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  • UN: Iran gets rid of sensitive nuclear material

    VIENNA (AP) — Iran has turned all of its enriched uranium closest to the level needed to make nuclear arms into more harmless forms, the United Nations' nuclear agency said Sunday. The move was expected. Tehran had committed to convert or dilute its 20-percent enriched stockpile under an...

  • Amid bloodshed, frenetic Gaza hospital improvises

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — In the heart of Gaza City, as its citizens again find themselves under fire from Israeli airstrikes and artillery, the wounded and their wailing families stream into Shifa Hospital without end. Shifa, Gaza's largest hospital, only has an 11-bed emergency room and...

  • French youth, police clash at anti-Israeli protest

    SARCELLES, France (AP) — Pro-Palestinian French youth defying a ban on a protest against Israel's Gaza offensive clashed with police Sunday, setting fire to cars, pillaging stores and attacking two synagogues in Paris suburbs. Police, backed by a helicopter overhead, responded with tear gas and...

  • Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister on Sunday condemned the Islamic State extremist group's actions targeting Christians in territory it controls, saying they reveal the threat the jihadists pose to the minority community's "centuries-old heritage." The comments from Nouri al-Maliki come a day...

  • Obama is crushing the Ronald Reagan link, and Vladimir Putin knows it

    Across his remarkably successful presidency, Ronald Reagan repeatedly made the link between the U.S. economy and U.S. international security and defense. He consistently argued that weakness at home leads to weakness abroad.

  • Israeli bulldozers destroy Hamas tunnels in Gaza

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel said it widened its ground offensive early Sunday, sending more troops into Gaza after demolishing more than a dozen Hamas tunnels and intensifying tank fire on border areas. Loud explosions shook Gaza as Israeli flares lit up the night sky and Israeli...

  • Under threat, Iraq's Christians flee city of Mosul

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The message played over loudspeakers gave the Christians of Iraq's second-largest city until midday Saturday to make a choice: convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. By the time the deadline imposed by the Islamic State extremist group expired, the vast majority of Christians...

  • Mideast divisions cloud Gaza cease-fire efforts

    CAIRO (AP) — Even as the death toll mounts in the Gaza Strip, attempts to broker a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel have so far run aground — in part because they have become mired in the deep divisions between Mideast countries. At the center of the problems is the bitter enmity between...

  • Israel pushes in Gaza, expanding ground operation

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza on Friday in a ground offensive that officials said could last up to two weeks as the prime minister ordered the military to prepare for a "significantly" wider campaign. The assault raised risks of a bloodier conflict amid...

  • In Iraq, Syria, militants try to govern as a state

    BEIRUT (AP) — Across the broad swath of territory they control bridging Syria and Iraq, extremist militants from the group known as the Islamic State have proven to be highly organized administrators. Flush with cash, they fix roads, police traffic, administer courts, and have even set up an...

  • CNN removes international correspondent who tweeted about 'scum' Israelis

    CNN international correspondent Diana Magnay has been removed from her post covering the conflict between Israel and Palestine after she referred to Israelis as "scum," the news network said Friday.

  • Reports: 115 killed in seizure of Syria gas field

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic extremists killed at least 115 Syrian troops, guards and workers as they captured a gas field in central Syria following daylong clashes, activists said Friday. More than 20 militants also died in the fighting on Thursday for the Shaer gas field, the deadliest battles so...

  • UN: Some 5,500 civilians killed in Iraq this year

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Violence in Iraq has killed more than 5,500 civilians over the first six months of the year, the U.N. said Friday in a new report that documents the massive humanitarian toll of an ongoing Sunni militant offensive in the country. The Islamic State extremist group and other Sunni...

  • Why perceptions of Obama's foreign policies may never turn around

    President Obama has never faced this many international crises at once. And it's never been so obvious that he lacks the silver bullet to fix them.

  • Israel invades Gaza after Hamas rejects truce

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The heavy thud of tank shells, often just seconds apart, echoed across the Gaza Strip early Friday as thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion, escalating a 10-day campaign of heavy air bombardments to try to destroy Hamas' rocket-firing abilities and...



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