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Iraq's al-Sadr says next government will be 'inclusive'

BAGHDAD (AP) — Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections, has sought to reassure Iraqis about their next government, saying it will be "inclusive" and mindful of their needs.


Palestinian president hospitalized with fever

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian official says President Mahmoud Abbas has been hospitalized with fever.


Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq'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.


Sudan protests Egyptian serial about terrorists

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan has summoned Egypt's ambassador to complain about a TV series that it says portrays Egyptian terrorists living in the neighboring country.


Reports: Islamic State surrendering in Syria's capital

BEIRUT (AP) — A cease-fire between Syrian government forces and Islamic State militants in the southern neighborhoods of Damascus has held for 24 hours amid reports that some of the fighters have been allowed to leave, a Syrian war monitoring group said Sunday.


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Egypt says prominent socialist activist arrested

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security officials say a prominent activist and labor rights lawyer has been arrested on an array of charges including belonging to an outlawed group.


Palestinians: 2 wounded from Israeli border fire have died

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's health ministry says two Palestinians have died days after they were shot and wounded by Israeli gunfire during border protests.


Detained Saudi women driving campaigners branded traitors

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Just weeks before Saudi Arabia is set to lift its ban on women driving, the kingdom's state security said Saturday it had detained seven people who are being accused of working with "foreign entities." Rights activists say all those detained had worked in some capacity on women's rights issues, with five of those detained among the most prominent and outspoken women's rights campaigners in the country.


Militant-turned-populist cleric Sadr wins Iraqi election

BAGHDAD (AP) — Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's political coalition has won the most seats in Iraq's national parliamentary elections, according to complete results released by Iraq's electoral commission early Saturday.


2nd suspect sought in Israeli flag vandalism in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Charges 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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Gaza border protests resume as UN calls for inquiry

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinians resumed their fiery protests at Gaza's border with Israel on Friday 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. Israel condemned the resolution by the U.N. Human Rights Council as biased.


Monitor: 11 killed in blasts inside Syria weapons warehouse

PARIS (AP) — Blasts 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.


The Latest: Chemical weapons body calls on countries to join

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


Saudi arrests activists who campaigned for women's driving

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — 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.


The Latest: Israel says Gaza wounded transferred to Jordan

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local):


Yemen hit by storms as rare tropical cyclone Sagar nears

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A 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.


Top UN rights body votes for inquiry on Gaza clashes

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. Human Rights Council voted Friday to set up a commission of inquiry to look into a deadly crackdown on protesters in Gaza by Israeli forces.


Egyptian president announces on Twitter opening of Rafah border crossing with Gaza for entire Ramadan holy month

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian president announces on Twitter opening of Rafah border crossing with Gaza for entire Ramadan holy month.


Israel rejects request to delay rights activist's expulsion

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli judge has rejected a request to delay the planned deportation of the local director of Human Rights Watch and ordered him to leave the country by next Thursday.


Iran signs oil deal with UK group as France's Total exits

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state TV is reporting that the country has signed an agreement with a British consortium to develop an oil field, just as another major company, France's Total, says it will withdraw from Iran because of renewed U.S. sanctions.


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Family, friends recall shooting victims' optimism, humor

Family, friends recall shooting victims' optimism, humor

Cougar kills 1 mountain biker, injures 2nd near Seattle

Cougar kills 1 mountain biker, injures 2nd near Seattle

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Malaysia ex-leader seeks police protection amid graft probe

Najib Razak

Record Everest climber returns, already planning next trip

Kami Rita

Maoist rebels detonate bomb in east India; 6 police killed
Taiwan president, pressed by Beijing, pledges more security

Tsai Ing-wen

US criticizes China's militarization of disputed waters

US criticizes China's militarization of disputed waters

Erdogan in Sarajevo to rally European Turks for re-election

Erdogan in Sarajevo to rally European Turks for re-election

Pope Francis to create 14 new cardinals in June

Pope Francis to create 14 new cardinals in June

Pope Francis announces he will make 14 new cardinals June 29 at Vatican
Insect ambassadors: Honeybees buzz on Berlin cathedral

Insect ambassadors: Honeybees buzz on Berlin cathedral

Macedonian PM says Greece agrees to discuss proposed name

Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Alexis Tsipras

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