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In this photo provided by MENA news agency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi speaks in front of the state-run TV ahead of a military funeral for troops killed in an assault in the Sinai Peninsula, as he stands with army commanders in Cairo, Oct. 25, 2014.

Egypt's Army Answers Deadly Sinai Attacks With Curfew, Emergency Rules

President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi declares in a broadcast speech that Egypt is fighting a mortal battle against terrorists, and that the war will be long More

Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa (C) and president of the newly appointed electoral body (ISIE) Mohamed Chafik Sarsar (L)  inspect ballot boxes and ballot papers ahead of distribution to pooling centers in the governorate of Nabeul, Oct. 25, 2014.

Tunisia Set for Parliamentary Elections

Fragile democracy in Tunisia remains beacon of hope, but country remains dogged by massive economic and security problems More

FILE - Iraqi Peshmerga fighters take position at a post near the jihadist-held city of Zumar in Mosul province, Sept. 4, 2014.

Kurdish Militia Retake Northern Iraqi Town

Kurdish intelligence officer said peshmerga forces had advanced from five directions in early morning and encountered fierce resistance, but ultimately prevailed More

Israeli border police officers run near burning tires during clashes with Palestinians over an incident on Wednesday in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, Oct. 24, 2014.

Israeli Military Kills Palestinian-American Youth

US State Department has called for a quick and transparent investigation into the killing of Orwah Hammad, who was 14 years old More

FILE - A picture taken on July 8, 2007 shows Iranian Reyhaneh Jabbari standing handcuffed at police headquarters in Tehran after she was arrested for the murder of a former intelligence official.

US Condemns Iranian Woman's Execution

Reyhaneh Jabbari was convicted of killing a man to defend herself from an alleged sexual assault More

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US Condemns Iranian Woman's Execution

Reyhaneh Jabbari was convicted of killing a man to defend herself from an alleged sexual assault

Afghan President Visits Saudi Arabia

Ghani's office says he will perform Umrah, a pilgrimage to Mecca that can be undertaken at any time of the year, and will also meet with Saudi King Abdullah and other officials

US Probes Reports of IS Chlorine Gas Attacks

Kerry calls allegations serious but says they won't deter US-led coalition in fight against militants

Iraq's October Oil Exports Rise Despite Unrest

Kurdish exports also increasing as OPEC faces challenge from lack of appetite for supply curbs

Video Islamic State Militants Encroach on Baghdad

Iraqi capital not under ‘imminent threat,’ US military says, amid worries about foothold

Egypt Declares State of Emergency in Sinai After Terror Attacks

Attacks killed at least 30 soldiers, wounded 25 more after car bomb explodes at army checkpoint near al-Arish and gunmen attack troops at another checkpoint

Tunisia Forces Kill 6 After Standoff with Militants Outside Tunis

Country has struggled to subdue hardline Islamists, jihadists; military has cracked down hard on militants in run up to Sunday's parliamentary election

Video Erdogan: FSA to Help Kurds Defend Kobani

Turkish president says Kurdish militia forces are finalizing how Western-backed, moderate rebel group will get 1,300 troops to Syria's northern border with Turkey

Iraq 'Months' from Major Anti-IS Ground Offensive

Pentagon official says an offensive is 'not imminent'; Meanwhile, the US has continued its aerial bombardment against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria

Video Tunisians Head to Polls Amid Concerns Over Economy, Security

Sunday's vote is seen as a test of the transition to democracy amid a region in turmoil

Cash Aid for Refugees Succeeds Despite Donors' Doubts

Experience, such as with Syrians fleeing civil war, shows that simply handing out traditional relief goods may not be the most effective way of helping dispossessed
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