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Jerusalem Mayor Vows to Calm City

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat arrives to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's old city, on Oct. 22, 2013. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat arrives to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's old city, on Oct. 22, 2013. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM—Jerusalem’s mayor on Thursday called for a crackdown against a wave of Palestinian unrest, as police beefed up security after a Palestinian motorist with a...

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Iranians Protest Acid Attacks in Central City

TEHRAN, Iran—Iranians rallied on Wednesday in the central city of Isfahan and the capital, Tehran, to protest a string of acid attacks on women in Isfahan in recent months, the latest public outcry over the assaults that have shocked the …... Read More

  • An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter hold his position on the top of Mount Zardak, a strategic point about 25 kilometres east of Mosul, on Sept. 9, 2014. (J.M. Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)

    Iraqi Kurdish Lawmakers Authorized Its Peshmerga Fighters to Help Syrian Kurds

      IRBIL, Iraq—Lawmakers in Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdish region Wednesday authorized peshmerga forces to go to neighboring Syria and help fellow Kurds combat Islamic State... Read more

  • Israeli policemen stand guard at the scene after a car rammed a group of pedestrians near the light rail train station near Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem, Israel, on Oct. 22, 2014. A three-month baby was killed and several people were wounded on Wednesday evening in a suspected terror attack near the light rail train station near Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem. According to eyewitnesses, a car drove up to the station and ran over passersby disembarking from the train. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

    Jerusalem Terror Attack: Palestinian Drives Car Into Crowded Train Station, Kills Baby

    JERUSALEM—A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a three-month-old baby... Read more

  • A fighter jet flies above the Syrian town of Kobani on October 19, 2014 in Sanliurfa, Turkey. (Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)

    Syria Says It Destroyed Jets Seized by Islamic State

    DAMASCUS, Syria—The Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and reportedly test flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week,... Read more

  • This Aug. 17, 2014, photo shows Pro-Russia rebels as they ride on an armored jeep in the town of Krasnodon, eastern Ukraine. A column of several dozen heavy vehicles, including tanks and at least one rocket launcher, rolling through rebel-held territory on Aug. 17. AP reporters say convoys of military weaponry and supplies have been coming from the direction of Russia into rebel-held Ukraine. Rebel fighters also described how Russian border guards did nothing to stop them. Associated Press reporters in the eastern Ukrainian town of Krasnodon observed three such convoys last week. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Missile, Fire From Egypt Wounds 2 Israeli Troops

    JERUSALEM— Attackers from the Egyptian side of the border fired an anti-tank missile and gunshots at an Israeli military vehicle on Wednesday, wounding two soldiers... Read more

  • Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview with Venezuela's state-run Telesur network, in Damascus, Syria, on Sept. 25, 2013. Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the US-led coalition's war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the country, trying to recapture areas considered more crucial to the survival of his government. (AP Photo/SANA)

    Syrian Leader Exploits Coalition War Against ISIS

    BEIRUT—Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the U.S.-led coalition’s war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the... Read more

  • Swedish Commander-in-Chief Sverker Goransson talks to media after a nearly two-hour long meeting with the Swedish Parliament defence committee behind closed doors in Stockholm Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. The defence forces are on their fifth day of searching for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago. (AP Photo/TT News Agency, Pontus Lundahl)

    Submarine Hunt Exposes Swedish Readiness Gap

    STOCKHOLM—The search for a foreign underwater craft in waters off Stockholm has brought back memories of Sweden’s submarine hunts during the Cold War — and... Read more

  • People gather on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, to watch in the distance the fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group in Kobani, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Islamic State Militants Seize US Airdropped Weapons Cache Meant for Kurds

    BEIRUT—Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the... Read more

  • Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi (L) meets with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, at Tehran's Saadabad Palace on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Rouhani said Iran will stand by its neighbor Iraq in its fight against the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group and will continue to provide Baghdad with military advisers and weapons, according to a report by the official IRNA news agency. He also criticized the US for allegedly failing to sufficiently support Iraq. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

    Iran President Pledges to Help Iraq Fight Islamic State

    TEHRAN, Iran—Shiite powerhouse Iran has pledged enduring support for the Shiite-led government of Iraq in its battle against an ascendant Sunni insurgency spearheaded by the... Read more

  • People look for their loved ones in front of al-Khairat Mosque after a suicide bomber blew himself up among Shiite worshippers after midday prayers as they were leaving the mosque, killing and wounding tens of people, in a commercial area of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Militants unleashed attacks on Iraq's majority Shiite community on Monday the latest in relentless assaults that have challenged the Shiite-led government as it battles the Sunni-led insurgency by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    Bombings In and Around Baghdad, Iraq Kill 19 People

    BAGHDAD—Bombings in and near Baghdad killed 19 people on Tuesday, the latest in near-daily attacks targeting the Iraqi capital as the country’s Shiite-led government grapples... Read more

  • FILE - In this June 9, 2013 file photo, an Israeli member of the "Woman of the Wall" organization, right, tries to hug an ultra-Orthodox woman as they pray at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem's old city. Israeli police say dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews attacked buses bearing photos of women worshipping like men do. The advertisements on the buses were by Women of the Wall, a group that seeks to promote gender equality at Jerusalem's Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray. The ads showed women and girls holding Torah scrolls, an act which many Orthodox Jews say is reserved for men. (AP Photo/Michal Fattal,File) ISRAEL OUT

    Ultra-Orthodox Jews Attack Jerusalem Buses Over Ad

    JERUSALEM— Israeli police say dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews have attacked buses with ads promoting female worship at a Jerusalem holy site. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld... Read more

  • In this image taken from a hilltop in Mursitpinar on the outskirts of Suruc at the Turkey-Syria border, Kurdish fighters walk to their positions in Kobani, Syria, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Levend Ali)

    Turkey Letting Iraqi Kurd Fighters Travel to Kobani

    SURUC, Turkey—In a significant shift, Turkey’s top diplomat announced on Monday that his country is helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to “give support”... Read more

  • A passenger arrives wearing a face mask at Los Angeles International Airport as fear of the Ebola virus continues to grow in the US on October 17, 2014. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

    Lebanon Imposes Anti-Ebola Measures

    BEIRUT—Lebanon is imposing new measures to prevent the Ebola virus from reaching the Middle Eastern nation. Health Minister Wael Abu Faour says that Lebanon is... Read more

  • In this Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 photo, Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters gather to defend the city of Haditha, 240 kilometers (150 miles) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq is facing its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops, with the Islamic State extremist group in control of about a third of the country. (AP Photo)

    Suicide Attack in Shiite Mosque Kills at Least 33 in Iraq

    BAGHDAD—Militants unleashed attacks on Iraq’s majority Shiite community on Monday, killing at least 33 people, the latest in relentless assaults that have challenged the Shiite-led... Read more

  • An F/A-18F Super Hornet departs for the Middle East from Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley on Sept. 21, 2014, in Amberley, Australia. (CPL Ben Dempster/Royal Australian Air Force via Getty Images)

    Australia to Deploy 200 Special Forces in Iraq

    CANBERRA, Australia—Australia will soon deploy 200 special forces troops in Iraq to advise and assist Iraqi security forces a month after the Australians were sent... Read more

  • Lebanese Defense Minister Samir Moqbel (L) shakes hands with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani at his office in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Moqbel also met other Iranian officials including Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council. "Iran is ready to transfer its experience in order to improve security in Lebanon and the region, and to combat terrorists," Shamkhani said during a meeting with Moqbel in Tehran on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

    Iran Vows to Aid Lebanese Military, Hezbollah to Combat “Terrorists”

    TEHRAN, Iran—Iran said Sunday it is ready to provide aid to the Lebanese army as well as the Shiite Hezbollah group to help combat “terrorists.”... Read more

  • Iraqi Shiite men who have volunteered to join government forces and militias in the fight against jihadists from the Islamic State group, take part in a training session in the central city of Hillah on Oct. 18, 2014. The Islamic State group led a sweeping offensive in June that overran much of Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland. (Haidar Hamdani/AFP/Getty Images)

    Iraq Executed 60 People This Year, Says UN

    BAGHDAD—Iraqi authorities have executed at least 60 people so far in 2014, a United Nations report said Sunday, expressing concern that “irreversible miscarriages of justice”... Read more