Egypt Targets Universities as Last Haven for Political Expression

CAIRO— Hundreds of police surround its walls, patrolling in armored vehicles with sirens blaring, while muscle-bound security guards man metal detectors, searching all who enter. But this is not a military barracks or police station. It is [...]

In Israel, Palestinian Bus Ban Slammed as Racist

WASHINGTON— Rights groups are condemning an Israeli proposal that would effectively ban Palestinian workers from traveling on the same buses as Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The proposal by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon would require [...]

Rebels, Iraqi Kurds Help Syrian Kurds Fight IS in Kobani

Kurdish fighters in northern Syria are getting reinforcements in their month-long battle with Islamic State militants in the border city of Kobani. A group of about 50 rebels from the Free Syrian Army arrived Wednesday in Kobani after crossing [...]

US Boosts Aid for Syrian Refugee Hosts

The United States said it will provide $10 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help communities in the region hosting the more than 3 million refugees from Syria. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration [...]

Malaysia PM Vows to Bring MH17 Culprits to Justice

DUBAI— Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday vowed to bring to justice the perpetrators of the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17, but said he feared fighting in Ukraine might block access to the crash site. In an interview with Reuters in [...]

Iraq Peshmerga Fighters Head to Kobani

Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters are headed to Kobani to help Syrian Kurds who have been fighting Islamic State militants since September for control of the town just south of the Turkish border. Saleh Moslem, co-chairman of the Kurdish Democratic [...]

Netanyahu to Expedite Plans for 1,000 New Settler Homes

JERUSALEM—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will expedite planning for some 1,000 settler homes in East Jerusalem, a government official said on Monday, in a bid to placate a restive coalition ally without further aggravating a dispute [...]

Guns Silent in Lebanon’s Tripoli After Weekend Clashes

BEIRUT— At least 30 people were reported killed as Lebanese security forces battled Islamist militants during the weekend in the northern city of Tripoli. Tensions in Lebanon continue to be fueled by the kidnapping of Lebanese soldiers and [...]

Lebanon Clashes Claim 3

The Lebanese army says at least three of its soldiers have been killed in fierce fighting with Islamist gunmen in the northern city of Tripoli. The Reuters news agency reports Lebanese forces Saturday used helicopters to blast rockets at the [...]

Iraqi Forces, Kurds Retake IS-Besieged Town

Iraqi forces, aided by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, said Saturday that they had secured a key town south of Baghdad after heavy fighting with Islamic State militants. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called the recapture of the town of [...]

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