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  • new storyEgypt military pounds Sinai militant positions, kills 23 story has photos
    Updated: Jul-02-15 1:23 pm

    CAIRO - The Egyptian military pounded Islamic militant positions and killed 23 extremists in dawn raids in Sinai on Thursday, a day after an unprecedented assault by Islamic State-linked extremists in the restive peninsula that undermined government efforts to stem an insurgency in the area despite a two-year crackdown.

  • The Latest: Israel PM offers condolences over Sinai attacks story has photos
    Updated: Jul-02-15 11:38 am

    CAIRO - The latest on the aftermath of a coordinated militant assault on Egyptian security forces in the restive northern Sinai that killed dozens of troops and set off the bloodiest fighting in the peninsula in decades (all times local).

  • UK minister: Illogical to attack IS in Iraq but not Syria 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 11:23 am

    LONDON - Britain's defense minister says lawmakers should consider expanding Royal Air Force airstrikes against the Islamic State from Iraq into Syria.

  • Benghazi, where Libya's uprising began, now a shattered city 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 2:37 am

    BENGHAZI, Libya - The old courthouse in central Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city and the birthplace of the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi, is a shelled-out ruin - a testimony to the destruction and chaos that permeate this North African country four years after the civil war that ousted the longtime dictator.

  • Syria's Kurds warn Turkey not to intervene militarily 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 12:23 pm

    BEIRUT - Syria's main Kurdish party warned Turkey on Wednesday that any military intervention would threaten international peace and said the country's main Kurdish militia is ready to face any "aggression."

  • Pakistani artists look to counter violent extremism story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 2:37 am

    LAHORE, Pakistan - At a militant training camp in Pakistan, a new recruit asks his instructor why his comrades are attacking churches and mosques rather than enemy bases. "This world is full of sin. It needs to be bathed in blood," the instructor replies, nurturing seeds of doubt that will eventually lead the young man to turn away from violence.

  • As Kurds gain in Syria, Turkish govt ponders military action story has photos
    Updated: Jun-29-15 6:35 pm

    ANKARA, Turkey - As Kurdish rebels in northern Syria rack up wins against the Islamic State group, Turkish media is abuzz with talk of a long-debated military intervention to push the Islamic militants back from the Turkish border - a move that will also outflank any Kurdish attempts to create a state along Turkey's southern frontier.

  • New Jersey man charged with plotting to support militants 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 5:32 pm

    NEWARK, New Jersey - FBI agents on Monday arrested another New Jersey man and charged him with plotting to support the Islamic State group.

  • UN envoy urges restraint amid standoff in Colombia 
    Updated: Jun-28-15 5:25 pm

    BOGOTA, Colombia - A United Nations envoy is urging restraint amid a tense standoff on the front lines of Colombia's conflict between security forces and farmers who expelled police allegedly under pressure from leftist rebels.

  • Extremists storm AU base in Somalia, leaving many dead 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 4:05 pm

    MOGADISHU, Somalia - Islamic militants from the Al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group attacked a remote African Union base in Somalia on Friday, causing many casualties, the AU mission and a local official said.

  • Suicide car bombing kills 20 Syrian troops in Kurdish city story has photos
    Updated: Jun-26-15 3:02 pm

    BEIRUT - Syria's official news agency and activists say a suicide bombing has targeted a security building at the northeastern, mostly Kurdish city of Hassakeh.

  • AP Interview: Gaza rebuilding moving at 'snail's pace' story has photos
    Updated: Jun-25-15 3:46 am

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Gaza reconstruction is moving at a "snail's pace" and at this rate, it would likely take 30 years to rebuild the extensive damage from last summer's Israel-Hamas war, a senior U.N. official said.

  • Saunas and art therapy: Rehab for convicted Saudi extremists story has photos
    Updated: Jun-24-15 3:46 am

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - For most of his 20s, all Badr al-Enezi could think about was becoming a jihadi fighter. After getting in touch with former Guantanamo Bay prisoners who had returned to militancy, he began plotting how to take up arms.

  • Militant bombings kill 2 soldiers in southern Philippines 
    Updated: Jun-24-15 12:54 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Two Philippine soldiers have been killed and three others wounded in bomb attacks by Abu Sayyaf militants in a southern province, the military said Wednesday.

  • Druze anger sparks deadly attack on Israeli ambulance story has photos
    Updated: Jun-23-15 2:32 pm

    NABI SHUAIB SHRINE, Israel - An unprecedented attack by a mob of Israeli Druze villagers who snatched a wounded Syrian rebel from an Israeli ambulance in the Golan Heights and beat him to death reflects the spiraling anger among the Jewish state's Druze minority, which has been pushing for the government to do more to help the Syrian Druze caught up in the neighboring country's civil war.

  • UN says more than 3 million Iraqis displaced by IS, fighting 
    Updated: Jun-23-15 12:01 pm

    BAGHDAD - The number of people displaced within Iraq due to violence and fighting by the Islamic State group has exceeded 3 million, the United Nations said Tuesday, a grim milestone for the war-battered country.

  • Iraqis return to shattered Tikrit after Islamic State routed 
    Updated: Jun-23-15 2:52 am

    TIKRIT, Iraq - Abdel Mowgood Hassan climbs over toppled bricks and a torn-away front door to enter his uncle's house in Tikrit, the first of his relatives to make a cautious return home since Islamic State militants were driven out.

  • 4 Colombian soldiers die when helicopter lands in minefield 
    Updated: Jun-22-15 8:02 pm

    BOGOTA, Colombia - Four Colombian soldiers were killed Monday when their helicopter landed in a minefield, the latest attack attributed to leftist rebels as both sides in the country's long-running conflict harden their positions amid languishing peace talks.

  • UN report on Gaza: Both sides may be guilty of war crimes 
    Updated: Jun-22-15 11:00 am

    JERUSALEM - A much-awaited United Nations report into the 2014 Gaza war released Monday found that both Israel and Palestinian militant groups may have committed war crimes during the conflict.

  • Israel, Hamas in unspoken alliance against Gaza extremists 
    Updated: Jun-21-15 11:29 am

    KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip - Nearly a year after a devastating war, Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers appear to have formed an unspoken alliance in a common battle against the shared threat of jihadis aligned with the Islamic State group.

  • Somalia soldier, 4 militants killed in training site attack 
    Updated: Jun-21-15 4:59 am

    MOGADISHU, Somalia - A Somali soldier and four militants were killed Sunday as an al-Qaida-linked extremist group tried to attack a training compound used for intelligence officials in Mogadishu, a police officer said.

  • Sunni tribes, abandoned by Iraq, key to Islamic State fight story has photos
    Updated: Jun-20-15 5:25 pm

    HABANIYAH, Iraq - Parading across a desert base, hundreds of Sunni tribesmen who graduated a crash training course stood ready to take on the Islamic State group on behalf of a government that many believed left them to die at the hands of the extremists.

  • US report finds Iran threat undiminished as nuke deal nears story has photos
    Updated: Jun-19-15 4:01 pm

    WASHINGTON - Iran's support for international terrorist groups remained undiminished last year and even expanded in some respects, the Obama administration said Friday, less than two weeks before the deadline for completing a nuclear deal that could provide Tehran with billions of dollars in relief from economic sanctions.

  • Kashmir rattled by targeted killings after period of calm story has photos
    Updated: Jun-19-15 6:37 am

    SOPORE, India - Four assassination-style killings since last week have shaken this town in Kashmir just as the Himalayan region claimed by both India and Pakistan seemed to be slowly emerging from decades of violence.

  • FBI: 3 men plotted for months before cartoon contest attack 
    Updated: Jun-19-15 5:37 am

    PHOENIX - Three friends from a Phoenix mosque were lighting off fireworks during a New Year's Eve celebration when authorities say they struck up a conversation about wanting to make pipe bombs.