Yemen’s warring sides negotiating truce for key port Hodeida

CAIRO – Delegations from Yemen’s warring sides discussed expanding a shaky truce in the key port city of Hodeida on Monday, however neither side appeared ready to agree on initial draft proposals hoped for by the United Nations, who are sponsoring talks in Sweden and seek to resume needed aid deliveries by sea. One draft […]

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Palestinian attacker suspected in West Bank drive-by shooting; 7 wounded, including pregnant woman

Israeli officials say seven people have been wounded, one critically, in a shooting allegedly by a Palestinian attacker outside a Jewish settlement in the West Bank. (iStock) Seven people have been wounded, including a woman in the 30th week of her pregnancy critically, in a drive-by shooting by a suspected Palestinian attacker outside a Jewish […]

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Hezbollah tunnel dug from Lebanon is latest found by Israel

Israeli military digger works on the border with Lebanon in the northern Israeli town of Metula, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. The Israeli military launched an operation on Tuesday to “expose and thwart” tunnels built by the Hezbollah militant group it says stretch from Lebanon into northern Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) Israeli forces announced on Saturday […]

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Armenians vote for parliament; PM looks to bolster support

YEREVAN, Armenia – Armenians cast ballots Sunday in an early parliamentary election that was expected to further consolidate the power of the nation’s new prime minister. The charismatic 43-year-old Nikol Pashinian took office in May after spearheading massive protests against his predecessor’s power grab which forced that politician to step down. Pashinian has pushed for […]

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Refugee teens in Austrian schools straddle different worlds

VIENNA – Lilas Almalaki didn’t know a word of German when she enrolled in an Austrian middle school two months after fleeing her war-torn homeland in 2015, so she relied on the proficient English she learned as a top student in Syria to keep the bullies in place. Hassan Husseini didn’t speak German either and […]

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Australia wants soccer player out of detention in Bangkok

CANBERRA, Australia – The Australian government has called for an Australian-based refugee soccer player to be immediately released from detention in Thailand. Hakeem al-Araibi was detained in Bangkok in November on an Interpol warrant issued at the request of Bahrain. Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Sunday she has raised the matter with her Thai counterpart, […]

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Egypt lawyer files case to change president’s 2-term limit

CAIRO – An Egyptian lawyer said Saturday he and others have filed a court case to force the country’s parliament to debate amending a constitutional clause that bars President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi from running for a third term in 2022. The lawyer, Ayman Abdel-Hakim Ramadan, told The Associated Press that a Cairo court will hold its […]

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