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  • Iraq Christians flee with little more than clothes

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Christians who fled the northern city of Mosul rather than convert to Islam by a deadline imposed by extremist militants said they had to leave most of their belongings behind and gunmen stole much of what they did manage to take along. The comments paint a dire...

  • UN chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his "hope and belief" that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel "in the very near future." Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council by videoconference from the...

  • Infighting as split emerges among Syrian rebels

    BEIRUT (AP) — Fighters of an al-Qaida affiliate seized a northern border town in Syria from rival rebels, activists reported Tuesday, as new infighting threatened opposition gains. The Nusra Front captured the town of Haram in northern Idlib province, said Rami Abdurrahman of the...

  • Gaza rocket lands near Israel's main airport

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel's main airport Tuesday, wounding one Israeli and prompting all U.S. and some European and Canadian airlines to cancel flights to Tel Aviv — a reflection of high anxiety over air travel after the downing of a Malaysian jet...

  • Freida Pinto speaks at girls' rights summit in UK

    LONDON (AP) — Actress Freida Pinto of "Slumdog Millionaire" fame has joined forces with girls' rights campaigners in calling for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation. The Indian actress, an ambassador for an international children's development organization, called for more...

  • Egypt: 20 'terrorists' carried out border attack

    CAIRO (AP) — The spokesman of Egypt's military says 20 "terrorists" carried out a deadly border post attack that killed 22 soldiers, the deadliest assault on Egypt's military in years. A statement posted Tuesday on the official Facebook page of military spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir...

  • Report finds Islamic plot to control UK schools

    LONDON (AP) — A British government investigation found evidence Tuesday that Muslim fundamentalists successfully gained control of some schools, raising fears that pupils are now vulnerable to radicalization. It said there was an "effective take-over" by like-minded people of a number of...

  • Nigerian president meets parents of abducted girls

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — President Goodluck Jonathan met for the first time Tuesday with parents of 219 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and dozens of classmates who managed to escape from their Islamic extremist captors. Jonathan assured them of his determination that those still in captivity...

  • US to present intelligence data on plane crash

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Tuesday it would present data from the U.S. intelligence community laying out what's known about the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down in Ukraine. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the intelligence community will have some...

  • Germany, France, Italy condemn anti-Semitic demos

    BERLIN (AP) — The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy on Tuesday condemned the rise in anti-Semitic protests and violence over the conflict in Gaza, saying they will do everything possible to combat it in their countries. "Anti-Semitic rhetoric and hostility against Jews, attacks...

  • Italy arrests smugglers accused of killing dozens

    MILAN (AP) — Italian authorities have arrested five alleged human traffickers accused of murder in the deaths of dozens migrants who were either stabbed to death or perished of engine fume inhalation inside the overcrowded hold of a smuggling boat. Italian police said the five people arrested...

  • Turkish PM says he, Obama no longer talk directly

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he no longer holds "direct" telephone conversations with U.S. President Barack Obama, suggesting a rift between the leaders who were once close. In an interview with Turkey's ATV television late Monday, Erdogan said...

  • Minibus crash in France kills 5 children, 1 adult

    PARIS (AP) — The collision of a truck and a minibus near the northeastern French city of Troyes has left six people dead, including five children. French President Francois Hollande issued a statement expressing his sadness and shock at Tuesday's accident in the town of Courteranges. It's...

  • 11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nearly a dozen parents of the more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls will never see their daughters again. Since the mass abduction of the schoolgirls by Islamic extremists three months ago, at least 11 of their parents have died and their hometown, Chibok, is...

  • Jakarta governor wins Indonesian presidency

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, was declared the winner Tuesday of the country's presidential election, calling it a victory for all of the nation's people. A former furniture exporter known to...



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