahel and remains intent on carrying out attacks abroad, the U.N. counter-terrorism chief said Thursday. Vladimir Voronkov reiterated U.N. findings that...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Feb. 12, 2024 18:29 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Feb. 6 The Washington Post on AM radio Contrary to the popular refrain, video never really did kill the radio star. Electric vehicles, however, might do the job. The question is whether...

Iraq says US troop drawdown talks will go on 'as long as nothing disturbs the peace of the talks'

Feb. 11, 2024 21:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iraq and the U.S.-led military coalition resumed meetings Sunday on how to draw down troops who have been deployed there for years combating the Islamic State. The first long-awaited meeting took place Jan. 27, but had since been put on pause after Iran-backed...

Toby Keith wrote all kinds of country songs. His legacy might be post-9/11 American anger

Feb. 09, 2024 14:50 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Toby Keith’s songs accomplished, for some, what great art is intended to: They sustained people in challenging times, particularly U.S. service members and their families during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq after 9/11. For others, Keith’s work sowed division and was...

A look at the Iraqi government's relationship with armed groups that are clashing with US forces

Feb. 08, 2024 22:53 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S. strike in Baghdad that killed a commander of the powerful Kataib Hezbollah paramilitary group this week highlighted the ambiguous status of the country's Iran-allied armed factions. Some operate simultaneously as a part of the official security forces and outside of state...

US drone strike in Baghdad kills high-ranking militia leader linked to attacks on American troops

Feb. 07, 2024 21:57 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — A U.S. drone strike blew up a car in the Iraqi capital Wednesday night, killing a high-ranking commander of the powerful Kataib Hezbollah militia who is responsible for “directly planning and participating in attacks” on American troops in the region, the U.S. military said...

Yemen's Houthi rebels target 2 ships in Red Sea and Gulf of Aden with ballistic missiles

Feb. 06, 2024 23:11 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Two ships traveling in Middle East waters were targeted by Yemen Houthi rebel ballistic missile fire early Tuesday, authorities said, in the latest assaults in the Iranian-backed fighters' campaign of targeting vessels over Israel's war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip. ...