Middle East

  • Official says Israeli premier exploring early vote
    Filec5pukc 2012-04-29 19:03:26 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to decide by next week whether to move up national elections, an Israeli official said Sunday. Parliamentary elections are scheduled for October 2013. but Netanyahu told political allies ...
  • Wife: Bahrain hunger striker fed against his will
    Mideast_bahrain_.jpeg-0a8b5 2012-04-29 17:47:18 UTC
    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The wife of a jailed Bahraini hunger striker was granted her first visit in two weeks Sunday, then accused authorities of using feeding tubes and other life-saving measures on her husband against his will. In recent weeks...
  • Syrian: Iran arming Syrian army to fight the rebels
    Untitled 2012-04-29 07:46:53 UTC
    Syrian opposition: Some neighboring countries, particularly Iran and Iraq, are arming the Syrian military to continue the fight with the opposition, one of the leaders of the Syrian opposition, who wished to remain anonymous, told Trend on Saturda...
  • Dubai spends $250M to get full control of Atlantis
    059053ae-3cb8-4f89-b817-2f4327b05e80 2012-04-28 23:45:57 UTC
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai says it now has full control of the Atlantis resort hotel perched atop its palm-shaped island. State-run investment firm Istithmar World said late Friday it paid $250 million to buy out financially troub...
  • Israeli ex-intel chief slams PM's Iran stance
    Trump_-_i_have_determined_that_it_is_time_to_officially_recognize_jerusalem_as_the_capital_of_israel 2012-04-28 23:31:34 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — The former head of Israel's Shin Bet security agency has accused the country's political leaders of exaggerating the effectiveness of a possible military attack on Iran, in a striking indication of Israel's turmoil over how to dea...
  • Syria derides UN chief as peace plan in crisis
    Fileecrynu 2012-04-28 21:47:35 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria derided U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon as biased and called his comments "outrageous" Saturday after he blamed the regime for widespread cease-fire violations — the latest sign of trouble for an international peace plan many expect to ...
  • ElBaradei returns to Egypt politics with new party
    Elbaradi 2012-04-28 21:40:11 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei launched a new political party Saturday that he said aims to unite Egyptians and save the country's revolution from a messy democratic transition. The Constitution Party marks a return to public life...
  • Gunmen kill 2 guards in attack on Afghan governor
    B10e94ac3da140c98d73a42564bd8a90-c19b805ad89f429a950907354a2352a6-1 2012-04-28 16:28:54 UTC
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Two Taliban militants hiding handguns in their shoes infiltrated a government compound in southern Afghanistan on Saturday in an attempt to assassinate a provincial governor, setting off a fierce gunbattle that left tw...
  • Iraq leaders call for solution to political crisis
    Iraq_leaders_2011 2012-04-28 16:05:50 UTC
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Leaders from nearly all of Iraq's top political blocs called Saturday for a solution to a crisis pitting the Shiite-led government against Sunnis and Kurds, saying the dispute threatens the country's national interests. The state...
  • Syria accuses UN chief of encouraging 'terrorists'
    Untitled 2012-04-28 15:47:12 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian state-run newspaper accused U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday of encouraging "terrorist" rebel attacks by focusing his criticism on the government, while other government media reported that the navy foiled an i...
  • US officials: Core al-Qaida 'essentially gone'
    Cp24_416_al_qaida_120427 2012-04-28 04:20:54 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida that carried out the Sept. 11 attacks is essentially gone but its affiliates remain a threat to America, U.S. counterterrorist officials say. Core al-Qa...
  • Suicide bombing in Syrian capital kills 10
    Untitled 2012-04-28 04:10:06 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Two weeks into a cease-fire agreement, there still was no peace in Syria: Security agents in Damascus collected the remains of 10 people killed in a suicide bombing. Activists reported troops firing on protesters. Video showed a crow...
  • Israeli leaders speak up about Syria
    C6d2eeed-00d8-4447-87f5-dc4b50ea733c 2012-04-27 07:12:23 UTC
    ERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli officials have become increasingly outspoken in their belief that Syria's President Bashar Assad should relinquish power after a 13-month uprising that has killed thousands of his citizens — a surprising turnaround that ris...
  • Bin Laden family leaving Pakistan
    4d072075ddc040c7b342dc21e92d3ea5-9f9548fda305421e9a4fea8605fdac4d-1 2012-04-26 20:08:19 UTC
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's government says Osama bin Laden's three widows and his children have been deported to Saudi Arabia. A statement said the family left early Friday to the "country of their choice, Saudi Arabia." The family was deta...
  • Top al-Qaida bomb maker in Yemen resurfaces
    Yemeni-counter-terrorism--001 2012-04-26 19:57:05 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. counterterrorism officials are concerned about al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen because of increased intelligence chatter in the past several months. And in recent weeks, the group's top bomb maker — once thought to be dead — h...
  • Syrian wants to form 'government' in exile
    Nofal_al-dawalibi 2012-04-26 18:34:18 UTC
    PARIS (AP) — Syria's fractured opposition is showing further signs of cracking, even as international powers build the pressure on President Bashar Assad to end his regime's bloody repression of dissent. The son of a former Syrian prime ministe...
  • Syria blames rebels for blast that killed 16
    Syria670-blast-reuters 2012-04-26 21:02:34 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. observers on Thursday inspected the site of an explosion that flattened a block of houses in the central Syrian city of Hama and killed at least 16 people, while the government and the opposition traded blame over the cause of t...
  • AP Interview: Iraqi Kurd leader hints at secession
    Barezani 2012-04-26 04:10:47 UTC
    RBIL, Iraq (AP) — The president of Iraq's self-rule Kurdish region demanded Wednesday that Shiite leaders agree on sharing power with their political opponents by September or else the Kurds could consider breaking away from Baghdad. The warnin...
  • France raises prospect of military action in Syria
    Juppe 2012-04-26 03:31:03 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — France raised the prospect of military intervention in Syria on Wednesday, saying the U.N. should consider harsher measures if an international peace plan that has been shaken by violence ultimately collapses. The statement reflec...
  • France warns Syria that UN clock is ticking
    Juppe_2195747b 2012-04-25 18:14:00 UTC
    PARIS (AP) — France on Wednesday warned that if Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime doesn't fully implement an international peace plan it will seek U.N. action under a provision that includes possible military action. The comments from Fren...
  • Annan alarmed at Syria military action
    De03ef19ea9f4f43a40eefd42d3604b6-cba569dc3ae04f02bee98a90dda113a4-1_t615 2012-04-25 07:00:18 UTC
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — International envoy Kofi Annan told the U.N. Security Council Tuesday that the situation in Syria is "bleak" and expressed alarm at reports that government troops are still carrying out military operations in towns where U.N....
  • Satellites said to show Syria not abiding by truce
    De03ef19ea9f4f43a40eefd42d3604b6-cba569dc3ae04f02bee98a90dda113a4-1_t615 2012-04-24 18:07:17 UTC
    GENEVA (AP) — Satellite imagery and other credible reports show that, despite its claims, Syria has failed to withdraw all of its heavy weapons from populated areas as required by a cease-fire deal, international envoy Kofi Annan's spokesman Ahmad...
  • Syrian rebels target security officials in capital
    Untitled 2012-04-24 15:41:42 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Rebels seeking to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad killed three regime officers in separate attacks Tuesday around Damascus, activists and state media said, the latest violence targeting the security forces used by the government...
  • Egypt denies 8 US nonprofits license to operate
    Jimmy-carter-pleased-with-islamist-takeover-in-egypt-january-2012 2012-04-23 17:27:52 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian official says the government has denied permission to eight U.S.-based nonprofit groups to operate locally, including an election monitoring group headed by former American President Jimmy Carter. The Social Affairs Min...
  • Activists: Dozens killed in Hama after UN visit
    849429 2012-04-23 17:41:55 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops armed with heavy machine guns killed dozens in the central city of Hama Monday, activists said, just a day after chanting protesters welcomed a visit by a U.N. team sent to observe a shaky cease-fire. The day's viole...