More Middle East Articles

  • 7-year-old Gaza closure key in Israel-Hamas talks

    DEIR EL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Mohammed al-Telbani lost his life's work when Israeli shells repeatedly slammed into his four-story snack and cookie factory during the Gaza war, finally sparking a fire that engulfed vats of margarine and sacks of cocoa powder. As he contemplated starting over,...

  • For Iraq Yazidis, a frantic search for the missing

    SEMALKA, Syria (AP) — Trucks and jeeps trundled slowly across the pontoon bridge, packed with refugees, with children poking their dusty heads out of the windows and truck beds. Nearby, a distraught father frantically scanned them as they passed, hoping to catch sight of his missing son. Beside...

  • Iraq president names deputy speaker new PM

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's new president on Monday snubbed the powerful incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and nominated the deputy parliament speaker to form the new government, raising fears of more infighting in the government as country faces the threat of Sunni militants in the north....

  • UK warns of humanitarian crisis in Iraq

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron's office pledged Monday to send a small contingent of Royal Air Force Tornados to Northern Iraq to offer surveillance capability over the siege of a minority group by Islamic militants — a situation described by London as a massive humanitarian...

  • Biden calls Iraq president, prime minister nominee

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is giving U.S. support to Iraq's new president and his nominee to take over as prime minister over the objections of the incumbent. The White House says Biden called Iraqi President Fouad Massoum and Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Ibadi Monday...

  • Islamic militants crush tribal uprising in Syria

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic militants have crushed a tribal uprising against their rule in eastern Syria after three days of clashes in a string of villages near the border with Iraq, killing and beheading opponents along the way, activists said Monday. The fighters from the al-Qaida breakaway...

  • Turkey to select new PM end August

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's governing party said Monday it will select a new prime minister at the end of August to replace Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who won the country's first direct presidential election in a historic vote. The Justice and Development Party, or AKP, will hold its party congress on...

  • Egypt stops Human Rights Watch staffers at airport

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities stopped the executive director of Human Rights Watch and another U.S. staffer from entering the country Monday ahead of the release of a critical report by the group on mass killings by security forces last summer, the group and security officials said. This is...

  • Iran's president lashes out at nuke deal critics

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has offered his harshest criticism yet of hard-liners opposed to making a deal over its contested nuclear program with world powers, saying they should go "to hell." Rouhani made the comments Monday while addressing an annual meeting of...

  • Kerry urges calm in Iraq

    SYDNEY (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is urging the people of Iraq to remain calm as the country faces a political crisis while battling advances by Islamic State militants. Speaking in Australia on Monday, Kerry said there should be no use of force by political factions as Iraq...

  • Gov. Cuomo, New York officials heading to Israel

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top legislators are heading to Israel this week for a two-day visit to show "solidarity" during the country's conflict in Gaza. Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate co-leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein will travel to Israel on...

  • Pope expresses outrage at violence in Iraq

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday expressed outrage at violence aimed at religious minorities in Iraq, where fleeing children have died of thirst, and called on the world "to stop these crimes." In a strongly worded message during his traditional Sunday blessing, Francis said the news...

  • In Iraq, Obama launches another drive-by war

    President Obama says he doesn't take lightly the decision to launch air attacks on Iraq -- but you couldn't tell that from the way he launched the attack.

  • Four reasons Obama's airstrikes won't solve Iraq's ISIS problem

    When it comes to Iraq, President Obama is very much the reluctant warrior.

  • Obama's Iraq aim: contain, not destroy, extremists

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's new military strategy in Iraq amounts to trying to contain — not destroy — the Islamic militant group that now controls much of the country's northern region. That leaves open the questions of how deeply the U.S. will be drawn into the sectarian...



From the Weekly Standard

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    American voters says they would prefer President Barack Obama work with Congress rather than use executive action to address the illegal immigration crisis at the border, according to a detailed...

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