Officials say police killed 6 militants near Cairo

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security officials say police forces have killed six militants after a heavy exchange of fire in a rural area outside of Cairo.

The officials say Friday’s shooting followed intelligence reports that pinpointed a group responsible for the killing of a policemen and a bombing of five electricity transmission pylons.

The say the police found a bomb and automatic weapons in the house where the militants were killed in Ausim, a farming area about 3 miles from the Egyptian capital.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to reporters.

Egypt faces a burgeoning insurgency by militants, including Islamic State extremists. Attacks have primarily targeted security forces in the restive Sinai Peninsula but have also spread to the mainland in recent weeks.

Rouhani hopes for better US relations

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is holding out the possibility for improved relations with the United States if the nuclear deal that has caused controversy in both the U.S. and Iran gets fully implemented later this year.

Asked specifically about the possibility of a release or a prisoner exchange to gain freedom for Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, who has been held for over a year in an Iranian prison, Rouhani said he favored freeing all U.S. prisoners in Iran and all Iranians held in U.S. jails, but the matter was mainly in the hands of Iran’s judiciary.

Speaking to a group of editors Friday after arriving for the annual U.N. General Assembly, Rouhani said implementation of the nuclear deal would improve the atmosphere to allow progress to be made.

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