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Albanian prosecutor seeks to lift former minister’s immunity

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian prosecutor general's office says it has asked parliament to lift the immunity of a former interior minister suspected of being involved with a drug trafficking ring. Saimir Tahiri, who was interior minister until March, is now a lawmaker with the governing ...

Thousands in Somali capital march in defiance after attack

By ABDI GULED, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Thousands of people took to the streets of Somalia's capital Wednesday in a show of defiance after the country's deadliest attack, as officials said two people have been arrested in connection with Saturday's massive truck bombing ...

EU unveils measures to tackle lone-wolf, low-tech attacks

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is unveiling new measures to help counter lone-wolf attacks following a spate of killings in major cities by extremists driving vehicles into crowds of people. The measures announced Wednesday aim to better protect major gatherings like concerts or sports ...

In Egypt, archaeologists find part of 4,000-year-old statue

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says archaeologists have discovered the head of a wooden statue, likely belonging to a female regent who ruled the country more than 4,000 years ago. Wednesday's statement by the Antiquities Ministry says the artifact was found in the district of Saqqara, near the ancient ...

Car bomb kills 5 police, 2 civilians in southwest Pakistan

By ABDUL SATTAR, Associated Press QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A car bomb attack struck a Pakistani police truck in the southwestern city of Quetta on Wednesday, killing at least five policemen and two civilians. In a separate attack in Quetta, a police officer was gunned down by assailants ...

Iran top leader urges Europe to do more to back nuclear deal

By AMIR VAHDAT, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Wednesday urged Europe to do more to back the 2015 nuclear deal after President Donald Trump refused to re-certify the pact. European companies have rushed into the Iranian markets since the landmark ...

AP News Guide: The rise and fall of the Islamic State group

By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group, responsible for some of the worst atrocities perpetrated against civilians in recent history, appears on the verge of collapse. After brutalizing residents living under its command for more than three years, the ...

After Kirkuk, Kurdish forces pull out of more areas in Iraq

By BALINT SZLANKO, Associated Press KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish forces lost more territory in Iraq on Tuesday, withdrawing from the town of Sinjar a day after Iraqi forces pushed them out of the disputed city of Kirkuk. It was the second hasty withdrawal for the Kurdish forces, known as the ...

Syrian commander says Syria’s Raqqa is free from IS

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces liberated the city of Raqqa from Islamic State militants on Tuesday, a senior commander for the force said, adding that clearing operations were underway to remove land mines left behind and search for the extremist ...

Ophelia batters UK after pummeling Ireland, leaves 3 dead

LONDON (AP) — Storm Ophelia is battering Scotland and northern England after leaving three people dead and hundreds of thousands without power in Ireland. The former Atlantic hurricane downed trees and power lines, sent waves surging over coastal defenses and disrupted transport again ...