More Middle East Articles

  • Syrian troops choke off rebels north of Damascus

    MAALOULA, Syria (AP) — Syrian troops triumphantly swept through some of the last remaining opposition strongholds north of Damascus, including a much coveted ancient Christian hamlet, sending rebel fighters fleeing to nearby hills amid an ever tightening noose. The near total collapse of...

  • Israeli man killed, 2 hurt in West Bank shooting

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An assailant opened fire on Israeli motorists in the West Bank on Monday, killing a man and wounding a woman and a boy in two separate cars, police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The attack could further complicate U.S. attempts to salvage troubled...

  • Iran official concerned for nuclear power plant

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's nuclear chief has raised concerns for the fate of the country's only running atomic power plant amid talks with the West about a final deal to curb Tehran's controversial nuclear program, a newspaper reported on Monday. The government-run daily "Iran" quoted Ali...

  • Israeli coalition shows signs of growing tensions

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's chief peace negotiator on Sunday accused a hard-line faction of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's increasingly unwieldy coalition government of undermining her efforts, while Jewish settlers moved into a sensitive West Bank building that has been a flashpoint of...

  • Official: US looking into Syria toxic gas reports

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that reports of a poison gas attack in a rural village north of Damascus were so far "unsubstantiated," adding that the United States was trying to establish what really happened before it considers a response. Both...

  • US ambassador: Talks with Iran continuing

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States' ambassador to the United Nations says talks about Iran's nuclear program are continuing undisturbed by Washington's decision to block Tehran's ambassador to the diplomatic body. U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power on Sunday told ABC's "This Week" that Iran's...

  • Poison gas claims complicate Syrian civil war

    BEIRUT (AP) — Both sides in Syria's bloody civil war said Saturday that a rural village fell victim to a poison gas attack, an assault that reportedly injured scores of people amid an ongoing international effort to rid the country of chemical weapons. What exactly happened Friday in Kfar...

  • Syria war deepens fears for Lebanon's missing

    BEIRUT (AP) — For 22 years, Mary Mansourati has been waiting for her son, Dani, to come home. His shirts are ironed and hanging in his closet. His trousers, neatly folded, are stacked on the shelves next to his bed in the family's Beirut apartment. Dani was 30 when he was detained by Syrian...

  • Palestinians condemn Israeli sanctions as 'piracy'

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian negotiator in Mideast peace talks is calling Israel's decision to stop tax money transfers "piracy." Saeb Erekat said Friday that "the Israeli decision to withhold these funds is piracy. ... It cannot be maintained." He also said talks persist, though "gaps...

  • Social challenges as Saudis draw throne's future

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — While Saudi Arabia's royals work out the succession of the throne behind closed doors, a few voices are raising the most sensitive matter of all in the kingdom, questioning the ruling Al Saud family's claim to absolute power and its unchecked rights to the...

  • A look at the missing in Middle East's conflicts

    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese families have long sought to know the fates of the missing from the country's civil war and post-war years, and now the civil war in Syria is adding yet another generation to the long rolls of missing from the Middle East's conflicts. Here is a look at the numbers from...

  • Syria death toll from rebel infighting rises to 68

    BEIRUT (AP) — The death toll from infighting between rival Islamic rebel groups in an eastern Syrian town has risen 68 killed, with some shot after being captured alive, activists said Friday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said battles raged Friday for a second day in...

  • Congress to Iran: Ambassador's application denied

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress said no way to Iran's choice for ambassador to the United Nations, outraged by the prospect of a member of a group responsible for the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran stepping on U.S. soil. The move forces President Barack Obama to make a decision that...

  • Chris Christie ain't got it

    There's a scene in the comedy film “High Anxiety” in which a driver meets Mel Brooks at the airport and offers to pick up his cumbersome trunk. “I got it, I got it, I got it,” the driver insists as he struggles to lift the luggage before gasping, “I ain't got it!” It lands with a thud.

  • Official: Israel to withhold Palestinian tax fees

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The Israeli government will stop transferring tax money to the Palestinians in retaliation for their recent drive for further United Nations recognition, an Israeli official said Thursday, putting at risk hundreds of millions of dollars needed to run their government....



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