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Amid new IS offensive, scores die in Syrian town

BEIRUT (AP) — Fighting raged into the night Friday between Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in the Syrian border town of Kobani, as reports mounted that at least 120 …


IS leader killed in U.S. raid in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — In a rare ground attack deep into Syria, U.S. Army commandos killed a man described as the Islamic State’s head of oil operations, captured his wife and …


Kenyan warplanes attack suspected militant positions

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya launched air strikes against Islamic militants in Somalia following an extremist attack on a Kenyan college that killed 148 people, a military spokesman said Monday. …


American, South African hostages killed during rescue attempt

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An American photojournalist and a South African teacher were killed Saturday during a high-risk, U.S.-led raid to free them from al-Qaida-affiliated militants in Yemen, a turbulent …


Police: Blasts at mosque in Nigeria kill 35 people

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Police say 35 people were killed when multiple explosions tore through the central mosque in Nigeria’s second-largest city. State Deputy police commissioner Sanusi Lemu said 150 …


Iraqi officials: IS extremists line up, kill 50

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials in Anbar province say at least 50 tribesmen and women have been lined up and shot dead by Islamic State group militants. Anbar councilman Faleh …


US launches 1st airstrikes in Syria

SURUC, Turkey (AP) — The United States and partner nations launched their first airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, as fighting raged Monday between the extremist group and Kurdish …


Housing group: 20 years to rebuild Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years for Gaza’s battered and neglected housing stock to be rebuilt …


Iraq suicide bomber kills at least 11 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a suicide bombing against an Interior Ministry building in central Baghdad has killed at least 11 people. A police officer says the suicide bomber …


Strikes on militants at Iraq dam after ‘massacre’

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Airstrikes pounded the area around Iraq’s largest dam on Saturday in an effort to drive out militants who captured it earlier this month, as reports emerged …


US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in …


In Gaza lull, residents return to destroyed areas

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday to find large-scale destruction: scores …


Israeli troops battle Hamas, uncover Gaza tunnels

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops uncovered more than a dozen cross-border tunnels and battled Gaza militants on the second day of an open-ended ground operation Saturday as …


6 Jewish suspects arrested in slaying of Arab teen

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel arrested six Jewish suspects Sunday in the grisly slaying of a Palestinian teenager who was abducted and burned to death last week, marking a breakthrough in …


Kurds seize disputed oil hub amid Iraq chaos

KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — After a decades-long dispute between Arabs and Kurds over the oil-rich northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, it took just an hour and a half for its …


Thousands of Muslims stuck in C. African Republic

BODA, Central African Republic (AP) — There is only one neighborhood in Boda where Muslims are safe from the bullets and machetes of Christian militia fighters. Many who ventured out …


Pakistani Taliban announces 1-month cease-fire

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban announced Saturday that the group will observe a one-month cease-fire as part of efforts to negotiate a peace deal with the government, throwing …


Iraqi authorities distribute cards for elections

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s election commission said Saturday that it has not yet decided how it will distribute voter ID cards in the embattled western province of Anbar, barely two …


Ariel Sharon, former Israeli PM, dies at 85

JERUSALEM (AP) — Ariel Sharon, the hard-charging Israeli general and prime minister who was admired and hated for his battlefield exploits and ambitions to reshape the Middle East, died today, …


India fears more militants as US quits Afghanistan

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India is bracing for more militancy in the battle-scarred region of Kashmir, believing that fighters now focused on resisting U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan will shift toward …


Al-Qaida in Iraq calls on Egyptians to fight army

CAIRO (AP) — A leader of al-Qaida’s Iraqi branch called Saturday on Egyptians to fight their army and derided the Muslim Brotherhood as “evil” for seeking power through democracy. The …


30 killed in school attack in northeast Nigeria

POTISKUM, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic militants attacked a boarding school in northeast Nigeria before dawn Saturday, killing 29 students and one teacher. Some of the pupils were burned alive in …


Female suicide bomber injures 12 in Russian region

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — A female suicide bomber identified as a widow of two killed Islamists blew herself up in the southern Russian region of Dagestan on Saturday injuring at …


Obama in Israel for first trip as president

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — President Barack Obama plunged into the turbulent Middle East Wednesday, assuring Israel of the U.S. commitment to its security while cautioning that the region’s “winds …


Police: Suicide bombing at US Embassy in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the entrance of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital on Friday, killing himself and one other …


US eyes drone base in Africa with al-Qaida in mind

WASHINGTON (AP) — Plans to base unarmed American surveillance drones in the African nation of Niger highlight the Obama administration’s growing concern about extremist influences in the volatile region. They …


State Dept security chief resigns after Benghazi

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three State Department officials resigned under pressure Wednesday, less than a day after a damning report blamed management failures for a lack of security at the U.S. …


Benghazi review finds systematic security faults

WASHINGTON (AP) — An independent panel charged with investigating the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Libya that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans has concluded that systematic management …


Officials: Libyan government slowing investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. counterterrorism officials told lawmakers Thursday that uncooperative or less-than-capable local law enforcement in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia is slowing the search for suspects in the death …


US set to boost ties with Syrian opposition

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is getting ready to tighten its ties to Syria’s main opposition group, a step in the intensifying diplomacy that officials hope will craft an …