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In Israel, relatives of cable car survivor ask for privacy

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - The bitter custody battle over a six-year-old boy who survived a cable car crash in Italy inched forward in Israel on Thursday, with a new court date and appeals made for privacy.


Dubai real-estate firm DAMAC approved to take firm private

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - A Dubai real-estate company known for its deals with former President Donald Trump said Thursday it had received regulator approval for an effort to take the firm private.


AP Week in Pictures: Middle East

This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in the Middle East, Afghanistan & Pakistan Region between Sept. 16-22, 2021.


Key Libya commander suspends duties ahead of December vote

Libya's powerful, east-based commander announced Wednesday he was suspending his role as leader of a self-styled Libyan army for the next three months - the clearest indication yet that he may be contemplating a run for president in December elections.


Lebanese ex-minister asks that port blast judge be replaced

BEIRUT (AP) - A former Lebanese government minister on Wednesday asked the country's top court to remove the lead judge investigating last year's massive explosion in Beirut's port because of allegedly "legitimate suspicion" over his handling of the case, state media reported.


Lebanon raises fuel prices for 2nd time in 5 days

BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanon's new government raised the price of fuel on Wednesday by 16%, the second time in five days, part of a gradual lifting of subsidies in the crisis-struck country.


Escapees captured, Israel opens crossing near prison break

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - Israel on Wednesday reopened a crossing with the occupied West Bank for the first time since six prisoners tunneled out of a nearby Israeli prison, a rare escape that triggered a massive search before they were all recaptured.


Ravaged by war, Syrian rebel area struggles with virus surge

BEIRUT (AP) - Coronavirus cases are surging to the worst levels of the pandemic in a rebel stronghold in Syria - a particularly devastating development in a region where scores of hospitals have been bombed and that doctors and nurses have fled in droves during a decade of war.


Sudanese officials say coup attempt failed, army in control

Sudanese authorities reported a coup attempt Tuesday by a group of soldiers but said the attempt failed and the country's ruling council and military remain in control.


Libya lawmakers pass no confidence vote for transition govt

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) - Libyan lawmakers Tuesday passed a vote of no confidence in the country's transitional government, throwing long-waited elections scheduled later this year into further uncertainty.


Military general who ruled Egypt after Mubarak ouster dies

CAIRO (AP) - Hussein Tantawi, the Egyptian general who took charge of the country when longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down amid the 2011 Arab Spring uprising, died on Tuesday, Egypt's presidency said. He was 85.


Poll finds nearly 80% of Palestinians want Abbas to resign

JERUSALEM (AP) - A new poll has found that nearly 80% of Palestinians want President Mahmoud Abbas to resign, reflecting widespread anger over the death of an activist in security forces' custody and a crackdown on protests over the summer.


Libyan parliament passes vote of no confidence in transitional government, throwing planned elections into question

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) - Libyan parliament passes vote of no confidence in transitional government, throwing planned elections into question.


UAE welcomes regional rivals at major natural gas conference

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Energy officials from Qatar and Turkey, long-standing foes of the United Arab Emirates, descended on Dubai along with hundreds of other executives on Tuesday, flocking to the world's largest gas expo and the industry's first in-person conference since the pandemic began.


Tunisian president vows new electoral code, transition team

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) - Tunisia's president has announced plans to draft a new electoral code and appoint a transitional leadership - and to hang on to the exceptional powers that he seized in July, throwing the country's young democracy into question.


Drone strike kills at least 1 in northwestern Syria

BEIRUT (AP) - A drone strike hit a vehicle traveling on a rural road in rebel-controlled northwestern Syria on Monday, killing at least one person, rescue workers and a war monitor said.


Lebanon's Cabinet wins confidence vote after power cut delay

BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanon's new Cabinet won a vote of confidence from Parliament on Monday during a session that was delayed for almost an hour because of a power outage and broken generator at the venue.


Top Israeli, Swedish diplomat chat in effort to mend ties

JERUSALEM (AP) - The foreign ministers of Israel and Sweden held their first phone call in seven years on Monday, a move hailed by the top Israeli diplomat as the "relaunching of relations" after protracted tensions between the two countries.


AP PHOTOS: Jews redeem firstborn son in ancient ceremony

BEIT SHEMESH, Israel (AP) - Shortly after sundown, Yaakov Tabersky presented his firstborn son on a silver platter to a Jewish priest in a ceremony harking back to the biblical exodus from Egypt.


East Libya forces say 2 helicopters crashed, killing 2

CAIRO (AP) - Forces loyal to a powerful Libyan commander said two military planes crashed on Sunday over a village in eastern Libya, killing at least two officers.


Many migrants staying in US even as expulsion flights rise

Migrants are released from United States Border Patrol custody at a humanitarian center, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Del Rio, Texas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

World shares advance after Fed signals it will ease support

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. Asian shares were mostly higher on Thursday after the Federal Reserve signaled it may begin easing its extraordinary support measures for the economy later this year.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Mideast in shambles, but the world has moved on for now

FILE - In this May 14, 2021, file photo, Palestinians inspect their destroyed houses following overnight Israeli airstrikes in town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip. More than 4,000 homes in Gaza were destroyed or severely damaged and 250 people killed, most of them civilians. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

Woman plans to help fellow Rwandan amputees get prosthetics

Claudine Humure, of Rwanda, takes a step with her new prosthetic leg as Arthur Graham, prosthetist at Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, looks on, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, in Newton, Mass. Humure was orphaned during her country's genocide and lost part of her leg to childhood cancer. Her new leg was provided free by the prosthetic clinic and features the latest in artificial limb technology. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The AP Interview: Top Pakistan diplomat details Taliban plan

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Boeing to build military aircraft drones in Australian city

FILE -  In this July 13, 2021, file photo, the logo for Boeing appears on a screen above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing has announced plans to build a new type of drone military aircraft in Australia. Boeing said Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 it has selected Toowoomba city in Queensland state as the final assembly point for its unmanned Loyal Wingman planes. The first test flights were completed earlier this year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

China's Ant Group shares credit data with central bank

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2020, file photo, a view of the signage of Ant Group is seen at the headquarters compound of the fintech giant in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province. China's central bank will soon have access to private credit information of hundreds of millions of users of Ant Group's online credit service, in a move signaling more regulatory oversight of the financial technology sector. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

Taiwan asks to join trade group, says China might interfere

File - In this Aug. 6, 2015, file photo, fishing boats are secured in a port during foul weather in Yilan County, northeastern Taiwan. Taiwan has applied to join an 11-nation Pacific trade group, Cabinet officials said Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, setting up a potential clash with rival Beijing over the status of the island democracy. (AP Photo/Wally Santana, File)

Israeli to face trial on 70 sex abuse charges in Australia

FILE - This Feb. 27, 2018, file photo, Israeli-born Australian Malka Leifer, right, is brought to a courtroom in Jerusalem. A former school counsellor testified in an Australian court from Israel on Monday that she suspected two sisters alleged they had been sexually abused by Leifer in an attempt to get financial compensation. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Under Taliban, thriving Afghan music scene heads to silence

An Afghan musician poses for a portrait with his rubab in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. About a month after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the music is starting to go quiet. The last time that the militant group ruled the country, in the late 1990s, it outright banned music. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Lava flow slows on Spanish island after volcanic eruption

Lava from a volcano eruption flows on the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. A volcano on a small Spanish island in the Atlantic Ocean erupted on Sunday, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people. Experts say the volcanic eruption and its aftermath on a Spanish island could last for up to 84 days. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Tunisia's Saied strengthens presidential powers in decrees

Tunisian President Kais Saied waves to Tunisian citizens as he delivers a speech during his visit to Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Tunisia's president has announced plans to draft a new electoral code and appoint a transitional leadership and to hang on to the exceptional powers that he seized in July, throwing the country's young democracy into question. (Slim Abid/Tunisian Presidency via AP)

In German election, hunger strikers seek climate promises

Climate activist Henning Jeschke, who is since 24 days on a hunger strike, lays on a mattress under a tent in a small camp of climate activists as he poses for a photo in Berlin, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. With his hunger strike he hopes to pressure candidates for chancellor of Germany into meeting him for a debate about the climate crisis ahead Sunday's general election. For the first time in Germany's history, climate change is a central issue of an election campaign, overwhelmingly so for the young generation. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Climate change tops agenda as Iceland heads to elections

People walk past an election poster from the Left Green Party, showing Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir and saying

Floods, books & kids: Highlights of German election campaign

FILE - In This Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 file photo, three elections posters show top candidate for chancellor of the Greens Annalena Baerbock, left, Social Democratic top candidate for chancellor Olaf Scholz, center, and Christian Democratic top candidate for chancellor Armin Laschet, right, in Berlin, Germany. Germany's election campaign has largely focused on the three candidates hoping to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor after four terms in office. German federal elections will be on Sept. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)