Middle East

  • Syria's Assad appears on TV after bombing
    3457c7783b2cd014150f6a7067002c32 2012-07-19 20:50:48 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad made his first appearance Thursday since a bomb killed some of his top lieutenants, looking calm and composed on state TV even as his forces turned parts of Damascus into combat zones and rebels seized two of the country's border crossings. The unpre...

  • Tanks roll on Damascus as violence reigns
    Diaalnews 2012-07-19 18:20:28 UTC
    Damascus (Al Jazeera) - Heavy fighting grips capital with state source saying "all weapons will be used to finish off terrorists" by weekend. ----------------------------------------- Government troops have stormed a Damascus district with tanks for the first time, five days on from the outbr...

  • UN vote on Syria delayed until Thursday
    C231c97220bcb514150f6a7067000f04 2012-07-19 06:18:09 UTC
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council scheduled a vote Thursday on a new Syria resolution after a last-minute delay failed to get key Western nations and Russia to agree on measures to end the dramatically escalating violence — but both sides remained deeply divided. Britain's U.N. A...

  • Rebel bombing strikes at heart of Syrian regime
    Diaalnews 2012-07-18 23:34:55 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Rebels penetrated the heart of Syria's power elite Wednesday, detonating a bomb inside a high-level crisis meeting in Damascus that killed three leaders of the regime, including President Bashar Assad's brother-in-law and the defense minister. The unprecedented blow to the ruling...

  • Israel's Netanyahu loses key coalition partner
    6035eb330861a314150f6a70670005c2 2012-07-17 22:37:30 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel plunged toward a political crisis Tuesday after the largest party in the government quit, leaving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in charge of a hard-line coalition opposed to most Mideast peace moves. The moderate Kadima Party voted to pull out of the government in a...

  • Clashes spread to new areas in Syrian capital
    2811fc4a07dfa114150f6a70670033d2 2012-07-17 20:55:46 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces attacked rebels with helicopter gunships in the heart of Damascus on Tuesday, escalating a campaign to crush their opponents as clashes spread to new areas, illustrating the rebels' growing reach. Cracks of gunfire and explosions echoed inside the capital...

  • Syria uses helicopters to battle rebels in capital
    282742-a-russian-made-attack-helicopter-fires-a-rocket-and-releases-flares 2012-07-17 17:51:57 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Intense clashes between Syrian rebels and government forces backed by helicopters spread to new areas of the capital Damascus Tuesday, including a brief firefight near Parliament. It was the third straight day of fighting that has posed an unprecedented challenge to government rule ...

  • Heavy clashes hit Syrian capital for second day
    D85996c3ed618613150f6a706700e53d 2012-07-16 20:22:21 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels fired at tanks in Damascus residential districts, armored vehicles blocked the main entrances to a neighborhood and protesters briefly barricaded a main highway into the city with bricks and burning tires, leaving hundreds of cars backed up in some of the worst clashes...

  • Navy: US ship fires on boat off Dubai, 1 killed
    Bilde 2012-07-16 20:09:14 UTC
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. Navy ship opened fire on a small boat racing toward it Monday near the Gulf city of Dubai, killing one person, according to American officials. Lt. Greg Raelson, a spokesman for the Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, said a security team aboard the USNS R...

  • Clinton's calls fall flat in Egypt political fight
    9e5c687ed2c06a13150f6a706700aca5 2012-07-16 00:18:25 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — The head of Egypt's military took a tough line Sunday on the Muslim Brotherhood, warning that he won't let the fundamentalist group dominate the country, only hours after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged him to work with Egypt's elected Islamist leaders. Clinto...

  • Red Cross declares Syrian conflict to be civil war
    1ff68982d4977213150f6a70670086b6 2012-07-16 00:13:31 UTC
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's 16-month bloodbath crossed an important symbolic threshold Sunday as the international Red Cross formally declared the conflict a civil war, a status with implications for potential war crimes prosecutions. The Red Cross statement came as United Nations observers...

  • Iran parliamentarians call for nuclear ships
    Diaalnews 2012-07-15 17:36:17 UTC
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian semiofficial news agency says a parliamentary committee has approved a bill requiring the government to design nuclear-powered merchant ships and provide them with nuclear fuel. Iran says it is designing a nuclear submarine. But nuclear-powered ships other than w...

  • Israeli protester sets himself on fire at rally
    B30928f7bb2c5c13150f6a706700a967 2012-07-15 02:25:14 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli protester set himself alight during a rally Saturday night marking the anniversary of a wave of demonstrations that swept the country to protest the high cost of living and other social issues, authorities said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man in his 4...

  • Clinton to Egypt's Morsi: Find way out of crisis
    33756ec3ba885913150f6a706700a0e8 2012-07-15 02:18:04 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used her first meeting with Egypt's new Islamist president to press Mohammed Morsi to start a dialogue with military leaders as a way of preserving the country's transition to democracy. Clinton voiced support for the "full transition...

  • UN team investigates reported Syria massacre
    668140_syria_543068282 2012-07-14 22:02:46 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. observers investigating a reported mass killing in a Syrian village on Saturday found pools of blood in homes and spent bullets, mortars and artillery shells, adding details to the emerging picture of what anti-regime activists have called one of the deadliest events of Syria's...

  • Iran says it will make oil embargo ineffective
    72144352(2) 2012-07-14 12:14:22 UTC
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Oil Minister says his office has drawn up plans to make newly tightened sanctions against the Islamic Republic ineffective. Rostam Qasemi says his ministry is at the forefront of an economic battle with the West. His remarks carried by ministry website shana.ir on Sa...

  • Freed Israeli soldier a mystery despite exposure
    9a79d8a2b8564e13150f6a7067003662 2012-07-14 11:57:34 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Nine months after he was freed from Hamas captivity in a lopsided prisoner swap, Gilad Schalit is emerging from the shadows — showing up at parties, sporting events and even writing a newspaper column. Even so, the former Israeli soldier remains an enigma. He has refrained fro...

  • Suicide bomber kills 4 in Syrian town
    Diaalnews 2012-07-14 11:33:01 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — A suicide bomber blew up his car in a central Syrian town on Saturday, killing three civilians and one security officer, Syria's state news agency said. SANA said the attacker, who camouflaged the bomb with onions, detonated the explosives in the town of Muhrada. The anti-regi...

  • Saudi Arabia: Police kill attacker in east
    Hosseinsharifi20111115133243297 2012-07-14 11:26:01 UTC
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia says police have shot dead a man who tried to firebomb a police station in a restive Shiite-majority eastern district, while four policemen were injured in another attack. Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki said in a statement that f...

  • Well-known Afghan commander among 23 dead in blast
    Diaalnews 2012-07-14 11:42:42 UTC
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up Saturday in a wedding hall in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 23 people including a prominent warlord-turned-politician and three Afghan security force officials, in an attack that deals a setback to efforts to unify the nation's e...

  • Syria activists: Regime killed scores in village
    04ad4467869c2713150f6a706700a67e 2012-07-13 17:34:06 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Anti-regime activists in Syria said Friday that government gunners rained shells on a poor, farming village before armed thugs moved in, leaving scores of people dead in what rebels claim is one of the worst single days of bloodshed in the uprising against President Bashar Assad's r...

  • Opposition: Syria's Iraq ambassador has defected
    373284726e161413150f6a706700f3e3 2012-07-12 05:47:34 UTC
    ISTANBUL (AP) — The Syrian ambassador to Iraq has defected, denouncing President Bashar Assad in a TV statement Wednesday, becoming the most senior diplomat to abandon the regime during a bloody 16-month uprising. Nawaf Fares, a former provincial governor, is the second prominent Syrian to bre...

  • UN envoy says Syria president discusses transition
    Diaalnews 2012-07-12 05:54:00 UTC
    GENEVA (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has discussed the possibility of forming a transitional government for his country as proposed by an international conference in Geneva last month, envoy Kofi Annan said Wednesday. Annan, the U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria, said that during his disc...

  • UN envoy presses Syrian peace plan with Iran, Iraq
    Diaalnews 2012-07-11 00:36:24 UTC
    BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.N.'s special envoy on the Syrian crisis sought to build support for his peace efforts Tuesday with the leaders of Iran and Iraq, saying President Bashar Assad has agreed to a plan to quell the bloodshed in the most violent areas of Syria and then expand the operation to the w...

  • Clinton: Egypt's leaders must settle differences
    Diaalnews 2012-07-10 12:56:29 UTC
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday urged Egypt's Islamist president and its military to settle their differences for the good of Egypt's people, or risk seeing their nation's democratic transition derailed. Egypt's newly elected President Mohammed M...