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Iraqi PM heads to Saudi Arabia, Iran for new dialogue

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's caretaker prime minister arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, his office said, on a visit that an official said aimed at reactivating Baghdad-mediated talks between the kingdom and Iran.


Iran and EU say Vienna nuke talks will resume in coming days

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The European Union and Iran agreed on Saturday to resume negotiations in Vienna in the coming days over Tehran's tattered nuclear deal with world powers.


Egypt's president holds talks with visiting Qatari emir

CAIRO (AP) - President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt held talks Saturday with Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who visited Cairo for the first time in years.


Moderate quake jolts southern Iranian province, killing 1

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck a southern Iranian province Saturday, killing at least one person and injuring more than 30 others, Iranian media reported.


Israel fires at Palestinian stone throwers, teen said killed

JERUSALEM (AP) - A 16-year-old Palestinian boy was shot and killed by Israeli forces early Saturday in the occupied West Bank after soldiers opened fire at stone-throwing Palestinians, according to Israeli and Palestinian officials.


Qatar's emir in Cairo for 1st time since Arab spat resolved

CAIRO (AP) - Qatar's emir arrived in Cairo late Friday for talks with Egypt's president, his first visit to the country following years of frayed ties and a boycott of Doha by four Arab states, including Egypt.


Tunisian officers stabbed near synagogue; suspect arrested

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) - A man with a knife attacked police officers stationed near a synagogue in Tunisia's capital, injuring one in the shoulder and another on the hand, authorities said Friday.


Rights group slams Palestinian Authority over activist death

JERUSALEM (AP) - Amnesty International said Friday that the Palestinian Authority has failed to hold its security forces accountable for the death of an activist in police custody a year ago.


Moroccan authorities say 5 migrants dead, scores injured in stampede to cross into Spanish enclave Melilla

RABAT, Morocco (AP) - Moroccan authorities say 5 migrants dead, scores injured in stampede to cross into Spanish enclave Melilla.


Iran detains 5 over mixed-sex teenage skateboard gathering

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Iranian state media reported Friday that authorities have detained five people accused of organizing a skateboarding event where dozens of teenagers mixed freely and girls didn't wear headscarves.


US envoy to Israel lives in a luxe rental, a Trump legacy

JERUSALEM (AP) - There's no plaque on the gate of the U.S. ambassador's new residence in Jerusalem, no Stars and Stripes visible, no official listing as a notable overseas property.


Aid groups warn of grave consequences if Syria mandate stops

BEIRUT (AP) - Unless the U.N. Security Council extends its approval of aid deliveries to rebel-held parts of northwest Syria next month, food supplies will be depleted by September in the region that is home to some 4 million people, aid agencies warned Thursday.


Flights resume at Syrian capital airport after Israel strike

DAMACUS, Syria (AP) - The international airport in Syria's capital of Damascus resumed flights on Thursday after nearly two weeks following an Israeli airstrike that caused serious damage to the facility, a private company said.


Iraq parliament swears in new members after walkout of 73

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's Parliament swore in dozens of new lawmakers on Thursday, replacing 73 legislators loyal to powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, strengthening the power of rival Iran-backed Shiite factions in the assembly.


Incumbent Lebanese PM keeps post as economic crisis deepens

BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati won the support of more than 50 legislators Thursday to keep his post following last month's parliamentary elections as the country's multiple crises deepen with no solution in sight.


Sanctioned Russian oligarch yacht in Dubai as pressure grows

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - A sleek $156 million superyacht belonging to a sanctioned Russian oligarch and parliamentarian is now docked in Dubai, the latest reminder of how the skyscraper-studded sheikhdom has become a haven for Russian money amid Moscow's war on Ukraine.


Iran orders US to pay compensation for slain nuke scientists

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A court in Iran on Thursday ordered the United States government to pay over $4 billion to the families of Iranian nuclear scientists who have been killed in targeted attacks in recent years, state-run media reported.


Syria capital airport to resume flights after Israeli strike

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - The international airport in Syria's capital will resume flights after nearly two weeks following an Israeli airstrike that caused serious damage to the facility, state TV reported Wednesday.


EXPLAINER: Why is Israel always holding elections?

JERUSALEM (AP) - After barely 12 months in office, the leaders of Israel's broad-based but severely weakened coalition government threw in the towel this week, saying they would dissolve parliament and hold new elections - the fifth in 3 1/2 years.


Israel lawmakers take 1st step toward dissolving parliament

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli lawmakers voted in favor of dissolving parliament in a preliminary vote on Wednesday, setting the wheels in motion to send the country to its fifth national election in 3 1/2 years.


Officer suspended for off-duty actions at abortion protest
Alaska Supreme Court ruling keeps Sweeney off House ballot

FILE - Tara Sweeney, a Republican seeking the sole U.S. House seat in Alaska, speaks during a forum for candidates, May 12, 2022, in Anchorage, Alaska. Sweeney's campaign manager said, Wednesday, June 22, 2022, that the campaign did not plan to sue over a finding released by Alaska elections officials stating that she cannot advance to the special election for U.S. House following the withdrawal of another candidate. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Abortion foes, supporters map next moves after Roe reversal

Abortion-rights activist rally at the Indiana Statehouse following Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Saturday, June 25, 2022 in Indianapolis.  The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

West Virginia helicopter crash victims identified

Emergency personnel look over the sight of a  helicopter that crashed in Blair, W.Va., on Thursday, June, 23, 2022.  A Vietnam-era helicopter was used for tourism flights and crashed along Route 17 in Logan County about 5 p.m. Wednesday. County emergency ambulance service executive Ray Bryant says all six on board were killed.(AP Photo/Chris Jackson)

Army private's plea shelved internet fantasy chat defense
Xi taking part in Hong Kong anniversary but no word on visit

A woman walks past the Chinese and Hong Kong flags hanging from a residential building to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong handover to China, at a public housing estate, in Hong Kong, Saturday, June 25, 2022. President Xi Jinping will participate in next week's celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to China, the government said Saturday, but it left unclear whether he will visit the former British colony for the highly symbolic event after a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Deadly quake a new blow to Afghans reeling from poverty

Afghan girl carries a donated matrace after an earthquake in Gayan village, in Paktika province, Afghanistan, Friday, June 24, 2022. A powerful earthquake struck a rugged, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, flattening stone and mud-brick homes in the country's deadliest quake in two decades, the state-run news agency reported. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Nooroozi

Bangladesh marks opening of country's longest bridge

Bangladesh's longest bridge, which took eight years to build amid setbacks involving political conflict and corruption allegations, stands over Padma River on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, June 25, 2022. The 6.51-kilometer (4.04-mile) bridge cost an estimated $3.6 billion and was paid for with domestic funds after the World Bank and other global lending agencies declined to finance the project following a graft scandal involving a Canadian construction company linked to the bridge. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)

Aftershock in Afghanistan as quake toll rises to 1,150 dead

A man stands among destruction after an earthquake in Gayan village, in Paktika province, Afghanistan, Thursday, June 23, 2022. A powerful earthquake struck a rugged, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, flattening stone and mud-brick homes in the country's deadliest quake in two decades, the state-run news agency reported. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Nooroozi)

US: Afghan national freed from Guantanamo Bay after 15 years

FILE - In this photo reviewed by U.S. military officials, the sun sets behind the closed Camp X-Ray detention facility, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. An Afghan prisoner held in U.S. custody for nearly 15 years has finally been released from the Guantanamo Bay detention center, the Taliban in Afghanistan and an international human rights group said Friday, June 24, 2022.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Deaths rise to 23 from mass attempt to enter Spanish enclave

Riot police officers cordon off the area after migrants arrive on Spanish soil and crossing the fences separating the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco in Melilla, Spain, Friday, June 24, 2022. Dozens of migrants stormed the border crossing between Morocco and the Spanish enclave city of Melilla on Friday in what is the first such incursion since Spain and Morocco mended diplomatic relations last month. (AP Photo/Javier Bernardo)

Russia fires missiles across Ukraine, cements gains in east

A boy holds his pet dog as his family evacuated from the war-hit area gets on an evacuation train in Pokrovsk, eastern Ukraine, Saturday , June 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Congo bishops say pope's Canada trip a good sign for future

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican for the participants into the World Meeting of Families in Rome, Saturday, June 25, 2022. The World Meeting of Families was created by Pope John Paul II in 1994 and celebrated every three years since then in different cities. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Biden arrives in Europe for pair of summits meant to shore up alliances against Russia, address food, energy prices
Loewe presents a dystopian future at Paris Fashion Week

Models wear creations as part of the Hermes men's Spring Summer 2023 collection presented in Paris, France, Saturday, June 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)