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  • In the face of IS successes, al-Qaida adapts, grows stronger 
    Updated: May-04-15 9:13 am

    CAIRO - When al-Qaida overran the Yemeni port city of Mukalla last month, the group's commanders immediately struck a deal to share power with the area's tribesmen. No jihadi banners were raised. Al-Qaida even issued a statement denying rumors that it had banned music at parties or men wearing shorts.

  • Qatar says Taliban, Afghan officials to hold 2 days of talks story has photos
    Updated: May-02-15 1:28 pm

    DOHA, Qatar - Afghan and Taliban officials will hold two days of "reconciliation" talks in Qatar, the Gulf nation's state news agency reported Saturday, although both sides sought to downplay expectations from the meeting.

  • Administration worries grow over Saudi campaign in Yemen story has photos
    Updated: May-01-15 3:53 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is growing increasingly wary about the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen and how to restore peace to a country wracked by sectarian divisions, endemic poverty and the al-Qaida offshoot posing the greatest threat to the American homeland.

  • Near Syrian border, wounded fighters and civilians recover 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 2:24 am

    KILIS, Turkey - Sitting up in bed, 16-year-old Anas Baroudi lifts up an orange blanket to show where his left foot used to be, before he lost it almost three years ago in Syria's civil war.

  • Syrian insurgent gains expose Assad weaknesses 
    Updated: Apr-29-15 1:58 am

    BEIRUT - In the span of a month, Syrian insurgents have routed government forces across the country's northwest, flushing them out of strongholds in a string of embarrassing defeats for President Bashar Assad.

  • Full circle: Chlorine now chemical weapon of choice in Syria 
    Updated: Apr-20-15 5:32 am

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Exactly one century ago Wednesday, German troops opened the taps on a line of chlorine tanks to send a poisonous cloud drifting across no man's land and into World War I Allied trenches. The gas blinded soldiers and made them retch, vomit and choke, combining with bodily fluids to destroy their lungs.

  • Wartime climate in Saudi puts calls for reform on hold story has photos
    Updated: Apr-19-15 6:11 pm

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - An electronic billboard at an upscale Saudi mall flashes an advertisement for a designer fragrance before switching to images of soaring F-16s and King Salman saluting the troops. "The response has come to you who threaten the nation," the caption says. "To those who test me, take this war as a reply."

  • Extremist past mars makeover of France's far-right party story has photos
    Updated: Apr-19-15 11:24 am

    PARIS - The timing could not have been worse. Daggers were already drawn in a father-daughter duel within the far-right National Front when a judicial investigation began circling closer and closer to the party leadership.

  • Rouhani says Saudis will harvest hatred in Yemen 
    Updated: Apr-18-15 6:29 am

    TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani harshly criticized Saudi Arabia Saturday, warning that the Saudi royal family in Riyadh will harvest the hatred it is sowing in Yemen through its airstrike campaign.

  • Hezbollah blames Saudi Arabia for spread of extremism story has photos
    Updated: Apr-17-15 2:10 pm

    BEIRUT - The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group launched his harshest criticism yet of Saudi Arabia on Friday, blaming the kingdom for the spread of extremist ideology in the Muslim world and the killing of civilians in Yemen.

  • Saudi-Iran rivalry over Yemen deepens Mideast sectarianism 
    Updated: Apr-16-15 1:19 pm

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's government insists it is not at war with Iran despite its three-week air campaign against Tehran-backed rebels in Yemen, but the kingdom's powerful clerics, and its regional rival's theocratic government, are increasingly presenting the conflict as part of a region-wide battle for the soul of Islam.

  • UN envoy to start talks in May on new Syria initiative 
    Updated: Apr-14-15 4:02 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. special envoy to Syria will begin consulting with key players to try to relaunch political negotiations aimed at ending the country's civil war now in its fifth year, the United Nations said Tuesday.

  • AP Interview: Hezbollah leader blasts Saudi strikes in Yemen story has photos
    Updated: Apr-13-15 4:41 pm

    BEIRUT - A top leader of the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group directed a barrage of criticism at Saudi Arabia on Monday, accusing the kingdom of committing genocide with its airstrike campaign targeting Yemen's Shiite rebels and warning it will "pay a heavy price" for its involvement.

  • Syrian peace talks in Moscow end in disarray story has photos
    Updated: Apr-10-15 11:36 am

    MOSCOW - Talks between the Syrian government and the opposition ended in acrimony Friday with the parties blaming each other for the breakdown.

  • Turkish president visits Iran despite tensions over Yemen 
    Updated: Apr-07-15 2:07 pm

    TEHRAN, Iran - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Iran Tuesday amid deep differences between the two nations over the conflicts in Yemen and Syria.