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Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian Teenager in the West Bank, the 2nd in 8 Days

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:57:36 GMT

The Israeli military said the youth had thrown a firebomb onto a main road often used by settlers.

Sunni Militants Draw Iraqi Forces Into Intense Battles on Several Fronts

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:51:09 GMT

Government forces fought for the third straight day to fend off a heavy assault by Islamic State militants on a strategically placed town in Anbar Province.

Open Source: Iranian Photojournalist Reportedly Detained After Covering Protest Against Acid Attacks

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:50:51 GMT

Arya Jafari was reported to have been detained over his images of protesters deploring acid attacks on women in Isfahan.

31 Egyptian Soldiers Are Killed as Militants Attack in Sinai

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:06:07 GMT

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi convened an emergency meeting of Egypt’s top generals and declared a state of emergency in parts of Sinai, including a curfew.

World Briefing | Middle East: Libya: Army Advances in Benghazi

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:45:11 GMT

The Libyan Army and its allies among local militias have taken control of one of the largest camps of Islamist forces in the eastern city of Benghazi, military officials said Friday.

News Analysis: Attacks in West Raise New Fears Over ISIS’ Influence

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:02:15 GMT

Analysts say the far-flung plots and attacks are a change in the nature of the group and its threat to the West.

With Guile and Tiny Torah, Women Hold a Bat Mitzvah at the Western Wall

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:16:05 GMT

A group that has advocated equal religious rights for women sneaked in a Torah for a coming-of-age ceremony at one of Judaism’s holiest sites.

Lebanon to Bar Syrian Refugees

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:13:21 GMT

Lebanon announced that it would not accept any more refugees from neighboring Syria, except in what the authorities deem to be “exceptional” cases.

Robust Reponse to ISIS Appears Far Off for Iraqis

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:06 GMT

Despite increasing assistance from the United States, Iraq’s ability to mount a sustained counteroffensive to retake territory seized by the Islamic State is still months away, American officials say.

U.S. Is Investigating Report That Islamic State Used Chlorine Gas

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:58:58 GMT

American officials said they were examining a report that 11 police officers were sickened after a bomb dispersed chlorine gas last month near Balad, north of Baghdad.

In Iraq, Relief After News of Blackwater Convictions

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:22:46 GMT

For many of the survivors of the 2007 shooting in Baghdad, the verdicts offered some solace after a traumatic event that became synonymous with the worst of the American occupation.

U.S. Strikes Cut Into ISIS Oil Revenues, Treasury Official Says

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:51:20 GMT

David S. Cohen, the government’s point man on Islamic State finances, said American airstrikes on refineries controlled by the group had threatened its supply network.

At Least 500 Militants Killed in U.S.-Led Strikes in Syria, Observer Group Says

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:03:13 GMT

The group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, also said the strikes, which started on Sept. 23, have killed at least 32 civilians.

Germany Is Sending a Military Training Mission to Northern Iraq

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:32:20 GMT

The foreign minister said the move was meant to examine whether there could be an expansion of the training of Kurdish forces battling jihadists.

Blackwater Guards Found Guilty in 2007 Iraq Killings

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:43:41 GMT

A federal jury found that the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians were not a battlefield tragedy, but the result of a criminal act.

Thousands in Iran Protest Acid Attacks on Women

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:39:19 GMT

Demonstrations erupted after assaults that coincided with the passage of a law designed to protect those who correct people deemed to be acting in an “un-Islamic” way.

Driver Plows Into Group at Jerusalem Train Station, Killing Baby, Police Say

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:32:42 GMT

The driver was shot by police officers as he tried to flee, according to the Israeli police, in what was being treated as a terrorist attack.

U.S. Says It Stopped 3 Young Women Seeking to Join Islamic State

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:25:16 GMT

The teenagers, from the suburbs of Denver, were described in news reports as two sisters of Somali descent and a friend of Sudanese descent.

World Briefing: U.N. to Investigate Gaza Attacks

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:14:55 GMT

Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the United Nations, announced that he was setting up an investigation into attacks on the world body’s facilities during Israel’s recent war against Hamas militants.

U.N. Cites ISIS Genocide Threat

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:31:54 GMT

A senior United Nations official said on Tuesday that the Islamic State had threatened to exterminate minority Yazidis in Iraq by killing them if they refused to convert to Islam.

Enforcer at Treasury Is First Line of Attack Against ISIS

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:26:20 GMT

David Cohen, a Treasury under secretary, discusses the battle to choke off the flow of illicit revenue to the Islamic State.

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: A Nuclear Deal, Now or Never

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:41:08 GMT

Voting cycles in America and Iran leave only a small window of opportunity — starting right after Election Day.

Arrests Follow Acid Attacks on Iranian Women

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:59:25 GMT

The police arrested several men following episodes that appear connected to a new law on “badly veiled” women.

Protests Greet Met’s Premiere of ‘Klinghoffer’

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:32:39 GMT

The Metropolitan Opera’s first performance of “The Death of Klinghoffer” was disrupted twice, but both protesters were ushered out.

Board Says Saudi Detainee Should Be Repatriated

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:40:59 GMT

Officials determined that it was no longer necessary to imprison Muhammed Murdi Issa al Zahrani at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where he has been held for more than 12 years.