More Middle East Articles

  • In Egypt, a corruption watchdog hit by backlash

    CAIRO (AP) — Hesham Genena has created uproar by trying to actually do his job. The head of one of Egypt's foremost government oversight agencies, he says he has uncovered billions of dollars-worth of corruption, involving some of the country's most untouchable institutions, including the...

  • Syrian state TV: 14 killed in car bombing in Homs

    BEIRUT (AP) — A powerful car bomb exploded Friday outside a mosque in a pro-government district of central Syria, killing 14 people in the latest violence to hit the war-shattered city, state-run Syrian television reported. The bombing occurred as worshippers left the Bilal al-Habshi mosque...

  • Vandals damage mosque in northern Israel

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Police say vandals have damaged a mosque in northern Israel in an attack blamed on a fringe group of Jewish extremists. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the door of a mosque in the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm was damaged overnight and the house of worship was sprayed with...

  • UN envoy urges Syria's warring sides to save Homs

    BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations envoy to Syria on Thursday said the besieged central city of Homs has become a "theater of death and destruction," and he urged both sides in the country's civil war to return to negotiations. In a statement, Lakhdar Brahimi called on Syrian government...

  • Gulf Arab states strike new deal to heal rifts

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Western-allied Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council said Thursday the bloc has agreed on the mechanisms to implement a security pact, marking a possible first step toward bridging deep rifts among its six energy-rich states. Qatar's official news agency...

  • Pro-Israel group counters anti-Israel bus ads in DC

    The Israeli-Palestinian conflict played out on Metrobuses in Washington during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival -- one ad campaign displaying anti-Israel messaging and other displaying anti-Palestine messaging.

  • Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A recent spate of infections from a frequently deadly Middle East virus is raising new worries about efforts to contain the illness, with infectious disease experts urging greater vigilance in combatting its spread. More than 20 people, many of them...

  • WWE wrestlers in Saudi Arabia for live matches

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Pro wrestlers with the WWE, including John Cena and former champion Randy Orton, are in Saudi Arabia for three days of matches in the capital, Riyadh. World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. says it is the first time its franchise has held matches in the...

  • Israel arrests Arab journalist over Lebanon visit

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Shin Bet intelligence service says it has detained a young Israeli Arab journalist for traveling to Lebanon, which Israel considers an enemy country. Majd Kayyal, a 23-year-old journalist for the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir, traveled to Beirut last month for a...

  • Jordanian fighter jet crashes; pilot killed

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian military official says one of its fighter jets has crashed during a training flight, killing the pilot. The official says the crash took place on Thursday morning near the town of Safawi, in the northeastern desert region of Jordan toward the Iraqi border. He...

  • Curious about Palestine, Israeli visitors return

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — This bustling center of Palestinian life is just a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem, but for Israelis it might as well be on the other side of the world. Since a major round of Israeli-Palestinian fighting more than a decade ago, Israelis have been kept out of...

  • Iraq: Abu Ghraib prison closure not permanent

    BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi Justice Ministry official said Wednesday that this week's closure of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad is temporary and that it will be reopened once the security situation in the surrounding area is stable. The closure is the latest chapter in the history...

  • Egypt Islamist sentenced to 7 years for forgery

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court convicted an ultraconservative Islamist and ally of ousted President Mohammed Morsi of forging official documents to conceal that his mother was a U.S. citizen, and sentenced him Wednesday to seven years in prison. The case against Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail, a...

  • Prominent human rights lawyer detained in Saudi

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi activists say authorities have detained a prominent human rights lawyer in the capital. Activists say Waleed Abu al-Khair was taken into custody Tuesday after attending a court hearing in Riyadh where he faces charges that include inciting public...

  • Watchdog: Rise in targeted media killings in Syria

    BEIRUT (AP) — A spike in targeted murders of journalists in Syria landed the war-shattered country for the first time on the Committee to Protect Journalists' annual Impunity Index, joining a list of countries where journalists' killings are most likely to go unpunished, the international...



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