Middle East

FILE - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria Holding June 3 Presidential Vote

The vote announced Monday will give President Bashar al-Assad the chance to win a third seven-year term in office More

Leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi (C) waves upon arrival to submit his bid to run in the presidential poll at the election committee office in Cairo, April 19, 2014.

Egypt Leftist to Challenge Sissi in Presidential Bid

Former Egyptian army general Abdel el-Sissi to face Hamdeen Sabahi in election scheduled for late May More

FILE- Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Hussein

Top Palestinian Cleric, Israel Trade Barbs

Most senior Islamic cleric in Jerusalem says Israeli police hurled stun grenades into al-Aqsa mosque; Israel denies More

Iraqi policemen inspect the site of a suicide attack at Imam al-Kadhim University in northern Baghdad April 20, 2014.

14 Killed in Violence Across Iraq

Nearly 50 people wounded in series of attacks, including coordinated assault on Shi'ite university in Baghdad Sunday More

FILE - Supporters of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, standing trial on charges of violence that broke out in Alexandria last year, react after two fellow supporters were sentenced to death, in a court in Alexandria, March 29, 2014.

Egyptian Court Jails 23 Pro-Morsi Supporters

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