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Bahrain Rights Report: Government Used Excessive Force

The head of a special commission investigating Bahrain's unrest says the government used “excessive force” and tortured detainees during its bloody crackdown on protesters...

Taiwan Says Chinese Jets Breached its Airspace

Taiwan says it scrambled fighter jets to track two Chinese military planes that crossed into its airspace at least two times on Monday.Taiwanese officials...

Kerry: Israeli, Palestinian Leaders ‘Have to Lead’ on Peace Talks

ALGIERS — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke by telephone Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, after...

Israel, Hamas Trade Blows in 4th Day of Warfare

Fighting intensified as Israel continued its Gaza offensive for a fourth day Friday, with Palestinian militants continuing rocket attacks on the Jewish state and...

Militants Storm Police Building in Western Iraq, Killing 7 Officers

Iraqi authorities say militants have raided a government security compound in the western city of Ramadi, killing at least seven policemen and wounding about...

Israel, Hamas to Swap Prisoners for Captured Soldier

Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas say they have reached a deal to free an Israeli soldier held captive for five years in...

Latest Iran Nuclear Talks End With No Agreement

WASHINGTON— Lower-level talks continue Tuesday in the Omani capital, Muscat, after Iran, the United States and its negotiating partners failed to reach a breakthrough on...

Syrian Rebels Attack Police Post in Northern Damascus, 7 Killed

Syrian rights activists say rebels have attacked a police post northern Damascus, triggering a battle with security forces that killed at least seven people.The...

Morsi’s First Year Leaves Egypt Divided

CAIRO — It has been a difficult first year for Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, whose opponents call for it to be his last.Morsi took...

US Official: Al-Qaida Bomber No Longer a Threat

U.S. authorities are confident a suspected al-Qaida suicide bomber is no longer a threat to the American people.The Obama administration's top counter-terrorism advisor, John...

Thousands Rally in Support of Syria’s Assad

Tens of thousands of Syrians have gathered in the capital, Damascus, to rally in support of embattled President Bashar al-Assad.Organizers said the demonstration Wednesday...

Obama Tells Israel US Ready to Help End Hostilities

WASHINGTON —President Barack Obama expressed concern to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday about the risk of an escalation of hostilities in the...

Hillary Clinton Cautious on Iran Talks

LONDON — Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says it is too soon to know whether the different approach to nuclear talks taken...

Voting Begins in Egypt’s Landmark Elections

Egyptians have begun casting their ballots in the first parliamentary elections since a popular uprising ended the 30-year rule of former president Hosni Mubarak...

Egypt’s Brotherhood Claims Victory in 2/3 of Individual Seat Elections

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood says its political party has won almost two-thirds of the parliamentary seats reserved for individual candidates in the opening rounds of...

Protesters Confront Syrian Opposition Figures

Demonstrators confronted a Syrian opposition delegation outside Arab League headquarters in Cairo on Wednesday. Some protesters called the opposition figures “traitors” and pelted them...

Iran Welcomes US Rescue of Iranians Held by Pirates

Iran has welcomed the U.S. Navy's rescue of 13 Iranians who were held hostage by pirates in the Arabian Sea.Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast...

IS Says US Hostage Killed in Jordanian Strike

Islamic State militants claim a Jordanian airstrike has killed an American aid worker the insurgent group has been holding, the SITE intelligence group reported...

Video Shows Islamic State Allegedly Executing Scores of Syrian Soldiers

BEIRUT, LEBANON— Islamic State fighters executed scores of Syrian soldiers captured when the militants seized an airbase in the province of Raqqa at the weekend,...

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...