EL-ARISH, Egypt –  Egyptian officials say authorities will temporarily reopen the country’s border crossing with the Gaza Strip for the first time since the Islamic militant group Hamas ceded control of its side of the crossings to the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority. The officials say the Rafah crossing will be open for three days, starting…

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, center, arrives to preside over a student graduation ceremony at Zimbambwe Open University, Nov. 17, 2017.  (Associated Press) Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe attended a university’s graduation ceremony Friday. It was his first public appearance since the military took control of the country earlier this week and placed the 93-year-old dictator under…

ANKARA, Turkey –  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Turkey has withdrawn 40 soldiers from a NATO military exercise in Norway, after the country’s founding leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Erdogan himself were allegedly depicted as “enemies.” In an address to his ruling party’s provincial leaders on Friday, Erdogan said his and Ataturk’s names…

BAGHDAD –  The Latest on developments in Iraq (all times local): 1:10 p.m. Iraq’s Ministry of Defense says Iraqi forces backed by U.S.-led coalition have liberated the last Iraqi town held by Islamic State group. The ministry said in a statement Friday morning that Iraqi military units and local tribal fighters entered the western neighborhoods…