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April 20, 2015 - 9:13pm
1 week 5 days ago

CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — Prosecutors have arrested the Tunisian captain and a Syrian crew member of a boat that capsized off the coast of Libya with hundreds of people aboard in what may be the deadliest migrant tragedy ever.

An official says the two men were charged with favoring illegal immigration and that the captain was also charged with reckless multiple homicide in relation to the sinking.

The two men were arrested aboard the rescue boat that...

April 20, 2015 - 4:57pm
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TORONTO (AP) — Canada says it will issue a passport to Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who remains in Egypt on bail while awaiting trial on terror charges.

Kevin Menard, a spokesman for Canada's immigration minister, said Monday they are "now in a position to issue Mr. Fahmy a passport despite ongoing legal issues and travel restrictions."

Fahmy, who was born in Egypt and is a naturalized Canadian citizen, was freed from jail in February...

April 20, 2015 - 4:40pm
1 week 5 days ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is calling for $30 million in emergency aid to help Palestinian refugees in the embattled Yarmouk camp in the Syrian capital.

The council called for unhindered humanitarian access and protection of civilians inside the U.N. camp, now mainly controlled by Islamic State militants following heavy fighting this month.

Pierre Krahenbuhl, head of the U.N. agency that supports Palestinians, known as UNRWA,...

April 20, 2015 - 4:19pm
1 week 5 days ago

VIENNA (AP) — The Austrian publishers of U.S. writer Frederic Morton say he has died at age 90.

The Deuticke publishing house said Monday that Morton died overnight in his Vienna hotel room.

Morton wrote 12 books including "The Rothschilds" and "A Nervous Splendor," both of them National Book Award finalists.

"The Rothschilds" was made into Tony Award-winning musical, while "A Nervous Splendor," chronicling 1888 to 1889 in Vienna...

April 20, 2015 - 4:15pm
1 week 5 days ago

PARIS (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad says the French and Syrian intelligence services have had "some contacts" over the fight against the Islamic State group but denied that there is any cooperation between them.

Assad made the remarks in a taped interview with French television station France 2 broadcast Monday.

In the interview, Assad said Syrian officials "met with some of your security officials, but there's no cooperation" and no exchange...

April 20, 2015 - 2:41pm
1 week 5 days ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian ministers have unexpectedly cut short their rare visit to the Gaza Strip.

It was not clear what led the West Bank ministers to leave ahead of schedule on Monday. But rival Palestinian factions blamed each other for the abrupt departure.

The eight Cabinet ministers, all from the West Bank, arrived on Sunday. They were supposed to spend the week in Gaza in hopes of wresting more control from the Islamic Hamas...

April 20, 2015 - 2:34pm
1 week 5 days ago

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Human Rights Watch and a coalition of 40 organizations in Senegal are calling on the government and police to enforce laws adopted nearly a decade ago that prohibit forcing children to beg.

The groups issued a report Monday that said more than 30,000 Muslim boys who are sent to Quranic schools in Dakar region are exploited by teachers and forced to beg for food and money. The report said in many cases the children live in poor conditions and that...

April 20, 2015 - 2:24pm
1 week 5 days ago

HAVANA (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has met with Cuba's top officials for U.S. affairs at the start of a trip that makes him the first American governor to visit Cuba since the recent thaw in relations with the communist nation.

Cuomo arrived in Havana Monday and traveled to the Hotel Nacional, where he met with Josefina Vidal, Cuba's top negotiator in meetings over re-establishing diplomatic ties. He had meetings planned with officials from the Cuban government and...

April 20, 2015 - 1:51pm
1 week 6 days ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's prime minister said a ceremony would be held in Istanbul to commemorate Armenians killed a century ago by Ottoman Turks and again issued condolences to their descendants.

However, in a message released Monday, Ahmet Davutoglu stopped short of calling the slaughter of Armenians genocide and criticized efforts to force Turkey to admit to the crime.

Historians estimate that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by...

April 20, 2015 - 12:49pm
1 week 6 days ago

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced a popular Armenian belly dancer to six months in prison for "insulting the Egyptian flag" after she allegedly wore a tight dress in its red, white and black color scheme.

The court in Agouza, west of Cairo, said on Monday that Sofinar Gourian, known popularly as "Safinaz," was fined 15,000 pounds (almost $2,000) and paid another 10,000 pounds bail pending appeal. The case had been initiated by a private complaint....

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