Rival Palestinian Groups Announce Unity Deal

The two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, have announced a reconciliation deal, saying they will try to form a unity government in the coming weeks. Hamas and Fatah split violently in 2007, and have since divided their people between [...]

Syria Hands Over 86 Percent of Chemical Weapons

The global chemical watchdog says Syria has handed over more than 86 percent of its chemical weapons stockpiles. The Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Tuesday that Syria had delivered another batch of chemicals [...]

Deadly Blast Rocks Syrian City of Homs

Syrian state television and a rights group say a car bomb in the central city of Homs has killed several people. The state television report says 14 were killed when the blast erupted outside a mosque in a pro-government district the city. Worshippers [...]

Rouhani Talks Peace at Military Parade

Iran’s president said during an annual military parade his country does not want war, but has the means to deter any attacks. Hassan Rouhani said Friday in Tehran his country would not invade another country, but would “resist any [...]

Ailing Algerian President Expected to Win Election

Algerians cast ballots Thursday in a presidential election that incumbent President Abdel-Aziz Bouteflika is widely expected to win. The 77-year-old leader is seeking his fourth term in office, although he has made few public appearance since [...]

Jordanian Ambassador Abducted in Libya

Gunmen have kidnapped the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Libyan foreign ministry officials say assailants in two cars opened fire on the convoy carrying Ambassador Fawaz al-Etan Tuesday morning as it traveled through the [...]

Bomb Wounds 3 in Egyptian Capital

A homemade bomb exploded near a traffic police post on a bridge over the Nile River in Cairo early Tuesday, wounding two policemen and a civilian. Officials said the rush-hour blast targeted a security checkpoint near al-Galaa bridge in central [...]

Iran Asks UN to Address US Refusal to Issue Envoy Visa

Iran is asking a United Nations committee to hold a special meeting on the refusal of the United States to issue a visa to Iran’s choice for its ambassador to the U.N. American officials object to Iran’s selection of Hamid Abutalebi [...]

Russia, US Still Competing for Influence in Middle East

WASHINGTON — Escalating tensions between the U.S. and Russia have revived memories of an era many thought was long gone, when Washington and Moscow competed for influence in the Middle East during the Cold War. These days, there are still [...]

Beirut Police Detain Berlusconi Ally Ahead of Mafia Verdict

ROME — Beirut police on Saturday picked up a longtime political ally and friend of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi after he was declared a fugitive earlier this week. A Palermo court said on Friday that former senator Marcello [...]




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