Middle East

  • UN monitors shot at on way to Syrian massacre site
    Untitled 2012-06-07 19:28:30 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Unarmed United Nations monitors came under fire Thursday as they tried to reach the scene of the latest mass killing in Syria, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. Activists accused government forces of killing nearly 80 people, including women and children who were shot, hacked...

  • Syrian activists report wave of violence in Hama
    Untitled 2012-06-06 23:11:15 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists reported a surge of bloodshed in the central Hama province late Wednesday, with at least 23 people killed — and possibly many more. The reported mass killings are likely to ignite more anger nearly two weeks after the massacre of more than 100 people elsewhere in...

  • UN: Syria permits aid workers to enter 4 provinces
    Image 2012-06-05 16:57:08 UTC
    GENEVA (AP) — President Bashar Assad's government has agreed to ease humanitarian access to four of the hardest-hit provinces in Syria, officials said Tuesday, even as the regime plunged into further international isolation by labeling a string of U.S. and European diplomats unwelcome. The dea...

  • Iran rallies to aid of Iraq's embattled leader
    4fcd2bf359c85.preview-620 2012-06-05 01:18:17 UTC
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran has played many political roles in Baghdad since the fall of Saddam Hussein: spoiler to American-crafted administrations, haven for Iraqi political outcasts and big brother to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Shiite-led government. Now add a new description as emergency rep...

  • Israel asks Arab visitors to open emails to search
    Untitled 2012-06-04 22:53:42 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — When Sandra Tamari arrived at Israel's international airport, she received an unusual request: A security agent pushed a computer screen in front of her, connected to Gmail and told her to "log in." The agent, suspecting Tamari was involved in pro-Palestinian activism, wanted ...

  • Clinton draws no conclusions on Iranian warning
    Untitled 2012-06-03 16:09:49 UTC
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she's not drawing any conclusions about what effect the latest hash words from Iran might have on the potential success of upcoming nuclear talks in Moscow. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Sunday that any ...

  • Syria's Assad says he's surgeon saving patient
    Untitled 2012-06-03 16:15:50 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad defended his government's crackdown on opponents Sunday, saying a doctor performing messy emergency surgery does not have blood on his hands if he is trying to save a patient. In his first speech since January, Assad appeared unmoved by scathing inte...

  • Egypt prosecutor to appeal Mubarak trial verdicts
    Untitled 2012-06-03 15:03:35 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top prosecutor is appealing the verdicts in the trial of Egypt's ousted president and others, acquitting Hosni Mubarak and his two sons on corruption charges and clearing senior police officers of complicity in killing protesters, an official said on Sunday. Under Egyptian...

  • Clinton steps up pressure on Russia on Syria
    Clinton-lavrov_2167200b 2012-06-03 16:14:14 UTC
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday pressed Russia to join international efforts for a political transition in Syria that would see President Bashar Assad driven from power, and suggested greater flexibility could come from a previous recalcitrant Moscow. ...

  • Pro- and anti-Syrian groups clash in north Lebanon
    Untitled 2012-06-02 18:35:50 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Gunbattles between pro- and anti-Syrian groups in northern Lebanon killed at least seven people and wounded 22 on Saturday, security officials said, as activists reported fresh shelling in a region in central Syria where a massacre last week left more than 100 people dead. The cl...

  • Satellite photos said to show Iran nuke clean up
    Untitled 2012-06-01 20:31:10 UTC
    VIENNA (AP) — New commercial satellite images suggest that Iran has demolished two buildings at a military site where it is suspected of trying to erase evidence of a nuclear arms program, a U.S. nonproliferation think tank said Thursday. The images were published Thursday by the Washington-ba...

  • Egypt's 31-year emergency law ends
    809-19drqq.em.55 2012-05-31 20:47:33 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's notorious emergency law expired Thursday, ending 31 years of broad powers to detain and arrest for a police force accused of severely abusing its far-reaching authority. Since former President Anwar Sadat's 1981 assassination, the security forces were empowered to detain a...

  • Made in Israel? Not a simple question
    461319323 2012-05-31 20:42:50 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — For decades, Israel has marketed an array of cosmetics and food products manufactured in the occupied West Bank as "Made in Israel," blurring their true origins in Jewish settlements opposed by virtually the entire international community. Now that practice is being challenged...

  • Syrian rebel group says it kidnapped 11 Lebanese
    Diaal 2012-06-01 06:50:50 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — A previously unknown Syrian rebel group says it's holding 11 Lebanese Shiite pilgrims kidnapped in Syria. The pilgrims were abducted on May 22, after crossing into Syria from Turkey on their way to Lebanon. The group calling itself Syrian Rebels in Aleppo said in a statement o...

  • Suicide car bomber kills 5 police in Afghanistan
    File6jq8zk 2012-05-31 09:29:15 UTC
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber detonated a vehicle full of explosives outside a district police headquarters in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing five policemen, a government official said. The attack in Kandahar province's Argistan district also wounded six policemen, s...

  • Israel hands over remains of Palestinian militants
    640x392_64950_217658 2012-05-31 09:24:30 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Thursday handed over the remains of 91 Palestinian militants, including suicide bombers, to the West Bank government in an effort to induce President Mahmoud Abbas to renew peace talks. All 91 were killed over the past decades while carrying out suicide bombings or o...

  • Israel's Barak: Weigh 'unilateral action'
    Untitled 2012-05-30 17:02:00 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister abruptly proposed Wednesday that Israel consider "unilateral action" if long-stalled peace talks with the Palestinians don't produce a deal — suggesting Israel may be thinking of withdrawing on its own from parts of the West Bank, as it did from the Gaza...

  • Activists: New shelling in central Syria
    Homs 2012-05-30 06:50:42 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian troops are shelling restive suburbs of Damascus and rebel-held areas in the central city of Homs. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees did not have any details of casualties caused by Wednesday's bombardm...

  • UN: Most of 108 killed in Syria were executed
    Houla-genocide2012 2012-05-29 20:08:41 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N.'s human rights office said Tuesday that most of the 108 victims of a massacre in Syria last week were shot at close range, some of them women, children and entire families gunned down in their own homes. The massacre on Friday in Houla drew new international outrage, wit...

  • Violence flares after Egypt election results
    1 2012-05-29 03:56:56 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — A mob set fire late Monday to the campaign headquarters of one of the two Egyptian presidential politicians facing each other in a runoff that will decide a new leader after last year's popular uprising, the first sign of unrest after the voting yielded divisive candidates. The at...

  • Russia condemns ally Syria over massacre of 108
    1 2012-05-29 03:52:10 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — A weekend massacre of more than 100 people emerged as a potential turning point in the Syrian crisis Monday, galvanizing even staunch ally Russia to take an unusually hard line against President Bashar Assad's government. Analysts said Russia may be warning Assad that he needs to...

  • Iran: No reason to halt 20 percent enrichment
    416_iran_120526 2012-05-27 16:33:28 UTC
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's nuclear chief said Sunday there are no reasons at the moment for his country to halt production of uranium enriched to 20 percent, a key demand of world powers. The West is concerned that the 20-percent enrichment could quickly be turned into nuclear weapons-grade ma...

  • Syria denies responsibility for attack killing 90
    379-19rhpy.aust.55 2012-05-27 15:53:47 UTC
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian government on Sunday denied responsibility for a string of villages that left more than 90 people dead, blaming the killings on "hundreds of heavily armed gunmen" who also attacked soldiers in the area. Friday's assault on the central area of Houla was one of ...

  • Pakistan: US missile attack kills 4 in northwest
    Nushi20120110223856750 2012-05-26 20:55:50 UTC
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — An American drone fired two missiles at a bakery in northwest Pakistan Saturday, killing four suspected militants, officials said, as the U.S. pushed ahead with its drone campaign despite Pakistani demands to stop. This was the third such strike in the country in less th...

  • Iran: Enriched uranium traces a 'technical issue'
    152526-iran-nuclear-weapons-fordo 2012-05-26 20:51:32 UTC
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A top Iranian nuclear official said that traces of enriched uranium discovered at an underground bunker came from a "routine technical issue," the country's official IRNA news agency reported Saturday. Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Tehran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy ...