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As deadly shells fall, fear spreads anew in Syrian capital

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — As the Syrian government escalates its attacks on opposition-held suburbs of Damascus, rebels in outlying towns are retaliating with volleys of mortar shells and rockets into the capital, killing more than 25 civilians in the past two weeks and spreading fear among its 4 million residents.


Deaths mounts in Syria as UN weighs cease-fire resolution

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government warplanes carried out a sixth day of airstrikes Friday in the rebel-held suburbs east of Damascus, killing 32 people, activists said, as the death toll from a week of bombardment soared over 400.


The Latest: UN delays vote on 30-day Syria cease-fire

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):


Autopsy aside, Israeli army says tear gas killed Palestinian

JERUSALEM (AP) — An initial inquiry suggested that a Palestinian whose beating by soldiers was caught on video died from tear gas inhalation, the Israeli military said Friday, ahead of a planned autopsy.


Palestinian president says he is in good health after tests

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he has undergone medical tests while in the United States and that he is in good health.


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Reports say Iran temporarily bans ATR aircraft after crash

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian media are reporting the country's aviation organization has temporarily banned flights of all ATR-72 aircraft after a deadly crash that killed 65.


Djibouti seizes control of DP World's container terminal

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Djibouti has seized control of a container terminal run by Dubai-based port operator DP World, the latest move in a long-running legal dispute over the facility in the East African nation.


African asylum seekers facing expulsion have embraced Israel

HERZLIYA, Israel (AP) — Even as he faces a potential deportation from Israel, 30-year-old Eritrean asylum seeker Johny Goytiom Kafl brims with satisfaction as he looks out upon thousands of fellow protesters rallying against the impending expulsions, all while peacefully secured by police.


AP Interview: Qatari envoy calls for emergency aid to Gaza

JERUSALEM (AP) — Qatar's point man for Gaza on Thursday urged the world to send urgently needed humanitarian aid to the territory, warning that the war-ravaged coastal strip is "on the verge of collapsing" and could plunge into a new round of fighting with Israel if conditions do not improve.


Israel extends detention for 2 suspects in Netanyahu case

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court has extended the arrests of a media tycoon and a former adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implicated in a corruption case involving Israel's telecom giant.


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Egypt: 7 troops killed in Sinai anti-militant operation

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's military says seven troops have been killed so far in a massive security operation launched this month against Islamic militants in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula and other areas.


Egyptian policemen catch child falling off 3rd floor

CAIRO (AP) — Three Egyptian policemen were able to catch a 5-year-old child as he fell from a third-floor apartment balcony in the southern city of Assiut, saving the boy's life.


Egyptian court sentences 21 to death on terrorism charges

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced on Thursday 21 people to death and seven others to up to life in prison over belonging to a group believed to be affiliated with the extremist Islamic State group, the state-run MENA news agency reported.


Palestinian killed in West Bank, raid captured on video

JERUSALEM (AP) — A 33-year-old Palestinian man was killed early on Thursday by Israeli soldiers who are seen on a security camera video kicking and beating him with their rifles after he comes charging down an alley, carrying a long object on his shoulder.


In Syria, a father says last goodbye to dead child

BEIRUT (AP) — A father saying his last goodbye to his dead child, before the shelling starts again.


Hospitals overwhelmed by bombing blitz of Damascus suburbs

BEIRUT (AP) — Doctors in Syria's rebel-controlled suburbs of Damascus said Wednesday they were unable to keep up with the staggering number of casualties, amid a ferocious bombing campaign by government forces that has targeted hospitals, apartment blocks and other civilian sites, killing and wounding hundreds of people in recent days.


The Latest: Sweden, Kuwait call for UN vote on Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian civil war (all times local):


Egypt arrests 6 on a farm owned by Islamist politician

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's official news agency says police have arrested six suspected Muslim Brotherhood members on a farm allegedly owned by a recently detained Islamist politician.


State witness turning point in Netanyahu corruption case

JERUSALEM (AP) — Now that one of Benjamin Netanyahu's closest confidants has turned state witness, according to Israeli media reports Wednesday, it may mark a turning point for the beleaguered prime minister facing a slew of corruption allegations that could topple him from power.


President says Egypt 'scored a goal' with Israel gas deal

CAIRO (AP) — The Egyptian president declared on Wednesday that his country "scored a goal" by signing a $15 billion deal with an Israeli company to supply natural gas that will help turn Egypt into a regional energy hub.


Graham's body to make journey from mountains to Charlotte

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Students: More gun control needed after school shooting

Students: More gun control needed after school shooting

Alabama to execute man convicted of killing federal judge
Civil rights icon Ruby Bridges Hall: Ban assault weapons

Ruby Bridges Hall

The Latest: Ban assault weapons, civil rights activist says

John Lewis

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Islamic State group in statement on website claims responsibility for suicide bombing attack in Afghan capital
Official: Suicide bomber kills 1 in diplomatic area in Kabul

Official: Suicide bomber kills 1 in diplomatic area in Kabul

The Latest: Afghan official says at least 3 killed in south

The Latest: Afghan official says at least 3 killed in south

Several bombs set off around troubled Myanmar state, 1 hurt

Several bombs set off around troubled Myanmar state, 1 hurt

Ivanka Trump to push for 'maximum pressure' on North Korea

Ivanka Trump to push for 'maximum pressure' on North Korea

Money-laundering watchdog: Close North Korean banks
Iranian official panned for rights abuses to visit UN body
EU leaders can't agree yet on post-Brexit budget

EU leaders can't agree yet on post-Brexit budget

EU warns Turkey after its warships force gas rig to halt

EU warns Turkey after its warships force gas rig to halt

France unveils broad new plan to tackle radicalization

France unveils broad new plan to tackle radicalization

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