• American shot and injured in Saudi Arabia

    Yesterday

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The official Saudi Press Agency says an American citizen was injured when his car came under fire in Saudi Arabia's eastern al-Ihsaa province. It said another American was in the car but he was not harmed and that the source of the gunfire on Friday afternoon has not been determined. Security officials are conducting an investigation. It did not provide the names of the two Americans, but said the injured man was taken to a hospital and his condition is stable.

  • Qatar Airways buys nearly 10 percent of BA, Iberia parent

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    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar Airways said Friday it has bought nearly 10 percent of the parent company of British Airways and Spain's Iberia, deepening wealthy Qatar's business ties to Europe and intensifying competition with the airline's fast-growing Gulf rivals. The Qatari government-backed airline said the decision to buy 9.99 percent of International Consolidated Airlines Group, also known as IAG, was part of an effort to enhance its operations and strengthen commercial ties with the European company. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the stake is worth about 1.13 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) given IAG's market value.

  • Activists: Syrian rebels blow up tunnel under army post

    Yesterday

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition fighters on Friday detonated a cache of explosives in a tunnel under an army post in the northwestern province of Idlib, inflicting heavy casualties among government troops, activists said. The government denied the casualties and said the targeted post was empty. Idlib-based activist Ibrahim Ismail said the blast was followed by intense clashes as the rebels launched an attack to retake the Arbaeen Mountain area early on Friday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighting was some of the most intense in months, adding that dozens of Syrian troops have been killed and wounded.

  • Report: woman attacks police in Istanbul with automatic fire

    Yesterday

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a woman opened automatic weapon fire at a police vehicle in Istanbul's main square, Taksim, before escaping on foot. No one was hurt in Friday's incident. The Anadolu Agency says the assailant left her weapon and a bag near the square. There was no immediate responsibility claim. It is the third in a string of recent attacks against police in Istanbul. On Jan. 1, police subdued a man after he threw grenades and fired a weapon at officers near the prime minister's offices. On Jan. 6, a suicide bomber killed a police officer and wounded another in a tourist district. A leftist group first claimed responsibility for the two incidents, but later withdrew its claim about

  • Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — A deadline of sunset Thursday for a possible prisoner swap purportedly set by the Islamic State group holding a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian military pilot passed with no sign of whether the two men were still alive. Japanese officials had no new progress to report Friday after a late night that ended with the Jordanian government saying it would only release an al-Qaida prisoner from death row if it got proof the airman was alive. "There is nothing I can tell you," government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters. He reiterated Japan's "strong trust" in the Jordanians to help save the Japanese hostage, freelance journalist Kenji Goto.

  • Simultaneous attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill 26

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Militants struck more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula with simultaneous attacks involving a car bomb and mortar rounds on Thursday, killing at least 26 security officers. An Army spokesman immediately blamed former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood of orchestrating the attack, which killed 25 Army soldiers and one policeman. The wide-ranging attacks late Thursday required a previously unseen level of coordination. At least one car bomb was set off outside a military base, while mortars were simultaneously fired at the base, toppling some buildings and leaving soldiers buried under the debris, official said.

  • Frenchman linked to attackers charged, incarcerated

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — French authorities filed preliminary terrorism charges Thursday against a Frenchman extradited from Bulgaria and linked to gunmen behind deadly attacks in Paris, a judicial official said. Fritz-Joly Joachin was ordered jailed for at least four months pending further investigation, the official said. He was arrested Jan. 1 on a French warrant while trying to cross from Bulgaria into Turkey. French police say that Joachin, 29, was an associate of the Kouachi brothers, who killed 12 people in an attack Jan. 7 against newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Joachin was given preliminary charges of participating in an organized crime group with aims to prepare a terrorist act, and seeking to join extremist fighters in Syria,

  • Much confusion, few answers, in Argentine prosecutor's death

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina has been rocked by the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was found in a pool of blood on Jan. 18 hours before he was to elaborate on his accusation that President Cristina Fernandez protected those responsible for a 1994 terror bombing. The case is shrouded in charges of a high-level cover-up and government suggestions that Nisman's death was orchestrated by rogue intelligence agents.

  • Wife of imprisoned Saudi blogger asks Canada PM to intervene

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The wife of an imprisoned Saudi blogger, sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes on that he insulted Islam, said Thursday that her husband can't endure another flogging. Raif Badawi's wife Ensaf Haidar, now a refugee living in Quebec, went to Parliament Hill on Thursday to join lawmakers in urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to intervene personally with the Saudis. They want the prime minister to push for the release of Badawi who is set to receive 50 more lashes on Friday. The 32-year-old father of three was lashed 50 times on Jan. 9, but his second scheduled beating was postponed last week for medical reasons. "Raif's health condition is getting worse and worse," Haidar said through

  • New Saudi king reshuffles cabinet

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's official news agency says King Salman has reshuffled the cabinet after assuming the throne last week. The Saudi Press Agency said the monarch issued 30 royal degrees, one outlining the new makeup of the cabinet. The key posts of oil and foreign minister remained unchanged. He also replaced the head of intelligence and sacked the prince of Mecca. The king eliminated a dozen councils and specialized committees while creating two main bodies for security and economy affairs.

  • Attacks kill 19 people in Iraq

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Bombings and a shooting killed at least 19 people around the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Thursday, including soldiers and Shiite militiamen, officials said. Police officials say the deadliest attack took place Thursday afternoon when two suicide bombers set off their explosive belts inside a Shiite militia headquarters in the town of Mishada, 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of Baghdad, killing seven Shiite militiamen and wounding 20 others. Shiite militias have been fighting alongside government forces against the Islamic State, a Sunni extremist group that seized vast swaths of northern and western Iraq last year.

  • Islamic State standoff involves prisoner, pilot, journalist

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A young Jordanian fighter pilot, a female al-Qaida recruit who tried to blow up a hotel ballroom in Amman and a veteran Japanese war correspondent are at the center of a life-and-death standoff with the Islamic State group. The militants, who hold the pilot and the journalist, have purportedly threatened to kill the airman at sundown Thursday, Iraq time, if the would-be suicide bomber is not released from death row in Jordan. The deadline passed without word on the two hostages. This is a look at the three people whose fate hangs in the balance. THE PRISONER Sajida al-Rishawi has close family ties to the Iraqi branch of the al-Qaida terror network that was the forerunner of the Islamic State group

  • Syria talks in Moscow end without visible results

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition wrapped up four days of consultations in Moscow on Thursday with a general statement avoiding any of the difficult issues surrounding the country's nearly four-year civil war. Vitaly Naumkin, the head of the Moscow-based Institute for Eastern Studies who moderated the discussions, said Thursday they focused on a platform for future talks and made no attempt to tackle the disputed issues. He said the fate of Syrian President Bashar Assad wasn't on the agenda.

  • Argentina buries prosecutor who accused gov't of cover-up

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Family and friends paid final respects Thursday to the Argentine prosecutor who was found dead after alleging that President Cristina Fernandez agreed to protect those responsible for a 1994 bombing, the worst terrorist attack in the country's history. Mourners and observers lined Buenos Aires streets to watch the funeral motorcade that carried the body of Alberto Nisman to a Jewish cemetery on the edge of the city. Some chanted "Nisman is present!" while others cried or sang the national anthem. "This is burying part of our republic," said Patricia Bullrich, an opposition member of Congress, before entering the cemetery. "It's a day of reflection and sadness for all of Argentina." Nisman, 51

  • Lawyers seek review of ICC refusal to probe Gaza flotilla

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Lawyers called Thursday for a review of the International Criminal Court prosecutor's decision not to investigate the storming by Israel of an aid flotilla that was heading to Gaza. A team of lawyers representing the government of Comoros filed a request for the court to order Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to reconsider her refusal to launch a probe into the May 31, 2010, storming of one of the vessels in the flotilla, which was sailing under a Comoros flag.

  • Egyptian women rally to denounce killing of female protester

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Dozens of Egyptian women rallied Thursday to protest the killing of a female protester during a peaceful protest last week, accusing the police of shooting her and demanding her killers be brought to justice. The Thursday protest was the first public rally against the slaying of 32-year-old activist and mother Shaimaa el-Sabbagh. It followed a storm of criticism of police tactics and of the 2013 protest law that criminalized unauthorized protests, empowering police to deny permits or use force to disperse them. Since the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013 after mass protests against him, authorities have cracked down on critics.

  • Yemen rebels seize military base outside capital

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebels took over a key military base south of Sanaa where U.S. advisers had previously trained counter-terrorism forces, officials said Thursday. Military officials said the Republican Guard camp captured Wednesday was used by American experts until 2012 to train local forces battling al-Qaida's powerful Yemeni affiliate. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press. The Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, have seized a number of key military facilities in recent days, including the headquarters of the paramilitary special forces. Last week the rebels put President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, a close U.S.

  • Syria government airstrikes kill at least 8 in IS-held city

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say government airstrikes have killed at least eight people in a northern town held by the Islamic State. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrikes targeted the city of al-Bab on Thursday. The Observatory, which obtains its information from a network of activists on the ground, said the dead included women and children and that the toll was likely to rise because many people were wounded. The Aleppo Media Center, a local activist group, said 15 people were killed in four airstrikes that targeted a crowded sheep market. Conflicting death tolls are common after such strikes.

  • Netanyahu blasts Iran for Hezbollah attack on Lebanon border

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday blamed Iran for a deadly flare-up along the Lebanese border, the deadliest escalation on the disputed frontier since the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel. The violence erupted Wednesday when Lebanese Hezbollah militants fired a salvo of anti-tank missiles at an Israeli military convoy, killing two soldiers and wounding seven. Israel responded with shelling. A Spanish peacekeeper with the U.N. force in southern Lebanon was killed in the exchange. The area was calm but tense on Thursday and village life appeared to return to normal. But Israeli forces were on high alert and the Lebanese National News Agency said Israeli warplanes were flyin

  • Rights group blasts IS for atrocities

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Human Rights Watch on Thursday blasted Islamic State militants over their atrocities, but also criticized the "sectarian and abusive" policies of the Syrian and Iraqi governments, saying they fuel extremism. The criticism came in a 656-page annual report that reviews human rights practices in more than 90 countries. In the report, HRW said the Islamic State group spreading terror in the Middle East is in part a product of the U.S.-led war in Iraq and detainee abuse in Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib prison and other detention centers run by U.S. forces during the eight-year conflict.




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