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In this Jan. 20, 2015, file photo, activist Nabeel Rajab strokes his pet bird at his home following an interview with The Associated Press in Bani Jamra, Bahrain. A court in Bahrain sentenced Rajab to five years in prison over a series of tweets on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)
Bahrain sentences prominent activist to 5 years in prisonBahrain sentences prominent activist to 5 years in prison over tweets alleging torture, criticizing Saudi war in Yemen
The Associated Press14 minutes ago
President says Egypt 'scored a goal' with Israel gas dealEgypt's president says his country 'scored a goal' with $15 billion Israeli gas deal
The Associated Press25 minutes ago
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accompanied by his wife Sara cuts the ribbon during the opening ceremony for a bomb-proof emergency room in a hospital in Ashkelon, Israel, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
A look at the scandals surrounding Israel's prime ministerA look at the scandals engulfing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is fighting for his political life while denying any wrongdoing
The Associated Press36 minutes ago
In this Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 photo, a woman walks home after collecting wood and tree leaves in Tighanmin, a Middle Atlas village near Azilal, central Morocco. Bitter temperatures and heavy snowfall has beleaguered several regions in Morocco, disrupting schools, cutting off villages and national highways. The effects are starkest in the remote villages in the Middle Atlas region. Where once the hostile mountain range protected local Amazigh tribes from attackers, they now isolate villages during winter, often for months on end.  (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Snow isolates Moroccan mountain villages more used to sunBitter temperatures and heavy snowfall has beleaguered several regions in Morocco, disrupting schools, cutting off villages and national highways
The Associated Press1 hour ago
In this Oct. 27, 2010 file photo, a Boeing 737 being delivered to FlyDubai is seen in Seattle. Budget carrier FlyDubai said Wednesday its earnings and profits have increased, with revenue reaching 5.5 billion dirhams ($1.5 billion) in 2017 compared to 5 billion dirhams ($1.37 billion) in 2016. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Budget carrier flydubai sees profits and revenue increaseBudget carrier flydubai says its earnings and profits have increased from the year before, with revenue reaching 5.5 billion dirhams ($1.5 billion) and profits at 37.3 million dirhams ($10 million) last year
The Associated Press1 hour ago
The Latest: Turkey vows to press on with Syria offensiveThe spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey is determined to press ahead with its offensive to clear a Syrian enclave of Kurdish fighters despite an attempt by Syrian pro-government forces to enter the region
The Associated Press2 hours ago
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves during the opening ceremony for a bomb-proof emergency room in a hospital in Ashkelon, Israel, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Israeli media: Netanyahu confidant to testify against himIsraeli media are reporting that one of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's closest confidants has turned state witness and will incriminate Netanyahu in corruption allegations
The Associated Press3 hours ago
In this photo released on Tuesday Feb. 20, 2018 provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows members of the Syrian Civil Defense extinguishing a store during airstrikes and shelling by Syrian government forces, in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria. Intense Syrian government shelling and airstrikes of rebel-held Damascus suburbs killed at least 100 people since Monday in what was the deadliest day in the area in three years, a monitoring group and paramedics said Tuesday. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)
New strikes kill 10 in rebel-held suburbs of Syrian capitalSyrian rescuers say 10 people have been killed by government airstrikes and shelling on a town in the suburbs of Damascus
The Associated Press3 hours ago
Court in Bahrain sentences prominent activist Nabeel Rajab to 5 years in prison over tweetsCourt in Bahrain sentences prominent activist Nabeel Rajab to 5 years in prison over tweets
The Associated Press5 hours ago
In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 photo, Lebanese talk show host Marcel Ghanem, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in Beirut, Lebanon. A string of criminal suits against Lebanese journalists, researchers and even late night comedy hosts has jolted the small country, long seen as an island of free speech in a region dominated by autocrats. Lebanese authorities are cracking down on criticism of the military, politicians and foreign leaders ahead of national elections. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Lebanon gets tough on the press ahead of electionsA string of criminal suits against Lebanese journalists and researchers has jolted this small country that is accustomed to styling itself as the main forum for ideas in the Middle East
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Palestinian leader calls for peace conference by mid-2018Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is calling for an international peace conference by mid-2018 with key goals of full UN membership for the state of Palestine and a timeframe for resolving all issues with Israel for a two-state solution.
The Associated Press11 hours ago
This photo released Tuesday Feb. 20, 2018, provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows members of the Syrian Civil Defense group carrying a man who was killed during airstrikes and shelling by Syrian government forces, in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria. Intense Syrian government shelling and airstrikes of rebel-held Damascus suburbs killed at least 100 people since Monday in what was the deadliest day in the area in three years, a monitoring group and paramedics said Tuesday. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, via AP)
Government bombing of Damascus suburbs kills more than 100Government forces bomb the northeastern suburbs of the Syrian capital for a second straight day, killing more than 100 people and raising the specter of a full-scale offensive that could spell catastrophe for the 400,000 residents trapped under siege
The Associated Press15 hours ago
President of the Syria Negotiation Commission, Nasr al-Hariri, speaks during a media conference in Brussels on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The Syrian Negotiation Commission are in Brussels to meet with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, EU Ambassadors and other senior officials to press their European allies to protect civilians and address the humanitarian crisis. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
AP Explains: Syria's starved, rebellious suburb under attackAP Explains: Syria's starved rebellious suburbs east of the Syrian capital, Damascus, are under attack
The Associated Press15 hours ago
This photo released on Tuesday Feb. 20, 2018 provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Ghouta Media Center, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian paramedics treat an injured man who was wounded by the shelling of the Syrian government forces, at a makeshift hospital, in Ghouta, suburb of Damascus, Syria. A Syrian monitoring group and paramedics say government shelling and airstrikes on rebel-held suburbs of the capital, Damascus, killed at least 98 people on Monday. (Ghouta Media Center via AP)
The Latest: Group says Syria death toll tops 100 for the dayA monitoring group says the death toll from government shelling and airstrikes outside Damascus has exceeded 100 people for the second straight day
The Associated Press15 hours ago
Jared Kushner, left, and Jason Greenblatt, right, listen as American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during a Security Council meeting on the situation in Palestine, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
The Latest: Envoy says US extends hand to PalestiniansU.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley is offering "the outstretched hand of the United States to the Palestinian people in the cause of peace" _ but she says the Trump administration will not change its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital
The Associated Press17 hours ago
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