Middle East

  • Syrian general, soldiers defect to Turkey
    Turkey's_erdogan_threatens_to_expand_syrian_kurds_offensive_till_iraq_border 2012-06-25 20:30:55 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian general was among the latest defectors from the Syrian military, officials said Monday, after dozens of Syrian soldiers fled overnight to Turkey, crossing the border with their families. The general defected in recent days, Turkish officials said. Then, according to the ...

  • Israel jittery after Brotherhood victory in Egypt
    Untitled 2012-06-24 19:56:31 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Muslim Brotherhood victory in Egyptian presidential elections, announced Sunday, has raised fears in Israel that its strategic 1979 peace agreement with its southern neighbor could be in danger. In contrast, in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, ecstatic residents flocked into th...

  • Islamist Morsi named Egypt's president
    Untitled 2012-06-24 19:49:04 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Islamist Mohammed Morsi was declared the winner Sunday in Egypt's first free presidential election in history, closing the tumultuous first phase of a democratic transition and opening a new struggle with the still-dominant military rulers who recently stripped the presidency of most...

  • NATO to discuss downing of Turkish plane by Syria
    Turkish_jets_nato 2012-06-24 19:41:42 UTC
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — NATO will hold emergency talks on Tuesday to discuss Syria's downing of a Turkish jet fighter, but the alliance is not expected to take military action, even if it confirms Turkey's claim that the unarmed plane was attacked in international airspace. The incident has furt...

  • Turkey calls for NATO meeting over Syria
    Untitled 2012-06-24 10:27:59 UTC
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — State television says Turkey has called for an extraordinary NATO meeting over the downing of its plane by Syria in international airspace. TRT television reported Sunday that Turkey has sought the NATO meeting for Tuesday. Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu tol...

  • Syrian civilians hit hard by spreading violence
    Bashar-al-assad-_2053464i 2012-06-23 17:07:40 UTC
    Publishable Editors Notes: EDITOR'S NOTE _ Journalist Ben Hubbard was part of a three-member Associated Press team that spent two weeks with rebels in northern Syria, collecting on-the-ground information on the revolt against President Bashar Assad _ the longest and deadliest uprising of the A...

  • Egypt will release official results from divisive presidential elections Sunday
    Egypt-election_horo1-195x110 2012-06-23 15:59:55 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt will release official results from divisive presidential elections Sunday, the country's top elections commission official said, a highly anticipated announcement that will set the course for Egypt's political future after last year's revolution that ousted longtime ruler Hosni...

  • Hamas entrenched in Gaza after 5 years of rule
    Untitled 2012-06-23 15:40:46 UTC
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — In five years of rule in the Gaza Strip, Hamas has established a functioning, authoritarian mini-state with a strong Islamic flavor, so firmly in control that nothing short of an unlikely Israeli military takeover seems capable of dislodging the militants. The Isla...

  • Syrian government accuses rebels of mass killing
    Untitled 2012-06-22 20:12:25 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — An online video showed more than a dozen bloodied corpses, some of them piled atop each other and in military uniforms, dumped beside a road in northern Syria in what the government Friday called a mass killing by rebel forces. The circumstances of the deaths were not immediately...

  • Turkey threatens action after Syria downs jet
    Untitled 2012-06-23 23:58:35 UTC
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Syria said Saturday it shot down a Turkish reconnaissance plane because the plane entered its airspace, insisting it was "not an attack" as both sides desperately tried to de-escalate the episode before it exploded into a regional conflagration. Turkey threatened to retal...

  • Syrian TV says gunmen kidnapped and killed 25
    2107380d-f42f-4145-aa3b-884005d4cab6 2012-06-22 15:32:03 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — A video emerged Friday showing more than a dozen bloodied corpses in Syria, some of them piled on top of each other and in military uniforms, in what the government said was a "massacre" by rebels in the northern province of Aleppo. The circumstances of the killings were not imme...

  • Egypt military blames Muslim Brotherhood for woes
    Egypt_full_600 2012-06-22 14:51:39 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's ruling military council on Friday blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for raising tensions by releasing presidential election results early — and defended decisions granting itself sweeping powers. The military statement came as tens of thousands rallied in Cairo's Tahrir Square...

  • Taliban storm Afghan hotel, killing 18 people
    Afghanistanhotelattack-621x336 2012-06-22 14:23:45 UTC
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Heavily armed Taliban insurgents stormed into a lakeside hotel north of Kabul and opened fire on guests inside, killing 18 people — most civilians — before the 12-hour long rampage ended Friday morning, Afghan officials said. The brazen attack on a resort where many A...

  • AP IMPACT: Syria rebels divided, at times violent
    91-j8az5.aust.55 2012-06-21 19:51:06 UTC
    Publishable Editors Notes: EDITOR'S NOTE _ Arabic-speaking journalist Ben Hubbard was part of a three-member Associated Press team that spent two weeks with rebels in northern Syria, gathering firsthand information on the increasingly bloody rebellion against President Bashar Assad _ the longe...

  • Syrian pilot defects to Jordan with plane
    Diaal 2012-06-21 19:46:08 UTC
    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Syrian fighter pilot on a training mission flew his MiG-21 warplane to Jordan on Thursday and asked for political asylum, the first defection of an air force pilot with his plane during the 15-month uprising against President Bashar Assad. The air force is considered fie...

  • Pakistan nabs French man accused of al-Qaida ties
    303x235 2012-06-20 22:28:09 UTC
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has arrested a French man accused of being a prominent al-Qaida militant, officials said Wednesday, a reminder of the country's vital role in the war on terror at a time of deteriorating relations with the U.S. The arrest shows the additional challenges facing a count...

  • 3 US soldiers, 18 Afghans killed in suicide attack
    539w 2012-06-20 22:24:48 UTC
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber killed 21 people including three U.S. soldiers at a checkpoint in a packed market in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday — the third assault targeting Americans in as many days. The daily violence is threatening to undermine international hopes of an ord...

  • Egypt president announcement delayed
    4fe22d69958a8.preview-620 2012-06-20 21:46:11 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Authorities delayed Thursday's planned announcement of the winner of Egypt's presidential election, likely for several days, hiking tension as allegations of fraud swirled and each candidate declared he was the victor. Amid the atmosphere of political confusion, the Muslim Brother...

  • Egypt's Mubarak on life support amid crisis
    1311881364776.cached 2012-06-20 05:30:05 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Hosni Mubarak was on life support after suffering a stroke in prison Tuesday, deepening the country's uncertainty just as a potentially explosive fight opened over who will succeed him. The 84-year-old Mubarak suffered a "fast deterioration of his health" and his heart sto...

  • Campaign: Mubarak's ex-pm won Egypt president vote
    Diaal 2012-06-19 16:00:16 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — A campaign spokesman for Hosni Mubarak's ex-prime minister said Tuesday that Ahmed Shafiq has won Egypt's presidential election, countering the Muslim Brotherhood's claims that its candidate was the winner and setting the stage for a divisive fight for the leadership. The rival cl...

  • Families of kidnapped Lebanese block airport road
    W460 2012-06-18 19:42:37 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — The families of 11 Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped in Syria blocked the highway leading to Beirut airport for several hours Monday to protest the Lebanese government's failure to secure their release. The Shiite pilgrims were abducted May 22 after crossing into Syria from Turkey on t...

  • West avoiding action in Syria, blaming Russia
    Untitled 2012-06-18 19:22:45 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. has spent months disparaging Russia for blocking strong U.N. action against Syria and standing by President Bashar Assad as his forces lay waste to rebellious cities. But in many ways, Russia's stance is convenient for Washington and its allies which have their own reaso...

  • Islamist claims victory in Egypt presidential vote
    Islamist-claims-victory-in-egypt-vote-jg1mk7oi-x-large 2012-06-18 19:07:40 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Islamist candidate Mohammed Morsi declared victory Monday in Egypt's first free presidential election since Hosni Mubarak's ouster 16 months ago. But just as polls were closing, the ruling military council issued constitutional amendments that gave sweeping authority to maintain its ...

  • Iraqi suicide bombing kills 15 at Shiite funeral
    Untitled 2012-06-18 19:04:17 UTC
    BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt in a tent packed with mourners for the funeral for a Shiite tribal leader in the Iraqi city of Baqouba Monday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 40, officials said. The blast came after a particularly bloody week in which more ...

  • Report: Russia to send marines to Syria
    Nikolay-filchenkov 2012-06-18 18:56:58 UTC
    MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian navy ships are completing preparations to sail to Syria with a unit of marines on a mission to protect Russian citizens and the nation's base there, a news report said Monday. The deployment appears to reflect Moscow's growing concern about Syrian President Bashar Assad'...