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Seen through a drinking glass, Sudanese activist Tayeb Ibrahim, 40, who had worked to expose Sudanese abuses in the volatile South Kordofan province and hopes to see family living in the U.S. state of Iowa, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Dozens of Sudanese activists living in Egypt as refugees, many of whom fled fundamentalist Islamic militias and were close to approval for resettlement in the United States, now face legal limbo in Egypt after the Supreme Court partially reinstated President Donald Trump's travel ban. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Travel ban a blow to Sudan refugees awaiting US resettlementDozens of Sudanese activists living in Egypt as refugees, many of whom fled fundamentalist Islamic militias and were close to approval for resettlement in the United States, now face legal limbo after President Donald Trump's travel ban was reinstated
The Associated Press4 hours ago
This frame grab from video released Wednesday June 28, 2017, by ANHA news agency for the semi-autonomous Kurdish areas in Syria, that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows Brett McGurk, left, the top U.S. envoy for the international coalition combatting the Islamic State group, leaving after a visit to  Ayn Issa, Syria. McGurk met with members of a local council expected to administer the city of Raqqa in Syria following its capture from the militants. (ANHA News Agency, via AP)
The Latest: Syrian fire hits Golan during Netanyahu visitIsrael's military targeted a Syrian military post that fired a mortar into the Israeli-controlled side of the Golan Heights during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the area.
The Associated Press5 hours ago
Israeli troops kill Palestinian who shot at them, army saysIsrael's military says its forces have shot and killed a Palestinian who opened fire on them in the West Bank
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Iraqis fight house to house for costly victory in MosulIraqi troops fighting house to house in Mosul see a costly victory within reach
The Associated Press6 hours ago
A look at key moments on the road to MosulAs the Islamic State group's hold on Mosul shrinks, here's a look at key moments on the way to the battle for Mosul
The Associated Press7 hours ago
This frame grab from video released Wednesday June 28, 2017, by ANHA news agency for the semi-autonomous Kurdish areas in Syria, that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows Brett McGurk, center right, the top U.S. envoy for the international coalition combatting the Islamic State group, leaving after a visit to  Ayn Issa, Syria. McGurk met with members of a local council expected to administer the city of Raqqa in Syria following its capture from the militants. (ANHA News Agency, via AP)
Airstrike kills at least 15 in eastern SyriaActivists say a cluster bomb attack on an Islamic State-held village in eastern Syria killed at least 15 people on Wednesday, the latest in a series of devastating airstrikes along the Euphrates River Valley
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Libyan official says gunmen capture, release 2 UN staffersThe deputy interior minister of Libya's internationally recognized government says a U.N. convoy was attacked by bandits on the road from Tunis to Tripoli, and that two U.N. staffers were briefly detained
The Associated Press7 hours ago
FILE -- In this May 11, 2017 photo, a former detainee covers his face for fear of being detained again, as he shows how he was kept in handcuffs and leg shackles while held in a secret prison at Riyan airport in the Yemeni city of Mukalla. More than two years of civil war have led to continually compounding disasters in Yemen. Fighting rages on in a deadly stalemate, the economy has been bombed into ruins, hunger is widespread, and a new misery has been added: Cholera, the world’s biggest current outbreak with more than 200,000 cases. (AP Photo/Maad El Zikry, File)
From destruction to cholera, Yemen war brings disastersMore than two years of civil war have led to continually compounding disasters in Yemen, from stalemated fighting and international intervention to near famine and a deadly cholera outbreak
The Associated Press10 hours ago
A backhoe removes sand barriers to create a buffer zone along the Egyptian border with the Gaza strip,   near entrances to smuggling tunnels, background, in Rafah, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. The Hamas-run Interior Ministry said Wednesday the creation of a 12-kilometer-long (7.5-mile) corridor 100 meters (330 feet) wide was agreed upon in recent face-to-face negotiations with Egyptian officials and is part of the Islamic militant group's efforts to combat extremists and improve ties with Cairo. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Hamas to create buffer zone with Egypt to improve tiesHamas says bulldozers in Gaza are creating a buffer zone along the Egyptian border as part of the Islamic militant group's efforts to combat extremists and improve ties with Cairo
The Associated Press10 hours ago
In this Tuesday, June 27, 2017, photograph, the Empire State Building in New York City is lit up in burgundy and white for Qatar Airways in New York. The top of the Empire State Building was lit in the airlines' colors Tuesday night to recognize its 10th anniversary of flying to the United States. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Skyscraper lit in Qatar Airways' colors amid disputeThe Empire State Building in New York City has been lit up in burgundy and white for Qatar Airways amid a diplomatic dispute with Qatar
The Associated Press12 hours ago
Activists: Cluster bombs dropped on Islamic State-held village in eastern Syria kill at least 15Activists: Cluster bombs dropped on Islamic State-held village in eastern Syria kill at least 15
The Associated Press14 hours ago
Iran says US travel ban is 'racist' and 'unfair'Iran says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to reinstate parts of a travel ban applied to six Muslim-majority countries is "racist" and "unfair."
The Associated Press19 hours ago
Iraqi policeman spray paint a house exterior to warn that it is booby trapped during fighting against Islamic State militants in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, Monday, June 26, 2017. Iraqi forces launched an operation to retake Mosul's Old City — the IS group's last stronghold there — just over a week ago, more than eight months after the fight to retake Iraq's second-largest city officially began. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
IS counterattacks in retaken parts of Mosul stall Iraq pushIraqi officer: IS counterattacks on western edge of Mosul stall Iraqi forces' push in Old City, IS last stronghold
The Associated Press1 day ago
Egypt army: 12 vehicles destroyed crossing from LibyaEgypt's military says its air force destroyed 12 vehicles loaded with weapons, ammunitions and explosives, after receiving intelligence information that "criminal elements" were attempting to cross the western border with Libya
The Associated Press1 day ago
Germany, Iran call for negotiations in crisis with QatarGermany's foreign minister appeals for direct dialogue in Gulf Arab states' crisis with Qatar, urges Kuwait to moderate
The Associated Press1 day ago
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