After Iraqi Army Crumbles, Maliki Turns to State TV for Help

BAGHDAD —State television is working overtime to persuade Iraqis to help Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki confront an al-Qaida offshoot that has seized wide tracts of the country, but its unifying call has been blunted by his sectarian reputation. Since [...]

UN Chief: Gaza in ‘Critical Condition’

Decrying the deaths and displacement of civilians, United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon called for an immediate break in the fighting in Gaza, a territory in “critical condition.” “In the name of humanity, the violence must stop,” [...]

Israel Resumes Gaza Shelling, Says Hamas Violated Own Cease-fire

JERUSALEM —Israeli forces began shelling in the Gaza Strip late Sunday hours after Hamas declared a 24-hour cease-fire.  The Israeli government said it was resuming military operations because Palestinian fighters had not observed previous [...]

Syria Retakes Homs Gas Field from Hardline Group

BEIRUT —Syrian army said on Sunday it recaptured a gas field east of the central city of Homs that was seized by hardline Islamic State fighters earlier this month. Syrian television showed footage of soldiers running and deploying in a [...]

Soldiers, Militants Killed in Yemen Fighting

At least eight people were killed on Sunday when militants attacked three army outposts in southern Yemen. Cars packed with bombs approached the bases but detonated before reaching their intended targets in Abyan Province. The explosions and [...]

Scores Dead in Libya Violence

A violent 24 hours in Libya has left 61 people dead, raising the toll to nearly 150 in two weeks of clashes in the North African country. An estimated 38 people were killed in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi as government forces clashed [...]

Scores Dead in Libya Violence

A violent 24 hours in Libya has left 61 people dead, raising the toll to nearly 150 in two weeks of clashes in the North African country. An estimated 38 people were killed in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi as government forces clashed [...]

Soldiers, Militants Killed in Yemen Fighting

At least eight people were killed on Sunday when militants attacked three army outposts in southern Yemen. Cars packed with bombs approached the bases but detonated before reaching their intended targets in Abyan Province. The explosions and [...]

Gunmen Seize, Release Baghdad Official

Gunmen wearing army uniforms who seized a senior local official and prominent member of a Sunni Islamist party from his Baghdad home on Friday night have released him, an official said late on Saturday. The armed men in SUVs had shown up at [...]

Egypt Summons Turkish Diplomat

Egypt has summoned the Turkish charge d’affaires over comments by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan that insulted the Egyptian president. Egypt’s Foreign Ministry warned Saturday the prime minister’s words could limit bilateral [...]




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