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  • Forensic expert suggests explosion downed EgyptAir jet story has photos
    Updated: May-24-16 2:52 pm

    CAIRO - Body parts recovered from the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 showed signs of burns and were so small that they suggested the jet was brought down by an explosion, a member of the team examining the remains said Tuesday. But the idea of a blast was promptly dismissed by the head of Egypt's forensic agency as "baseless" speculation.

  • Rights group: South Sudan army violated civilians in Wau 
    Updated: May-24-16 12:40 pm

    JUBA, South Sudan - South Sudanese government soldiers killed, raped, tortured, and detained dozens of civilians in and around Wau town in the country's western Bahr el Ghazal state in recent months, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Tuesday.

  • 'Top Gear' roars back with Matt LeBlanc, high expectations 
    Updated: May-24-16 10:32 am

    LONDON - "Top Gear" doesn't do understatement.

  • Algerian authorities destroy mountain of pirated CDs, DVDs 
    Updated: May-24-16 9:33 am

    ALGIERS, Algeria - Power shovels and a bulldozer have destroyed a huge mound of 2 million illegally copied CDs and DVDs outside Algeria's Culture Ministry, as part of a government pledge to crack down on long-rampant digital piracy.

  • Investigators search wreckage of EgyptAir plane, test DNA story has photos
    Updated: May-23-16 4:12 pm

    CAIRO - A French ship joined the international effort to hunt for the black boxes and other wreckage of EgyptAir Flight 804 Monday, searching for clues to what brought the plane down, as Greek and Egyptian authorities diverged on what happened to the plane during the crucial final minutes before it crashed into the Mediterranean, killing all 66 people on board.

  • Egypt's former top auditor summoned for questioning 
    Updated: May-23-16 2:00 pm

    CAIRO - An Egyptian security official says Egypt's former top auditor, who was dismissed in March, has been summoned for questioning by the country's national security prosecutors over statements he made estimating the cost of corruption.

  • Sudan effectively expels top UN humanitarian official 
    Updated: May-23-16 1:41 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations says the government of Sudan has effectively expelled a top U.N. official in charge of coordinating relief efforts there.

  • The Latest: EgyptAir plane had overheated engine in 2013 story has photos
    Updated: May-23-16 1:40 pm

    PARIS - The Latest on the investigation into EgyptAir flight 804, which crashed into the Mediterranean Thursday, killing all 66 on board (all times local):

  • Tunisian Islamist party to separate religious, politics work 
    Updated: May-23-16 12:34 pm

    TUNIS, Tunisia - Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda party voted Monday to separate its political and religious work, part of its effort to cast itself in line with the North African country's secular political heritage.

  • EU boosts Med naval mission for Libya coast guard training story has photos
    Updated: May-23-16 12:16 pm

    BRUSSELS - The European Union boosted the role of its naval operation in the Mediterranean on Monday after Libya granted permission for the EU to train its coastguard, as increasing numbers of desperate migrants leave the country in unseaworthy boats bound for Italy.

  • Pope embraces Al-Azhar imam in sign of renewed relations story has photos
    Updated: May-23-16 9:35 am

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Monday embraced the grand imam of Al-Azhar, the prestigious Sunni Muslim center of learning, reopening an important channel for Catholic-Muslim dialogue after a five-year lull and at a time of increased Islamic extremist attacks on Christians.

  • EU condemns parties in South Sudan for human rights abuses 
    Updated: May-23-16 9:31 am

    BRUSSELS - The European Union is criticizing "all parties" in South Sudan for human rights abuses and killings of civilians says they "must cease immediately."

  • Semenya impressive again, Merritt also wins in Morocco 
    Updated: May-22-16 3:47 pm

    RABAT, Morocco - Caster Semenya set another world-leading time and again showed she will be one of the runners to watch at the Rio Olympics, leaving behind a strong field to easily win the 800 meters at the Diamond League meeting in Morocco on Sunday.

  • Israel returns sarcophagus covers to Egypt as relations warm 
    Updated: May-22-16 2:31 pm

    JERUSALEM - Israel has returned two looted ancient Egyptian sarcophagus covers to Egypt amid warming relations between the countries.

  • Islamic State group leader urges attacks in Europe and US 
    Updated: May-22-16 9:32 am

    CAIRO - An Islamic State group spokesman has urged sympathizers in Europe and the U.S. to launch attacks on civilians there if they are unable to travel to the group's self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

  • The Latest: First audio from EgyptAir flight released story has photos
    Updated: May-21-16 8:35 pm

    CAIRO - The Latest on the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 (all times local):

  • Despite high-profile disasters, air safety steadily improves 
    Updated: May-21-16 8:19 am

    NEW YORK - Since the start of 2014, more than 1,600 people have died in commercial aviation disasters. That rate is up from the preceding three years and results in part from some shocking incidents, including a pilot suicide and the downing of a passenger jet over Ukraine by an anti-aircraft missile.

  • Airports EgyptAir traveled through before crash 
    Updated: May-20-16 5:38 pm

    PARIS - The EgyptAir plane that crashed in the Mediterranean had flown through five airports in the 48 hours before it disappeared off radar screens. As authorities try to determine what went wrong, here's a look at airport security and safety at those five sites:

  • Sudanese media say tribal clashes leave dozens dead in south 
    Updated: May-20-16 3:05 pm

    KHARTOUM, Sudan - Sudanese media say fierce clashes between two clans of one tribe this week in the country's southern West Kordofan State, have left dozens dead.

  • Passengers on EgyptAir flight included businessmen, parents story has photos
    Updated: May-20-16 2:54 pm

    PARIS - The 66 people lost aboard EgyptAir Flight 804 included a businessman adored by his colleagues, a language and history scholar and a mother caring for a daughter with cancer. A look at the lives of the dead:

  • Cyprus court gets request to extradite Egyptian hijacker 
    Updated: May-20-16 8:50 am

    NICOSIA, Cyprus - Cypriot prosecutors on Friday submitted to court the justice minister's formal request to extradite to Egypt a man who admitted to hijacking an EgyptAir passenger jet with a fake suicide belt in March and diverting it to Cyprus.

  • France has tightened Paris airport security since attacks story has photos
    Updated: May-19-16 3:12 pm

    PARIS - French authorities have tightened security at Paris airports since last year's attacks in the city with thousands of border police officers, custom personnel, soldiers and private guards patrolling daily in the three airports serving the French capital.

  • Egypt arrests rights activist; Amnesty condemns move 
    Updated: May-19-16 2:47 pm

    CAIRO - Egyptian authorities arrested on Thursday a well-known advocate for the rights of Egypt's Coptic Christians from his home in Cairo, his lawyer said, the latest in the government's crackdown on rights activists and dissidents.

  • House chairman complains about Pentagon response on Benghazi story has photos
    Updated: May-19-16 2:42 pm

    WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Benghazi committee on Thursday complained that the Pentagon has failed to provide the names of all the pilots who sent drones over Libya the night of the deadly 2012 attacks, slowing the more than two-year-old investigation.

  • NATO formally invites Montenegro as 29th member story has photos
    Updated: May-19-16 2:11 pm

    BRUSSELS - NATO invited the Balkan nation of Montenegro to become its 29th member, agreeing Thursday to expand for only the seventh time in its history despite Russia's angry objections.