• Winton's rescue of Jewish children revealed after 50 years

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — "Is there anyone in our audience tonight who owes their life to Nicholas Winton?" asked the presenter of the popular BBC magazine program "That's Life". Around the elderly man, sitting with his wife in the front row of the audience, more than 30 people got to their feet. The man stood to acknowledge them, wiping tears from his eyes. It was 1988, some 50 years since young stockbroker Nicholas Winton found himself in Prague as the Nazis marched on Czechoslovakia and all around him Jewish parents desperately looked for a means of escape, if not for themselves then at least for their children. Virtually single-handedly, Winton saved more than 650 of those children from almost certain death in the Holocaust.

  • Benghazi, where Libya's uprising began, now a shattered city

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The old courthouse in central Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city and the birthplace of the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi, is a shelled-out ruin — a testimony to the destruction and chaos that permeate this North African country four years after the civil war that ousted the longtime dictator. The building is steeped in symbolism. It was here that the rallying cry first came against Gadhafi's 42-year rule. It was here that pro-democracy protesters and rebels first raised the tri-colored Libyan flag, replacing Gadhafi's green banner. Now, the courthouse is ruin and rubble, like much of the rest of Benghazi.

  • Libya's internationally accepted PM 'aspires' to peace deal

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The internationally recognized prime minister of Libya says he is "aspiring" to sign a peace agreement with representatives of the rival Islamist-led Tripoli government in Morocco on Thursday. Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni made the comments during a brief visit to Malta on Wednesday. He said there were people who supported and opposed the agreement, and that "any decision taken will always have enemies." But he said: "The wise and kind people of Libya" want to reach a solution. Since last year, Libya has been split between an elected parliament, which was forced to convene in the country's far east, and Islamist-led government backed by militias that seized Tripoli last August.

  • Scores killed as militants attack Egyptian troops in Sinai

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Islamic State-linked militants struck Egyptian army outposts in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday in a coordinated wave of suicide bombings and battles that underlined the government's failure to stem an insurgency despite a two-year crackdown. Security officials said dozens of troops were killed, along with nearly 100 attackers. The restive territory's deadliest fighting in decades followed the assassination of Egypt's chief prosecutor and a vow by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step up the legal battle against Islamic militants. Later Wednesday, a special forces team raided a Cairo apartment and killed nine fugitive members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, including a former member of parliame

  • The Latest: Muslim Brotherhood calls for Egypt 'rebellion'

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — The latest news on the nine Muslim Brotherhood leaders killed in a Cairo apartment raid (all times local): 10:45 p.m. The Muslim Brotherhood says its leaders killed in a Cairo apartment were murdered in "in cold blood," calling for a rebellion against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who it calls a "butcher." "Come out in rebellion and in defense of your country, yourselves and your children," it said in a statement issued in English Wednesday. "Destroy the citadels of his oppression and tyranny and reclaim Egypt once more." It called the killings "a turning point that will have its own repercussions...

  • Confidential UN report positive on Iran nuclear commitments

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) — Iran has met a key commitment under a preliminary nuclear deal setting up the current talks on a final agreement, leaving it with several tons less of the material it could use to make weapons, according to a U.N. report issued Wednesday. Obtained by The Associated Press, the confidential International Atomic Energy Agency report said more than four tons of the enriched uranium had been fed into a pipeline that ends with conversion of it into oxide, which is much less likely to be used to make nuclear arms. The report indicated that only several hundred pounds of the oxide that is the end product had been made. But a U.S.

  • Israelis protest against deadly Palestinian attacks

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Several hundred Israelis demonstrated in Jerusalem Wednesday evening, calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to act against a recent surge in deadly attacks carried out by Palestinians. Protesters gathered near Netanyahu's residence, waving signs that said "Stop the terror wave." There has been a spate of apparent "lone wolf" Palestinian attacks against Israelis in Jerusalem and the West Bank recently. Two men were killed in separate West Bank shootings, and two people were wounded in stabbing attacks, including a female paramilitary police officer seriously hurt after being stabbed in the neck by a Palestinian woman.

  • A look at major militant attacks in Egypt

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Islamic militants unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks Wednesday on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula. The coordinated assaults set off the fiercest clashes in decades in the peninsula, killing at least 64 soldiers and 90 insurgents, security and military officials said. Here's a look at militant attacks in Egypt since the military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi from power nearly two years ago: --June 29, 2015: A car bomb kills Egypt's chief prosecutor, who had overseen cases against thousands of Islamists, in the country's first assassination of a senior official in 25 years.

  • Nicholas Winton, savior of Jewish children, dies at 106

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — He was just a 29-year-old clerk at the London Stock Exchange when he faced the challenge of a lifetime. Traveling with a friend to Czechoslovakia in 1938, as the drums of impending war echoed around Europe, Nicholas Winton was hit by a key realization. The country was in danger and no one was saving its Jewish children. Winton would almost single-handedly save more than 650 Jewish children from the Holocaust, earning himself the label "Britain's Schindler." He died Wednesday at age 106 in a hospital near Maidenhead, his hometown west of London, his family said. Winton arranged trains to carry children from Nazi-occupied Prague to Britain, battling bureaucracy at both ends and saving them from almost cert

  • UN: At least 1,466 Iraqis killed in June due to violence

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    BAGHDAD (AP) — At least 1,466 Iraqis were killed by armed conflict in June, up more than 40 percent from the previous month as security forces suffered mounting casualties battling the Islamic State group, according to U.N. figures released Wednesday. The monthly death toll was the highest since last September, and the rise from last month appeared to be almost entirely due to higher casualties among security forces. Some 800 Iraqi security forces and pro-government militiamen were killed in June, more than twice the 366 killed in May, according to the U.N. The U.N. mission said those killed in June include at least 665 civilians. It put the total number of wounded at 1,687. Baghdad was the worst-affected province, with 324

  • Rebel rocket fire kills 18 civilians in Yemen's Aden

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Rockets fired by Shiite rebels have killed at least 18 civilians and 13 anti-rebel fighters in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, where fierce fighting has been raging for months, the director of Aden's health services said Wednesday. The United Nations meanwhile declared its highest level of humanitarian emergency in Yemen, where 80 percent of the population needs assistance. U.N. officials have said the country is one step away from famine. The fighting in Yemen pits the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, and allied troops loyal to a former president against southern separatists, local and tribal militias, Sunni Islamic militants and loyalists of the exiled current president. The rebels seized the capital

  • UN declares highest-level humanitarian emergency in Yemen

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations on Wednesday declared its highest-level humanitarian emergency in conflict-torn Yemen, where over 80 percent of the population need assistance. U.N. officials have said the Arab world's most impoverished country is now a step away from famine. Humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien convened a meeting of U.N. agencies early Wednesday, and all agreed to declare a "Level 3" humanitarian emergency in Yemen for six months. The United Nations now faces four top-level humanitarian emergencies. It is already trying to respond to "Level 3" emergencies in three other conflict-wracked countries: Iraq, Syria and South Sudan. The U.N. humanitarian office says the declaration of a top-level emergency

  • Syria's Kurds warn Turkey not to intervene militarily

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's main Kurdish party warned Turkey on Wednesday that any military intervention would threaten international peace and said the country's main Kurdish militia is ready to face any "aggression." Meanwhile, a Syrian rebel group released a video showing 18 Islamic State militants being shot in the backs of their heads. The statement by the Democratic Union Party, or PYD, comes as Turkish media is abuzz with talk of a long-debated military intervention to push the Islamic State group back from the Turkish border — a move that would also outflank any Kurdish attempt to create a state along Turkey's southern frontier. Kurdish fighters backed by U.S.

  • Ruling party nominee wins Turkish house speaker post

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament has elected the ruling party's candidate as its new speaker with the tacit support of a right-wing nationalist party, a move that represents a serious gesture to the ruling party as Turkey heads toward coalition-building talks. Ismet Yilmaz — the ruling party's nominee and the defense minister in the outgoing government — won 258 votes Wednesday, beating the left-wing party's candidate in a face-off Wednesday. The nationalist party cast invalid votes, implicitly helping Yilmaz take the post to lead Turkey's 550-seat parliament. The ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party came first in Turkey's June 7 elections, taking 258 seats but losing its majority, forcing it to

  • Food aid to Syrian refugees cut in half amid funding crisis

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The World Food Program said Wednesday it had to cut food aid for Syrian refugees in Lebanon in half because of a funding crisis and may soon have to halt all food support for most refugees in Jordan. Lebanon and Jordan are among five countries that host some 4 million Syrian war refugees. The U.N. refugee agency warned last week that with the Syria conflict in its fifth year, funding levels for refugee aid programs dropped to a dangerous low in 2015. Many refugee families have been struggling to get buy, and cuts in food aid are having a devastating effect, said Joelle Eid, spokeswoman for the WFP in Amman. "Today, parents have to make decisions that no parent around the globe should be making," s

  • Billionaire Saudi prince vows to donate $32 billion fortune

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world's richest people, announced Wednesday that he will donate all of his wealth of $32 billion to charity over the coming years. The money will go to the Saudi prince's organization called Alwaleed Philanthropies to work in the fields of "intercultural understanding" and supporting communities in need, he said in a statement. Programs will include promoting health, eradicating disease, bringing electricity to remote villages, building orphanages and schools, as well as "empowering women." The prince, chairman of investment firm Kingdom Holding Company, said he has already donated $3.5 billion to the charitable organization.

  • 9 Azerbaijani citizens sentenced for joining Islamic State

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A court in Azerbaijan has sentenced nine people to prison terms of up to 15 years on charges of fighting alongside the Islamic State group in Syria. The convicts have been in custody since their arrest in September by Azerbaijani authorities. Among those convicted Wednesday was Vugar Dursunaliyev, who the court said had instructed his son to join IS in Syria while he was 15. Dursunaliyev was sentenced to 15 years in prison; his son, who returned to his homeland after a few months in Syria, received a four-year sentence. Azerbaijan, a mostly Muslim energy-rich Caspian Sea nation, has maintained close ties with Washington and contributed troops to the U.S.-led missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

  • Israeli family discovers ancient treasure under living room

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities said Wednesday they have identified a rare, well-preserved 2,000-year-old Jewish ritual bath hidden under the floorboards of a home in Jerusalem. Archaeologists said the discovery in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem neighborhood shines new light on ancient Jewish and early Christian communities in the area. But the discovery might be most noteworthy because the couple that owns the home literally kept the treasure hidden under a rug for three years before choosing to come clean. In an interview, the wife said the family found evidence of the mikveh, or Jewish ritual bath, while renovating their home three years ago. Construction workers were using heavy machinery that sunk through a hole, leading t

  • UK police investigating missing family of 12 feared in Syria

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — British police say they are investigating the disappearance of a family of 12 feared to have traveled to Syria. Bedfordshire police say the group from Luton, near London, includes three children, including a one-year-old baby, and two grandparents. The family was reported missing after they failed to return home from a holiday in Bangladesh in May. Police said Wednesday they are working with the family's relatives to probe whether the family had crossed into Syria. The family was the latest in a growing number of Britons feared to have traveled to Syria to join extremists there. British police say more than 700 potential terror suspects have traveled to Syria to fight or support militants, and only abo

  • Mural of rainbow flag sparks rare Palestinian debate on gays

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian artist whose mural of a rainbow flag on Israel's West Bank separation barrier was whitewashed by anti-gay protesters says his work sparked a rare debate among Palestinians about gay rights. Khaled Jarrar said Wednesday that he received hundreds of Facebook messages — some threatening but others supportive or curious — since he painted the flag on six barrier cement slabs Monday. Jarrar, 39, says his art was meant as a reminder that Palestinians live under Israeli occupation, at a time when gay rights are in the news after the U.S. allowed same-sex weddings. But protesters perceived the mural as support for homosexuality, a taboo subject in Palestinian society, and whitewashed it.




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