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The Latest: US-backed fighters press on to take IS capitalSyrian opposition activists say U.S.-backed fighters are on the offensive to capture a major village east of the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group
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Israeli rights group: Troops seize Palestinian boyAn Israeli rights group has released an amateur video it says shows soldiers detaining a terrified 8 year old Palestinian boy as they tried to get him to identify people who had thrown a firebomb in the West Bank
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FILE - In this Oct. 16, 1016 file photo, ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak waves to his supporters from his room at the Maadi Military Hospital as they celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the Oct. 6, 1973 war. An Egyptian security official said Froday, March 24, 2017 that the country’s ousted President Hosni Mubarak returned home, after his release. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
Egypt's Mubarak returns home after years-long detentionEgyptian security official says ousted President Hosni Mubarak is back home, free after his release from detention
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An Egyptian security official says ousted President Hosni Mubarak is back home, free after his release from detentionAn Egyptian security official says ousted President Hosni Mubarak is back home, free after his release from detention
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Blast rattles Cairo suburb, killing 1; police don't say bombEgypt says man killed, 3 members of his family injured when a device exploded in his backyard in Cairo suburb
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Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr chant slogans demanding government reform during a demonstration in Tahrir square, Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, March 24, 2017. Iraq's influential Shiite cleric al-Sadr has threatened to boycott the upcoming provincial elections, urging instead followers to join a "reform revolution." Al-Sadr spoke to thousands at an anti-government protest on Friday in Baghdad, calling for continued peaceful rallies.(AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
At Baghdad rally, Iraq cleric threatens to boycott electionsIraq's influential Shiite cleric threatens to boycott upcoming elections, calls followers to a 'reform revolution'
The Associated Press4 hours ago
In this Wednesday, March 22, 2017 photograph, a pilot prepares to fly an F-18 off of the USS George H.W. Bush as it travels through the Persian Gulf. The carrier soon will begin launching airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
French defense chief: Battle for Syria's Raqqa within daysFrance's defense minister says battle to take IS main stronghold in Syria _ city of Raqqa _ will start in coming days
The Associated Press5 hours ago
FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2001, file photo, smoke billows from one of the towers of the World Trade Center and flames as debris explodes from the second tower in New York. Family members of 9/11 families and others harmed in the terrorist attacks are on a fresh quest to hold Saudi Arabia responsible. A magistrate judge presiding over a Thursday, March 23, 2017, hearing says she hopes to streamline the legal process to speed the lawsuits along. (AP Photo/Chao Soi Cheong, File)
Lawsuits blaming Saudi Arabia for 9/11 get new lifeFamily members of 9/11 families and others harmed in the attacks are on a fresh quest to hold Saudi Arabia responsible
The Associated Press9 hours ago
A 19-year-old dual U.S.-Israeli citizen covers his face as he is brought to court in Rishon Lezion, Israel, Thursday, March 23, 2017. Israeli police said they have arrested a Jewish Israeli man who is the prime suspect behind a wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers and other institutions in the United States. The police withheld his identity. (AP Photo/Nir Keidar) ***ISRAEL OUT***
Israel arrests hacker linked to threats on US Jewish centersIsraeli police have arrested a 19-year-old hacker who they say is the main suspect in a wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States, appearing to crack a case that has sent a chill through the American Jewish community
The Associated Press12 hours ago
Palestinians: Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West BankThe Palestinian Health Ministry says Israeli troops killed a 17-year-old Palestinian and wounded another three when soldiers opened fire on their car in the West Bank
The Associated Press18 hours ago
AP Interview: US pilot describes challenges of bombing ISA U.S. pilot involved in strikes against the Islamic State group says the airspace above the extremists has grown more crowded, though military planners are working to keep fliers safe
The Associated Press19 hours ago
Syrian troops besiege Islamic State strongholdSyrian government forces are besieging the last stronghold of the Islamic State group in the northern province of Aleppo, weeks after their offensive began to take back all of the province
The Associated Press19 hours ago
FILE - In this March 3, 2017, file photo, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, center, a member of Congress's bipartisan task force combating anti-Semitism, speaks with a reporter after holding a press conference to address bomb treats against Jewish organizations and vandalism at Jewish cemeteries at the Park East Synagogue in New York. Israeli police arrested a 19-year-old Israeli Jewish man on Thursday, March 23, as the primary suspect in a string of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers and other institutions in the U.S., marking a potential breakthrough in the case. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
The Latest: Jewish leaders welcome arrest of threat suspectJewish community leaders in Florida have expressed relief that a suspect has been arrested in the wave of bomb threats against Jewish targets across the United States in recent weeks but said it was unclear whether he was the sole perpetrator
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Egypt says Sinai fighting kills 12 security forcesMilitants have killed 10 Egyptian soldiers and two police in the Sinai Peninsula, underscoring the challenge security forces face in combatting an Islamic State affiliate in the restive area bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip
The Associated Press20 hours ago
No laptop on board? Jordan airline gives light-hearted tipsJordan's national carrier is dispensing some light-hearted advice to passengers on how to survive long-haul flights without laptops
The Associated Press21 hours ago
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