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Official: US looking into Syria toxic gas reports

  DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that reports of a poison gas attack in a rural village north of Damascus were so far “unsubstantiated,” adding that the United States was trying to establish what really happened before it considers a response. Both sides in Syria’s civil war [...]

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Iran official concerned for nuclear power plant

  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s nuclear chief has raised concerns for the fate of the country’s only running atomic power plant amid talks with the West about a final deal to curb Tehran’s controversial nuclear program, a newspaper reported on Monday. The government-run daily “Iran” quoted Ali Akbar Salehi, the Iranian negotiator in talks [...]

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Bombings kill at least 16 people in northern Iraq

  BAGHDAD (AP) — Bombings targeting security forces in northern Iraq killed at least 16 people Sunday, authorities said, as the country prepares for a crucial election later this month. In the deadliest attack, an explosives-laden parked car exploded as a joint Iraqi army and police patrol passed through a busy commercial area in Mosul, [...]

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Israel readies for Passover, marking Egypt exodus

  JERUSALEM (AP) — Smoke wafted through the air in Jerusalem on Monday morning as Jews burned scraps of bread and added the final touches to weeks of meticulous preparations for Passover, the holiday in which the biblical story of the Exodus of the Jewish people from ancient Egypt is retold. This year, the holiday [...]

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Syrian forces take 3 villages near Lebanese border

  MAALOULA, Syria (AP) — Syrian government troops seized at least three border communities, including an ancient Christian hamlet, north of Damascus on Monday, state media and activists said, in a dramatic one-day sweep that suggests rebel strongholds along the Lebanese frontier are near total collapse. The capture of Sarkha, Maaloula and Jibbeh was the [...]

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Egypt court upholds sentence for 3 activists

    CAIRO (AP) — An appeals court on Monday upheld the convictions and three-year prison sentences handed down to three of Egypt’s most prominent political activists, a ruling that is likely to revive opposition to a draconian protest law they were accused of violating. It is also certain to deepen the rift between the [...]

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AP photographer killed, reporter wounded

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A veteran Associated Press photographer was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan. Anja Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer, was killed instantly, according to an AP Television News freelancer who witnessed [...]

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Egypt: Bombings bring escalation in campus wars

CAIRO (AP) — A series of three bombs went off Wednesday outside Cairo University, killing a police general and wounding seven people, introducing a new level of violence to the almost daily battles at campuses fought by Egyptian police and students loyal to the ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Universities have emerged as the main [...]

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Saudi artists cautiously push against redlines

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — When Ahmed Mater visited Mecca in 2010 something felt off. Dozens of cranes were eating away at the mosque to make way for a larger complex surrounding the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure to which observant Muslims pray toward five times a day that also draws millions of pilgrims annually [...]

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Israel says it won’t release Palestinian prisoners

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Thursday abruptly called off a release of Palestinian prisoners, sending U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s troubled Mideast peace efforts further into a tailspin. The Israeli announcement, made in reaction to a renewed Palestinian push for membership in United Nations agencies, deepened the crisis in U.S.-led peace talks and made [...]

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Lebanon registers 1 million Syrian refugees

  TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) — Yahya was trapped in his hometown for two years by Syria’s civil war, moving from house to house to avoid shells and bullets. His father was killed by a sniper. His family then fled to another town that came under a fierce government offensive. When the teenager finally made it [...]

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