Peaceful prayers at Jerusalem holy site, West Bank violence


JERUSALEM (AP) — Muslim prayers at a major Jerusalem shrine ended peacefully Israeli police said Friday but violence continued in the West Bank where a Palestinian was killed attacking soldiers as forces were on high alert following two weeks of violence over the sacred site, holy to both Muslims and Jews.

  • Written by By IAN DEITCH , Associated Press

Officials say 7,000 Islamic State affiliates remain in Iraq


BAGHDAD (AP) — High-ranking Iraqi security officials say up to 7,000 Islamic State group affiliates remain in Iraq after the fall of Mosul, where the group's leader declared the self-styled caliphate three years ago.

  • Written by By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA , Associated Press

US economy expanded at stronger 2.6 percent rate in Q2


WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy revved up this spring after a weak start to the year, fueled by a surge in consumer spending. But the growth spurt still fell short of the optimistic goals President Donald Trump hopes to achieve through tax cuts and regulatory relief.


IS claims deadly attack in Syria against US-backed force


BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants have carried out a deadly attack on U.S.-backed forces in Syria, killing and wounding many fighters and civilians, Syrian monitors and an IS-linked media outlet said Friday.

  • Written by By BASSEM MROUE , Associated Press