Middle East

  • Dozens of children killed in new Syria attack
    Image-1 2012-05-26 20:46:35 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Gruesome video Saturday showed rows of dead Syrian children lying in a mosque in bloody shorts and T-shirts with gaping head wounds, haunting images of what activists called one of the deadliest regime attacks yet in Syria's 14-month-old uprising. The shelling attack on Houla, a ...

  • Activists: Troops kills up to 50 in central Syria
    Untitled 2012-05-25 22:06:38 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — President Bashar Assad's forces killed at least 50 civilians, including 13 children, in central Syria on Friday, activists said, in one of the highest death tolls in one specific area since an internationally-brokered cease-fire went into effect last month. Syrian troops using ta...

  • Egypt results point to deeply divisive runoff race
    0 2012-05-25 22:10:55 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — The Muslim Brotherhood's candidate and a veteran of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak's autocratic regime will face each other in a runoff election for Egypt's president, according to first-round results Friday. The divisive showdown dismayed many Egyptians who fear either one means an end...

  • UN agency finds higher enrichment at Iranian site
    Untitled 2012-05-25 17:33:28 UTC
    VIENNA (AP) — Inspectors have found traces of uranium enriched at an Iranian site to a level that is slightly closer to the threshold needed to arm nuclear missiles, the U.N. nuclear agency said Friday. Iran said the find was a technical glitch, according to the International Atomic Energy Age...

  • Backlash against African migrants in Israel
    Israel_ 2012-05-25 22:08:58 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Recent rapes blamed on African migrants have ignited a political and emotional backlash against their ballooning numbers, with Israelis and their leaders stridently — and in an alarming new development, violently — calling for their expulsion. Israel, bound by an international...

  • In Egypt vote, families debate on generation lines
    Untitled 2012-05-24 19:23:49 UTC
    CAIRO (AP) — Arwa el-Hussein, a 20-year-old pharmacy student, has been quarreling with her father for weeks, trying to get him not to back Hosni Mubarak's former prime minister for president. "This is a betrayal of the revolution," she says of support for Ahmed Shafiq, a veteran of the regime ...

  • Nuclear talks with Iran set to resume next month
    173586290 2012-05-25 01:15:24 UTC
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran and six world powers wrapped up talks Thursday still far apart over how to oversee Tehran's atomic program, but with resolve to keep dialogue going as an alternative to possible military action. Envoys said they will meet again next month in Moscow after negotiations stretc...

  • With smuggling choked, Syria rebels feel arms curb
    Syria 2012-05-24 07:55:54 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Mohamed Nizar says he and his fellow rebels have the will, the fervor and the money to bring down Syrian President Bashar Assad. What they lack, he says, is the firepower. "If I make a phone call, I'll have maybe 2,000 Stingers," Nizar said, then acknowledged he could not get ...

  • Iran nuclear talks snag over dueling demands
    823-yiomc.st.55 2012-05-24 01:35:07 UTC
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Talks between Iran and six world powers snagged Wednesday over dueling proposals concerning Tehran's nuclear program, a tug-of-war that pits international concerns about the Islamic Republic's potential to build atomic weapons against enforcing crippling sanctions on its people. ...

  • Syria says sanctions have cost country $4 billion
    Untitled 2012-05-23 17:48:52 UTC
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's oil minister blamed international sanctions Wednesday for shortages of cooking gas and other basic goods, saying the measures have bled $4 billion from the nation's ailing economy. President Bashar Assad's regime must strike a delicate balance toward the U.S. and...

  • UN nuclear chief : Deal with Iran reached on probe
    Austria-iran-nuclear_wade-390x285 2012-05-22 17:33:58 UTC
    VIENNA (AP) — Despite some remaining differences, a deal has been reached with Iran that will allow the U.N. nuclear agency to restart a long-stalled probe into suspicions that Tehran has secretly worked on developing nuclear arms, the U.N. nuclear chief said Tuesday. The news from Internation...

  • UN nuclear chief in Iran on key mission
    Un_iran 2012-05-21 19:07:52 UTC
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The head of the U.N nuclear watchdog, in Tehran on a key mission that could lead to the resumption of probes on whether Iran has secretly worked on a nuclear weapon, said Monday that he met with Iranian leaders amid a "good atmosphere." The one-day visit by Yukiya Amano of ...

  • Israeli premier says Iran wants to destroy Israel
    Benjamin_n 2012-05-21 19:01:41 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Iran is seeking atomic weapons to destroy Israel and world powers should not make any concessions over its nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday. Netanyahu made the remarks as the head of the U.N nuclear watchdog was in Tehran on a key mission ...

  • Violence in Syria spills over into Lebanon
    606x341_185930_syrian-violence-spills-over-into-lebanon 2012-05-21 18:47:39 UTC
    BIREH, Lebanon (AP) — Syria's war barreled over the border with an angry, raucous funeral Monday for an anti-Syrian cleric whose killing set off a night of deadly street battles in Beirut and raised fears that Lebanon is getting drawn into the chaos afflicting its neighbor. The violence is a r...

  • Pakistan blocks Twitter over contentious tweets
    75beebcb41322c0b75269ee6806f-grande 2012-05-20 23:13:19 UTC
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan blocked the social networking website Twitter for much of Sunday because it refused to remove tweets considered offensive to Islam, said one of the country's top telecommunications officials. The tweets were promoting a competition on Facebook to post images of Islam'...

  • Gunbattle in Beirut amid fears of Syria spillover
    Cai103-518_2012_125656_high3 2012-05-20 22:49:20 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — A gunbattle has erupted in Beirut as fears mounted that the conflict in neighboring Syria is bleeding across the border. Lebanon's National News Agency says six people were wounded in the clashes that erupted late Sunday and continued early Monday. The fighting comes hours aft...

  • Car bomb explodes near security agencies in Syria
    City_of_deir_el-zour 2012-05-19 08:19:54 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — A strong explosion shook Syria's eastern city of Deir el-Zour Saturday, apparently targeting a security agency in the latest of a wave of blasts to hit the country in recent months, state media and opposition activists reported. State TV said a car bomb caused casualties and seve...

  • Opposition to Iran going nuclear widespread
    Switzerland_iran_nucl_lea_s640x446 2012-05-18 18:56:37 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — A new poll finds widespread opposition around the world to Iran obtaining nuclear weapons and strong support for tougher economic sanctions. The Pew Global Attitudes survey of 21 nations finds most oppose Iran going nuclear, including the neighboring nations of Egypt, Jordan an...

  • Diplomats: Nuclear agency chief to visit Tehran
    Herman-nackaerts_2125735b 2012-05-18 18:12:39 UTC
    VIENNA (AP) — Diplomats tell The Associated Press that the head of the U.N. nuclear agency will fly to Tehran next week to seal an agreement that would allow his organization to resume a probe of suspicions that Iran may have worked on developing nuclear weapons. One of two diplomats who discu...

  • Largest protests yet in Syrian city of Aleppo
    Untitled 2012-05-18 17:42:12 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse thousands rallying Friday in Aleppo in what activists said was the largest protest yet in a city that has largely remained loyal to President Bashar Assad during the country's 15-month uprising. The protest poi...

  • Ahmadinejad wants to attend London Olympics
    Untitled 2012-05-17 20:07:33 UTC
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that he is eager to attend the Olympic Games in London to support Iranian athletes but that Britain doesn't want to host him. Ahmadinejad was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying he would like to be "beside Iranian at...

  • Syrian opposition head offers to resign
    640x392_83605_214691 2012-05-17 19:04:39 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's main opposition council is crumbling under the weight of infighting and divisions over issues that cut to the heart of the revolution, including accusations that the movement is becoming as autocratic as the regime it wants to drive out. The slow disintegration of the Syr...

  • Syrian leader says terrorists are behind unrest
    Image 2012-05-16 23:03:15 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — In his first interview since December, Syrian President Bashar Assad insisted Tuesday his regime is fighting back against foreign mercenaries who want to overthrow him, not innocent Syrians aspiring for democracy in a yearlong uprising. The interview with Russian TV showed Assad ...

  • Iran hangs alleged Israeli agent in shadow war
    Iranians_holding_dual_nationality_are_the_target_of_imprisonment_in_iran 2012-05-15 18:41:11 UTC
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — At the gallows, the condemned prisoner Tuesday repeated the allegations Iran lodged against him: That he was trained by Israel's spy agency to carry out one of the first attack on Iranian scientists in a suspected shadow war against Tehran's nuclear ambitions. "The end of t...

  • Syrian activists say regime fires on funeral
    1285702_h_425_pd_1_mxw_620 2012-05-15 16:44:52 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say regime forces fired on a funeral procession in the presence of U.N. observers, causing many casualties. The activists said the observers were not among the wounded Tuesday, but their vehicles were damaged. A U.N. spokesman confirmed the observers were caug...