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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.


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.


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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):


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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.


Bahrain sentences prominent activist to 5 years in prison

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent human rights activist in Bahrain was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison over tweets alleging prison torture in his country and misconduct in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, despite wide international criticism of his trial.


A look at the scandals surrounding Israel's prime minister

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting for his political life as a dizzying array of scandals has engulfed him, his family and his inner circle.


Snow isolates Moroccan mountain villages more used to sun

TIGHANIMINE, Morocco (AP) — Bitter cold and exceptionally heavy snowfall have beleaguered parts of Morocco this winter, disrupting schools, closing national highways — and delighting residents in cities where it hadn't snowed for decades.


Budget carrier flydubai sees profits and revenue increase

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Budget carrier flydubai says its earnings and profits have increased, with revenue reaching 5.5 billion dirhams ($1.5 billion) in 2017 compared to 5 billion dirhams ($1.37 billion) in 2016.


Court in Bahrain sentences prominent activist Nabeel Rajab to 5 years in prison over tweets

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Court in Bahrain sentences prominent activist Nabeel Rajab to 5 years in prison over tweets.


Lebanon gets tough on the press ahead of elections

BEIRUT (AP) — A string of court cases and judicial investigations against Lebanese media figures is testing this country's reputation as a forum for ideas in a region blanketed by censorship and threats to the press.


Palestinian leader calls for peace conference by mid-2018

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ruled out the United States as a broker for peace with Israel on Tuesday, calling for an international peace conference by mid-2018 with the key goals of full U.N. membership for the state of Palestine and a timeframe for a two-state solution.


Funerals stir more tributes for school shooting victims

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Law enforcement raid Hawaii hotel to remove protesters
Alabama inmate claims he is at risk for 'botched' execution

Alabama inmate claims he is at risk for 'botched' execution

Farm beloved for goat yoga offers reward over slain animal
AP objects to Honduran police bid to identify story sources
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Landslide kills 5 in Indonesia's Java, 18 missing
Pakistan says Indian sniper fire killed worker in Kashmir
Worries about US rate hikes return to stalk markets

Worries about US rate hikes return to stalk markets

Duterte bans reporter from presidential palace compound
The Latest: US: Assad planning to 'bomb or starve' opponents

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Dutch lawmakers label massacre of Armenians as genocide
Ex-rising star of French far right steps into US limelight

Ex-rising star of French far right steps into US limelight

Romanian minister calls for firing of anti-graft prosecutor
UNICEF official resigns after allegations made
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