By Bradley Klapper | 02/19/14 08:15 AM
The accelerating U.S. national security threat is leading the administration to take a fresh look at previously shelved ideas, including more robust assistance to Western-backed rebels. They are also are looking at newer, more far-reaching options, including drone strikes on extremists and more...
By Meghashyam Mali | 02/18/14 01:48 PM
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday slammed Russia, saying Moscow had offered an “unhelpful approach” to ending the Syrian civil war as the Geneva peace talks failed to provide a breakthrough.
By George Jahn | 02/18/14 08:55 AM
It took months of arduous bargaining before Iran and six world powers could agree on a first-step nuclear deal. But the two sides may find the going even tougher Tuesday, when they start to confront hurdles standing in the path of a final accord.
02/15/14 05:30 PM
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister formed a Cabinet more than 10 months after taking office on Saturday, including a wide range of political groups after bridging serious divisions among them mostly over Syria's civil war. Tammam Salam's 24-member national unity Cabinet was announced at...
By Brian Hughes | 02/14/14 12:03 PM
The White House on Friday conceded that Syrian peace talks were doing very little to slow the civil war in the Middle East nation or limit strongman Bashar Assad's grip on the country. “There's no question so far that the talks have not produced significant breakthroughs,” White House...
By Susan Crabtree | 02/13/14 10:55 AM
Senior White House aides spent Wednesday doing some fence-mending with a top Saudi official ahead of President Obama's trip to Riyadh planned for late March. National security advisers Susan Rice and Lisa Monaco hosted Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz al Saud, Saudi Arabia's interior...
By Michael Barone | 02/07/14 04:09 PM
Is President Obama trying to shift alliances in the Middle East away from traditional allies and toward Iran? Robert Kaplan, author and geopolitical analyst for the Stratfor consulting firm, thinks so.
By Ashe Schow | 02/07/14 02:19 PM
A female student in Saudi Arabia died after male paramedics were allegedly denied access to the female-only campus, according to Gulf News.
By Susan Crabtree | 02/05/14 11:23 AM
U.S. officials and key lawmakers on Capitol Hill are growing increasingly pessimistic about the prospects for bringing the bloody civil war in Syria to an end after the regime unleashed a new round of “barrel bombs” this week, killing civilians in the northern city of Aleppo.
By Donna Cassata | 02/03/14 08:18 AM
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is warning Congress that new unilateral sanctions against Iran could upend sensitive international negotiations over its nuclear development, imploring lawmakers to work with the Obama administration in presenting a unified front to Tehran.
By Joel Gehrke | 01/31/14 08:45 AM
Saudi Arabian diplomats and military officials refused to meet with a bipartisan delegation of senior congressional staffers who visited the Middle Eastern country last week, an unusual snub that suggests increased tension between the U.S. and a key ally.
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