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Israel closing Gaza crossing after violence along frontier

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister says he's closing the country's main personnel crossing with Gaza in response to recent violence along the frontier.


Q&A: The hajj pilgrimage and its significance in Islam

Over 2 million Muslims from around the world are beginning the five-day hajj pilgrimage on Sunday. They will circle Islam's most sacred site, the cube-shaped Kaaba in the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca, and take part in a series of rituals intended to bring about greater humility and unity among Muslims.


Saudi Arabia prepares for the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 2 million Muslim faithful are ready to take part in the ultraconservative kingdom.


Getting personal: US, Turkish leaders feud over arrest

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A detained American pastor has become a symbol of a growing rift between Turkey and the United States, but problems in the Cold War-era alliance as well as Turkey's own financial crisis are unlikely to dissipate even if he is released and Washington eases economic penalties.


Turkish lira resumes fall after Trump sanctions threat

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Turkish currency fell again on Friday, breaking a three-day quiet spell in the country currency crisis, after the United States threatened to impose new sanctions on the NATO country.


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The Latest: Moody's cuts Turkey's credit rating further

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's currency crisis and diplomatic dispute with the United States (all times local):


Al-Qaida bomb master killed in US strike, officials say

CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaida's chief bomb maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, who was behind the 2009 Christmas Day plot to down an airliner over Detroit and other foiled aviation-related terror attacks, was killed in a U.S. drone strike, Yemeni officials and a tribal leader said Friday.


Al-Qaida in Yemen denies AP report on secret deals with UAE

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's al-Qaida branch denied on Friday an Associated Press report saying it struck secret deals over territories it controls with the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in the country.


Palestinians say 2 killed by Israel fire at Gaza border

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire and another 60 injured at a protest along the Gaza border amid ongoing Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire, Gaza's Health Ministry said Friday.


Yemeni official says rebels storm WFP warehouse in port city

CAIRO (AP) — A Yemeni minister has accused rival Houthi rebels of storming a warehouse used by the World Food Program to store humanitarian aid in the war-torn Red Sea port city of Hodeida.


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Saudi Arabia says it's given $100 million to northeast Syria

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said early on Friday that it has contributed $100 million to northeast Syria for "stabilization projects" in areas once held by the Islamic State group and now controlled by U.S.-backed forces.


'Most ancient' solid cheese found in dug up Egyptian jar

CAIRO (AP) — For thousands of years beneath Egypt's desert sands a solidified whitish substance sat in a broken jar. Scientists now say it's "probably the most ancient archaeological solid residue of cheese ever found."


Moroccan feminist activist arrested amid abortion campaign

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A prominent Moroccan feminist activist has been arrested for alleged public drinking and disturbance of order, in what her association called an attempt to quash its campaigning for abortion access and LGBT rights.


Turkish media: higher court also rejects appeal for American pastor's release

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish media: higher court also rejects appeal for American pastor's release.


Iraq says its warplanes hit IS targets in Syria, killing 28

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi security officials say Iraq's air force carried out two airstrikes targeting Islamic State group inside Syria, killing at least 28 IS militants.


Israeli police again question PM on corruption allegations

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police are again questioning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as part of their investigations into corruption allegations.


Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased

HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria (AP) — Russian air defense assets in Syria have downed 45 drones targeting their main base in the country, its military said Thursday, after an attack by the Islamic State group on a Syrian army base a day earlier killed seven troops.


In US dispute, a few Turks destroy iPhones in online posts

ISTANBUL (AP) — A small number of Turks are responding to their president's call to boycott American electronic goods by posting videos in which they smash iPhones with bats, hammers and other blunt instruments.


The Latest: War monitor says IS attack on Syria base kills 7

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


UN panel calls on Bahrain to release activist Nabeel Rajab

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A special United Nations panel is urging Bahrain to immediately release imprisoned activist Nabeel Rajab, describing him as the victim of government-sponsored "persecution" for his political views in the island kingdom.


Defense DNA request denied in deaths of Colorado mom, kids

Defense DNA request denied in deaths of Colorado mom, kids

Migrant spouse of pregnant woman detained on way to hospital
Right-wing, left-wing protesters face off in Seattle

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Fans injured in storm at Backstreet Boys Oklahoma concert
Police say Long Island couple dead in murder-suicide
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Strong quake triggers landslides on Indonesian Lombok island

Strong quake triggers landslides on Indonesian Lombok island

Trains bring drinking water to flooded southern Indian state

Trains bring drinking water to flooded southern Indian state

'Dream or reality?' Koreans to meet after decades apart

Lee Soo-nam

Thousands stranded as floods submerge southern Indian state

Thousands stranded as floods submerge southern Indian state

Pakistan's Imran Khan sworn in as prime minister

Imran Khan

German prosecutors probe Yazidi woman's claim about IS man

German prosecutors probe Yazidi woman's claim about IS man

The Latest: US's Pompeo sends condolences over Annan's death

The Latest: US's Pompeo sends condolences over Annan's death

The Latest: Romanian trucker is Genoa bridge's 43rd victim

The Latest: Romanian trucker is Genoa bridge's 43rd victim

Suspect in UK Parliament crash charged with attempted murder

Suspect in UK Parliament crash charged with attempted murder

Italy's leader demands safe roads; bridge toll rises to 43

Italy's leader demands safe roads; bridge toll rises to 43

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