Middle East

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  • Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, right, and senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad meet in Gaza for talks aimed at reaching a reconciliation agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

    Hamas, Fatah Unify as Israeli Airstrike Wounds 3

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip—The rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah on Wednesday agreed to form a unity government and hold new elections, making a new... Read more

  • Skydive Dubai sponsored Soul Flyers World Champions Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen break a new World Record by BASE jumping from above the pinnacle of the World's Tallest Building. (Youtube.com scrrenshot)

    Watch: The Record-Breaking BASE Jump From the World’s Tallest Building

    This is just crazy.   Soul Flyers World Champions Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen broke a new World Record by BASE jumping from above the... Read more

  • File-This Sunday Feb. 9, 2014 file photo, released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian citizens walk towards a bus to evacuate them from the battleground city of Homs, Syria. Rebels make their last stand in Homs, fighting desperately to cling to their last bastion in the city's old quarters as emboldened forces loyal to President Bashar Assad launch a fierce assault to evict them completely from the city once known as the capital of the revolution. (AP Photo/SANA, File)

    Syrian Lawmaker First to Field Run for Presidency

    DAMASCUS, Syria— A Syrian lawmaker announced his candidacy for the June 3 presidential election — the first to field his bid for the top post... Read more

  • Denis Mamadou Cuspert, AKA German Rapper Deso Dogg, Killed in Syria: Reports

    Denis Mamadou Cuspert, a German rapper who performed under the name Deso Dogg before he turned to a life of jihad, was reportedly killed in... Read more

  • A Yemeni man looks at a drone model in a show organized by the Shiite Huthi movement on April 19, 2014 in the capital Sanaa. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

    Drones Strike Yemen Over Weekend, Kill up to 65

    A joint operation between the U.S. and Yemen killed up to 65 AQAP militants and at least 3 civilians over the weekend in southern Yemeni... Read more

  • A Lebanese army vehicle carrying Lebanese soldiers is deployed on the street of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on April 2, 2014 in the first stage of a plan aimed at quelling deadly Syria-linked violence in the city. (Ibrahim Chalhoub/AFP/Getty Images)

    Lebanon Aids Village Bombed by Syria

    BEIRUT—A Lebanese army official says the military is delivering aid to an isolated village along Syria’s border that was bombed by President Bashar Assad’s forces... Read more

  • Iranian Lawmakers Seek Probe Into Prison Beatings

    TEHRAN, Iran— Iran’s official news agency says seven lawmakers have demanded a probe into alleged beatings of several political prisoners held at Tehran’s Evin prison... Read more

  • An Iraqi woman casts her ballot at a polling center during the country's provincial elections in Fallujah, Iraq, Thursday, June 20, 2013.  (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

    Militants Attack Balloting Center in Iraq, Kill 10

    BAGHDAD— A senior Iraqi police officer says militants attacked a balloting center in a remote area in the country’s north and killed 10 guards. It... Read more

  • Palestinian men hold pictures of imprisoned Fatah activist Marwan Barghouti, who was arrested by Israel in 2002 and sentenced to five life sentences for his role in the killing of four Israelis and a Greek monk, during a protest calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners, at the International Red Cross building in Gaza City, Monday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

    Hamas and Fatah Meet in Gaza to Discuss Reconciliation

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip—A senior Hamas leader based in Egypt is in Gaza for talks aimed at reaching a reconciliation agreement between the two rival... Read more

  • New Drone Strike in Yemen Kills Al-Qaida Militants

    SANAA, Yemen— Yemeni security officials and tribal chiefs say that a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed several al-Qaida militants in the country’s south, including... Read more

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 file photo, an Israeli Iron Dome missile is launched near the city of Be'er Sheva, southern Israel, to intercept a rocket fired from Gaza. Israel's military has deployed Iron Dome defense system to the north of the country on Sunday May 5, 2013 following Israeli airstrikes in neighboring Syria targeting weapons believed to be destined for Lebanon's Hezbollah militants. Iron Dome protects against short-range rockets and Hezbollah has thousands of such projectiles. (AP Photo/Ahikam Seri, File)

    Gaza Militants Fire Missile, Rockets at Israel

    JERUSALEM— Israel’s military says Gaza militants have fired a missile at troops patrolling the border as well as several rockets into the south of the... Read more

  • Civilians inspect the aftermath of a car bomb attack in the crowded commercial area of Karrada, in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, April 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Suicide Attack In Iraq Kills at Least 9 People

    BAGHDAD— Iraqi officials say a suicide attack targeting a police checkpoint outside the capital, Baghdad, has killed at least nine people. A police officer says... Read more

  • FILE - In this March 21, 2014 file photo, Syrian troops stand by the Crac des Chevaliers as they take reporters on a tour a day after Syrian troops ousted rebels from the castle located near the village of Hosn, Syria. The fall of much of the rebel-held areas near the border with Lebanon recently show that President Bashar Assad is not only still standing, but that he is winning on the battlefield and preparing the ground for his re-election for another seven-year presidential term. (AP Photo, File)

    Syria to Hold Presidential Election on June 3

    DAMASCUS, Syria— Syria’s parliament speaker says the country will hold presidential elections on June 3. Monday’s announcement by the speaker, Mohammed Lahham, came just hours... Read more

  • FILE - In this Friday, May 31, 2013 file photo, camels rest, during a weekly camel market in Birqash, Egypt. Health officials say they have found a mysterious respiratory virus in a herd of camels in Qatar linked to two human cases of the disease.  In a statement on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 the World Health Organization said Qatari and Dutch scientists found three camels infected with MERS, a respiratory virus related to SARS, in a herd of 14 animals. Two men who both had contact with the camels later fell ill with MERS; both survived.  (AP Photo/Hiro Komae, File)

    Saudi Arabia Reports 3 More Deaths From MERS Virus

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia— Saudi Arabia’s health ministry says three more patients who contracted a potentially fatal Middle East virus related to SARS have died amid... Read more

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, tours the Christian village of Maaloula, near Damascus, Syria, Sunday April, 20, 2014. Assad visited a historic Christian village his forces recently captured from rebels, state media said, as the country's Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that Christians in the war-ravaged country "will not submit and yield" to extremists. The rebels, including fighters from the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, took Maaloula several times late last year. (AP Photo/SANA)

    Ahead of Vote, Syria’s Assad Visits Seized Village

    BEIRUT—Syria’s embattled president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, an important symbolic prize for his... Read more

  • A Yemeni graffiti artist paints faces of victims of an al-Qaida militant attack on a wall during an 'anti-terrorism' campaign on March 6, 2014 in Sanaa. The victims were killed when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into Yemen's defence ministry on December 5, 2013. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

    Yemen: Airstrike Targets Al-Qaida Training Camps

    SANAA, Yemen—A high-level government security committee in Yemen says an airstrike against training camps operated by suspected al-Qaida militants in a rugged southern mountain region... Read more

  • Iraqi security forces guard the main gate of a Shiite private college following a deadly suicide attack, in Baghdad’s eastern neighborhood of Ur, Iraq, Sunday, April 20, 2014. A series of attacks, including a coordinated assault on a private Shiite college in Baghdad, killed over a dozen people and wounded scores of others in Iraq on Sunday, officials said. Less than two weeks ahead of parliamentary elections, Iraq is struggling to keep a lid on a surge in sectarian violence that has sent bloodshed soaring to levels not seen since the country balanced on the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    Attacks Kill at Least 18 People in Iraq

    BAGHDAD— A series of attacks, including a coordinated assault on a private Shiite college in Baghdad, killed at least 18 people and wounded nearly 50... Read more

  • In this Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 photo, a part of Arak heavy water nuclear facilities is seen, near the central city of Arak, 150 miles (250 kilometers) southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. Iranian state television reported on Saturday, April, 19, 2014 that Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi has said a dispute between world powers and the country over its heavy water reactor at Arak has been “virtually resolved.” Iran and world powers are negotiating the terms of a permanent deal over its contested nuclear program. (AP Photo/Fars News Agency, Mehdi Marizad)

    Next Iran Nuclear Talks to Be in New York: Report

    TEHRAN, Iran—Iran’s state news agency is reporting that the next round of expert-level talks over its contested nuclear program will be held in New York... Read more

  • A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. The rocket is carrying its first commercial payload, a communications satellite.  (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Emirati Firm Promises to Send Citizen Into Space

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— One lucky citizen of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates could soon get the chance to be rocketed into space. Government-backed Aabar... Read more

  • Friends of Mustafa Mounir, 19, chant slogans against the al-Qaida breakaway group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), while carrying his flag-draped coffin during his funeral procession in Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, April 18, 2014. Mustafa Mounir was killed in a car bomb attack in Baghdad on Thursday, his family said. (AP Photo/Jaber al-Helo)

    Bombs Targeting Soldiers, Shoppers Kill 16 in Iraq

    BAGHDAD—Attacks across Iraq, including a series of bombings targeting shoppers in a Sunni neighborhood in the country’s capital, killed at least 16 people Saturday, authorities... Read more