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Activists: Syrian government steps up offensive in southwestSyrian activists: Government forces keep up pressure on strategic southwest, drop barrel bombs on rebel-held areas
The Associated Press1 hour ago
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, looks at a book in a classroom where Lebanese and Syrian displaced students studying togather, during her visit to a Lebanese public school, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, June 22, 2018. Merkel is visiting Jordan and Lebanon, both neighbors of war-torn Syria, amid an escalating domestic row over migration. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
German chancellor says migration meeting a 'first exchange'German Chancellor Angela Merkel says an upcoming meeting of European leaders in Brussels would be a "first exchange" toward finding solutions and agreements to problems connected with migration
The Associated Press1 hour ago
UN dismayed by reports of 220 migrants drowning off LibyaUN refugee agency says survivors have reported that some 220 migrants drowned off Libya in recent days
The Associated Press4 hours ago
Chief Justice Medhat al-Mahmoud, center, consults with his aides in the Supreme Court building in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, June 21, 2018. Iraq's Supreme Court on Thursday endorsed a manual recount of all ballots from last month's national elections, but rejected the invalidation of ballots from abroad and from voters displaced by recent conflict. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
Iraq set for election recount to salvage tainted resultIraq's Supreme Federal Court has issued a ruling that endorses manual recount for all ballots from last month's national elections as stipulated by a law passed by parliament in response to complaints of widespread fraud
The Associated Press15 hours ago
Trump's Mideast team arrives in EgyptEgyptian airport officials say President Donald Trump's Mideast team has arrived in Egypt on the latest stop in a regional tour to discuss a blueprint for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal
The Associated Press17 hours ago
Syria shells rebel-held areas ahead of possible offensiveSyrian state media say government forces have shelled rebel-held areas in the south, in new violence that further undermined an international de-escalation agreement backed by the United States
The Associated Press17 hours ago
The Latest: UN 'deeply concerned' about Syrians in the southA spokesman says the U.N. is "deeply concerned" about the safety of an estimated 750,000 people in southern Syria amid an unraveling cease-fire
The Associated Press18 hours ago
Lebanese Prime Minister designate, Saad Hariri, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, review an honor guard at the government palace, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, June 21, 2018. Merkel is visiting Jordan and Lebanon, both neighbors of war-torn Syria, amid an escalating domestic row over migration. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Merkel pledges $100 million loan for troubled JordanGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel promises $100 million loan to troubled Jordan, where mass protests over austerity measures had forced prime minister to resign
The Associated Press20 hours ago
In this Wednesday, June 20, 2018 photo, released by the Libyan coast guard, African migrants who were found on a damaged rubber boat in the Mediterranean Sea and rescued by the Libyan coast guard rest on the shore, east of the capital, Tripoli, Libya. The coast guard said it rescued some 82 African migrants, including four women and two children, and recovered one body. (Libyan Coast Guard via AP)
Libyan coast guard rescues over 520 Europe-bound migrantsLibya's coast guard says it has rescued some 380 African migrants, including four women and two children, and recovered one body in the Mediterranean Sea
The Associated Press20 hours ago
Israel strikes Gaza sites in response to airborne fire bombsIsrael's military says it struck Gaza after Palestinians tried to launch flaming kites into its territory
The Associated Press20 hours ago
FILE - In this Wednesday, June 6, 2018 file photo, Israel's Prime Minister's wife Sara Netanyahu arrives for the meeting with French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire at Bercy Economy Ministry, in Paris, France. Israeli prosecutors have charged Sara Netanyahu, the prime minister's wife, with a series of crimes including fraud and breach of trust. The Justice Ministry said in a statement on Thursday, June 21, 2018, that Sara Netanyahu stands accused of misusing public funds by fraudulently ordering hundreds of meals to the prime minister's official residence worth over $100,000 while falsely stating there were no cooks on staff. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
Israeli PM's wife charged with fraud, breach of trustThe wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been charged with misusing some $100,000 in public funds to order lavish meals from celebrity chefs, dealing an embarrassing blow to the country's first family
The Associated Press21 hours ago
Algerian PM calls on ailing president to seek 5th termAlgeria's prime minister has called on the country's president to seek a fifth term next year despite his age and partial paralysis
The Associated Press22 hours ago
Pilot of Saudi royal family jet arrested in MaineA pilot on a Saudi Arabian royal family jet that landed in Maine was arrested on a warrant for theft out of Florida
The Associated Press23 hours ago
Trump's Mideast team gets close-up view of peace obstaclesOn Mideast tour, Trump administration officials get close-up view of towering obstacles to yet-to-be-released blueprint for Israeli-Palestinian peace deal
The Associated Press1 day ago
Imprisoned Bahrain opposition leader acquitted in spy caseA prominent Shiite cleric in Bahrain who led a now-shuttered opposition party has been acquitted of spying charges with two colleagues
The Associated Press1 day ago
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