- Al-Qaida's Syria branch confirms death of field commander
BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate confirmed on Friday that its top field commander was killed in an airstrike that targeted a meeting of the group's senior leadership.
- Egypt scales down death toll in crash, says 7 killed
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Health Ministry said an accident early Friday east of Cairo killed seven people, less than half of the fatalities reported in the initial confusion surrounding the crash.
- BP signs $12B deal to develop Egypt gas field
CAIRO (AP) — The U.K.-based energy company BP on Friday announced agreements worth $12 billion to develop a major gas field in Egypt, which has been trying to attract foreign investment after four years of unrest.
- Iraqi forces push on to Tikrit as IS destroys ancient site
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces pressed their offensive against the Islamic State group Friday, expecting to reach the outskirts of the militant-held city of Tikrit, a day after the extremists reportedly "bulldozed" a famed archaeological site in the area.
- Suspected Palestinian attacker injures 5 in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (AP) — A suspected Palestinian motorist rammed his car into a group of people near an Israeli police station in east Jerusalem on Friday, injuring five before being shot and wounded by guards, the police said.
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