Middle East

  • 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...
  • Syria hotspot enjoys lull with UN monitors present
    1227754_h_425_pd_1_mxw_620 2012-04-22 21:18:02 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — The deployment of U.N. truce monitors brought a lull in shelling of the Syrian opposition stronghold of Homs for a second day Sunday while President Bashar Assad's troops kept up heavy attacks on other areas where observers were not ...
  • UN observers tour rebel-held town in Syria
    848299 2012-04-22 15:47:42 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. cease-fire monitors toured a rebel-held town in central Syria Sunday with army defectors, while government troops pounded a Damascus suburb with artillery and heavy machine guns, activists said. The shelling in Douma highligh...
  • UN monitors visit Syria opposition stronghold
    120421_syria_protest_660 2012-04-21 21:30:32 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Five unarmed U.N. truce monitors toured the battered city at the heart of the Syrian uprising on foot Saturday, encountering unusually calm streets after weeks of shelling as a throng of residents clamored for foreign military help t...
  • Syrians ask UN monitors in Homs for intervention
    628x471-1 2012-04-21 14:24:31 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — A group of U.N. cease-fire observers toured a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs Saturday as residents chanted loudly for a military intervention to protect them from President Bashar Assad's regime forces. Fighti...
  • Europe, Russia propose rival resolutions on Syria
    Untitled 2012-04-21 05:31:41 UTC
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — European nations and Russia proposed rival U.N. resolutions Friday morning, both calling for expanding the number of U.N. cease-fire monitors in Syria from 30 to 300 but disagreeing on possible sanctions and on how quickly th...
  • Syrian forces fire on anti-regime protesters
    4f91a4a5761ee.image 2012-04-20 18:43:24 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops fired tear gas and bullets on thousands of protesters who spilled out of mosques after noon prayers Friday, activists said. State media reported that bombs and shootings killed 17 soldiers as the latest diplomatic effor...
  • Tiny Gulf islands rekindle big Arab-Iran dispute
    18475277 2012-04-20 01:32:39 UTC
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — There would seem to be enough points of tension to keep Iran and its Gulf Arab rivals fully occupied: Tehran's nuclear program, accusations of Iranian meddling in Bahrain's uprising, Iranian threats to block Gulf oil shipping l...
  • Russia ‘cooperative’ on Syria – Pentagon chief
    Untitled 2012-04-20 01:01:23 UTC
    Russia has started interacting with the United States and other countries on the Syria issue, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday, RIA Novosti reported. "At this point, Russia has been cooperative" in negotiating a ceasefire de...
  • Clinton urges tougher UN pressure on Syria
    Untitled 2012-04-19 22:53:11 UTC
    PARIS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Thursday for the U.N. Security Council to adopt an arms embargo and other tough measures against Syria to try to halt 13 months of bloodshed, but she acknowledged such diplomatic a...
  • "Friends of Syria say Annan plan is last hope
    Web-syria2_1390844cl-8 2012-04-19 18:02:11 UTC
    PARIS (Reuters) - The "Friends of Syria" coalition meeting in Paris on Thursday called a U.N.-backed peace plan the "last hope" to resolve the crisis and said they would do all they could to help it succeed, according to draft conclusions obtained...