UN refugee chief opposes ‘safe zones’ in Syria
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UN refugee chief opposes ‘safe zones’ in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N.’s top official on refugees pushed back against a proposed initiative that has gained recent traction to create “safe zones” in Syria for refugees, saying the country was “not the right place” for the initiative. “Let’s not waste time planning safe zones that will not be set up because they will … Continue reading

Germany deplores migrant camp abuse in Libya
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Germany deplores migrant camp abuse in Libya

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe’s migrant influx (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Germany says the human rights situation in Libya is “catastrophic,” with migrants heading for Europe bearing the brunt of abuse. A report Sunday by German weekly Welt am Sonntag quoted an internal Foreign Ministry memo describing how migrants face torture and … Continue reading

UK says Trump visit still on amid outcry over travel ban
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UK says Trump visit still on amid outcry over travel ban

LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s order barring U.S. entry to people from seven majority Muslim nations is “divisive, discriminatory and wrong,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Monday. But he rebuffed calls for the government to cancel Trump’s planned state visit to the U.K. because of the temporary ban. Johnson said he had told … Continue reading

Journalist says he was wrongly detained under travel ban
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Journalist says he was wrongly detained under travel ban

ATLANTA (AP) — A CNN editor and producer from Iraq was wrongly detained at Atlanta’s airport because of the President Donald Trump’s ban on entry for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, according to a lawsuit filed this week. Mohammed Abdullah Tawfeeq, who has a green card, says in a federal lawsuit filed Monday, Jan. 30 … Continue reading

Israeli forces begin evacuation of West Bank outpost
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Israeli forces begin evacuation of West Bank outpost

Unarmed police in blue sweatshirts and black baseball caps made their way up a hill to the unauthorized cluster of homes around midday. On the hilltop, youngsters erected makeshift barricades from smashed tiles, rusty metal bars and large stones to slow their advance. Some protesters threw rocks at security forces, while others set fire to … Continue reading

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Iraqi Shiite cleric al-Sadr slams Trump

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has slammed President-elect Donald Trump over his “escalating statements… against Islam and Muslims,” and criticized him for not distinguishing between radical and moderate Muslims. In written statement issued Thursday, the influential anti-U.S. cleric responded to the outcome of the U.S. presidential election saying “Even if the president … Continue reading

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Russia says militants used chemical weapons in Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military said Friday its officers have found evidence of chemical weapons use by Syrian militants in the northern area of Aleppo where government forces are trying to regain control of areas they recently lost to insurgents. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that ministry experts have found … Continue reading

Israeli leader tells ministers to stay quiet on US election
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Israeli leader tells ministers to stay quiet on US election

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered his Cabinet ministers to keep quiet about the American election. The official says Netanyahu told his ministers to refrain from giving any analysis or granting interviews about the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. He spoke Monday on condition of anonymity … Continue reading

Philippine president announces separation from US
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Philippine president announces separation from US

BEIJING (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced that his country is separating from the U.S. in a speech before a Beijing economic forum on Thursday October 20, 2016, after handing China a major diplomatic victory, agreeing to resume dialogue on their South China Sea territorial dispute following months of acrimony. The rapprochement between the … Continue reading