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Israel bombs Gaza tunnel, closes key crossing after attack

By ARON HELLER and FARES AKRAM, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Saturday it was shutting down its main cargo crossing into Gaza after Palestinian protesters caused extensive damage to it, and that it had also destroyed an attack tunnel militants dug near its main ...

Record low turnout in first Iraq elections since IS defeat

By PHILIP ISSA and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq saw a record low turnout on Saturday in its first elections since the collapse of the Islamic State group, pointing to widespread dissatisfaction with the direction of the country under Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi ...

Trump welcomes N. Korea plan to blow up nuke-site tunnels

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday that it will dismantle its nuclear test site in less than two weeks, in a dramatic event that would set up leader Kim Jong Un's summit with President Donald Trump next month. Trump welcomed the "gracious ...

Israel, Iran engage in most serious confrontation in Syria

By ZEINA KARAM and ARON HELLER, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli forces unleashed a heavy bombardment against Iranian military installations in Syria on Thursday in what Israel called retaliation for an Iranian rocket barrage on its positions in the occupied Golan Heights, the most ...

Military finds multiple failures led to deadly Niger ambush

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Multiple failures led up to the deadly Niger attack last October, but top military leaders said Thursday that none directly caused the overwhelming enemy ambush that killed four American service members and sent others fighting and ...

Trump eyes breakthrough after NKorea frees Americans

By MATTHEW LEE, JILL COLVIN and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump celebrated the return Thursday of three Americans freed by North Korea and suggested their release heralded a potential breakthrough toward the goal of denuclearizing the Korean ...

Tanzania’s Maasai evicted in favor of tourism, group says

By RODNEY MUHUMUZA, Associated Press KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Tens of thousands of Tanzania's ethnic Maasai people are homeless after the government burned their houses to keep the savannah open for tourism benefiting two foreign safari companies, a U.S.-based group charged ...

UK apologizes ‘unreservedly’ for role in Libyans’ kidnapping

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Britain acknowledged Thursday that its intelligence agents played a role in the kidnapping and torture of an opponent of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and the man's wife — a rare admission of wrongdoing by British spies. Attorney ...

Israel hits dozens of Iranian targets in Syria after barrage

By SARAH EL DEEB and ARON HELLER, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The Israeli military on Thursday said it attacked nearly all of Iran's military installations in neighboring Syria in response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the occupied Golan Heights, in the most serious ...

Australian, 104, dies in assisted suicide in Switzerland

By PHILIPP JENNE, Associated Press LIESTAL, Switzerland (AP) — A 104-year-old Australian biologist who drew international attention to his right-to-die case ended his life in Switzerland on Thursday, an advocacy group said. Philip Nitschke, director of Exit International, said David Goodall ...