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  • Iraq clashes with IS delay evacuation of Yazidis

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Sporadic clashes between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and Islamic State extremists, as well as other logistics problems, are delaying the evacuation of the last Yazidis still trapped on Mt. Sinjar, an Iraqi lawmaker…

  • 9 migrants drown off Morocco coast

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities say that nine migrants, including three infants, drowned off the coast near Tangiers. Four Royal Navy boats and two gendarme helicopters were sent to rescue the foundering inflatable craft…

  • Egypt’s gays go deeper underground, fearing crackdown

    CAIRO (AP) — Just before midnight, the police navigated down the narrow alleys of an old downtown Cairo district and descended on a rundown bathhouse. They dragged out dozens of nearly naked men, who covered…

  • Israeli military says Gaza rocket hits Israel

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel on Friday, the Israeli military said, in the first such attack since September. The military said air raid sirens were sounded in…

  • Bombings kill 11 people in Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities say bombings have killed 11 people in the capital Baghdad. Police officials say the deadliest attack happened Friday morning when a bomb exploded near a market in Baghdad’s northern district…

  • Essebsi narrow favorite to win Tunisian presidency

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — For the third time in just two months, Tunisian voters will head to the polls this weekend, this time to elect a president in a runoff vote that presents a stark…

  • In Lebanon, Syrian newborns risk statelessness

    BEIRUT (AP) — Nearly 30,000 Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, exposing them to the risk of a life of statelessness deprived of basic…

  • Iraqi Kurdish troops open corridor to Sinjar

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants managed on Thursday to open up a corridor to Sinjar Mountain so that thousands of people from the country’s Yazidi minority who have been…

  • Video says Tunisia assassinations by Islamic State

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A new video has surfaced claiming responsibility for the 2013 assassinations of two Tunisian politicians in the name of the Islamic State group. The video comes on the eve of the…

  • Saudi says oil decisions not linked to politics

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s oil chief said in comments published Thursday that there are no links between the kingdom’s decision to oppose production cuts and political objectives — an apparent response to…

  • Yemen’s parliament approves new Cabinet

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s parliament on Thursday approved a new government despite months of violence and political wrangling that has shaken the country. Parliament’s approval should help ease tensions somewhat but it is unlikely…

  • Palestinian leader supports more talks on UN bid

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he supports further negotiations over a draft resolution on ending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands that was submitted to the U.N. Security Council for…

  • Iraq PM drops lawsuits against journalists

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday ordered the withdrawal of all government lawsuits against journalists and media outlets, marking a departure from his predecessor Nouri al-Maliki, who was widely accused of…

  • Iran to hold military drill near strategic passage

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state TV says the military will hold a massive drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf next week. The report Thursday says the…

  • Palestinians set deadline for Israeli occupation

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday, while the Palestinians at the United Nations set a deadline for an Israeli withdrawal from lands captured nearly 50 years ago by…