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PSG president targeted by French corruption probe

May. 23, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is under investigation for corruption related to Qatar's bids to host the 2017 and 2019 track world championships, a judicial official said Thursday. The official told The Associated Press the preliminary charge of "active corruption" was filed...

Analysis: Iran supreme leader comments signal strategy shift

May. 23, 2019 9:11 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — For years, Iran's supreme leader only criticized the West over Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. Now, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is publicly chastising the country's elected president and his foreign minister as the accord unravels amid heightened tensions with the...

10 Things to Know for Today

May. 23, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. 'VIOLENT TORNADO' TOUCHES DOWN IN MISSOURI CAPITAL The twister wreaks heavy damage in Jefferson City as severe weather sweeps across the state, causing three deaths and leaving many people trapped in the...

AP sources: Pentagon proposing troop buildup in the Mideast

May. 23, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats , U.S. officials said. The officials said no final decision has been made yet, and it's not clear if the...

Egypt frees Al-Jazeera journalist detained since 2016

May. 23, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has ordered the release of Al-Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein, detained since 2016 on allegations of spreading false news and defaming Egypt's reputation. Hussein, an Egyptian journalist working for the Qatar-based satellite network, was detained at the Cairo airport in...

Senior German diplomat in Tehran for nuclear deal talks

May. 23, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A senior German diplomat headed Thursday to Tehran to press Iran to continue to respect the landmark nuclear deal, despite the unilateral withdrawal of the U.S. and increasing pressure from Washington. Tensions have soared in the Mideast recently as the White House earlier this month sent an...

Egyptian court orders release of Al-Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein, detained since 2016 for spreading false news

May. 23, 2019 7:48 AM EDT
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian court orders release of Al-Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein, detained since 2016 for spreading false news.

For Gaza grooms, crippling debt overshadows marital bliss

May. 23, 2019 7:26 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Two years ago, Gaza resident Saleh Abu Serdanah took out a small loan in order to get married and start a family. These days, the 31-year-old construction worker is on the run, hiding from police in a tiny rental apartment and unable to repay the money he borrowed. Abu Serdanah...

Sudanese protesters plan mass rally as talks stall with army

May. 23, 2019 7:08 AM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's protest leaders are calling for mass rallies across the country amid deadlocked negotiations with the ruling military over its handover of power. The Sudanese Professionals' Association, which has spearheaded four months of protests that drove Omar al-Bashir from power in...

Syria officials: Power station bombed by insurgents repaired

May. 23, 2019 6:19 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government officials say a power station close to the rebels' last stronghold in the country's northwest has been repaired after insurgents bombed the facility the night before, kicking it off line. Electricity Minister Mohammad Zuhair Kharboutly said on Thursday that al-Zara...