The Associated Press

CORRECTION: IT IS THE UMRA, OR MINOR PILGRIMAGE, NOT THE HAJJ - A Palestinian Muslim pilgrim waits for a bus en route to the Rafah border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt before leaving for the umrah, or minor pilgrimage, to the holy city of Mecca, in Gaza City, Saturday, March 2, 2019. Gazan residents resumed the umrah pilgrimage, that can be undertaken at any time of the year, after nearly five years of an Egyptian ban. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
March 03, 2019 - 9:50 am
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip resumed a minor pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, known as the "umrah," on Sunday after nearly five years of an Egyptian ban. The first convoy of 800 Palestinians passed into Egypt through Gaza's Rafah crossing. Airplanes will carry...
Read More
March 02, 2019 - 11:44 am
LONDON (AP) — Fire officials say they've brought a fire at a Tesla service center near London's Gatwick Airport under control. No one was hurt. The West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called to the service center on Saturday morning, finding the building "well alight." Some 50 firefighters and...
Read More
March 01, 2019 - 1:40 pm
ERBIL, Iraq (AP) — A Yazidi official says 21 freed women and children have returned to Iraq after five years of captivity in the hands of the Islamic State group. Hussam Koro, the head of the Yazidi Women Rescue Office, said the group of 3 Yazidi women and 18 children crossed into Iraq from Syria...
Read More
March 01, 2019 - 12:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump will help present international courage awards to a group of women for the third straight year. The White House says the first lady will participate in the 2019 International Women of Courage Celebration on March 7 at the State Department. She helped present the...
Read More
March 01, 2019 - 9:44 am
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A delegation of European Union lawmakers is visiting North Macedonia to urge its political leadership and opposition to work together on the country's goal to join the bloc. The seven-member delegation from the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee was in...
Read More
February 28, 2019 - 5:24 am
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Police say a man threw his four small children from the upper floor window of their family home on a Croatian island, injuring two of them seriously. The children, ages 3, 5, 7 and 8, were hurled early Thursday morning from a height of some six meters (20 feet). The two older...
Read More
FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2013 file photo, a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 takes off, rear, as another taxis in the north runway complex at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The airline says it has gained government approval to begin flights between California and Hawaii, capping a long effort that was delayed by the government shutdown. The airline's chief operating officer, Mike Van de Ven, told employees Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, that the Federal Aviation Administration granted the authorization. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
February 27, 2019 - 5:44 pm
DALLAS (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday it has granted Southwest Airlines approval to begin flights between California and Hawaii, capping the airline's effort to extend its reach 2,400 miles (3,800 kilometers) across the Pacific. The Dallas-based airline's chief operating...
Read More
February 27, 2019 - 10:08 am
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia and Albania have agreed to support each other in their bids to join the European Union, with the neighbors hoping to open accession talks this year. North Macedonia's European affairs minister Bujar Osmani and acting minister Gent Cakaj of Albania said...
Read More
February 26, 2019 - 2:16 pm
PARIS (AP) — French sports goods chain Decathlon won't sell a runner's hijab in France after plans to commercialize the veil caused controversy in the deeply secular country. Decathlon head of communications Xavier Rivoire told RTL radio on Tuesday that the chain won't be selling the runner's veil...
Read More
February 26, 2019 - 1:57 pm
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — An official says 29 bodies have been found after new fighting in central Nigeria between farmers and herdsmen. The official says the bodies with gunshot and machete wounds were recovered after Tuesday's attack in Maro village in Kaduna state. A policeman was killed while...
Read More