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Egypt arrests 7 for raising rainbow flag at indie rock gigEgyptian security officials say seven homosexuals have been charged with "inciting immorality" after a concert at which the rainbow flag of the LGBT movement was raised in a rare support of gay rights in conservative Egypt
The Associated Press1 hour ago
An Iraqi Kurdish woman shows her inked finger after casting a vote during the referendum on independence from Iraq in Irbil, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. Iraq's Kurdish region vote in a referendum on whether to secede from Iraq. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
The Latest: US 'deeply disappointed' by Iraqi Kurds voteThe U.S. says it's "deeply disappointed" that Iraqi Kurds held a referendum on independence Monday, calling the vote "unilateral."
The Associated Press2 hours ago
A man waves the Kurdish flag in the streets of Irbil after polling stations closed on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. The Kurds of Iraq were voting in a referendum on support for independence that has stirred fears of instability across the region, as the war against the Islamic State group winds down. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
Iraq's Kurds vote on independence, raising regional fearsIraqi Kurds have voted in a referendum on supporting independence, a move billed by the Kurdish leadership as an exercise in self-determination but viewed by Baghdad and regional powers as a hostile action
The Associated Press6 hours ago
What's next after Iraqi Kurds vote on independenceWhat's next after Iraq's Kurds vote on independence, defying the central government and most of the international community
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Thousands of Libyans march for new politician, others opposeNearly 2,000 demonstrators have gathered in the Libyan capital in support of a Switzerland-based Libyan businessman who had called for a rally to reject the leadership of both main sides in the divided country
The Associated Press8 hours ago
FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2017 file photo, activist lawyer Khaled Ali speaks to The Associated Press at his office in Cairo, Egypt. On Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, an Egyptian court sentenced Ali, a prominent opposition leader widely expected to run against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in next year’s elections, to three months in prison over a charge of offending public morals for making an obscene finger gesture. (AP Photo/Thomas Hartwell, File )
Egypt court sentences notable opposition leader to 3 monthsAn Egyptian court has sentenced a prominent opposition leader widely expected to run against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in next year's elections to three months in prison for offending public morals
The Associated Press8 hours ago
This photo provided Monday, Sept 25, 2017, by the Ghouta Media Center, a Syrian activist media group, shows smoke and debris rising after Syrian government shelling of the rebel-held Jobar neighborhood of Damascus, Syria. Activists and monitoring groups reported airstrikes in Aleppo, Idlib and Hama provinces, as well as clashes between rebels and pro-government forces in northern Syria and on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus. (Ghouta Media Center, via AP)
US-backed forces say Russia attacked them in eastern SyriaU.S.-backed forces in eastern Syria have accused Russia of bombing their positions in a major natural gas field they recently captured from Islamic State militants
The Associated Press8 hours ago
A look at the Kurds, a stateless nation in a restive regionA look at the Kurds, a stateless nation of 30 million in the heart of a restive Middle East
The Associated Press8 hours ago
The Latest: HRW says US-led coalition Syria strike killed 84An international human rights group says two airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition on northern Syria earlier this year killed 84 civilians, including 30 children
The Associated Press9 hours ago
Saudi official fired after textbooks show Yoda with kingA senior Education Ministry official in Saudi Arabia has been fired after high school students opened their textbooks to find an image of Yoda from the "Star Wars" films seated next to a Saudi king
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Palestinian government to visit Gaza in reunification stepPalestinian prime minister to travel from West Bank to Gaza Strip next week in step toward reconciliation
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Egyptian once known as 'world's heaviest woman' dies in UAEDoctors say Egyptian once known as 'world's heaviest woman' has died in hospital in United Arab Emirates
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Turkey's Erdogan denounces Iraqi Kurds' vote, says Turkish army is at Iraqi border, ready to take 'necessary steps'Turkey's Erdogan denounces Iraqi Kurds' vote, says Turkish army is at Iraqi border, ready to take 'necessary steps'
The Associated Press15 hours ago
Polls have opened in Iraq's Kurdish-run provinces, disputed Kirkuk as Iraqi Kurds vote for independence from BaghdadPolls have opened in Iraq's Kurdish-run provinces, disputed Kirkuk as Iraqi Kurds vote for independence from Baghdad
The Associated Press20 hours ago
Iraq's Kurds to vote on independence amid fears of unrestIraq's Kurds are set to vote in a referendum on support for independence that has stirred fears of instability across the region as the war against the Islamic State group winds down
The Associated Press1 day ago
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