Middle East

  • 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...

  • Olmert legacy revisited after acquittal in Israel
    6ac9a4f95228f213140f6a706700a9f1 2012-07-10 20:49:03 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's acquittal of the most serious charges in a high-profile corruption case on Tuesday set off a fierce debate about how the peace process might have proceeded differently had the former leader not been driven from office three years ago. Olmert...

  • Annan in Iraqi for talks on peace plan for Syria
    Diaalnews 2012-07-10 12:47:41 UTC
    BAGHDAD (AP) — International envoy Kofi Annan has arrived in Iraq on an outreach tour to Syria's allies in the Mideast. Annan touched down in Baghdad on Tuesday after a one-day trip to Iran, a key Damascus ally. Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh says Annan will meet with Prime Minis...

  • New crisis looms in Egypt over legislature's fate
    C952146c3958df13140f6a706700189a 2012-07-09 23:50:19 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — A new showdown loomed in Egypt on Monday as the country's highest court stood by its ruling that dissolved parliament last month, challenging the new Islamist president's plans to reconvene the lower chamber in defiance of the military. If he goes ahead, Mohammed Morsi would be ta...

  • UN envoy seeks Iranian help on Syrian crisis
    2c4c89a438e3dc13140f6a706700b4e9 2012-07-09 23:44:53 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — International envoy Kofi Annan tried to rescue his peace plan for Syria by seeking help Monday from Iran, a staunch ally and military backer of President Bashar Assad's regime. Before flying to Tehran, Annan said he had agreed on a new approach with Assad to stop the violence, wh...

  • Egypt's parliament speaker calls new session
    22e4adfc1f9ec713140f6a706700fc5b 2012-07-09 12:27:10 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — The speaker of Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament called Monday for the legislature to meet this week, raising the stakes in a tense standoff with the powerful military which backed a court ruling to dissolve the chamber. Egypt's MENA state news agency said speaker Saad el-Kata...

  • Annan says agreement reached with Assad
    Kofibashar_2232749b 2012-07-09 12:23:09 UTC
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — International envoy Kofi Annan raised hopes of a revived peace effort in Syria, saying he has reached a framework with President Bashar Assad and would hold talks with rebel leaders. Annan was traveling to Damascus' key ally Iran later Monday for talks with leaders there. ...

  • Israel panel backs legalizing West Bank outposts
    Diaalnews.com 2012-07-09 09:52:58 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — A government-appointed committee has recommended that Israel legalize dozens of unsanctioned West Bank settlement outposts, a member of the panel said Monday, in defiance of international opposition to settling on land the Palestinians want for their future state. The panel of...

  • Syria military conducts large-scale exercises
    Diaalnews 2012-07-08 10:55:41 UTC
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's military began large-scale exercises simulating defense against outside "aggression," the state-run news agency said Sunday — an apparent warning to other countries not to intervene in the country's crisis. The exercise began Saturday with naval forces in a scena...

  • Afghan donors offer $16B in development aid
    Diaalnews 2012-07-08 10:28:17 UTC
    TOKYO (AP) — International donors offered $16 billion in development aid for Afghanistan on Sunday to show there will not be a mass exodus from the country after most foreign troops pull out in two years. They stressed the aid will be closely monitored to assure it is not squandered through corru...

  • Clinton says Assad's regime days are numbered
    Diaalnews 2012-07-08 06:00:55 UTC
    Associated Press: Clinton warns that Syrian state risks collapse.-------- TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says time's running out on Syrian peace hopes and warns that the Syrian state could collapse. Speaking in Japan, Clinton said Sunday that U.N. mediator Kofi ...

  • Lebanon security says 2 killed by Syria shells
    Syrian_army_wadi_khaled 2012-07-07 11:30:31 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Shells fired from inside Syria killed two Lebanese civilians on Saturday and injured 10 others, security officials said, in the latest incident of violence spilling across the border. One woman was killed when a shell hit her home in the Wadi Khalid area of northeast Lebanon, als...

  • Israeli draft pits secular Jews vs. ultra-Orthodox
    2b4ad8d6042aa713140f6a7067003b5f 2012-07-07 10:08:09 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Deep in the heart of Mea Shearim, a Jerusalem bastion of hardline ultra-Orthodox Jews, hundreds of bearded young men in black suits have their noses burrowed into books, immersed in biblical study and oblivious to their surroundings. They are the creme de la creme of a cloiste...

  • Afghanistan declared a major US non-NATO ally
    Diaalnews.com 2012-07-07 09:53:49 UTC
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Obama administration on Saturday declared Afghanistan the United States' newest "major non-NATO ally," an action designed to facilitate close defense cooperation after U.S. combat troops withdraw from the country in 2014 and as a political statement of support for Af...

  • Libyans vote in 1st election after Gadhafi
    Diaalnews.com 2012-07-07 09:47:12 UTC
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyans started voting on Saturday in the first parliamentary election since last year's ouster and slaying of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, with jubilation at this major step towards democracy after decades of erratic one-man rule tempered by boycott calls and violence...

  • Libya: Helicopter downed, killing election worker
    Diaalnews 2012-07-06 19:26:29 UTC
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Gunmen shot down a helicopter carrying voting materials near the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, killing one election commission worker, a spokesman for the country's ruling council said. The attack further escalated tensions that were already running high in L...

  • Iran adds France, Germany to culprits list
    Diaalnews 2012-07-06 19:11:48 UTC
    Tehran, Iran (AP) — Iran's spy chief on Friday accused French and German intelligence services of cooperating with the CIA to kill Iranian nuclear scientists, an allegation likely to exacerbate tensions between Tehran and the West over the Islamic Republic's disputed nuclear program. Heidar Mo...

  • US, allies press Assad as top Syrian general flees
    Diaalnews 2012-07-06 20:38:52 UTC
    PARIS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday hailed an accelerating wave of defections in President Bashar Assad's inner circle as the United States and its international allies pleaded once again for global sanctions against the Syrian regime. Frustrated by the slow pace...

  • US, partners to push for global sanctions on Assad
    238298-syria-assad 2012-07-06 20:34:08 UTC
    PARIS (AP) - The United States and its European and Arab partners will threaten the Assad regime with global sanctions if it fails to quickly implement a Syrian peace plan that includes the appointment of a new interim government, U.S. officials said Thursday on the eve of an 80-nation conference...

  • Jihadists claim Syria attacks
    3d5659889f074f12140f6a706700721d 2012-07-04 17:44:03 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — An al-Qaida-inspired group claimed responsibility for dozens of attacks across Syria, the latest evidence that extremists are exploiting the chaos to make inroads in another Middle Eastern country. The Syrian regime has long blamed terrorists for the 16-month-old revolt, and the ...

  • Iran threatens swift retaliation on US bases
    Diaalnews.com 2012-07-04 17:13:01 UTC
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran declared Wednesday that it can destroy nearby U.S. military bases and strike Israel within minutes of an attack on the Islamic Republic, reflecting tensions over Iran's suspect nuclear program. The veiled threat came during a military drill that has included the firing...

  • EU: Talks on Iran's nuclear program to continue
    Ashton 2012-07-04 08:37:42 UTC
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says Iranian and international technical experts have exchanged details on proposals to end the standoff over Tehran's nuclear program. A statement said talks in Istanbul lasted a full day and ended early Wednesday. The technical talks followed three round...

  • Israel's Netanyahu faces coalition crisis
    United_states_senate-_an_open_letter_to_the_leader_of_the_islamic_republic_of_iran 2012-07-03 20:24:58 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Tuesday moved to contain the first major crisis in his newly expanded coalition government after his most significant partner threatened to quit in a dispute over how to overhaul the country's military draft. Benjamin Netanyahu is rushing to meet an ...

  • Report: Assad regrets shooting down Turkish jet
    Untitled 2012-07-03 18:04:04 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said he regrets the shooting down of a Turkish jet by his forces, and that he will not allow tensions between the two neighbors to deteriorate into an "armed conflict," a Turkish newspaper reported Tuesday. Syria downed the RF-4E warplane on June 22....