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- Saudi Arabia names Brotherhood a terrorist group Updated: Mar-07-14 2:37 pm
- Militant grip transforms, terrorizes Syrian city Updated: Mar-07-14 11:47 am
- Syria's Assad hails Russia's takeover of Crimea Updated: Mar-07-14 7:41 am
- Saudi, UAE, Bahrain withdraw envoys from Qatar Updated: Mar-05-14 1:10 pm
- LA Police Chief says gangsters may be in Syria Updated: Mar-04-14 5:38 pm
- Gaza public workers say Hamas not paying salaries Updated: Mar-03-14 9:14 am
- In Syria, government pursues local cease-fires Updated: Mar-01-14 12:33 pm
- From Riyadh to Beirut, fear of Syria blowback Updated: Feb-28-14 4:10 pm
- US: Syria leads human rights violations in 2013 Updated: Feb-27-14 4:24 pm
- Syria militants claim Christians agreed to pay tax Updated: Feb-27-14 2:10 pm
- Israel takes risk with airstrike on Hezbollah Updated: Feb-26-14 6:03 pm
- UN: Syrians to be world's biggest refugee group Updated: Feb-25-14 3:33 pm
- UN demands humanitarian aid for all of Syria Updated: Feb-22-14 4:02 pm
- US senators condemn blasts in Beirut Updated: Feb-19-14 12:52 pm
- As Syria threat expands, Obama mulls options Updated: Feb-19-14 3:28 am
- Kerry visits UAE for talks on Syria Updated: Feb-17-14 9:37 am
- Longtime Syria activist now negotiates peace Updated: Feb-14-14 6:26 am
- Putin backs Egypt army chief's run for president Updated: Feb-13-14 3:38 pm
- 5 things to know about chilly US-Russian relations Updated: Feb-13-14 12:32 pm
- Syria's Homs: Evacuee tells of life under siege Updated: Feb-12-14 3:51 pm
- Obama, Hollande tackle tenuous diplomatic efforts Updated: Feb-11-14 8:18 pm
- Syrian peace talks appear bogged down, no progress Updated: Feb-11-14 2:31 pm
- Russia, China skip Security Council talks on Syria Updated: Feb-10-14 7:31 pm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - A leader of one of Gaza's secretive jihadi groups says the al-Qaida-inspired movement now has several thousand armed fighters in the seaside strip, posing a formidable threat to both Israel and the area's Hamas rulers.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia identified the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group along with al-Qaida and others Friday, warning those who join them or support them they could face five to 30 years in prison.
BEIRUT - Once a vibrant, religiously mixed community, Syria's eastern city of Raqqa is now a shell of its former self, terrorized by hard-line militants who have turned it into the nucleus of their vision for the Islamic caliphate they hope one day to establish in Syria and Iraq.
DAMASCUS, Syria - Syrian President Bashar Assad says Russia's military takeover of Crimea reflects President Vladimir Putin's "wise policy" and his efforts to restore "security and stability" in Ukraine after an "attempted coup."
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors from Qatar on Wednesday in an unusually public dispute among the clubby Western-allied Gulf Arab states, a move analysts say centers on their neighbor's support for the Muslim Brotherhood and its perceived aggressive meddling in regional conflicts.
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says two men claiming to be fighting in Syria are gang members who were deported.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Palestinian civil servants called on the Gaza Strip's Hamas government Monday to pay them full salaries, the clearest sign yet that Egypt's blockade of the territory is making it increasingly difficult for the Islamic militants to govern.
BEIRUT - In one besieged neighborhood after another, weary rebels have turned over their weapons to the Syrian government in exchange for an easing of suffocating blockades that have prevented food, medicine and other staples from reaching civilians trapped inside.
BISARIYEH, Lebanon - The once-tranquil, religiously mixed village of Bisariyeh is seething: Two of its young men who fought alongside the rebels in Syria recently returned home radicalized and staged suicide bombings in Lebanon.
WASHINGTON - A chemical weapons attack in Syria last summer that the U.S. says killed more than 1,400 people was the world's worst human rights violation of 2013, the Obama administration concluded Thursday.
AMMAN, Jordan - Militant fighters should not impose an Islamic tax on Christians in Syria, a radical Jordanian preacher facing terrorism charges said Thursday, days after an al-Qaida breakaway group in Syria claimed Christian leaders under its control agreed to pay the tax in return for protection.
JERUSALEM - Israel has opened a new front in its attempts to halt weapons smuggling to Hezbollah, striking one of the group's positions inside Lebanon for the first time since the sides fought a war eight years ago.
UNITED NATIONS - Syrians could soon overtake Afghans as the world's biggest refugee population, with their numbers expected to pass 4 million by year's end, a top U.N. official said Tuesday.
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council united for the first time on a resolution on Syria's humanitarian crisis Saturday, demanding that President Bashar Assad's government and the opposition provide immediate access everywhere in the country to deliver aid to millions of people in desperate need.
BEIRUT - Two visiting U.S. senators condemned a double suicide bombing that ripped through a Shiite stronghold of the Lebanese capital Wednesday, saying they were concerned about the spillover effects of Syria's civil war.
WASHINGTON - For the United States, Syria's civil war is threatening to start hitting closer to home.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Abu Dhabi Monday for discussions with Emirati officials on the deteriorating situation in Syria, nuclear talks with Iran and the Middle East peace process.
GENEVA - As a human rights lawyer and longtime pro-democracy activist in Syria, Suheir Atassi once said she would never negotiate with President Bashar Assad's government.
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday wished Egypt's military chief victory in the nation's presidential vote, even though he has yet to announce his bid - a strong endorsement signaling Moscow's desire to expand its military and other ties with a key U.S. ally in the Middle East.
WASHINGTON - The weather is warm at this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, yet U.S.-Russian relations are still in the deep freeze. Back in 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gave Russia's top diplomat a red button labeled "reset" to symbolize how U.S. relations had thawed - even though it was mistranslated into Russian. But the event was more of a downhill slalom, than a soaring ski jump. Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes hosting the Olympics will further seal his nation's status as a world power. But President Barack Obama is among several western leaders who decided not to show up.
BEIRUT - Weeping children begged for food and women picked grass to eat as hunger gripped rebel-held neighborhoods of the Syrian city of Homs during a nearly two-year military blockade, according to a rare first-hand account by a man evacuated during a truce this week.
WASHINGTON - Juggling a pair of tenuous diplomatic efforts, President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to come down like "a ton of bricks" on businesses that violate Iranian sanctions while nuclear negotiations are underway. He also conceded "enormous frustration" with stalled Syrian peace talks and offered little hope of ending the conflict soon.
GENEVA - Syrian peace talks appeared bogged down Tuesday, with the U.N. mediator acknowledging little progress has been achieved and the two sides failing even to agree on an agenda to move negotiations forward.
UNITED NATIONS - Russia is blocking Western efforts to push through a Security Council resolution that would raise the prospect of sanctions against Syria unless the government gives unrestricted access to deliver humanitarian aid.