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Google Translate Misfires on Egypt’s Future President

While Egyptians were busy voting for a new president, a glitch in Google Translate’s system accidentally revived the presidency of Hosni Mubarak.When one types...

Border Traders Hit Hard by Syrian Sanctions, Violence

The government crackdown in Syria is having economic reverberations across the region. In addition to sanctions imposed on Syria, many transport firms are finding...

Turkish Polls Show Waning Support for Ankara’s Syria Policy

ISTANBUL — A recent opinion poll in Turkey found that only 18 percent of Turks back their government's support for the Syrian opposition. The...

Obama Defends US Surveillance Programs

WHITE HOUSE — U.S. President Barack Obama has defended for the first time the National Security Agency's surveillance of telephone and Internet records, saying...

Continuing Clashes in Egypt Raise Death Toll to 14

Egyptian security forces have clashed with stone-throwing protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square for a fifth day.Medical officials say at least two people were killed...

Libyan Factions Start UN-backed Talks

TRIPOLI— United Nations negotiators on Wednesday restarted talks with delegates from Libya's warring factions, meeting separately with rival parties in an attempt to end the...

Yemen Airstrikes, Raids Kill 17 al-Qaida Militants

Airstrikes and mortar fire have killed at least 17 al-Qaida militants in southern Yemen, days after details emerged about a Saudi mole within the...

Iraq Faces Big Challenges in 1st Election Without US Troops

WASHINGTON — A surge in violence in Iraq is highlighting the security challenges facing the country as it prepares to hold its first election...

US Needs to Put Its Mideast Plan on the Table

If, as Woody Allen says, 80 percent of life is just showing up, there ought to be a U.S.-brokered Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement before President...

Turkish President Warns Iran About Trying to Dominate Middle East

ISTANBUL— Turkey's president warned it will not tolerate Iran dominating the Middle East, amid growing concerns inside the country that it will be sucked into...

Iran, World Powers to Resume Nuclear Talks

DUBAI — An Iranian news agency said on Wednesday that Iran and six world powers would resume talks over the Islamic state's nuclear program...

Iraqi Forces Battle for Tikrit; US-Led Air Campaign Nears 3,000 Strikes

As Iraqi forces inched forward in the battle to retake Tikrit from Islamic State fighters, the U.S.-led coalition continued its air campaign against militants...

Twin Suicide Blasts Target Syrian Intelligence Base

CAIRO — A group that claims to have ties to al-Qaida says it carried out twin suicide car bombings against a Syrian government intelligence...

Gaza Jihadi Supporters Rally Against France

Hamas security forces allowed a rare rally on Monday by rival Jihadi Salafi activists in the Gaza Strip in support of Islamic State and...

Fugitive Son of Libya’s Gadhafi Discusses Possible Surrender

Informal talks are underway between a fugitive son of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and the International Criminal Court .Seif al-Islam Gadhafi is...

Air Strike Targeted Al-Qaida Leaders

Yemeni officials says senior al-Qaida leaders were the target of an air strike that killed at least 15 people.A government statement said Thursday's strike...

Libya’s NTC to Declare Liberation

Libya's provisional government leaders are preparing to formally declare the country liberated, following Thursday's capture and death of former leader Moammar Gadhafi.News reports say...

Arab League Urges Talks Between Syrian Government, Opposition

An Arab League committee is meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of starting dialogue between the Syrian government...

Syrian Airstrikes on Raqqa Kill 95

Activists say the death toll from Syrian airstrikes on the Islamic State group's main city of Raqqa has risen to at least 95 people.The...

Lebanon, Cyprus Look to Natural Gas Reserves

BEIRUT — Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Lebanese President Michel Sleiman have agreed to boost cooperation and look into ways to explore offshore oil...