UN Renews Cross-Border Syria Aid Authorization

The United Nations Security Council has authorized a one-year extension of the cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid into rebel-held areas of Syria without Syrian government consent. The resolution unanimously adopted by the Council on Wednesday [...]

25 Killed in Car Bomb Attack in Yemen

Two car bombs exploded Tuesday south of the Yemeni capital, hitting a school bus that was traveling near a Shi’ite rebel gathering and killing 25 people, including at least 15 students. Sources say the attack in the Rada area of the central [...]

Agenda for 2015: Work Harder to Resolve Middle East Conflicts

When it comes to the Middle East, things can always get worse and often do. But as 2014 limps to an end, there are reasons to question this mantra. On several fronts, there are glimmers of optimism about easing decades-long confrontations in [...]

Saudi Rulers Reconsider Ties to Wahhabi Clergy

RIYADH— Saudi Arabia’s ruling Al Saud royal family are trying to adjust their relationship with the country’s strict Wahhabi school of Sunni Islam as they increasingly view the teachings of some of its ultra-conservative clergy [...]

For Lebanon-based Refugees, Desperation Fuels Perilous Passage

BEIRUT— Any doubts that Syrian refugee Dania harbored about paying human traffickers to smuggle her to Europe were erased with the gunfire that nearly killed her brother. “He was working at a small stand selling things [in a refugee camp [...]

25 Killed in Car Bomb Attack in Yemen

Two car bombs exploded Tuesday south of the Yemeni capital, hitting a school bus that was traveling near a Shi’ite rebel gathering and killing 25 people, including at least 15 students. Sources say the attack in the Rada area of the central [...]

Turkey’s Media Raids Could Presage Wider Crackdown

ISTANBUL— Turkey’s government is facing growing international pressure following police raids on media establishments. But the Turkish president has dismissed criticism and said the country’s national security is at stake. Turkish [...]

Analysts: Libya Battle Critical to Containing Islamic State

BEIRUT—The United Nations is calling for international action to slow the chaos in Libya, saying fighting there could destabilize the entire region. Islamic State (IS)-supporting militants are only one part of Libya’s security crisis. But [...]

Egyptian Reporter Aids in Police Crackdown on Gays

For a while after the Arab Spring, it looked like gay Egyptians were finally feeling safe enough to step out of the closet. But now, they’re being forced back underground as a result of an escalating police crackdown – one that activists [...]

US, Iranian Officials to Hold Nuclear Talks in Geneva

Acting Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will lead a U.S. negotiating team that is set to meet with Iranian officials next week, ahead of more high-level talks on Iran’s nuclear program. The State Department says the U.S.-Iranian [...]




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