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Reports: Islamic State surrendering in Syria's capitalA Syrian war monitoring group says a cease-fire between government forces and Islamic State militants in the southern neighborhoods of Damascus has held for 24 hours, and that some of the fighters have been allowed to leave
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Sudan protests Egyptian serial about terroristsSudan has summoned Egypt's ambassador to complain about a TV series that portrays Egyptian terrorists living in the neighboring country
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FILE - In this Monday, May 14, 2018 file photo, supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, carry his image as they celebrate in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq. Al-Sadr, the influential maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran’s favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a government that puts Iraqis first.(AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)
Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by IranIraq's Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran's favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a government that puts Iraqis first
The Associated Press3 hours ago
Egypt says prominent socialist activist arrestedEgyptian security officials say a prominent activist and labor rights lawyer has been arrested on an array of charges including belonging to an outlawed group
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Palestinians: 2 wounded from Israeli border fire have diedGaza's health ministry says two Palestinians have died days after they were shot and wounded by Israeli gunfire during border protests
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FILE - In this April 10, 2018, file photo, Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman poses before a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Saudi authorities have detained at least six activists, including three of the country's most prominent women's rights campaigners, just weeks before the kingdom is set to lift a ban on women driving, people familiar with the arrests said Friday, May 18, 2018. Prince Mohammed has relaxed some of the country's ultraconservative rules by allowing women into stadiums to watch sports and bringing back musical concerts and movie theaters. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
Detained Saudi women driving campaigners branded traitorsSeven people in Saudi Arabia, including four prominent women's rights activists who campaigned for the right to drive, are being accused by state security of working with "foreign entities"
The Associated Press1 day ago
Officials from Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission announce the results of the country's Parliamentary elections early Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan)
Militant-turned-populist cleric Sadr wins Iraqi electionIraq's electoral commission says a political coalition led by influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has won the most seats in Iraq's national parliamentary elections, according to the release of complete results
The Associated Press1 day ago
2nd suspect sought in Israeli flag vandalism in PhiladelphiaCharges have been rescinded against a man accused of splattering red paint on an Israeli flag in Philadelphia, because prosecutors say a second suspect was involved
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A Palestinian protester hurls stones at Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Friday, May 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Gaza border protests resume as UN calls for inquiryPalestinians have resumed their fiery protests at Gaza's border with Israel as a U.N. human rights body criticized Israel for the "disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force" that killed at least 59 Palestinians earlier this week
The Associated Press1 day ago
FILE - In this Saturday, April 14, 2018 file photo, a Syrian soldier films the damage of the Syrian Scientific Research Center which was attacked by U.S., British and French military strikes to punish President Bashar Assad for suspected chemical attack against civilians, in Barzeh, near Damascus, Syria. France's government is imposing new sanctions on people and companies suspected of helping Syria's chemical weapons program. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
Monitor: 11 killed in blasts inside Syria weapons warehouseBlasts set off by an explosion at a weapons warehouse in central Syria killed 11 people and wounded dozens Friday, a war monitor said, amid soaring tensions between regional archenemies Israel and Iran
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The Latest: Chemical weapons body calls on countries to joinTop diplomats from 32 countries have called on other states to join a new body aimed at better identifying and punishing those who use chemical weapons
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FILE - This Nov. 30, 2014 image made from video released by Loujain al-Hathloul, shows her driving towards the United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia border before her arrest on Dec. 1, 2014, in Saudi Arabia. Rights activists say at least six people who have campaigned for human rights in Saudi Arabia, including four women who pushed for the right to drive, have been detained in Saudi Arabia. Among those detained since Tuesday, May 15, 2018 is Loujain al-Hathloul, who was previously arrested in late 2014 for more than 70 days for criticizing the government online and pushing for the right to drive. (AP Photo/Loujain al-Hathloul, File)
Saudi arrests activists who campaigned for women's drivingSaudi authorities have detained at least six activists, including three of the country's most prominent women's rights campaigners, just weeks before the kingdom is set to lift a ban on women driving
The Associated Press1 day ago
Protesters burn a placard outside the Israeli Embassy for a rally to condemn the Gaza Strip violence which left dozens dead, in Hong Kong Thursday, May 17, 2018. The violence coincided with the opening of the U.S. Embassy in the contested city of Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
The Latest: Israel says Gaza wounded transferred to JordanIsrael's military says wounded Palestinians in Gaza were transferred to Jordan for medical treatment and that Jordanian trucks packed with medical supplies have entered the territory
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Yemen hit by storms as rare tropical cyclone Sagar nearsA UN agency has issued a warning for the rare tropical cyclone 'Sagar' in the Gulf of Aden, saying it threatens flash flooding, as authorities say it has struck Yemen's southern coastline
The Associated Press1 day ago
Marwan Shtewi, 32, lies on the bed while his mother's Fatma, stands near him at the surgery's ward of Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Shtewi was shot in his hand and abdomen by Israeli troops during a protest east of Gaza City on Monday. With few prospects and little to fear, Shtewi is among the crowds of young men who put themselves on the front lines of violent protests along the border with Israel, risking their lives in a weekly showdown meant to draw attention to the dire conditions of Gaza. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Top UN rights body votes for inquiry on Gaza clashesThe U.N. Human Rights Council has voted to set up a commission of inquiry to look into a deadly crackdown on protesters in Gaza by Israeli forces
The Associated Press1 day ago
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