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Arab League pledges $100M per month to Palestinian Authority

Apr. 21, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Arab League has pledged $100 million per month to the Palestinian Authority to make up for funds withheld by Israel because of payments made to the families of Palestinian attackers and prisoners. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressed the Arab League in Cairo on Sunday as part of a...

Iran's top leader picks new Revolutionary Guard chief

Apr. 21, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Sunday appointed a new chief of the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard, picking a general with a history of threatening the U.S. just days after America designated the paramilitary force a terrorist organization. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's decision replaces...

Pope denounces 'cruel violence' of Sri Lanka Easter attack

Apr. 21, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the "cruel violence" of the Easter Sunday slaughter of Christians and foreigners in Sri Lanka as he celebrated the most joyful moment on the Christian liturgical calendar by lamenting the bloodshed and political violence afflicting many parts of the world. Francis...

The Latest: Muslim organization chief condemns attack

Apr. 21, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local): 10:10 p.m. The secretary general of the world's largest organization of Muslim nations has condemned the attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 200 people on Easter Sunday. The Organization of Islamic...

Sudanese to name civilian council in bid to pressure army

Apr. 21, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudanese protest organizers say they will announce a civilian transitional council on Sunday in a bid to exert more pressure on the military to hand over power following the overthrow of long-ruling President Omar al-Bashir earlier this month. The Sudanese Professionals Association...

Bahrain king reinstates citizenship of 551 amid mass trials

Apr. 21, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain's king on Sunday reinstated the citizenship of 551 people convicted and stripped of their nationality amid a series of mass trials conducted as part of a yearslong crackdown on dissent. The surprise royal order gave no explanation for King Hamad bin Isa Al...

New Hampshire Air Force member dies in non-combat incident

Apr. 21, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

RICHMOND, N.H. (AP) — The Department of Defense says a member of the United States Air Force from New Hampshire has died in a non-combat-related incident. The death of 24-year-old Staff Sgt. Albert J. Miller of Richmond, New Hampshire, at the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar was announced Saturday. The incident...

Saudi Arabia says 4 gunmen killed in attempted attack

Apr. 21, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia says four gunmen were killed and three security officers were wounded in an attack on a security building north of the capital, Riyadh. The state-run al-Ekhbariya news channel reported Sunday that police had foiled the attack in Zulfi, a city about 250 kilometers...

Protesters punch Turkish opposition leader at funeral

Apr. 21, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Protesters assaulted the leader of Turkey's main opposition party during a funeral held Sunday for a soldier who was slain during clashes with Kurdish rebels. The politician was not hurt, party officials said. People threw punches at Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu...

Bahrain's king reinstates citizenship of 551 people convicted amid crackdown on dissent in island kingdom

Apr. 21, 2019 9:56 AM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain's king reinstates citizenship of 551 people convicted amid crackdown on dissent in island kingdom.