Middle East

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Syrian military officers inspect a damaged bus following a deadly explosion Wednesday.


Syrian regime slaughters 88 people, including children, opposition says

Syrian regime slaughters 88 people, including children, opposition says

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ban Ki-moon: Reports say regime forces and pro-regime militias are behind “massive” human rights violations
  • At least 131 people were killed across Syria on Friday, an opposition group says
  • It says regime forces shelled the town of Houla before militias “slaughtered entire families in cold blood”
  • The Syrian regime reports 16 deaths from Friday and makes no mention of Houla Continue reading

Syria’s conflict stirs up old rivalries in Lebanon


Syrian strife breeds unrest in Lebanon

Syrian strife breeds unrest in Lebanon

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Syria’s conflict has spilled into Lebanon, where clashes killed 9 in Tripoli and Beirut
  • Lebanon strongly influenced by Syria both politically and militarily since independence in 1943
  • There is evidence Syrian rebels are receiving arms smuggled across the Lebanese border
  • Many believe Syria’s regime is stirring up violence in Lebanon to distract from their own conflict Continue reading

Zakaria: Iran is weak and getting weaker


Zakaria: Iran is weak and getting weaker

Zakaria: Iran is weak and getting weaker

There’s not much foreign policy talk on the campaign trail except for one issue – Iran. Everyone is talking about Iran’s new strength and assertiveness – its missile tests, its progress on the nuclear program, its moves in Iraq. Mitt Romney, the…….. Continue reading

(Dynamic 2011) events to shape world for years to come


The year 2011 was defined by historic events, from regime changes to royal nuptials to financial crises.

The year 2011 was defined by historic events, from regime changes to royal nuptials to financial crises.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Arab Spring, economy, Japan quake, bin Laden raid define 2011 news events
  • Scandals also marred 2011, from absurd (Charlie Sheen) to sordid (Penn State) Continue reading

Security forces fire on protesters in Homs, witnesses say


Thousands march, defy tanks in Syria

Thousands march, defy tanks in Syria

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • NEW: At least 11 deaths in Homs on Tuesday
  • Thousands gathered to protest the regime
  • An Arab League official says observers will have free access
  • League observers will try to see whether the Syrian regime is ending a brutal crackdown Continue reading

Israeli military boards Gaza-bound aid ships


An Israeli navy vessel patrols off the southern port of Ashdod on July 19, 2011.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • NEW: Activists are from different countries
  • The ships will be diverted to the Ashdod port, Israel says
  • Activists will be transferred to the custody of Israeli authorities
  • No resistance was reported Continue reading

A ‘new Libya’ must probe Gadhafi killing


National Transitional Council fighters from the Al-Ghiran brigade who captured Libya's strongman Moammar Gadhafi in Sirte.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Michael Scharf: Gadhafi taken alive but died with bullet to head; rights groups want investigation
  • He says Geneva Conventions say that killing combatant after he’s been disarmed a war crime
  • Transition government promises probe; this limits international court ‘s options, he says
  • Scharf: To get global aid, a new Libya must show it can properly address extrajudicial killings Continue reading

Middle East Oil Falls a Third Day on Slowdown at China Refiners


Middle East Oil Falls a Third Day on Slowdown at China Refiners

Middle East oil for sale to Asia fell for a third day after reports that Chinese refineries are slowing runs.

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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas makes UN statehood bid


Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has submitted his bid to the UN for recognition of a Palestinian state.

Palestinian
President Abbas received a standing ovation as he announced his application to the UN

To rapturous applause in the General Assembly, he urged the Security Council to back a state with pre-1967 borders. Continue reading

Palestinians take to streets to cheer on UN bid


A Palestinian woman cries during the speech of President Mahmoud Abbas at the General …

Palestinians cheer moments before their President Mahmoud Abbas addressed the General …

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Thousands of jubilant, flag-waving Palestinians, watching on outdoor screens across the West Bank, cheered their president on Friday as he submitted his historic request for recognition of a state of Palestine to the United Nations. Continue reading

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