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Islamic State video targets Facebook, Twitter CEOs

Islamic State has released a new video that targets the chief executive officers of Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc.


Echoes of 1991 Gulf War linger on in Mideast, analysis shows

The 1991 Gulf War saw only 100 hours of ground fighting as U.S. forces entered Kuwait to end the Iraqi occupation, but echoes of that conflict have lingered for decades …


Escalating Syrian war fueled by major powers, U.N. says

In a swipe at the U.S., Russia and their allies, the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria said the international powers and regional countries ostensibly pushing for a peaceful …


Anti-refugee protesters descend on Montana Capitol

A group opposed to granting safe haven to Muslim refugees staged a rally that drew nearly 100 demonstrators to the Montana Capitol.


Islamic State gets millions in ransom for abducted Christians

The Islamic State group has collected millions of dollars in ransom for a group of Assyrian Christians it kidnapped in Syria a year ago, Christian officials and an opposition group …


Germany revives calls for no-fly zone in northern Syria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday renewed her proposal for a no-fly zone in Syria where civilians would be protected, a suggestion that was promptly rebuffed by Moscow that said …


Airstrikes hit “hundreds of millions” in ISIS cash, U.S. says

A series of U.S. airstrikes in recent months have destroyed “hundreds of millions” of dollars in Islamic State cash as part of a broader campaign aimed at squeezing the extremist …


Syrian peace talks slated to begin; expectations low

The long-anticipated Intra-Syrian Talks are slated to begin Friday in Geneva.


Pick to lead Afghanistan forces says situation is worsening

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Thursday the security situation in the war-torn country is deteriorating and assured senators he will …


What Xi’s Iran trip tells us about China’s Middle East plans

HONG KONG – Chinese President Xi Jinping covered a lot of ground in his first swing through the Middle East, announcing $55 billion in aid and giving a speech to …


Paris attacks may lead to U.S. military anti-IS escalation

The Paris terrorist attacks seem likely to compel President Barack Obama to consider military escalation against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. But that probably will not mean dramatic …


Obama calls for dismantling IS ’network of death’

UNITED NATIONS — Declaring the world at a “crossroads between war and peace,” President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday to lead a coalition to dismantle the Islamic State militant group’s “network …


Obama: US limited in ability, can save Syrian kids

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the United States cannot be the world’s policeman, but he adds that the nation can save Syrian children from being gassed to death.


Latest developments on anti-Islam film protests

Here’s a look at protests and reaction across the Middle East and elsewhere today over an anti-Muslim film produced in the U.S. ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad. ——— PAKISTAN Hundreds of …


Protests against film spread in Mideast; 1 killed

CAIRO — Angry demonstrations against an anti-Islam film spread to their widest extent yet around the Middle East and other Muslim countries today, as protesters smashed into the German Embassy …


Romney comments at fundraiser outrage Palestinians

JERUSALEM — Mitt Romney told Jewish donors today that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, outraging Palestinian leaders who …


Obama: Diplomacy can stop Iran from getting bomb

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama declared today that diplomacy can still resolve the crisis over Iran’s possible pursuit of nuclear weapons, and he accused his Republican critics of “beating the …


Could Facebook help mend the Middle East?

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Israeli President Shimon Peres plans to visit Facebook headquarters today in what he describes as an effort to use social networking to mend divides governments …


Britain orders Iran’s diplomats to leave UK

Britain ordered all Iranian diplomats out of the U.K. within 48 hours and shuttered its ransacked embassy in Tehran on Wednesday, in a significant escalation of tensions between Iran and …


For students, news is life and death

PULLMAN – The journalism students on campus here this week aren’t preparing for careers covering things like the Casey Anthony trial. The news that Halla Khoury, Sama Zeriea and their …


Both sides chided in Gaza conflict

UNITED NATIONS – A U.N. investigation concluded Tuesday that both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza committed war crimes and possible crimes against humanity, raising the prospect that officials …


Clinton heading to Middle East for talks

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton this week will make her first foray into Middle East diplomacy, attending a high-level conference on humanitarian assistance to Gaza and making …


Israeli ground forces enter Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli tanks and infantry entered Gaza after nightfall Saturday, launching a ground offensive that the military said would be a “lengthy operation” in a …


Israel Asks For Advance Warning Of Attack

Anticipating a U.S. military strike against Iraq, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright on Sunday in private consultations for several days’ advance warning of any …


Saudis: Don’t Use Our Bases Won’t Allow U.S. Air Strikes Against Iraq From Their Soil

Iraqi civilians of all ages reported for military training Sunday.


Iraq Begins Training Citizens To Fight America Iraqis Accuse U.S. Of Staging Phony Crisis Over Inspections

Two boys scan papers in Baghdad on Sunday as Iraqis from teens to the elderly began military training. Photo by Associated Press


Israel Delays Decision On West Bank Pullback Netanyahu Was Supposed To Present An Interim Plan To Albright By Thursday

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet put off a decision Sunday on the extent of land Israel needs to retain in the West Bank, while a military-prepared proposal claimed about half …


Israel Shuts Down Bethlehem Economy, Tourism Suffering As Dispute Over Israeli Demand To Arrest Activists Continues

Palestinian schoolgirls, overcome by tear gas, attempt to escape the onslaught in Bethlehem on Tuesday. Photo by Associated Press


Israel Pledges To Stop Construction

Moving quickly to ease Palestinian concerns, the government on Friday pledged to block construction on yet another Jewish housing project in east Jerusalem. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman said building …


Arafat Camp Says It’s Ready For New Talks

An aide to Yasser Arafat said on Thursday that the Palestinians were prepared to enter talks with Israel on how to emerge from the current impasse, signaling a readiness to …