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Battle Rages in Homs, Hub of Revolt Against Assad Government

Battle Rages in Homs, Hub of Revolt Against Assad Government

Syrian insurgents and anti-government activists are reporting near-continuous bombardment of the Old City and the nearby neighborhood of Waer. (2 hours ago)

13 Suspected Militants Killed in Yemen

An airstrike killed 13 suspected Al Qaeda militants and three civilians in Yemen. (3 hours ago)

Held in Syria, 4 Journalists Are Released

After 10 months in captivity in Syria, the French journalists were released on the Turkish-Syrian border on Friday. (6 hours ago)

4 French journalists freed after 10 months held hostage in Syria

Four French journalists who had been held hostage in Syria for 10 months have been released, the French President's office said Saturday. (10 hours ago)

Ex-Marine Held in Iran Asks Official for Help

Amir Hekmati, an American incarcerated in Iran since August 2011, recently wrote to its foreign minister seeking help in gaining his release. (23 hours ago)

World Briefing: Obama Signs Bill That Bars Iran’s Envoy

President Obama signed a bill into law on Friday that would prohibit anyone who has engaged in espionage or terrorism against the United States from obtaining a visa to enter the country as a representative to the United Nations. (23 hours ago)

In Syria's capital, residents recall a sectarian tolerance gone by

In Syria's capital, residents recall a sectarian tolerance gone by

Amid constrained Good Friday services, Damascus is full of dismay over the enmity that now governs Syrians' view of one another.DAMASCUS, Syria - The thud of mortar shelling alternated with tolling church bells Friday as the Christians of this capital's ancient Bab Touma district marked Good Friday amid extremely... (1 day ago)

World Briefing: Program to Destroy Syria’s Chemical Weapons Is 75% Complete, Group Says

An official from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Syria might not finish the job by a revised deadline of April 27, but might do so soon after. (1 day ago)

Killer's hanging halted by victim's mom

The parents of a young man killed in a street fight halt the execution of the convicted killer this week -- seconds before he was to be hanged in front of a large crowd. (1 day ago)

Abu Hamza al-Masri's trial begins

The federal trial of Abu Hamza al-Masri, a radical Islamic cleric accused of conspiring to kidnap Americans in Yemen and planning to establish a jihad training camp in rural Oregon, began in New York with opening statements on Thursday. (1 day ago)

Saudi Arabia to build tallest building ever

Work will likely start on the Kingdom Tower next week. When it's finished, it will stand 3,280 feet tall -- 558 feet taller than Dubai's Burj Khalifa. (1 day ago)

In Iraq, 18 dead in attacks

Attackers in Iraq killed 18 people and left dozens injured. A car bomb explosion in the capital led to at least five deaths while 13 Iraqi soldiers were killed by gunmen in the north of the country. (1 day ago)

'Trolling' terrorists on Twitter

"We don't negotiate with terrorists," has long been the U.S. government's standard position when it comes to violent extremists. So why has it started bickering with them on Twitter? (1 day ago)

Jerusalem Journal: Stranded by the Fight Over a Border’s Future

Jerusalem Journal: Stranded by the Fight Over a Border’s Future

The influx of people into the Ras Khamis neighborhood of East Jerusalem is straining city services, and City Hall has shown little inclination to help. (1 day ago)

Syria presses offensive in Homs' Old City after talks break down

Syria presses offensive in Homs' Old City after talks break down

Homs, long at the heart of the Syrian conflict, is seeing some of its most intense violence in months.HOMS, Syria - The crackle of gunfire and the sound of shelling resounded in this central Syrian city Thursday as army troops pressed an offensive in the Old City after a breakdown in talks between the government and... (1 day ago)

Iran Gets an Unlikely Visitor, an American Plane, but No One Seems to Know Why

Iran Gets an Unlikely Visitor, an American Plane, but No One Seems to Know Why

The presence of a United States-flagged aircraft in Iran is highly unusual in Iran these days, especially when it’s owned by a small Utah bank. (1 day ago)

Mother slaps, forgives son's murderer

An Iranian mother slaps and then forgives the murderer of her 17-year-old son, in dramatic scenes at the gallows. (2 days ago)

Arab-Israeli Activist Is Moved to House Arrest

The Israeli citizen, a Palestinian rights activist, was detained after a visit to Lebanon, on suspicion of an unauthorized visit to an enemy state. (2 days ago)

Fit for a queen and the Mideast?

After almost three centuries at the heart of London's busy Piccadilly retail district, Fortnum and Mason is broadening its horizons. (2 days ago)

Is Assad Winning Syria's War?

As the Syrian President states he is on course for victory, Amara Walker talks to a former U.S. Ambassador to Damascus. (2 days ago)

Meet Syria's "Malala"

In the midst of uncertainty, Mizune, 14, one of thousands of refugees who fled Syria since the civil war began, is sure of one thing: "We can help and improve our nation with education." (2 days ago)

Palmyra Journal: Syrian War Takes Heavy Toll at a Crossroad of Cultures

Palmyra Journal: Syrian War Takes Heavy Toll at a Crossroad of Cultures

Fighting has damaged Palmyra and other archaeological sites, and made it easier for thieves to smuggle hundreds of antiquities out of the country. (2 days ago)

Jordanian Jets Strike Vehicles Trying to Enter From Syria

Jordan’s armed forces said in a statement that warplanes fired on the three vehicles after they failed to heed security forces’ demands to stop. (2 days ago)

Saudi veteran intelligence chief calls it quits

Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the man behind the kingdom's committed policy to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has stepped down from his intelligence post, according to the country's official news agency. (3 days ago)

Letter From the Middle East: Pushing the 2-State Path in Gaza

Ezzeldin Masri runs the Gaza branch of OneVoice, promoting a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict despite continuous setbacks. (3 days ago)

Libya’s eastern city: If only the bombs would go away…

“WELCOME to Benghazi, birthplace of the Libyan revolution,” declares the sign on the runway of its ramshackle airport. Visitors may be forgiven for not taking the words at face value. Three years after the uprising that began in Libya’s second city, the city is being pulled in several directions-not all of them... (3 days ago)

Kenyan farmers: Insure my cows

Not the end of the boy’s world if his cow can’t survive AS WELL as a cheque for $700, a knowing look passed between Hassan Bashir and Bashir Mohamed, his 80-year-old father. A payment at a ceremony for herders in Wajir, a town near Kenya’s border with Somalia, settled an argument dating back to 1997, when the son... (3 days ago)

Palestine: No room for a new inn

SO GREAT has been the recent expansion of Jewish settlements around the little Palestinian hamlet of Beit Skaria, on the south-western edge of Bethlehem, that it is now completely surrounded. To reach its pretty hilltop you have to drive through the sprawling settlement of Gush Etzion, one of the largest of Jewish... (3 days ago)

Syria’s civil war: The ebb and flow of horror

ACCORDING to President Bashar Assad, Syria’s three-year-old fratricide may soon be over. Speaking at Damascus University on April 13th, he declared that his army’s “war on terror” had reached a turning point. From now on, he implied, it would essentially be a mopping-up operation. His allies echo this rosy view.... (3 days ago)

Algeria’s election: The old man won’t go away

NOT surprisingly for a country that lost a million people in its struggle for independence in 1954-1962 and perhaps another 200,000 in its later civil war at the end of the century, humour in Algeria tends to be darkly cynical. And not surprisingly the presidential election set for April 17th has prompted plenty of... (3 days ago)



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