• Obama pushes for end to crippling crisis in South Sudan

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — President Barack Obama launched a personal push for peace in South Sudan on Monday, convening African leaders for urgent talks in neighboring Ethiopia aimed at keeping the world's newest nation from collapsing amid civil war. "The possibilities of renewed conflict in a region that has been torn by conflict for so long, and has resulted in so many deaths, is something that requires urgent attention from all of us," Obama said. "We don't have a lot of time to wait." The talks on South Sudan came on the sidelines of Obama's visit to Ethiopia, his second stop on a trip to East Africa.

  • Yemen airstrikes resume; 15 allied fighters killed

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition launched new airstrikes in at least two Yemeni provinces on Monday, piercing a humanitarian pause that started at midnight the previous day, security officials said. The U.S.-backed coalition of mainly Gulf Arab countries has been waging an air campaign since March against the Iran-supported Shiite rebels, who control most of northern Yemen and the capital, Sanaa. Two of Monday's airstrikes killed 15 fighters allied with the coalition in the province of Lahj, security officials and field commanders said. More than 40 fighters were wounded in the apparently accidental strikes, they said, adding that the death toll was expected to rise.

  • Putin, Xi, Rouhani to address annual UN high-level meeting

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The presidents of China, Russia, Iran and the United States are scheduled to speak at the 70th annual U.N. General Assembly of world leaders in September — a rare appearance for Russian President Vladimir Putin and the first for Chinese President Xi Jinping. The United Nations issued its first draft list of speakers Monday for what could be its largest ever gathering of world leaders. Pope Francis is also set to address the General Assembly a few days before President Barack Obama, Putin, Xi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speak at the gathering. Two years ago, a historic phone call between Obama and Rouhani during the U.N.

  • Israel's Teva buys Allergan generic drug company for $40.5B

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. said Monday it is purchasing Dublin-based Allergan PLC's generic pharmaceuticals business for $40.5 billion, in what Israeli analysts called the largest-ever acquisition by an Israeli company. Statements from both companies say the deal will see Allergan receive $33.75 billion in cash and shares of Teva valued Monday at $6.75 billion. In light of the acquisition, Teva said it was withdrawing its $40 billion-plus takeover offer for pharmaceuticals company Mylan N.V. Word of the acquisition saw Teva shares shoot up 13 percent in pre-opening trading on the Nasdaq. Trading in Teva shares on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange halted over the news of the sale.

  • US, Turkey seek to establish Islamic State-free zone

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The United States and Turkey are finalizing plans for a military campaign to push the Islamic State out of a strip of land along the Turkey-Syria border, deepening efforts to halt the extremists' advances. A U.S. official says the "Islamic State-free zone" aims to ensure greater security and stability along the border. However, the official says any joint military efforts with Turkey would not include the imposition of a no-fly zone. Turkey has been pushing the U.S. to set up a no-fly zone, though Washington has long denied those requests. Turkey did agree last week to let the U.S. launch strikes against the Islamic State from one of its bases.

  • Lebanon's LBC TV says its correspondent killed in Syria

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — A leading Lebanese TV station says its correspondent in Syria was killed while covering fighting in the capital, Damascus. LBC TV reports that Syrian citizen Thaer Ajlani died Monday while covering the battles in the tense Damascus neighborhood of Jobar, which witnesses near-daily fighting. Syria's state news agency and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say Ajlani also worked for the Damascus-based Sham FM radio station. The Observatory says the area saw intense fighting Monday. Syria has become the world's most dangerous assignment for reporters. Before Ajlani's death, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said at least 84 journalists have been killed since the fi

  • Turkey detains IS suspects in new police sweep

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says police have raided homes in an Ankara neighborhood, detaining at least 15 people suspected of links to the Islamic State group as Turkey presses ahead with a major security sweep. Since Friday, Turkey has been carrying out airstrikes against IS targets in Syria and Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq. It has also arrested hundreds of people with suspected links to violent extremists. On Sunday, it called for a meeting of its NATO allies to discuss threats to its security, as well as its airstrikes. The Anadolu Agency says at least 15 people, including a number of foreign nationals, were detained Monday in an operation in Ankara's Haci Bayram neighborhood.

  • Palestinian suspect killed during Israeli arrest raid

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say a Palestinian suspected of plotting an attack in Israel was killed during an arrest raid in the Qalandia refugee camp in the Jerusalem area. He is the third Palestinian to be killed over the past week during a confrontation with Israeli forces. Relatives identified him as 20-year-old Mohammed Lafi Abu Latifeh. Israeli paramilitary border police entered the refugee camp early Monday to arrest two Palestinians suspected of plotting an attack in Israel. Police say one surrendered, but the second ran to the roof of a building. Police ordered him to stop, and then shot him in the lower part of his body. He tried to jump to a nearby roof but fell. A police paramedic treated him but he die

  • Australian nurse charged with supporting IS stays in custody

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian nurse who says he was forced by Islamic State militants to work as a medic in Syria did not apply for bail when he appeared in a court in his hometown of Melbourne on Monday charged with supporting a terrorist group. Adam Brookman, 39, voluntarily returned to Australia from Turkey on Friday. Brookman has told media that he was able to escape from Syria after winning Islamic State militants' trust by working for them in a hospital controlled by the group at al-Bab in Aleppo province. He appeared briefly in the Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with performing services to help someone engage in a hostile activity in a foreign country. He is also charged with supporting a terrorist o

  • Turkey calls for NATO meeting to discuss security threats

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Sunday called for a meeting of its NATO allies to discuss threats to its security and its airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants in Syria and Kurdish rebels in Iraq. The move came as Turkey's state-run media reported that Turkish F-16 jets again took off from the country's southeastern Diyarbakir air base to hit Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK targets across the border in northern Iraq. There was no immediate confirmation of the report by TRT television, which came hours after authorities said PKK militants detonated a car-bomb near Diyarbakir, killing two soldiers and wounding four others.

  • 5-day humanitarian cease-fire starts in Yemen

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led coalition airstrikes came to a halt in Yemen early Monday after a five-day humanitarian truce went into effect, witnesses and security officials said. However, ground fighting broke out almost immediately in the restive city of Taiz following random shelling by Shiite Houthi rebels in three neighborhoods, they said. Security officials said ground fighting has also erupted in Marib province and in the area surrounding the strategic al-Anad military base in Lahj province. Random shelling by Houthis and their allies hit northern and western areas of the port city of Aden after the cease fire, security officials and witnesses said. The Saudi-led and U.S.

  • Yemeni troops fight rebels in strategic southern town

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-backed Yemeni troops and their allies clashed with Shiite Houthi rebels in a strategic town north of the port city of Aden Sunday, security and military officials from both sides of the conflict said. The pro-government fighters had withdrawn from the town of Sabr earlier in the day after fierce battles with Shiite Houthi rebels. They returned hours later following the arrival of military reinforcements and wrested control of a large portion of the town, security officials said. The officials said five pro-government fighters were killed and 15 wounded in the battle. Local medical officials said eight rebels were killed and 20 wounded.

  • Protesters close major highway in Lebanon over trash crisis

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Protesters have closed the highway linking Beirut to southern Lebanon over the country's trash crisis. The closure of the vital highway in the coastal town of Jiyeh on Sunday comes amid reports that the government plans to move trash piled on the streets of Beirut to the Kharoub region south of the capital. The protesters stopped several trucks carrying trash and prevented them from entering the region. The closure led to major traffic jams, and authorities urged people not to use the highway. The main company in charge of collecting trash stopped its work earlier this month amid a dispute over the country's largest trash dump. Mountains of garbage have piled up in Beirut and its suburbs.

  • Syria's embattled president admits manpower shortage

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — In his first public address in a year, embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad vowed Sunday to win his country's long-running civil war while acknowledging his troops had lost territory to rebel forces and were running short on manpower. Assad's speech, while confident, came in the fifth year of a conflict pitting his forces against rebels, Islamist insurgents and the extremist Islamic State group. Turkey, which has long backed the rebels, has begun striking the IS group and Kurdish fighters battling the extremists, adding a new layer of complexity to a brutal war with no end in sight.

  • Officials: Iraqi forces retake Anbar University near Ramadi

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi government forces recaptured Anbar University from the Islamic State militant group Sunday after hours of fierce clashes, provincial officials said, as part of its push to reclaim territory across the embattled province. The university, located 5 kilometers (3 miles) south of Anbar's provincial capital, the militant-held city of Ramadi, was under the full control of government forces, which had entered the complex early Sunday amid intense combat with the militant group. Athal al-Fahdawi, a provincial councilman said a number of buildings in and around the university complex have been badly damaged or destroyed, but that the militants retreated.

  • Iran's top diplomat tours Arab states following nuclear deal

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Iran's top diplomat began a three-nation regional tour Sunday aimed at deepening ties with Arab neighbors following the conclusion of the Islamic Republic's historic nuclear deal with world powers. Saudi Arabia and other Sunni-ruled Arab states lining the Persian Gulf harbor deep suspicions about Iran's intentions in the region. While the Western-allied Arab countries are cautiously hopeful the nuclear deal will reduce the chances Iran will acquire an atomic bomb, they also fear an easing of international pressure will embolden the Shiite powerhouse at a time of heightened sectarian tensions in the region.

  • Officials: Roadside bomb wounds 18 Egypt police conscripts

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — A roadside bombing in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula wounded 18 police conscripts Sunday, security officials said. The officials said the blast targeted a bus carrying the conscripts in el-Arish as they traveled along a seafront road in the early morning. Hospital officials confirmed the casualty figure and said none of those hurt had life-threatening wounds. The Egyptian Islamic State affiliate, which calls itself the militant group's Sinai Province, claimed responsibility for the attack. The claim, in a statement posted on Twitter accounts of the group's supporters, could not be independently verified. Security officials also said attacks on three separate checkpoints later in the day injured thr

  • Israeli police enter Jerusalem holy site, block Arab youths

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police entered a holy Jerusalem site on Sunday to prevent Arab youths from attacking visiting Jews marking a biblical holiday, a police spokesman said. Micky Rosenfeld said police received prior warnings that masked Arab youths were barricading themselves inside the al-Aqsa Mosque armed with rocks and fire bombs. He said the youths planned to attack Jews visiting the area Sunday for Tisha B'Av — the Jewish holiday marking the destruction of ancient Hebrew temples. Rosenfeld said some officers were wounded as they pushed the youths back, without providing further details. Jews refer to the hilltop site — their holiest — as the Temple Mount. Muslims refer to it as the Noble Sanctuary.

  • Bahrain breaks up weapon, explosives smuggling attempt

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahraini authorities say they have broken up an attempt to smuggle weapons, ammunition and explosives into the island kingdom. The Interior Ministry said late Saturday that authorities intercepted a boat involved in the attempted smuggling on July 15. They arrested two 30-year-old Bahraini suspects, Mahdi Subah Abdulmohsen Mohammed and Abbas Abdulhussain Abdullah Mohammed. Officials say the first suspect received military training in Iran in August 2013, and that the men admitted to receiving the shipment from "Iranian handlers outside Bahrain's territorial waters." Two other men also have been arrested in connection with the smuggling attempt.

  • Turkey couples IS bombing runs with striking Kurdish targets

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's sudden willingness to join the fight against the Islamic State group is a sign that it's afraid of losing clout with the U.S., but its second front against Kurdish rebels in Iraq on Saturday could complicate Washington's war. For months, Ankara had been reluctant to join the U.S.-led coalition against IS despite gains made by the extremist group on Turkey's doorstep. Now, Turkish warplanes are directly targeting IS locations — the latest bombing run coming early Saturday for a second straight day. Turkey then opened a second front on Kurdish rebel sites. The strikes against the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, muddle the U.S.-led fight against IS.




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