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U.N. council mulls call for U.S. Jerusalem decision to be withdrawn

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would insist any decisions on the status of Jerusalem have no legal effect and must be rescinded after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel's capital.

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Egyptian presidential hopeful apologizes to arrested supporters

CAIRO Egyptian presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafik apologized on Saturday to supporters who were arrested this week and called on authorities to resolve the situation.

Egypt 11:03am EST

Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia: sources

AMMAN Sabih al-Masri, Jordan's most influential businessman and the chairman of its largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia 12:27pm EST

Libyan coast guard rescues more than 250 migrants trying to reach Italy

TRIPOLI Libya's coastal guard has rescued more than 250 illegal migrants trying to leave the North African country in small boats bound for Italy, officials said on Saturday. | Video

Italy, Libya, Africa 11:29am EST

Wounded North Korean defector transferred to South Korean military hospital

SEOUL A North Korean soldier who suffered critical gunshot wounds during a defection dash across the border to South Korea has been transferred to a military hospital, a South Korean intelligence official said on Saturday.

South Korea, North Korea 12:15am EST

Nazareth Christmas celebrations will be held as normal: mayor

JERUSALEM Nazareth, the Israeli Arab city where Jesus is thought to have been raised, will celebrate Christmas as usual, its mayor said, denying the festivities would be curtailed in protest at the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Israel 9:52am EST

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