Middle East

Iraqi security forces fire cannon during clashes with al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Jurf al-Sakhar, south of Baghdad, March 19, 2014.

Study: Mideast Military Expenditures Increasing

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute researchers say regional expenditures reached an estimated $150 billion in 2013 More

The head of the Hamas government Ismail Haniyeh shows a signed reconciliation agreement as he attends a news conference with Senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed (L) in Gaza City, April 23, 2014.

Hamas, Abbas's PLO Announce Reconciliation Agreement

Pact envisions unity government within five weeks, holding national elections six months after vote of confidence by Palestinian parliament More

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media in his office in Ankara, Turkey, April 23, 2014.

Erdogan Offers Unexpected Condolences for Armenian Killings

But Turkish prime minister stops short of calling a 'genocide' the killing of Armenians by Ottoman soldiers in World War I More

A woman affected by what activists say was a gas attack on the town of Telminnes breathes through an oxygen mask at Bab al-Hawa hospital, where she was transferred to, close to the Turkish border, April 21, 2014.

China Says Probing Reports Chinese Chlorine Used in Syria Attack

Analysts believe there is a coordinated chlorine bomb campaign, with growing evidence government side is dropping weapons More

A woman affected by what activists say was a gas attack in the town of Telminnes is transferred to Bab al-Hawa hospital to receive treatment, April 21, 2014.

Syria Hands Over 86 Percent of Chemical Weapons

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says Syria delivered another batch of chemicals to port of Latakia to be destroyed offshore on a US ship More



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John Kerry certified to Congress that Egypt met key criteria allowing Washington to free up some aid which had been suspended last year
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US Defends Support of Attacks on Yemeni Militants

American drone strikes reportedly helped kill 55 al-Qaida militants in Yemen during last several days
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Syria Hands Over 86 Percent of Chemical Weapons

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says Syria delivered another batch of chemicals to port of Latakia to be destroyed offshore on a US ship
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Gunmen Kill 4 Yemen Security Officers

Attacks follow aerial strikes, which reportedly involved US drones, that killed 55 al-Qaida militants
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Arab League Criticizes Syrian Election Plan

Arab League chief Nabil el-Araby says holding an election in Syria while civil war rages will only obstruct international efforts to resolve the conflict
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Thailand Reacts to Plots Targeting Israelis

Authorities hope arrest of two Lebanese suspects will disrupt plot to attack young Israeli tourists
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Video Syria Sets Presidential Election Amid Reports of Chemical Weapons Use

Presidential elections will be held June 3; Rebels have recently alleged that the government has been using chemical weapons
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Saudi Arabia Replaces Health Minister Amid MERS Fears

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33 Killed in Insurgent Attacks Across Iraq

Dozens wounded in separate attacks in several cities
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US Investigating Possible Chemical Attack in Syria

US says it has indications that toxic chemicals were released in a rebel area this month
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Tunisian Diplomat Urges Government to Negotiate With Libyan Kidnappers

A video message published on social media shows kidnapped diplomat Mohammed Bel Sheikh crying and calling on his government to negotiate his release
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Syria to Hold June 3 Presidential Vote

Announcement by Assad comes despite bloody three-year civil war in his country, coincides with warplanes over capital and violence in and around all five major cities
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