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Islamic State vows more attacks on Egypt's ChristiansAn Islamic State group affiliate in Egypt has released a video showing the suicide bomber who attacked a church in December and vowing more attacks on the country's Christian minority
The Associated Press25 minutes ago
Norwegian relief group says staffers detained in YemenA Norwegian relief group says six of its staffers and a driver have been detained in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida by Houthi rebels
The Associated Press42 minutes ago
Iran bans use of private drones over its capitalIran has banned use of drones in its capital because of security concerns after authorities opened fire on at least two unmanned aerial vehicles that flew too close to sensitive areas in recent months
The Associated Press51 minutes ago
FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2012 file photo, Egyptian fans clash with riot police following an Al-Ahly club soccer match against Al-Masry club at the soccer stadium in Port Said, Egypt. On Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, Egypt's highest appeals court upheld the death sentences against 10 people convicted over a soccer riot in 2012 that killed over 70 fans, becoming one of the world's deadliest soccer disasters. The verdict by the Court of Cassation is final. The defendants were charged with murder along with several other charges. Also, the court also upheld the convictions of 22 suspects who received up to 10 years in prison over the rioting. (AP Photo, File)
Egypt high court upholds death sentence of 10 in soccer riotEgypt's highest appeals court has upheld the death sentences against 10 people convicted over a soccer riot in 2012 that killed over 70 fans, becoming one of the world's deadliest soccer disasters
The Associated Press58 minutes ago
French far-right chief talks about terror on Beirut tripFrench far-right presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, has met with the president of Lebanon
The Associated Press2 hours ago
Iran launches 'advanced' rockets during military exercisesAn Iranian semi-official news agency is reporting that the country's elite Revolutionary Guard has launched sophisticated rockets during military exercises
The Associated Press2 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, center, arrives at Baghdad International Airport, Iraq, on an unannounced trip Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Mattis said Monday the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled Iraq's leaders. (AP Photo/Sagar Meghani)
US Defense Secretary Mattis: No plan to seize Iraqi oilUS Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the U.S. does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled Iraq's leaders
The Associated Press2 hours ago
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting, in Jerusalem, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, Pool)
Israeli opposition: Netanyahu 'blinked' on peace initiativeIsrael's opposition leader says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was ready to freeze settlement construction in most of the West Bank but ultimately backed out for fear of losing his grip on power
The Associated Press2 hours ago
Smoke rises from the town of Abu Saif after air strikes hit Islamic State militant positions, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Iraqi federal police units continued their advance towards western Mosul on Monday, battling Islamic State militants at a strategic hill south of the city's airport. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
Iraqi troops push into IS-held southern outskirts of MosulIraqi Federal Police forces have pushed into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a new push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half
The Associated Press2 hours ago
North African diplomats seek solutions for chaotic LibyaTop North African diplomats are meeting to find ways to reconcile Libya's rival political factions
The Associated Press3 hours ago
Israeli army: Sinai militant fire hits Israel, no one hurtIsraeli military says several shells fired from neighboring Egypt's Sinai Peninsula; no one hurt in attack
The Associated Press4 hours ago
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrives in Baghdad for discussions on defeating Islamic State groupUS Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrives in Baghdad for discussions on defeating Islamic State group
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting, in Jerusalem, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, Pool)
Ex-officials: Israeli leader spurned secret peace offerFormer American officials confirm Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
The Associated Press15 hours ago
Iran, NKorea officials: Let's strengthen relationshipOfficials from both countries say Iran and North Korea want to strengthen relations
The Associated Press18 hours ago
A top Jewish leader urges Trump act against anti-SemitismA top American Jewish leader is urging President Donald Trump to speak out against anti-Semitism amid a surge in harassment of Jews in the U.S.
The Associated Press19 hours ago
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