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Egypt: Mubarak son says family clear of corruption charges

CAIRO (AP) - The son of Egypt's former president said Tuesday that he and family members were innocent of corruption charges made in international courts after the country's 2011 popular uprising.

Clashes break out in Tripoli, drive rival Libyan PM away

CAIRO (AP) - An attempt by one of Libya's rival prime ministers to seat his government in the capital of Tripoli triggered clashes Tuesday between competing militias, forcing the newly appointed premier to leave the city.

Iran inaugurates new drone production line in Tajikistan

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran said Tuesday it inaugurated a production line for manufacturing a new military drone in Tajikistan, a first for both nations.

Turkish president in UAE to pay respects, deepening detente

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Turkey's president visited the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday to pay respects to the federation's late ruler and congratulate his successor, deepening a rapprochement between the countries after a bitter rivalry in the wake of the 2011 Arab uprisings.

Hezbollah, allies lose majority in Lebanon's parliament

BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group and its allies lost their parliamentary majority, final elections results showed Tuesday, while more than a dozen independent newcomers gained seats. The outcome signaled a shift in a country devastated by an ongoing financial meltdown and soaring poverty.

Israeli PM welcomes expansion of West Bank settlements

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday welcomed a recent decision to expand Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank that the Palestinians and most of the international community view as illegal.

Schools, offices close in Tehran as sandstorm hits Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Schools and government offices closed in the Iranian capital on Tuesday and elsewhere in the country after yet another sandstorm blanketed Tehran, state TV reported.

Massacre video reopens wounds for missing Syrians' families

BEIRUT (AP) - For years, the Siyam family clung to hope they would one day be reunited with their son Wassim, who they believed was being held in a Syrian government prison after he went missing at a checkpoint nearly a decade ago.

Iran state TV says 2 French nationals arrested over protests

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's state TV on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of two French citizens, saying they met with protesting teachers and took part in an anti-government rally.

Violence erupts in Jerusalem following Palestinian funeral

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli police fired tear gas and rubber bullets Monday as they tried to disperse crowds of stone-throwing Palestinian demonstrators following the funeral of a young Palestinian man who died from injuries sustained during confrontations with police last month. Dozens of people were reported wounded.

US vice president, top officials visit UAE to pay respects

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Vice President Kamala Harris led a high-powered American delegation to the United Arab Emirates on Monday to pay respects to the federation's late ruler and meet with the newly ascended president.

Iraqi merchants struggle on amid series of strong sandstorms

BAGHDAD (AP) - The thick layer of dust blanketing the sky did not deter Muhammed Ghalib from walking to work in Baghdad's main commercial district on Monday, as the latest in an unrelenting series of intense sandstorms swept Iraq.

Lebanon elections point to a shift, but more turmoil ahead

BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group and its allies suffered losses in this weekend's parliamentary elections, with preliminary results Monday showing some vocal opponents picking up more seats and several traditional partners routed out of the legislature.

Catholic leader blasts Israeli conduct at journalist funeral

JERUSALEM (AP) - The top Catholic clergyman in the Holy Land on Monday condemned the police beating of mourners carrying the casket of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, accusing the authorities of violating human rights and disrespecting the Catholic Church.

1st commercial flight in years takes off from Yemen's Sanaa

SANAA, Yemen (AP) - The first commercial flight in six years took off from Yemen's rebel-held capital on Monday, officials said, part of a fragile truce in the county's grinding civil war.

Iran academic arrested on security charges, 'foreign links'

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Authorities in Iran have arrested a university professor on security charges and "suspicious foreign links," Iranian media reported on Monday.

Convicted killer turned tech whiz confronts his sordid past

REHOVOT, Israel (AP) - When he was 20 years old, Harel Hershtik planned and executed a murder, a crime that a quarter of a century later is still widely remembered for its grisly details.

Convicted killer turned tech whiz confronts his sordid past

REHOVOT, Israel (AP) - When he was 20 years old, Harel Hershtik planned and executed a murder, shooting his victim in the head and burying the body in a crime that a quarter of a century later is still widely remembered for its grisly details.

Polish Nobel author says Russia threat to 'free world'

JERUSALEM (AP) - A Polish Nobel Prize-winning author on Sunday called Russia a threat to the "free world," saying its attack on neighboring Ukraine had echoes of the Second World War.

Independent probe points to Israeli fire in journalist death

JERUSALEM (AP) - As Israel and the Palestinians wrangle over the investigation into the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, several independent groups have launched their own probes. One open-source research team said its initial findings lent support to Palestinian witnesses who said she was killed by Israeli fire.

State Dept pushing to see Griner; NBA Commissioner weighs in

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner leaves a courtroom after a hearing, in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 13, 2022. Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was detained at the Moscow airport in February after vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis were allegedly found in her luggage, which could carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Prosecutor: Church gunman had 'diabolical plan' to massacre

A man places flowers at a memorial honoring Dr. John Cheng sits outside his office building on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Aliso Viejo, Calif. Cheng, 52, was killed in Sunday's shooting at Geneva Presbyterian Church. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

New Mexico fires prompt forest closures, governor seeks aid

Fire rages along a ridgeline east of highway 518 near the Taos County line as firefighters from all over the country converge on Northern New Mexico to battle the Hermit's Peak and Calf Canyon fires on May 13, 2022. (Jim Weber/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP)

US to ease a few economic sanctions against Venezuela

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Ratepayer advocates seek protections in offshore wind case

Joseph Reid, of McGuireWoods, representing Dominion, right, speaks as commissioners, Jehmal Hudson, top left, and Judith Williams Jagdmann, top center, listen during a meeting of the State Corporations Commission Tuesday May 17, 2022, in Richmond, Va. The commission was reviewing an application for Dominion's offshore wind project. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

N. Korea reports another jump in suspected COVID-19 cases

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, attends a meeting of ruling party Workers' Labor Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea Tuesday, May 17, 2022. North Korea on Wednesday, May 18, reported 232,880 new cases of fever and another six deaths as leader Kim Jong Un accused officials of

Activists ask top court to void Marcos Jr's presidential win

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Censure vote vs. Sri Lankan leader fails as crisis simmers

Police officers man a barricade at the entrance to the Sri Lankan parliament in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Military says shootout kills 2 Pakistani Taliban commanders
Students protest, discontent grows over China's COVID policy

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Fall of Mariupol appears at hand; fighters leave steel plant

Ukrainian servicemen sit in a bus after they were evacuated from the besieged Mariupol's Azovstal steel plant, near a remand prison in Olyonivka, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. More than 260 fighters, some severely wounded, were pulled from a steel plant on Monday that is the last redoubt of Ukrainian fighters in the city and transported to two towns controlled by separatists, officials on both sides said. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)

Eagles of Death Metal members testify about Bataclan attack

Eagles of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes, center, and guitarist Eden Galindo, center right, answer reporters outside the special court room, Tuesday, May 17, 2022 in Paris. Performers from rock band Eagles of Death Metal are appearing in a Paris court to testify about the night Islamic State extremists stormed their concert at the Bataclan theater, killing scores of people in France's worst terrorist attack in generations. The band members, singer Jesse Hughes and guitarist Eden Galindo, are among the survivors and witnesses to the Nov. 13, 2015 attacks, and are civil parties to the case. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Zelenskyy opens Cannes Film Festival, links war and cinema

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy appears via remote during the opening ceremony of the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Ruined Mariupol now forever etched in Ukraine's history

FILE - Fire erupts at an apartment building in Mariupol, Ukraine, after a Russian tank opens fire on March 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka, File)