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AP PHOTOS: Ex-army chief hoping to be Israel's next premier

Oded Balilty, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 15th - 12:39am

As former army chief of staff Benny Gantz campaigns to be Israel's next leader, he is relying less on policy specifics than on the archetypal image of a military man who can rise above the political fray and defend a country that feels perpetually under siege.

Embattled Israeli PM fights for survival in do-over election

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 15th - 12:06am

A visibly frantic Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the fight of his political life as the country heads to national elections for the second time this year.

Hong Kong protesters rally for support at British Consulate

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 11:10pm

Hundreds of demonstrators rallied Sunday outside the British Consulate in Hong Kong, stepping up calls for international support in their months-long campaign for democratic reforms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 2:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 10:41pm

Drone attacks by Yemeni rebels have halted about half of the supplies from the world's largest exporter of oil, Saudi Arabia, after hitting the kingdom's biggest oil processing facility and a major oil field. The attacks early Saturday set off huge fires and led to a suspension of "production operations" at the Abqaiq facility and the Khurais field. President Donald Trump called the Saudi crown prince after the attack, expressing U.S. support for the kingdom's security and stability.

No kites, pigeon flying as China preps for 70th anniversary

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 10:22pm

China has banned flying kites, drones and captive pigeons over central Beijing for more than two weeks as it prepares for a military parade and other celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule on Oct. 1.

Cleanup resumes in Bahamas as Humberto swirls away

DÁnica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 10:04pm

Jeffrey Roberts lifted a mustard-yellow curtain from the ground as he looked for passports and other documents at the site where his family's home once stood in Grand Bahama.

North Macedonia prosecutor dismissed over corruption scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 1:08pm

Lawmakers in North Macedonia have dismissed a special prosecutor tasked with investigating high-level corruption who herself has been detained under suspicion of involvement in a high-profile graft scandal.

Sudan court says trial of al-Bashir to resume next week

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 11:21am

A Sudanese court says the trial of former President Omar al-Bashir on corruption and money laundering charges will resume next week.

Egypt's el-Sissi dismisses corruption allegations

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 7:51am

Egypt's president on Saturday angrily dismissed corruption allegations made by a businessman-in-exile against the country's military as "sheer lies and defamation."

Death toll rises to 6 in torrential rains in southeast Spain

Joseph Wilson, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 7:19am

Record rainfall claimed two more lives in southeastern Spain as it caused widespread flooding, raising the overall death toll to six from the storms, authorities said Saturday.

Egypt officials: Attack kills 3 forces, 3 militants in Sinai

Ashraf Sweillam, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 7:05am

Egyptian security officials say at least three forces and three militants have been killed in a militant attack on a checkpoint in restive northern Sinai province.

Gunmen kill 4 Pakistani troops in attacks near Afghan border

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 6:13am

Pakistan says gunmen have killed four of its soldiers in two different attacks in the country's northwest near the Afghan border.

Austria's Freedom Party elects Norbert Hofer as new leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 6:03am

Austria's far-right Freedom Party elected former minister and presidential candidate Norbert Hofer as its leader on Saturday as it seeks to return to power in a Sept. 29 national election, trying to move beyond the scandal that brought down the previous administration.

Syria govt offers way out of rebel area; no one shows up

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 5:09am

Syrian state media is accusing militant groups of preventing civilians on Saturday from leaving the last rebel-held stronghold in the country's northwest through a corridor government troops are securing.

Libyan self-styled army says 3 fighters killed near Tripoli

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 4:56am

The self-styled Libyan National Army says three of its forces, including two commanders, were killed in a drone attack by militias loosely allied with the U.N.-supported government.

Afghan government says elections first, peace deal after

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 4:26am

The Afghan government will only consider making a "legitimate" peace with insurgents after national elections are held this month, an official told reporters on Saturday, despite the atmosphere of political uncertainty following the sudden halt in U.S.-Taliban peace talks.

Yemeni officials say rebel shelling kills 13 civilians

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 3:51am

Yemeni security officials say shelling by Houthi rebels has killed at least 13 civilians including women and children in the provinces of Hodeida and Taiz.

Indonesia seals off 30 companies over forest fires

Niniek Karmini and Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 2:57am

Indonesia has sealed off 30 companies amid a row with Malaysia over forest fires that are spreading a thick, noxious haze around Southeast Asia, officials said Saturday.

Germany's Merkel faces decisive week on climate protection

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 14th - 2:49am

Germany faces a decisive week in its efforts to combat climate change, with Chancellor Angela Merkel pledging Saturday that Europe's biggest economy will find good solutions but her governing coalition still haggling over a long-promised policy package.