More Middle East Articles

  • Displaced Iraqis escape fighting, but not hardship

    NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — Abbas Mohammed Habib was born into Iraq's rapidly expanding world of the displaced. His mother Laila Ali was among tens of thousands of Shiite Turkmens driven from their homes when Islamic extremists captured the northern town of Tal Afar. Nine months pregnant, she fled with...

  • Subtle voices of dissent surface in war-torn Gaza

    BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) — The group of neighbors surveyed the destruction wreaked on their residential complex by Israeli bombardment, with building after building flattened or punctured by shells. The men then began to voice something almost never heard out loud in Gaza: criticism of its...

  • Syrian troops seize contested Damascus suburb

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government troops captured a fiercely contested suburb of the capital Thursday after five months of heavy fighting, flushing rebels from their last hideouts and quickly moving to crush pockets of resistance in the surrounding countryside, activists and state media said. The...

  • Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far undertaken, which military officials acknowledge will not blunt the...

  • US says far fewer Iraqi refugees on Sinjar Mt.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Far fewer refugees remain on Iraq's Sinjar Mountain and a U.S.-led rescue mission is far less likely, U.S. officials said Wednesday night. A team of U.S. military personnel assessed the situation and reported that only several thousand refuges are on the mountain and that they...

  • UN says Iraq humanitarian crisis at highest level

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Nations on Wednesday announced its highest level of emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, where hundreds of thousands have been driven from their homes and tens of thousands had been trapped on a desert mountain by the advance of Islamic militants across the...

  • Egypt: Israel, Hamas to extend temporary truce

    CAIRO (AP) — Israel and Hamas agreed to extend a temporary cease-fire for five days, Egyptian and Palestinian officials announced Wednesday, permitting the sides to continue to negotiate a substantive deal to end the war in Gaza. Yet even as the extension was announced just minutes before a...

  • Iran's supreme leader dismisses direct US talks

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Wednesday dismissed the value of direct talks with the U.S., his first comments touching on meetings that officials from the Islamic Republic had with Americans dating back to secret talks that began in 2012. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say...

  • Fidelity to principle can make needed flexibility impossible

    Hillary Clinton, like her husband, has a very wide range of stands she finds acceptable, depending on timing and circumstances. President Obama's range of acceptable positions has been far narrower.

  • US drone attacks, destroys armed truck in Iraq

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials say a drone aircraft attacked and destroyed an armed truck operated by Islamic militants west of the village of Sinjar in northern Iraq. The U.S. Central Command said in a brief statement that the attack happened at midday Wednesday, Washington time....

  • AP video journalist Simone Camilli killed in Gaza

    BEIRUT (AP) — Simone Camilli was a consummate storyteller — a passionate, talented newsman with an eye for detail and the ability to convey events with powerful video images that touched people around the world. As an Associated Press video journalist, he covered popes in the serene splendor of...

  • France to send weapons to Kurds in Iraq

    PARIS (AP) — Calling the situation in Iraqi Kurdistan "catastrophic," France said Wednesday it would start supplying arms to the Kurdish forces fighting Sunni extremists from the Islamic State group. Paris and London have agreed to coordinate their actions on both humanitarian aid and arms, the...

  • Egypt's Mubarak defends his rule in courtroom cage

    CAIRO (AP) — In his first speech since being put on trial, Egypt's toppled President Hosni Mubarak denied Wednesday that he ordered the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that deposed him. Speaking from a gurney, the 86-year-old former leader sought to mend his image, clearly...

  • VIDEO --- White House: Never a perfect time for the president to take time away

    Much has been made about President Obama's trip this week to Martha's Vineyard. With ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine, critics of Obama have said he should be at the White House.

  • NY governor offers 'total solidarity' for Israel

    JERUSALEM (AP) — New York's governor is visiting Israel, where he is expressing "total solidarity" with the country in the monthlong Gaza war. Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, hours before a temporary cease-fire...



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