War and unrest

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2017 file photo, rebel Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter, meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia. Heavy fighting raged over the past 24 hours between rebel Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter, who is attempting to take control of the capital Tripoli, and an array of militias loosely allied with the U.N.-supported government based there, officials said Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. The fresh bout of fighting comes after Hifter, the leader of the self-styled Libyan National Army, declared Thursday that the “zero hour” of the battle for Tripoli had begun, nearly eight months since he began his offensive to take the city.(AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)
December 14, 2019 - 3:20 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Just two days after rebel Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter declared a “final" and decisive battle for the capital Tripoli, heavy fighting raged for a 24-hour period between his troops and militias loosely allied with the internationally backed government based in the city, officials...
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FILE - In this April 21, 2019, file photo, bloodstains a Jesus Christ statue at the St. Sebastian's Church after a blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka. On Easter Sunday, April 21, bombs shattered the celebratory services at two Catholic churches and a Protestant church in Sri Lanka. (AP Photo/File)
December 14, 2019 - 2:22 pm
On Dec. 1, a band of assailants opened fire on worshippers at a small-town Protestant church in Burkina Faso, an impoverished West African country where the Christian minority is increasingly a target of attacks. The victims included the pastor and several teenage boys; regional authorities...
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FILE - In this July 9, 2018, file photo, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir attends a ceremony for Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey. On Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, a Sudan court convicted al-Bashir of money laundering, sentences him to 2 years in rehabilitation facility. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)
December 14, 2019 - 7:24 am
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — A court in Sudan convicted former President Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption on Saturday, sentencing him to two years in a minimum security lockup. That’s the first verdict in a series of legal proceedings against al-Bashir, who is also wanted by the...
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Orthodox Jewish women mourn during the funeral service of Mindel Ferencz who was killed in a kosher market that was the site of a gun battle in Jersey City, N.J., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. Ferencz, 31, and her husband owned the grocery store. The Ferencz family had moved to Jersey City from Brooklyn. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
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December 13, 2019 - 12:44 pm
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The couple who burst into a kosher market in Jersey City with assault weapons appear to have acted alone even though they had expressed interest in a fringe religious group that often disparages whites and Jews, New Jersey officials said. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said...
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In this Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, photo, a recovering tramadol addict waits for her medication at a de-addiction center in Kapurthala, in the northern Indian state of Punjab. The pills were everywhere, as legitimate medication sold in pharmacies, but also illicit counterfeits hawked by itinerant peddlers and street vendors. India has twice the global average of illicit opiate consumption. Researchers estimate about 4 million Indians use heroin or other opioids, and a quarter of them live in the Punjab, India's agricultural heartland bordering Pakistan. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
December 13, 2019 - 10:53 am
KAPURTHALA, India (AP) — Reports rolled in with escalating urgency — pills seized by the truckload, pills swallowed by schoolchildren, pills in the pockets of dead terrorists. These pills, the world has been told, are safer than the OxyContins, the Vicodins, the fentanyls that have wreaked so much...
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In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 photo, World War II and Battle of the Bulge veteran Arthur Jacobson, from Port St. Lucie, Florida, poses in front of a World War II vehicle at the Remember Museum 39-45 in Thimister-Clermont, Belgium. It was 75 years ago that Hitler launched his last desperate attack to turn the tide for Germany in World War II. At first, German forces drove so deep through the front line in Belgium and Luxembourg that the month-long fighting came to be known as The Battle of the Bulge. When the Germans asked one American commander to surrender, the famous reply came: “Nuts!" By Christmas, American troops had turned the tables on the Germans. Veterans are heading back this weekend and on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 when they will mix with royalty and dignitaries to mark perhaps the greatest battle in U.S. military history. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
December 13, 2019 - 3:50 am
BASTOGNE, Belgium (AP) — Pvt. Arthur Jacobson was seeking cover in the snow behind a tank moving slowly through the wooded hills of Belgium's Ardennes, German bullets whizzing by. That was when he lost his best friend and Bazooka team partner to sniper fire. “They couldn't hit him, he shouted,"...
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Olivia Wilde arrives at The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Breakfast Gala on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
December 12, 2019 - 10:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Olivia Wilde said Thursday she does not believe the real-life journalist she plays in the new film “Richard Jewel” “traded sex for tips" despite that insinuation in the movie. In a series of tweets, Wilde called late Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs bold, smart...
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Presidential candidate Abdelaziz Belaid casts his ballot inside a polling station, in Algiers, Algeria, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. Five candidates have their eyes on becoming the next president of Algeria - without a leader since April - in Thursday's contentious election boycotted by a massive pro-democracy movement. (AP Photo)
December 12, 2019 - 7:41 pm
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerians — without a leader since April — voted on Thursday for a new president in an election marked by protests, scattered violence and a boycott by the massive pro-democracy movement that ousted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Thousands of protesters filled the streets...
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Posters of Anti-government protesters who have been killed in demonstrations are displayed in Tahrir Square during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
December 12, 2019 - 2:18 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — An angry mob killed a 16-year-old and strung up the corpse by its feet from a traffic pole after the teen shot and killed six people Thursday, including four anti-government protesters, Iraqi officials said. Dozens of people pointed their cellphones at the body dangling high above...
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December 12, 2019 - 12:31 pm
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian police on Thursday arrested several suspects in the car-bomb killing of a prominent journalist three years ago, but officials said they haven't yet determined who ordered the killing. Belarus-born journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in the center of Kiev on July 20,...
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