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Sudanese officials say coup attempt failed, army in control

Sep. 21, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

Sudanese authorities reported a coup attempt Tuesday by a group of soldiers but said the attempt failed and the country's ruling council and military remain in control. The development underscored the fragility of Sudan’s path to democracy, more than two years after...

Libya lawmakers pass no confidence vote for transition govt

Sep. 21, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan lawmakers on Tuesday passed a vote of no confidence in the country’s transitional government, an official said, a move that throws long-waited elections late this year into further uncertainty. The vote took place in the parliament’s...

Military general who ruled Egypt after Mubarak ouster dies

Sep. 21, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Hussein Tantawi, the Egyptian general who took charge of the country when longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down amid the 2011 Arab Spring uprising, died on Tuesday, Egypt’s presidency said. He was 85. Field Marshal Tantawi, Mubarak’s...

'The world must wake up': Tasks daunting as UN meeting opens

Sep. 21, 2021 10:37 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In person and on screen, world leaders returned to the United Nations' foremost gathering for the first time in the pandemic era on Tuesday with a formidable, diplomacy-packed agenda and a sharply worded warning from the international organization's leader: “We face the...

Poll finds nearly 80% of Palestinians want Abbas to resign

Sep. 21, 2021 09:59 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A new poll has found that nearly 80% of Palestinians want President Mahmoud Abbas to resign, reflecting widespread anger over the death of an activist in security forces' custody and a crackdown on protests over the summer. The survey released Tuesday...

After Afghans fell from plane, families live with horror

Sep. 21, 2021 02:11 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — It’s a scene that has come to symbolize the chaotic end to America’s 20 years of war in Afghanistan: A lumbering U.S. Air Force cargo plane takes off from Kabul airport, chased by hundreds of desperate Afghan men scrambling to get on the aircraft. ...

Libyan parliament passes vote of no confidence in transitional government, throwing planned elections into question

Sep. 21, 2021 09:18 AM EDT
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan parliament passes vote of no confidence in transitional government, throwing planned elections into question.

UAE welcomes regional rivals at major natural gas conference

Sep. 21, 2021 08:10 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Energy officials from Qatar and Turkey, long-standing foes of the United Arab Emirates, descended on Dubai along with hundreds of other executives on Tuesday, flocking to the world's largest gas expo and the industry’s first in-person conference since...

Today in History

Sep. 21, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2021. There are 101 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Sept. 21, 1989, Hurricane Hugo crashed into Charleston, South Carolina (the storm was...

Ships rescue 190 Europe-bound migrants off Libya

Sep. 20, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

ABOARD THE GEO BARENTS (AP) — Two vessels rescued around 190 Europe-bound migrants, including women and children, off the coast of Libya, charities operating the vessels said Monday. The rescues came amid a spike in attempted crossings of the Mediterranean Sea. More...