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Hamas Is Accused of Using Gaza War as Cover to Torture and Kill Palestinians

Wed, 27 May 2015 04:06:36 GMT

An Amnesty International report on last summer’s Gaza war says there were at least 23 extrajudicial killings of Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel.

Qaeda Member Pleads Guilty in Brooklyn on Terrorism Charges

Wed, 27 May 2015 02:13:59 GMT

Saddiq Al-Abbadi, who led a firefight in Afghanistan in 2008 that killed an Army Ranger, faces a possible penalty of life in prison when he is sentenced later this year.

World Briefing: Syria: Palmyra Ruins Unharmed Since ISIS Takeover, Official Says

Wed, 27 May 2015 01:43:43 GMT

The antiquities official, Maamoun Abdulkarim, said that there was “no damage so far,” but that he was still afraid the group would blow up Palmyra’s 2,000-year-old ruins.

Libyan Prime Minister Survives Assassination Attempt Amid Protests

Wed, 27 May 2015 00:36:04 GMT

Abdullah al-Thinni had faced hostile questioning inside Parliament, and demands for his resignation from armed demonstrators outside.

Netanyahu Wants Talks With Palestinians on Settlements, Officials Say

Tue, 26 May 2015 21:05:04 GMT

Prime Minister Netanyahu reportedly said he wants to negotiate over settlements in the occupied West Bank. Palestinian leaders rejected the idea as a ploy.

Iraqi Army and Shiite Militias Begin Push to Take Ramadi From ISIS

Tue, 26 May 2015 16:27:21 GMT

The offensive began Tuesday in the desert areas north and east of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province.

Jason Rezaian of Washington Post Goes on Trial in Iran

Tue, 26 May 2015 15:48:07 GMT

The trial, which is not open to the public, began in a Tehran courtroom, the semiofficial Tasnim news agency reported. The charges include espionage.

U.S. Caution in Strikes Gives ISIS an Edge, Many Iraqis Say

Tue, 26 May 2015 09:00:03 GMT

Many Iraqi commanders and some American officers say that exercising caution with airstrikes has harmed the coalition’s larger effort to destroy the Islamic State.

Iran Judge Closes Reporter’s Trial, Ignoring Pleas for Transparency

Mon, 25 May 2015 20:49:26 GMT

Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter in Tehran accused of espionage, will appear at his trial on Tuesday accompanied only by his lawyer.

Netanyahu Appoints Hawkish Ally to Run Foreign Ministry

Mon, 25 May 2015 17:10:01 GMT

The new director, Dore Gold, was an ambassador to the United Nations who is considered hawkish on Iran and the Palestinian issue.

Soldier in Tunis Fires on Colleagues in Deadly Attack

Mon, 25 May 2015 14:24:49 GMT

The assailant killed seven soldiers and wounded 10 others before dying in an exchange of fire, the Tunisian state news agency reported.

Ehud Olmert, Israeli Ex-Premier, Is Sentenced to 8 Months in Jail

Mon, 25 May 2015 10:11:34 GMT

Mr. Olmert, who has been convicted on corruption charges three times since 2012, received the additional sentence in a trial for fraud and breach of trust.

U.S. Defense Secretary Blames Iraqi Forces for ISIS Victory in Ramadi

Sun, 24 May 2015 17:36:57 GMT

In some of the administration’s strongest remarks yet, Ashton B. Carter said Iraqi troops “failed to fight,” blaming them for a retreat that led to the fall of Ramadi to the Islamic State.

Saudis Say ISIS Ordered Suicide Bombing of Mosque

Sun, 24 May 2015 01:05:55 GMT

The suicide bombing on Friday killed at least 21 worshipers at a Shiite mosque in a town near Qatif, in the Eastern Province.

With Victories, ISIS Dispels Hope of a Swift Decline

Sun, 24 May 2015 00:26:39 GMT

In its conquest of Ramadi and new control of Palmyra, the Islamic State has shown how dedication to its core principles helped it regain traction.

Republican Rivals Skirt Specifics on Plans to Fight ISIS

Sat, 23 May 2015 23:18:24 GMT

A picture has emerged of a field of declared and likely candidates that sound hawkish about fighting the Islamic State, yet are reluctant and even evasive when it comes to laying out detailed plans.

Egyptian Court Acquits 17 in Case Arising From Poet’s Death at March

Sat, 23 May 2015 20:23:27 GMT

The charges and unexpected acquittals underscored the increasingly capricious nature of Egypt’s justice system under its military-backed government.

Pakistani Journalists Resign to Cut Ties to Axact, a Fake Diploma Company

Sat, 23 May 2015 20:13:27 GMT

The defections came hours after the interior minister said that a preliminary investigation conducted last week had uncovered evidence against Axact.

Opinion: ‘Defending the Faith’ in the Middle East

Sat, 23 May 2015 18:30:02 GMT

Today’s Sunni-Shiite proxy wars are not new.

Two Sides Claim Victory as Syrian Troops Flee Hospital

Sat, 23 May 2015 01:08:09 GMT

The government of Bashar al-Assad said troops and civilians left safely, while insurgents claimed to have killed or captured some in completing their takeover of the town of Jisr al-Shoughour.