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Iran's domestic car market stalls as nuclear deal falters

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Across Iran's capital, rush-hour traffic always grinds to a halt, a sea of boxy Renault four-doors and Peugeot coupes all idling their way through the streets of Tehran.


Egypt court orders release of former president's sons

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release from detention of former president Hosni Mubarak's two sons, overturning a ruling by another court whose judge surprisingly told police to arrest them and send them to prison.


Hezbollah leader boasts group has 'highly accurate' missiles

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah boasted Thursday the group now possesses "highly accurate" missiles despite Israeli attempts to prevent it from acquiring such weapons.


Turkey expects lower growth amid currency turmoil

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey expects lower economic growth in coming years amid concerns over inflation and a sliding currency.


Making, drinking arak a source of national pride in Lebanon

TAANAYEL, Lebanon (AP) — Every part of Lebanon's national drink, arak, is infused with tradition — from distilling the aniseed-tinged liquor to the ritual of mixing it at the table, when the transparent liquid suddenly turns milky white as water is added.


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Shiites across Mideast mark Ashoura, mourning saint's death

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Shiites across the Middle East on Thursday marked Ashoura, an annual commemoration mourning the 7th century death of Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein, one of Shiite Islam's most beloved saints.


Officials say 15-year-old boy killed by Israeli fire in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Health Ministry says a 15-year-old Palestinian boy was killed by Israeli army fire during a protest near the perimeter fence with Israel.


With a calmer Syria, Hezbollah may reduce its fighters there

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militia said Wednesday his group may reduce the number of its fighters in Syria because of an easing of the conflict, particularly after a recent Russian-Turkey agreement that prevented an offensive on the last rebel stronghold.  


Pakistan's new PM, Imran Khan, visits Saudi Arabia, UAE

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan's new prime minister, former cricket player Imran Khan, has visited Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on his first official overseas trip.


Gaza protests escalate after deal to ease blockade fails

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinians protested Wednesday at a new location along the perimeter fence between Israel and Gaza as Hamas intensified demonstrations at the border after Egyptian-led cease-fire talks stalled.


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Thousands back home in north Syria after Russia-Turkey deal

BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of people who were recently displaced by violence in northwest Syria have returned home following a Russia-Turkey deal that averted a government offensive on the last major rebel stronghold, Syrian opposition activists said Wednesday.


Egypt court upholds suspended sentence against activist

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday upheld a three-month suspended prison sentence for a prominent rights lawyer convicted of offending public morals


UN agency warns time running out to prevent Yemen famine

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. food agency said Wednesday time was running out for aid groups working in Yemen to prevent a "devastating" famine in the war-torn country.


Qatar Airways announces $69 million revenue loss this year

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar Airways suffered a $69 million loss this fiscal year, an over $800 million swing from the year before that the long-haul carrier blamed on the ongoing boycott of Doha by four Arab nations.


Palestinian schools strive to modernize classrooms

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — As the teacher pointed to the large touch screen, her first-grade classroom came alive. With the click of a link, an animated character popped up on the screen, singing and dancing as it taught the children how to read.


Syria's government and opposition welcome Idlib deal

BEIRUT (AP) — Both Syria's government and its opposition welcomed the Turkey-Russia deal declaring a de-militarized zone around the major rebel stronghold Idlib, saying Tuesday the agreement stemmed more bloodshed.


The Latest: Irani UN ambassador says Idlib deal 'right step'

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


Israel says police kill Palestinian attacker in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say officers have shot and killed a Palestinian who attacked a Jewish worshipper in Jerusalem and then charged at them.


Palestinians say 2 killed by Israeli fire along Gaza border

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Health Ministry says two Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire at a protest near a crossing point between the enclave and Israel.


Amnesty decries Houthi prosecution of Bahais in Yemen

CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group on Tuesday decried the prosecution of 24 Yemeni Bahais, including women and a teenager, by a Houthi rebel court on espionage charges.


It's high times for soaring marijuana stocks on Wall Street

Brendan Kennedy

Native American teens stopped on college tour urge changes

Native American teens stopped on college tour urge changes

Police arrest 2 in shooting near Los Angeles charter school

Police arrest 2 in shooting near Los Angeles charter school

4 dead, including suspect, after Maryland warehouse shooting

4 dead, including suspect, after Maryland warehouse shooting

The Latest: Sheriff sorry for racial remarks, won't resign
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Anti-India rebels abduct and kill 3 policemen in Kashmir
Malaysian death sentences commuted for 3 Mexican brothers

Jose Regino Gonzalez Villarrea, Simon Gonzalez Villarreal, Luis Alfonso Gonzalez Villarreal

Maldives prepares for polls seen as test for young democracy

Yameen Abdul Gayoom

Head of Chinese energy agency snared in graft probe

Head of Chinese energy agency snared in graft probe

Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang dead at 61 due to illness

Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang dead at 61 due to illness

Cardinal hires judge to review church sex abuse policies

Timothy Dolan

Turkey frees prominent opposition lawmaker Berberoglu
Israeli delegation in Moscow to share data on plane downing

Israeli delegation in Moscow to share data on plane downing

The Latest: Russia says 3,000 Syrians back home in last week

Mikhail Mizintsev

Plight of jailed Catalans strains dialogue with Spain

Plight of jailed Catalans strains dialogue with Spain

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