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Warhol in Tehran: Iranians flock to American pop art exhibit

Oct. 22, 2021 04:35 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian hard-liners, now back at the helm of the country, may regularly rail against the poisoning of Islamic society by Western culture, but in Tehran, Iranians are flocking to the contemporary art museum to marvel at American pop artist Andy Warhol’s iconic soup...

Limbo in a blue tent: African asylum-seekers stuck on Cyprus

Oct. 22, 2021 03:41 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — It seems a strange place to pitch a tent. Plump in the middle of the United Nations-patrolled buffer zone that has divided Cyprus along ethnic lines since 1974, in the heart of the island's medieval capital, two Cameroonian asylum-seekers have...

In South Sudan, flooding called 'worst thing in my lifetime'

Oct. 22, 2021 03:27 AM EDT

MALUALKON, South Sudan (AP) — He feels like a man who has drowned. The worst flooding that parts of South Sudan have seen in 60 years now surrounds his home of mud and grass. His field of sorghum, which fed his family, is under water. Surrounding mud dykes have...

Nissan ex-chair Ghosn set on restoring reputation

Oct. 21, 2021 22:51 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Carlos Ghosn, the former auto industry superstar whose career screeched to a halt with his arrest three years ago, isn't about to settle into quiet retirement. The former head of the Nissan-Renault alliance fled to Lebanon in late 2019, while out on bail...

South Sudanese refugees find home, and church, in Syracuse

Oct. 21, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

(RNS) — On the corner of East Avenue and West Yates Street in East Syracuse, New York, sits Emmanuel Episcopal Church. The quaint building, with its bright white exterior and cherry red doors, is the home to not one, but two distinct congregations. The first, a modest parish of 25...

Memorial service in honor of Colin Powell set for Nov. 5

Oct. 21, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A memorial service for Colin L. Powell, the retired Army general and former secretary of state who died on Monday, will be held Nov. 5 at Washington National Cathedral, a spokeswoman said Thursday. “There will be very limited seating and it will be...

Thousands rally in Sudan's capital to demand civilian rule

Oct. 21, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of people rallied in the streets of Sudan’s capital city Thursday, demanding a fully civilian government as the relationship between military generals and pro-democracy groups deteriorated over the country’s future. As crowds swelled in...

Iran awards scientific prize to 2 US-based physicists

Oct. 21, 2021 15:11 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Thursday awarded a prestigious prize in the study of science and technology to two physicists based in the United States. Harvard University physics professor Cumrun Vafa received The Mustafa Prize in the field of “All Areas of Science and...

Syria says it executed 24 for igniting deadly wildfires

Oct. 21, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria has executed 24 people after convicting them on terrorism charges for igniting last year’s devastating wildfires, leaving three people dead and burning thousands of hectares (acres) of forests, the Justice Ministry said Thursday. The...

Turkey, Jordan, Mali added to global financial watch list

Oct. 21, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

An international organization that monitors and sets guidelines to protect against money laundering and terrorism financing added Turkey, Jordan and Mali to its watch list Thursday. The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force's “gray list” calls for increased scrutiny...