- UN envoy: IS poised to become 'serious threat' in Libya Updated: May-23-15 10:41 am
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Islamic State extremists can pose "a very serious threat" to divided Libya if rival governments there fail to reach a unity deal quickly, the United Nations envoy to the North African country said Saturday.
- Islamic State group radio claims Saudi mosque suicide attack Updated: May-23-15 6:50 am
CAIRO - The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, warning that more "black days" loom ahead in a direct challenge to the rulers of the Sunni kingdom.
- Egypt court acquits 17 in protest that saw mother shot dead Updated: May-23-15 6:47 am
CAIRO - An Egyptian court has acquitted 17 people over taking part in an unsanctioned demonstration earlier this year that saw a young mother shot to death in downtown Cairo.
- Sliver of Clinton emails hint at lingering political trouble Updated: May-23-15 4:26 am
WASHINGTON - Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email account about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that was later classified "secret" at the request of the FBI, underscoring lingering questions about how responsibly she handled sensitive information on a home server.
- US rejects nuclear disarmament document over Israel concerns Updated: May-22-15 9:35 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The United States on Friday blocked a global document aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, saying Egypt and other states tried to "cynically manipulate" the process by setting a deadline for Israel and its neighbors to meet within months on a Middle East zone free of such weapons.
- Ebola-free Liberia cleared to host football games again Updated: May-22-15 4:21 pm
CAIRO - The Confederation of African Football has cleared Liberia to host international football games again after it was declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization.
- Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos Updated: May-22-15 3:30 pm
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality proved rather difficult to ignore, with the Islamic State group wreaking havoc not far from these Dead Sea shores.
- 1st batch of Clinton emails to be released around 12:30 p.m. Updated: May-22-15 12:09 pm
WASHINGTON - The State Department will release the first batch of emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state around 12:30 p.m. EDT Friday.
- Suspect in Tunisia attack claims innocence at 1st hearing Updated: May-22-15 11:38 am
ROME - The Moroccan migrant accused of being involved in Tunisia's Bardo Museum massacre insisted Friday on his innocence and refused to voluntarily be turned over to Tunisian authorities.
- Egypt's president: Lack of 'justice' fueling extremism Updated: May-22-15 10:08 am
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has led a massive ongoing crackdown on Islamists, said on Friday that the fight against extremism in the region must go hand-in-hand with pursuing greater "freedom, equality and justice."
- South Sudan alleges Khartoum role in new rebel offensive Updated: May-22-15 8:49 am
KAMPALA, Uganda - South Sudan's military on Friday accused the Sudanese government of aiding a new rebel offensive in the southern country where oil fields are now threatened by fresh fighting.
- FIFA scandals while Sepp Blatter has been president Updated: May-22-15 5:48 am
GENEVA - FIFA has been routinely called "scandal-plagued" for much of Sepp Blatter's 17-year presidential reign.
- Mideast youth unemployment rises amid post-Arab Spring chaos Updated: May-21-15 3:40 pm
KITTEH, Jordan - Fawziyeh Sharif and dozens of other young women who make jeans for the U.S. market in a factory in this village in northern Jordan consider themselves lucky - even though they spend 48 hours a week bent over sewing machines for minimum wage.
- Obama says Tunisia to be non-NATO ally of US Updated: May-21-15 2:04 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Thursday elevated Tunisia to new allied status, promising financial and security assistance to ensure the North African country's transition to democracy remains a success in a fragile region.
- IS affiliate in Egypt vows to attack judges over executions Updated: May-21-15 9:50 am
CAIRO - The leader of an Islamic State affiliate in Egypt has vowed to kill judges and security forces in retaliation for the execution of six suspected militants earlier this week.
- Tunisian gov't: 60 citizens released in Libya, many remain Updated: May-21-15 7:59 am
TUNIS, Tunisia - A Tunisian official says that around 60 citizens of his country have been released from detention in Libya, leaving more than 100 still under arrest.
- Embittered, Moroccan leaves family for Islamic State Updated: May-20-15 9:17 pm
RABAT, Morocco - Journalists and activists in Morocco during the heady days of the Arab Spring knew Anas Haloui, a slight, serious, wispy-bearded man in his 30s who would bombard them with emails about the plight of jailed Islamists.
- Militias, Islamic State extremists clash in central Libya Updated: May-20-15 1:40 pm
BENGHAZI, Libya - A Libyan militia spokesman says fierce clashes are underway in the central city of Sirte, which is under control of Islamic State extremists.
- Algerian army kills more militants, total of 25 in 2 days Updated: May-20-15 11:59 am
ALGIERS, Algeria - Algerian forces killed three militants just east of Algiers in a counter-insurgency sweep, raising the total slain over the past two days to 25, the Defense Ministry announced Wednesday.
- IMF says Gaza reconstruction moving slowly Updated: May-20-15 10:10 am
- Anti-Brotherhood judge named justice minister in Egypt Updated: May-20-15 9:17 am
CAIRO - Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Wednesday named a controversial senior judge known for his deep hostility toward the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood as justice minister.
- Libya sends special envoy to talk with EU about migrant plan Updated: May-19-15 7:54 pm
- Algerian army kills 21 extremists who planned to hit capital Updated: May-19-15 4:54 pm
ALGIERS, Algeria - Algerian army troops killed 21 armed Islamic extremists who were meeting Tuesday in a forest to plan attacks on the country's capital, a ranking gendarmerie official said.
- Experts: EU plan to tackle migrant trafficking is dangerous Updated: May-19-15 1:19 pm
BRUSSELS - Experts say the European Union's plan to disrupt the business of human traffickers and destroy their boats in the Mediterranean is a short-term deterrent that is likely to be dangerous, costly and tough to implement.
- Amnesty International warns over torture practice in Morocco Updated: May-19-15 10:49 am
RABAT, Morocco - Moroccan authorities still use torture widely despite a ban on the practice, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report Tuesday documenting the abuse.