Iran votes in parliamentary runoff as rare shooting wounds 4
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Iran votes in parliamentary runoff as rare shooting wounds 4

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians voted Friday, Apr. 29, in the country’s parliamentary runoff elections, a key poll that will decide how much power allies of moderate President Hassan Rouhani will have in the next legislature after the landmark nuclear deal with world powers. Though Rouhani continues to have popular support after the deal, its … Continue reading

Amnesty calls for release of 35 men detained in South Sudan
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Amnesty calls for release of 35 men detained in South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Amnesty International on Friday, Apr. 15, called for the release of 35 men the group says are being held illegally and without charge, sometimes for over a year, by South Sudan’s National Security Service. The arrested men include former state governor Joseph Bangasi Bakosoro, journalist George Livio Bahara and Leonzio … Continue reading

Egypt protests after el-Sissi gives islands to Saudi Arabia
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Egypt protests after el-Sissi gives islands to Saudi Arabia

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security forces fired tear gas Friday, Apr. 15, at demonstrators protesting President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s decision to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. Chants of “leave, leave!” directed at el-Sissi marked the first significant wave of street protests since the former army chief became president in 2014. Riot police … Continue reading

Trapped civilians stall Iraqi forces battling IS in Anbar
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Trapped civilians stall Iraqi forces battling IS in Anbar

BAGHDAD (AP) — Tens of thousands of trapped Iraqi civilians have stalled the government’s advance in the battle against the Islamic State group in the western Anbar province, the spokesman for Iraq’s elite counterterrorism said Friday, Apr. 1. The civilians are trapped between the Iraqi forces’ lines and the IS extremists hunkered down in the … Continue reading

Syria’s Palmyra: Ghost town bearing scars of IS destruction
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Syria’s Palmyra: Ghost town bearing scars of IS destruction

  PALMYRA, Syria (AP) — Explosions rocked the ancient town of Palmyra on Friday, Apr. 1, and on the horizon, black smoke wafted behind its majestic Roman ruins, as Syrian army experts carefully detonated hundreds of mines they say were planted by Islamic State militants before they fled the town. An Associated Press crew visiting … Continue reading

Pentagon moving to increase US troop numbers in Iraq soon
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Pentagon moving to increase US troop numbers in Iraq soon

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Friday, Mar. 25, it was moving to increase the number of American forces in Iraq and announced that U.S. forces have killed the Islamic State’s finance minister. “We are systematically eliminating ISIL’s cabinet,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, … Continue reading

2 Americans confirmed dead in Brussels attacks; Kerry visits
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2 Americans confirmed dead in Brussels attacks; Kerry visits

BRUSSELS (AP) — At least two Americans have been confirmed killed in the Brussels attacks, the State Department said Friday, Mar. 23, as top U.S. diplomat John Kerry visited the stricken city to express condolences and defended Belgium’s counterterrorism efforts against “carping” by critics. Speaking after meeting Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, Kerry said the … Continue reading