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Syrian Kurdish-led fighters take Hajin, last town held by IS

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led fighters captured the last town held by the Islamic State group on Friday, after three months of ferocious battles in the militants' single remaining enclave in eastern Syria, activists and Kurdish officials said.


Lebanese minister presses for reforms after Moody's report

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's finance minister says that the Moody's Investors Service report that downgraded the country's status shows the urgency of forming a new Cabinet and implementing economic reforms.


Israeli army kills Palestinian in West Bank clashes

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israel arrested dozens of Hamas activists in the West Bank, and a Palestinian was killed in clashes with troops, as the Israeli military pressed ahead on Friday with a crackdown following a pair of deadly shootings blamed on Hamas militants.


Iraq summons Turkish ambassador over airstrikes

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Foreign Ministry says it has summoned Turkey's ambassador to protest Turkish airstrikes on Kurdish militia positions in northern Iraq.


The Latest: Palestinian police end Hamas' West Bank protest

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Latest on the violence in the West Bank (all times local):


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Lebanese wary as Israel destroys Hezbollah border tunnels

MAYS AL-JABAL, Lebanon (AP) — As Israeli excavators dug into the rocky hills along the frontier with a Lebanese village, a crowd of young Lebanese men gathered to watch.


Protesters, police scuffle in anti-tax protests in Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Hundreds of people have protested in Jordan's capital against the government's planned tax increases and high youth unemployment.


The Latest: US welcomes progress from Yemen peace talks

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — The Latest on the U.N.-sponsored Yemen peace talks that are wrapping up in Sweden (all times local):


Syrian Kurdish force: Turkey attack would impact war on IS

BEIRUT (AP) — The main Syrian Kurdish-led militia warned on Thursday that threats by Turkey's president to launch a new military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria will negatively impact their fight against the Islamic State group.


Israel launches West Bank crackdown after Palestinian attack

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israel's military launched a West Bank manhunt Thursday, setting up checkpoints and blocking roads, after a Palestinian gunman killed two Israeli soldiers at a bus stop outside a West Bank settlement and sped away.


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Yemen's warring sides agree on truce in key port city

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Yemen's warring sides agreed Thursday to an immediate cease-fire in the strategic port city of Hodeida, where fighting has disrupted vital aid deliveries and left the country on the brink of starvation in the 4-year-old civil war .


Yemen's port city of Aden shows challenge of peace

ADEN, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's government nearly saw itself pushed into the sea by advancing rebels here three years ago. Now the port city of Aden shows the challenges that will likely still plague the nation following any potential peace agreement.


The Latest: Car ramming adds to weeklong West Bank attacks

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


Israeli forces kill Palestinian wanted in drive-by shooting

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces killed a Palestinian suspect wanted in a drive-by shooting at a West Bank bus stop, shooting him Wednesday just hours after an Israeli baby delivered prematurely as a result of the weekend attack died.


The Latest: Iran accuses US of 'lies' about its missiles

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest on U.N. Security Council meeting on Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement (all times local):


Netanyahu's adviser accused of sexual assault resigns

JERUSALEM (AP) — An adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resigned on Wednesday following allegations of sexual assault.


The Latest: Russian envoy knocks UN policy on Iran

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. Security Council session on Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal (all times local):


UN envoy hands Yemen's warring sides draft deal

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Yemen on Wednesday gave the country's warring sides at peace talks underway in Sweden a draft agreement they need to consider before this round of negotiations wraps up the following day.


The Latest: Yemen rebels accept some of UN envoy's proposals

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on developments related to Yemen's four-year civil war (all times local):


Nobel laureate returns to Iraq, pledges to work for peace

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi activist Nadia Murad met her country's president in Baghdad on Wednesday after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy on behalf of victims of wartime sexual violence.


US says 7-year-old who died in custody had not appeared ill

US says 7-year-old who died in custody had not appeared ill

UN envoy: UN monitors needed to observe Yemen cease-fire

UN envoy: UN monitors needed to observe Yemen cease-fire

Students at Iowa college drop union organizing effort
Japanese boat owners charged with helping smuggle shark fins

Japanese boat owners charged with helping smuggle shark fins

The Latest: State regulators support $15B utility merger

The Latest: State regulators support $15B utility merger

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10 die of suspected food poisoning at Indian temple ceremony
Pakistan says bomb attack kills 6 troops in Baluchistan
Truck veers off road in Nepal, killing at least 16 people
Police: Truck carrying Nepal villagers from funeral veers off mountain road, killing at least 16 and injuring others
Restaurateur acknowledges trying to frame wife as terrorist
Turkey's Erdogan reveals part of Khashoggi killing audio
Israeli ambassador bemoans glorification of Ukrainian leader
One 'nebulous' word sends sparks flying over Brexit talks

One 'nebulous' word sends sparks flying over Brexit talks

Belarus' leader slams Russian talk of taking over his nation

Belarus' leader slams Russian talk of taking over his nation

The Latest: Italian journalist among the dead in Strasbourg

The Latest: Italian journalist among the dead in Strasbourg

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