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  • Egypt's Tourism Officials Insist Popular Sites Are Safe

    Egypt's tourism levels are still around a third of what they once were and, despite security concerns, Egypt's tourism minister on Monday insisted the country's popular Red Sea resorts and Ancient Egyptian sites are a safe choice for travelers. "We are saying that the tourism sector is safe, the airports are secure, the hotels are secure," Mohamed Yehia Rashed said, adding that there have not been security breaches at tourist sites. He said Germany represents the...

  • Arkansas Executes 2 Prisoners in One Night

    The southern U.S. state of Arkansas executed two people in the span of about three hours late Monday, as authorities work to carry out death sentences on a number of inmates before a drug used in the lethal injections expires at the end of the month. The first to die Monday was 52-year-old Jack Jones, who was convicted for the 1995 killing of Mary Phillips and the attempted murder of her 11-year-old daughter. Lawyers for 46-year-old Marcel Williams won a brief delay in his execution as...

  • UN Hosts Aid-pledging Conference for Beleaguered Yemen

    The U.N. secretary-general is appealing on dozens of countries to boost aid funds for war-torn Yemen, which is considered one of the world's greatest humanitarian crises and faces "the world's largest hunger crisis.''   Antonio Guterres kicked off an aid conference in Geneva co-hosted with the Swiss and Swedish foreign ministers, aimed at better addressing a crisis that has been overshadowed by Syria's war and other Mideast conflicts.   "Our...

  • UN: Aid Funds to Stop Famine in Nigeria's Northeast may Dry up by June

    Aid organizations working to stop the famine in Nigeria will run out of money by June if donors do not give the cash they pledged at a conference in February, worsening an already difficult situation, a U.N. official said on Monday. The famine in the northeast of the West African country is one of four hot spots, together with South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia, that constitute the worst humanitarian crisis the world has faced since 1945, the U.N. said in March. In Nigeria, 4.7 million...

  • Philippines: Malaysian, 3 Indonesians Among Slain Militants

    Three Indonesians and a Malaysian were among 37 militants killed in a Philippine military assault that captured the southern jungle camp of an extremist band allied with the Islamic State group, the country's military chief of staff said Tuesday. Gen. Eduardo Ano said 14 of the dead from a series of clashes in southern Lanao del Sur province have been identified so far.   Officials said an army general raised the Philippine flag in the camp belonging to the Maute armed band...

  • Americans Arrested in North Korea Remain Pawns in Nuclear Standoff

    The release of the now three Americans being detained in North Korea seems unlikely in the near future as Washington and Pyongyang move closer to the brink of conflict over the growing nuclear threat on the Korean Peninsula. Korean-American Kim Sang Duk, also known as Tony Kim, became the third American to be held in North Korea, when he was arrested Saturday at the Pyongyang International Airport as he was trying to leave the country. The 58-year-old Kim was teaching...

  • Iraqi Troops Capture Largest Neighborhood in Western Mosul

    Iraqi troops on Tuesday drove out Islamic State militants from the largest neighborhood in the western half of the city of Mosul, a senior military commander said, a major development in the months-long fight to recapture the country's second-largest city.   U.S.-backed Iraqi forces declared eastern Mosul "fully liberated" in January, after officially launching the operation to retake the city in October.   In February, the troops started a new push to clear...

  • Spanish Police Arrest 8 Suspected of Ties to Brussels Attacks

    Police in Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia say they have arrested eight suspected members of a jihadi group with ties to the cells that carried out the 2016 suicide bomb attacks in Brussels' airport and subway. A police statement says the operation took place Tuesday with raids in five towns, including the regional capital Barcelona. Police say the arrests followed an eight-month investigation in coordination with Belgian police that linked several of the arrested to...

  • Artifacts Preserve Holocaust Stories for Future Generations

    The small wicker doll chair was a modest toy, but it meant the world to Louise Lawrence-Israels. A gift for her second birthday, it was the only toy she possessed during the approximately three years she spent hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam, just five blocks from the house where Anne Frank wrote in her diary. The chair is one of thousands of artifacts housed in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's new conservation and research center, which opened Monday on the annual memorial day...

  • Smugglers become Lifeline for the Starving in South Sudan

    Sadiq Mohammed climbs into the cab of a truck that looks more like a nightclub than a smuggler's perch. Red and yellow tassels dangle from the ceiling, while tapestry drapes much of the windshield. He switches on the electric fan above his head and nestles into the front seat, which he's fitted with a more comfortable lawn chair. The Sudanese trader-turned-smuggler says life is good. With both civil war and famine raging in South Sudan, "I have more business now than...

  • Chinese Takeover Bid for US-based MoneyGram Scrutinized

    The financial industry is closely watching Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial's attempt to acquire Dallas-based MoneyGram International, the world's second biggest money transfer company after Western Union. Ant is offering $1.2 billion, more than U.S.-based competitor Euronet Worldwide. If successful, the deal would turn Ant Financial into a financial behemoth with access to MoneyGram's vast network of 350,000 outlets of retail shops, post offices and banks across 200 countries....

  • Uncertainty Looms for Rohingya in India

    Accessed from a dusty, unpaved path, a shanty type settlement housing about 70 Rohingya families on the outskirts of New Delhi presents a squalid but quiet picture as children play, women fill water from a tanker and an elderly man patiently sifts through piles of waste material to pick out strips of wood for the household stove. But underneath the calm, tension runs high among the refugees following reports that authorities plan to identify and deport the mostly Muslim minority that fled...

  • French Presidential Candidates Look to Broaden Support

    One day after French voters put her in a presidential runoff with centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, nationalist, anti-immigration candidate Marine Le Pen has announced that she is temporarily stepping down as the leader of her party so she can run as a candidate for "all the French." In a move aimed at broadening her appeal, Le Pen said on French public television, "Tonight, I am no longer the president of the National Front. I am the presidential candidate,''...

  • As Trump Nears First 100 Days, Democrats Ramp up Opposition

    President Donald Trump will mark his first 100 days in office on Saturday at the end of what could be a pivotal week in his presidency. Trump is at a low ebb in terms of popularity for a new president and amid intense debate as to whether he has delivered on many of his campaign promises.  But the 100-day mark is also a point of reflection for Democrats as they deal with a riled-up political base demanding they oppose Trump at every turn. The 100-day measure of success and failure...

  • Trump Steps Back Border Wall Demand in Budget Fight

    U.S. President Donald Trump remains committed to building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but indicated Monday he is willing to wait until later this year for Congress to consider funding the project rather than insisting it be included in negotiations to avoid a government shut down this week. The current spending plan for U.S. government operations runs out at midnight Friday, leaving Trump and congressional negotiators just days to reach an accord on funding priorities through the...

  • US Nuclear Sub Arrives in S. Korea Amid N. Korean Threat

    U.S. nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Michigan, arrived Tuesday for a port call in South Korea, and the navies of those two countries joined Japan in exercises in the waters west of the Korean peninsula amid heightened tensions with North Korea. The naval exercises are scheduled to last through Wednesday, the same day  President Donald Trump has invited all 100 U.S. Senators to the White House for a classified briefing that will primarily concern North Korea. The briefing will...

  • Turkey Hits Kurdish Areas in Iraq and Syria

    Turkish warplanes carried out airstrikes on Tuesday against suspected Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq and in northeastern Syria, the military said, in a bid to prevent militants from smuggling fighters and weapons into Turkey. A Syrian Kurdish militia force said the strikes hit a media center, a local radio station, a communication headquarters and some military posts, killing an undetermined number of fighters in Syria's northeastern Hassakeh province. The Britain-based...

  • Official: Roadside Bomb Kills 9 People in Northwest Pakistan

    A Pakistani local government official says a roadside bombing has hit a minivan in the country's northwestern tribal region, killing nine people.    Arif Khan, a tribal administration official in the town of Parachinar, says the blast ripped through the van as it was travelling through a minority Shiite region of the Kurram tribal area, which borders Afghanistan.   The area has long been the scene of sectarian violence.   The official says a woman and two...

  • 27 Killed in Kenya Bus Collision

    Kenyan police say 27 people have been killed in a collision between a passenger bus and a trailer truck.    Police say the accident took place along the major road linking two of Kenya's biggest cities, capital Nairobi and the port of Mombasa.    Leornard Kimaiyo, the police chief in the Kambu area of Maukeni county, says the bus was heading to Mombasa and the trailer in the opposite direction when they collided on Tuesday.   Road accidents kill around...

  • State Department Removes Mar-a-Lago Post After Ethics Criticism

    The U.S. State Department Monday removed a post from one of its websites describing President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, after receiving sharp criticism that the post appeared to promote the president's private business interests. The content was part of a website named Share America and was published on April 4, but gained wide exposure after being shared on social media accounts of several U.S. embassies. "The intention of the article was to inform the public...

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