More Middle East Articles

  • Army bus ambushed in Egypt's Sinai, soldier killed

    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian security officials say suspected militants have attacked a military bus carrying policemen in the restive Sinai Peninsula, killing the soldier driving it. They say three police were wounded in the Sunday ambush in the town of Sheik Zuwayed on the road to Rafah...

  • Car bomb targets Lebanon army near Syria border

    BEIRUT (AP) — A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden car targeted a Lebanese army checkpoint near the Syrian border on Saturday evening, killing three soldiers, the Lebanese military said. The attack near the eastern border town of Arsal came after forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar...

  • Obama meets with Saudi king, weighs new Syria aid

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The United States is considering allowing shipments of portable air defense systems to Syrian rebels, a U.S. official said Friday, as President Barack Obama sought to reassure Saudi Arabia's king that the U.S. is not taking too soft a stance in Syria and other...

  • Israel army shoots suspects entering Golan

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has shot and hit two armed suspects from Syria who crossed into the Israeli-held Golan Heights. The Israeli army says the two suspects were discovered entering the Israeli side of the border and tampering with the security barrier along the...

  • Obama tries to mend rift with Saudis

    President Obama met with Saudi King Abdullah in Riyadh Friday, the last stop on his weeklong foreign trip as he tried to cool tensions with a key U.S. ally in the Middle East. "The United States and Saudi Arabia are working together to address a number of critical bilateral and regional...

  • Will Obama's Saudi visit be painful? Signs point to yes

    The Saudis have been less than pleased -- to say the least -- with Obama administration policies they believe have made a mess of the Middle East. And they're eager to vent their displeasure face-to-face.

  • Obama not concerned enough about nuclear terrorism

    In the Netherlands this week, President Obama confessed a fear: "I continue to be much more concerned, when it comes to our security, with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan."

  • Lebanon: Masked gunmen kill army officer in north

    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese state media say masked gunmen have killed an army officer in the northern city of Tripoli, which has been hard-hit by Syria-related clashes. National News Agency says officer Fadi Jbaili died after two attackers opened fire from a motorcycle in central Tripoli on...

  • Kerry meets Abbas as peace process founders

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Wednesday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a bid to salvage foundering Mideast peace talks that were dealt a new blow when Arab leaders said they never would recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Kerry and Abbas spoke for...

  • Watchdog: 49 percent of Syrian chemicals removed

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The world's chemical weapons watchdog says more than 49 percent of the raw materials for Syria's poison gas and nerve agent program scheduled for destruction have been shipped overseas, with the rest expected to leave by the end of April. The Organization for the...

  • Obama shouldn't expect a warm reception in Riyadh

    President Obama has spent this week bingeing on diplomacy, but he cannot be drunk on success. There's very little to show for his days in Europe other than a few joint statements that were forgotten as soon as the press releases were handed out. Friday's meeting with Saudi King Abdullah bin...

  • Kerry races against deadlines for Mideast peace

    ROME (AP) — Hoping to salvage foundering Mideast peace negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is interrupting a trip to Europe with President Barack Obama to press Israeli and Palestinian leaders to stick with the talks beyond an April deadline. The meetings come at a critical time...

  • Activists: Syrian rebels seize coastal area

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels seized control of a seaside tourist site by the Turkish border on Tuesday that allowed them a small foothold by the Mediterranean for the first time since the uprising erupted against President Bashar Assad, activists say. The reported capture of the rocky, coastal...

  • Egypt, Saudi Arabia to pressure Qatar at summit

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — An assortment of Arab nations will likely use an Arab summit this week to try to pressure the tiny but wealthy Gulf nation of Qatar to stop supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and other opposition movements throughout the region. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have labeled the Muslim...

  • Yemen: Suspected al-Qaida militants kill 22 troops

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Suspected al-Qaida militants attacked a security checkpoint in southeastern Yemen on Monday, first sending in a suicide car bomb then storming it, officials said. They killed 22 troops and left only one survivor, who pretended he was dead. The militants launched the...



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