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  • Israel: Biggest yet Gaza militant tunnel found

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military announced Friday it has uncovered another tunnel — the biggest so far — dug from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, stretching into Israel and intended for militant attacks or abducting soldiers and civilians. According to military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter...

  • Syrian troops capture famed Crusader castle

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops captured a famed Crusader castle near the border with Lebanon on Thursday, running the two-starred government flag high above the stone ramparts of the 12th century fortress after days of intense clashes with rebel fighters. Lebanese private broadcaster Al-Mayadeen...

  • Lebanon's Cabinet wins confidence vote

    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's new national unity Cabinet has won a confidence vote in parliament after bridging divisions largely tied to the civil war in neighboring Syria. The state news agency says Prime Minister Tammam Salam's government garnered the support of 96 out of 101 lawmakers who...

  • Saudi deports 370,000 migrants over 5 months

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia says it has deported 370,000 foreign migrant workers from the kingdom over the past five months. The Interior Ministry says the foreigners, who are from different countries around the world, had been residing in the country illegally and violated labor...

  • Examiner Editorial: Obama disses Israel, kowtows to Palestinians

    When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Washington earlier this month, he was greeted by blistering criticism from President Obama, who gave an interview to Bloomberg's Jeffrey Goldberg. Obama warned Israelis of international isolation if Netanyahu didn't “seize the moment” by...

  • Palestinians throw stones at Israeli lawmaker

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say hundreds of Palestinians threw stones at an Israeli lawmaker as he was visiting a sensitive holy site sacred to both Jews and Muslims but did not injure the legislator. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says officers dispersed the Palestinians and arrested two...

  • AP Exclusive: Jailed militant key to Mideast talks

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A prominent Palestinian uprising leader imprisoned by Israel could soon emerge as the key to keeping fragile U.S.-led peace efforts alive. According to several top officials, the Palestinians are seeking the freedom of Marwan Barghouti, who is serving multiple life...

  • Syria terror suspect seized in Detroit renews homegrown terror fears

    A Lebanese-American man nabbed in Detroit on charges that he was on his way to fight for Hezbollah and Syria is raising new concerns about trained jihadists hiding in the United States and the possibility they will turn their fire on America, according to officials and Hill leaders.

  • Israeli airstrikes escalate tensions with Syria

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes unleashed a series of airstrikes on Syrian military posts early Wednesday, killing one soldier and wounding seven in one of the most serious clashes between the countries in the past four decades. The airstrikes came in retaliation for a roadside bombing a...

  • US irate with Israeli defense minister comments

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Wednesday vented its anger at the Israeli defense minister's public criticism of the U.S. and his personal insults of Secretary of State John Kerry. In a new sign of tension between top officials of the two allies as Washington tries to forge an...

  • It's always 'Groundhog Day' with the Israeli-Palestinian 'peace process'

    The 1993 movie “Groundhog Day,” in which the character played by Bill Murray relives the same day over and over again, is an apt description of official Palestinian attitudes toward Israel and the peace process. The repeated Palestinian rejection of Israeli overtures raises the stakes and...

  • Syrian troops capture village near Lebanon border

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian troops pressed an offensive near the Lebanese border on Wednesday, capturing a village from rebels whose forces appear to be collapsing along a key central front, state media and activists said. Ras al-Ayyn was the latest area in the Qalamoun region to fall to...

  • U.S. suspends consular relations with Syria; orders all non-U.S. personnel out

    Daniel Rubinstein, President Obama's newly appointed special envoy for Syria, announced the decision in a statement Tuesday afternoon. It comes three years after the beginning of the bloody civil war that has killed more than 130,000 people.

  • In one day, President Obama tackles multiple foreign policy tests

    Seldom has one day captured the breadth, aspirations and limitations of American foreign policy. On Monday, President Obama imposed sanctions on members of officialdom in a resurgent Russia, tried his hand at an elusive Mideast peace deal and visited wounded soldiers at Walter Reed, a reminder...

  • Obama says path to Mideast peace challenging

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama pressed visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Monday to help break the logjam to elusive Mideast peace talks, acknowledging with a deadline fast approaching that the task ahead is "very hard, it's very challenging." "We're going to have to take...



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