Middle East

Canadian Soldiers Involved in 2 More Firefights in Iraq

TORONTO—Canadian special forces in northern Iraq have engaged in two more firefights against Islamic State group militants. Earlier this month in what was the first...

Middle East

US Drone Kills 3, First Strike Since Yemen Leader Resigned

SANAA, Yemen— Tribal leaders and security officials in Yemen say the U.S. has carried out its first drone strike in the country since its president resigned. They say the strike Monday on a vehicle in an area called Hareib, located …... Read More

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Turkish Court Orders Facebook Pages Blocked

ANKARA, Turkey— Turkey’s state-run news agency says a court has ordered authorities to block access in the country to Facebook pages that “insult” the Prophet Muhammad, in the latest move to censor the Internet. The Anadolu Agency says a court …... Read More




  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a statement in Vienna on the status of negotiations over Iran's nuclear program before he leaves Vienna on Nov. 24, 2014. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)

    Most Americans Want Diplomatic Engagement With Iran

    In his State of the Union address, the President’s core message was that the US has emerged strong from the twin crises caused by the... Read more

  • Mourners carry one of the coffins to bury the entire family of Khalil Abdullah during their funeral procession in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, on Jan. 17, 2015. Nearly six months ago Islamic State extremists kidnapped Khalil Abdullah and all his family members after the occupation of Jalula, a town in the restive Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad. Recently, Iraqi soldiers backed by Shiite militiamen retook control of Jalula and found Khalil Abdullah, his wife and their four children killed. (AP Photo/Jaber al-Helo)

    Officials Say Bombings Kill 13 People in Iraq’s Capital

    BAGHDAD—A series of bombings, mainly targeting Shiite neighborhoods, killed at least 13 people in Baghdad on Saturday, said Iraqi officials. Police officials said one bomb... Read more

  • Yemeni protesters gather during a demonstration to show their support for Houthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Thousands of protesters demonstrated Friday across Yemen, some supporting the Shiite rebels who seized the capital and others demanding the country's south secede after the nation's president and Cabinet resigned. Arabic on the posters reads, "God is great. Death to America. Death to Israel. A curse on the Jews. Victory to Islam." (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Tens of Thousands Protest After President Resigns in Yemen

    SANAA, Yemen—Tens of thousands of Yemenis marched in protest on Saturday against Shiite rebels who hold the capital, amid a power vacuum in a country... Read more

  • In this photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Arabia's newly enthroned King Salman, center, relatives of late King Abdullah, who died early Friday, and other mourners during his funeral at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Saudi state TV reported early Friday that King Abdullah died at the age of 90. (AP Photo/SPA)

    Dignitaries Head to Saudi Arabia After King Abdullah’s Death

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—World leaders and top dignitaries began arriving in Saudi Arabia on Saturday to give their condolences following the death of King Abdullah, who... Read more

  • In this Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, file photo released by Saudi Press Agency, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, center, poses for a picture with King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden, center left, and Queen Silvia, right, before King Abdullah received the Wolf Bronze medal from the Swedish King in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. On early Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90. (AP Photo/SPA, File) EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SALES

    King Abdullah ‘Not a Benevolent Dictator, He Was a Dictator’

    King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who was reported dead on Thursday night, was praised by President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and... Read more

  • A Syrian man walks with a young boy amid debris on Jan. 21, 2015, following reported air strikes by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad in the besieged rebel held area of Douma, north east of the capital Damascus. Rebel-held towns such as Douma face frequent aerial and tank bombardment and the siege means food is scarce and medical facilities are ill-equipped to handle either illness or injury. (Abd Doumany/AFP/Getty Images)

    Syrian Airstrike Kills at Least 35 Near Damascus

    BEIRUT—A Syrian government airstrike hit an opposition-held suburb of the capital shortly after Friday prayers, killing at least 35 people, scattering bodies and rubble in... Read more

  • Iranian demonstrators burn representations of Israeli and U.S. flags during a rally against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s latest publication of a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad, which some Muslims deem an insult to Islam, in front of the French Embassy, Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

    Iran Sees Mass Demonstrations Over Charlie Hebdo

    TEHRAN, Iran—Iranian state television is reporting mass demonstrations have taken place in several cities over the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo depicting the Prophet Muhammad on its cover... Read more

  • King Abdullah (C) of Saudi Arabia surround by Saudi top princes holds his sword as he takes part in the traditional Arda dance, or War dance, during the Janadriyah Festival of Heritage and Culture on the outskirts of Riyadh, on March 23, 2010. On early Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90. (AP Photo)

    Islamic Militants Celebrate Saudi King’s Death Online

    BEIRUT—Islamic militants and their supporters celebrated the death of Saudi King Abdullah on social media Friday, many of them describing him as a “servant” of the Americans... Read more

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, March 23, 2010 file photo, King Abdullah, right, holds his sword as he takes part in the traditional Arda dance (War dance) during the Janadriyah Festival of Heritage and Culture on the outskirts of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. On early Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90. (AP Photo)

    Saudi King Abdullah, a Gradual Modernizer, Dead at 90

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia— His changes looked minute to the outside world. But in a kingdom where ultra-conservative Muslim clerics long have held a lock on... Read more

  • Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard gives an interview after attending a counter-Islamic States (IS) coalition ministerial meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Dec. 3, 2014. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

    Denmark: West Should Start Talking to Syria’s President Bashar Assad

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark—Denmark’s foreign minister says the West should start talking to Syrian President Bashar Assad but “it has to be an absolute condition that Assad must not be part... Read more

  • A Houthi Shiite Yemeni wearing army uniform sits atop an armored vehicle, which was seized from the army during recent clashes, outside the house of Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Heavily armed Shiite rebels remain stationed outside the Yemeni president's house and the palace in Sanaa, despite a deal calling for their immediate withdrawal to end a violent standoff. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Yemen Rebels Call for Protests a Day After President Resigns

    SANAA, Yemen— Yemen’s Shiite rebels have called on supporters to hold mass rallies, a day after the country’s embattled president and Cabinet resigned. The Houthi... Read more

  • In this image released by the Saudi Press Agency, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud makes his first speech as king following the death of King Abdullah, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's new king moved swiftly Friday to name the country's interior minister as deputy crown prince, making him the second-in-line to the throne, as he promised to continue the policies of his predecessors in a nationally televised speech. King Salman's actions came as the oil-rich, Sunni-ruled kingdom began mourning King Abdullah, who died early Friday at the age of 90 after nearly two decades in power. (AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency)

    New Saudi King Moves Fast to Name Second-in-Line to Throne

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—Saudi Arabia’s new king moved swiftly Friday to name the country’s interior minister as deputy crown prince, making him the second-in-line to the throne, as... Read more

  • Crown Prince Salman gestures during a session at the Shura Council on Jan. 6, 2015. On early Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90. Saudi Arabia's new king, Salman, is a veteran of the country's top leadership. (AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency)

    Amid Mourning, a New Generation Enters Line to Saudi Throne

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—Saudi Arabia’s newly enthroned King Salman moved quickly Friday to name a future successor to the crown in his oil-rich kingdom, a significant... Read more

  • In this Friday, June 27, 2014 file photo, Saudi King Abdullah speaks before a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at his private residence in the Red Sea city of in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Saudi state media carried comments by the King early Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 made on Friday to foreign ambassadors where he warned that terrorist groups will attack Europe and the United States unless they are faced with collective "power and speed" from the international community. While not mentioning any terrorist groups by name, Abdullah's comments come as the Islamic State group has seized wide swaths of land across Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool, File)

    Saudi King Abdullah Dies: Photos, Quotes, Net Worth

    Saudi King Abdullah has died, according to state-run TV on Thursday night. He was believed to be 90 or 91. Forbes magazine put his net... Read more

  • In this Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency, Saudi King Abdullah meets with rulers from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council member-states in an emergency session in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/SPA)

    King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia Dead: State TV; Crown Prince Salman is King Now

    King Abdullah ibn Abdilaziz, the ruler of Saudi Arabia, has died on Thursday, state TV has confirmed. He was 90 years old. On Twitter, some journalists said Saudi... Read more

  • Houthi Shiite Yemeni wearing army uniforms stand atop an armored vehicle, which was seized from the army during recent clashes, outside the house of Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Yemen President Resigns Under Pressure From Rebels

    SANAA, Yemen—Yemen’s president resigned Thursday, saying he had reached a “deadlock” in talks with Shiite rebels who rule the capital and had confined him to his home... Read more


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