Egyptian security officers guard the scene of a bomb attack targeting the convoy of Egypt's Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim, in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. A "large" explosive targeted the convoy of Egypt's interior minister Thursday in Cairo's eastern Nasr City district, the first attack on a senior government official since a coup toppled the country's Islamist president July 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
CAIRO (AP) -- Security officials say nine militants and two soldiers were killed during Egyptian raids on suspected hideouts and weapon caches of Islamic militants in the northern Sinai Peninsula.
Egyptian helicopter gunships and tanks pounded the targets Saturday in what locals say is the largest operation in the lawless region for years.
Officials say the military is hunting hundreds of militants believed to be responsible for a series of attacks in the region they overran after the fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011. According to the officials, the militants belong to a number of well-known al-Qaida-inspired groups that seek the establishment of an Islamic Caliphate in northern Sinai, a region bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip.
Attacks in the region have increased following the July 3 military coup that toppled President Mohammed Morsi, an Islamist, prompting the military offensive.
CAIRO (AP) -- A stork once detained by Egyptian authorities on suspicion of being a winged spy has been found dead.
Mahmoud Hassib, the head of Egypt's southern protected areas, said Saturday that local residents found the dead bird on an island in the Nile, south of the ancient city of Aswan.
In August, a local resident found the stork in Egypt's Qena governorate, some 450 kilometers (280 miles) southeast of Cairo. Both he and police were suspicious of the European wildlife tracker found on it. Authorities later let the bird go.
However, controversy trails the bird into death. An Egyptian wildlife organization claimed on its Facebook page the bird was "eaten by local villagers." Hassib denied that the bird had been eaten, though he didn't know an exact cause of death.
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Libya's prime minister is facing increasing calls for his ouster as striking government employees at oil export terminals cost the North African country more than $5 billion in losses.
A board member of Libya's National Oil Corp says oil exports almost entirely have stopped. Late last month, officials said exports were around 300,000 barrels per day, down dramatically from pre-war levels in early 2011.
Adding to the government's woes, the capital, Tripoli, has been hit with water cuts for three days and electricity outages for the past few months that last around four hours daily.
Prime Minister Ali Zidan has struggled to reign in the combustible mix of tribal feuds, disgruntled employees and renegade militias fueling the crisis. Libya's nascent police and army have been unable to secure the country following the eight-month-long civil war in 2011 that toppled dictator Moammar Gadfhafi.
TOKYO (AP) -- Tokyo residents are elated now that they know their city will host the 2020 Olympics.
Long considered a slight favorite, the Japanese capital beat out Istanbul in the final round of voting at the International Olympic Committee meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Saturday. Madrid was eliminated in the first round.
Even though it was 5 a.m. when they got the word, 1,200 dignitaries and Olympic athletes gathered in a convention hall in downtown Tokyo to celebrate the news. Cheers of "Banzai" filled the hall when the announcement was made that Tokyo had won.
Tokyo had been on the defensive in the final days of the campaign amid mounting concerns about the leak of radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant.
Tokyo last hosted the Olympics in 1964.
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