Kenya says attack by Somali militants thwarted in Garissa

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Kenyan forces fought suspected al-Shabab members in a village close to the northeastern town where a massacre of college students took place last month, according to the interior ministry. The ministry said in a statement Friday that the security...

Guinea reports 27 new Ebola cases after previous lull

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Authorities in the country where the Ebola epidemic began are concerned about a new outbreak of cases just as officials hoped the crisis was coming under control. Guinea has recorded 27 new cases within a week, compared to seven in the previous week,...
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Eiffel Tower closed amid workers’ anger about pickpockets

AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower closed to the public Friday as workers protested a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily. The walkout came a day after Paris authorities said crime...

Suicide bomber targets Shiite worshippers in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — An activist says a suicide bomber targeted a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers were commemorating the birth of a revered figure. Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry reports an explosion at a mosque in the eastern province of...
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AP PHOTOS: Fleeing Yemen war, thousands stuck in Djibouti

AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy OBOCK, Djibouti (AP) — Fleeing the war at home, thousands of Yemenis have made it across the Gulf of Aden to find refuge in Djibouti, a sleepy Horn of Africa nation where the United Nations has set up a staging hub for aid for the...

World Bank: Gaza economy on ‘verge of collapse’

JERUSALEM (AP) — Gaza’s economy is on the “verge of collapse,” a new World Bank report warned Friday, saying the unemployment rate there is now the highest in the world and calling on Israel and international donors to remedy the situation. It charged that...
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Spain: Local election seen as test for new upstart parties

AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti MADRID (AP) — Spain could be set for a political upheaval in key local elections this weekend, with strong signs that voters fed up with economic crisis and corruption scandals may punish both the ruling conservative Popular Party and the leading...
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Side story of slain Salvadoran archbishop: A family divided

AP Photo/Moises Castillo SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Maria Luisa de Martinez is one of the staunchest defenders of the memory of slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero. She sits on the board of the foundation that bears his name. She’s organized commemorative...
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Terror suspect wanted in US wins Irish case, walks free

AP Photo/PETER MORRISON DUBLIN (AP) — An Algerian-born terror suspect wanted in the United States walked free from a Dublin court Thursday after five years behind bars and a two-year legal battle against extradition. U.S. authorities had sought to convict Ali Charaf...
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A look at Palmyra, the historic Syrian town captured by IS

AP Photo/Uncredited BEIRUT (AP) — A look at Palmyra, the Syrian archaeological gem captured by Islamic State fighters. LOCATION: A desert oasis surrounded by palm trees in central Syria, Palmyra is also a strategic crossroads linking the Syrian capital Damascus with the...