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  • Egypt's censorship board head resigns in film spat 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 3:40 pm
  • CAIRO - The head of Egypt's censorship board has resigned after the country's prime minister overruled his decision to allow a film starring a sultry Lebanese singer to be shown.

  • Egypt's el-Sissi visits Coptic pope before Easter 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 2:49 pm
  • CAIRO - Egypt's former military chief and presumed presidential front-runner visited the Coptic pope Saturday ahead of Orthodox Easter, making his first public appearance since he formally made his bid for the presidency.

  • Egypt archaeologists find ancient writer's tomb 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 9:07 am
  • CAIRO - Egypt's minister of antiquities says a team of Spanish archaeologists has discovered two tombs in the southern part of the country, one of them belonging to a writer and containing a trove of artifacts including reed pens and a bronze inkwell.

  • Al-Qaida chief blesses attacks on Egypt security 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 6:49 am
  • CAIRO - Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has given his blessing to attacks of Egyptian jihadis on the police and army, but said they should avoid harming civilians.

  • UN says 58 killed in attack on UN base in SSudan 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 8:08 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - An attack on a U.N. peacekeeping base in South Sudan where some 5,000 members of an ethnic minority had sought shelter killed 58 people and injured about 100 others, a U.N. official said Friday.

  • In Egypt, a corruption watchdog hit by backlash 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 1:10 pm
  • CAIRO - Hesham Genena has created uproar by trying to actually do his job. The head of one of Egypt's foremost government oversight agencies, he says he has uncovered billions of dollars-worth of corruption, involving some of the country's most untouchable institutions, including the police, intelligence agencies, and the judiciary.

  • Algeria's ailing president, 77, wins 4th term 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 12:58 pm
  • ALGIERS, Algeria - President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a fourth term in office with a landslide 81 percent of the vote, according to preliminary figures announced Friday by the Algerian government.

  • Suburban Philly teen waging war on Darfur violence 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 9:23 am
  • ARDMORE, Pennsylvania - Five years ago, Abri Bernstein's mother took her to see a grim documentary called "The Devil Came on Horseback," about war, famine, and genocide in a remote land 6,500 miles away, the troubled Darfur region of Sudan.

  • SSudan: 12 die after mob attacks UN base 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 9:40 pm
  • JUBA, South Sudan - An angry mob of South Sudanese youths attacked a U.N. base on Thursday in order to harm members of an ethnic minority sheltering inside. Peacekeepers were forced to open fire, amid rampaging violence that killed at least 12 people, officials there said.

  • Gulf Arab states strike new deal to heal rifts 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:41 pm
  • RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The Western-allied Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council said Thursday the bloc has agreed on the mechanisms to implement a security pact, marking a possible first step toward bridging deep rifts among its six energy-rich states.

  • Algerian election faces disaffected populace 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:15 pm
  • ALGIERS, Algeria - The college students playing pick-up soccer along the faded grandeur of Algiers' sweeping waterfront say they won't be voting in Thursday's presidential elections, echoing the sentiments of many young Algerians.

  • Egypt clamps hold over mosques to control message 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:32 am
  • CAIRO - In his weekly sermon, Muslim cleric Ali Abdel-Moati preached to his congregation in a southern Egyptian city about the evils of making hasty judgments. That prompted a complaint to authorities from a judge, who accused him of criticizing a recent mass death sentence issued against supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

  • Zeina Karam appointed AP's Beirut bureau chief 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:07 am
  • CAIRO - Zeina Karam, who has reported on political upheaval, war and transformation in the Middle East for almost two decades, has been named as Beirut bureau chief for The Associated Press, leading coverage of Lebanon as well as the devastating conflict in Syria.

  • Gunmen abduct Jordanian ambassador in Libya 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:02 am
  • TRIPOLI, Libya - Masked gunmen abducted the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital early Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of abductions in the North African nation still plagued by lawlessness more than two years after the ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

  • Israeli families gather for ritual Passover meal 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 2:08 pm
  • JERUSALEM - Families across Israel gathered after sundown Monday for ritual meals signaling the start of Passover, with holiday observances overshadowed by a fatal shooting in the West Bank.

  • Garcia-Lopez wins Grand Prix Hassan II title 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 2:26 pm
  • CASABLANCA, Morocco - Eighth-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez won his first title in nearly four years after rallying to beat fourth-seeded Marcel Granollers 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in an all-Spanish final on clay at the Grand Prix Hassan II on Sunday.

  • African migrants in Israel hold Passover meal 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 2:22 pm
  • HOLOT DETENTION FACILITY, Israel - Hundreds of African migrants gathered in Israel's Negev desert Friday to eat matzo and recall the Passover story, mere steps away from a detention facility where they are being held.

  • Crocodile close calls: UK man walks length of Nile 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 11:00 am
  • JUBA, South Sudan - Close calls with crocodiles, a brutal civil war and even the death of a fellow traveler have not deterred a British man from attempting to walk the length of the Nile River.

  • Crocodile close calls: UK man walks length of Nile 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 10:46 am
  • JUBA, South Sudan - Close calls with crocodiles, a brutal civil war and even the death of a fellow traveler have not deterred a British man from attempting to walk the length of the Nile River.

  • Algeria hopes to finally come out of shadow of '82 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 6:02 am
  • Algeria's players hope to finally come out of the shadow of the 1982 World Cup team, which is still considered the nation's best after beating European champion West Germany in their opening group game.

  • 5 Algeria players to watch at the World Cup 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 6:02 am
  • Under coach Vahid Halilhodzic, Algeria has more flair and scores more goals.

  • Algeria in good shape under coach Halilhodzic 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 6:02 am
  • When Algeria qualified for the World Cup there was a rare sight in the dressing room as Vahid Halilhodzic briefly let down his guard and joined in with the players as they sang "One, two, three, Viva l'Algerie."

  • Belgium, Russia headline Group H at the World Cup 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 5:56 am
  • BRUSSELS - With Belgium, Russia, South Korea and Algeria, don't expect too much pre-World Cup hype from Group H.

  • Video shows suicide bomber who killed 16 in Egypt 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 7:16 pm
  • CAIRO - An al-Qaida inspired group in Egypt posted a video online Thursday showing a suicide bomber attacking a security headquarters in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, an assault that killed 16 people in December.

  • Cash-strapped Hamas turns to e-bullets 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 4:04 pm
  • GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - In a long hallway that looks more like a videogame arcade than a military base, Hamas security forces are holding target practice using assault rifles fitted with lasers - all without firing a bullet.