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Lebanon's Cabinet wins confidence vote after power cut delay

Sep. 20, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s new Cabinet won a vote of confidence from Parliament on Monday during a session that was delayed for almost an hour because of a power outage and broken generator at the venue. The electricity outage underscored the multiple crises roiling the...

Drone strike kills at least 1 in rebel-held Syrian province

Sep. 20, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A drone strike hit a vehicle traveling on a rural road in rebel-controlled northwestern Syria on Monday, killing at least one person, rescue workers and a war monitor said. The Civil Defense team, known as White Helmets, said the unidentified body was...

IS bomb attacks on Taliban raise specter of wider conflict

Sep. 20, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The extremist Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a series of deadly roadside bombs targeting Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan, raising the specter of wider conflict between the country’s new Taliban rulers and their long-time...

Dutch court: Syrian brothers guilty of Jabhat al-Nusra roles

Sep. 20, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court on Monday convicted two Syrian brothers of holding senior roles in the Jabhat al-Nusra extremist group in their home country between 2011 and 2014, the first time Dutch judges have convicted a suspect of leadership in a Syrian extremist...

Top Israeli, Swedish diplomat chat in effort to mend ties

Sep. 20, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The foreign ministers of Israel and Sweden held their first phone call in seven years on Monday, a move hailed by the top Israeli diplomat as the “relaunching of relations" after protracted tensions between the two countries. Foreign Minister Yair...

4 men charged for shouting antisemitic abuse in London

Sep. 20, 2021 07:09 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Four men were charged Monday for allegedly shouting antisemitic abuse while driving around in a convoy in north London. The suspects, all in their 20s and from the northwest English town of Blackburn, are accused of using threatening, abusive or insulting...

AP PHOTOS: Jews redeem firstborn son in ancient ceremony

Sep. 20, 2021 02:12 AM EDT

BEIT SHEMESH, Israel (AP) — Shortly after sundown, Yaakov Tabersky presented his firstborn son on a silver platter to a Jewish priest in a ceremony harking back to the biblical exodus from Egypt. The ceremony, known as “pidyon ha-ben,” or redemption of the...

UN, US, UK condemn Houthis’ execution of 9 Yemenis

Sep. 20, 2021 02:02 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The United Nations, the United States and the United Kingdom on Sunday condemned the executions of nine Yemenis by the country’s Houthi rebels over allegations that they were involved in the killing of a senior Houthi official in an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition...

East Libya forces say 2 helicopters crashed, killing 2

Sep. 20, 2021 01:54 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Forces loyal to a powerful Libyan commander said two military planes crashed on Sunday over a village in eastern Libya, killing at least two officers. The self-styled Libyan Arab Armed Forces, led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter, said the helicopters collided in the...

Syrian, Jordanian defense officials discuss border security

Sep. 20, 2021 01:36 AM EDT

AMMAN (AP) — Syria’s defense minister met on Sunday with Jordan's army chief in Amman, the Jordanian capital, after Syrian troops captured several rebel-held areas near Jordan’s border, state media reported. The Hala Akhbar news site, which is linked to Jordan’s...