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  • Insight - Iran seeks nuclear deal but not normal ties with "Great Sata …
    Insight - Iran seeks nuclear deal but not normal ties with "Great Sata … 1 hour 58 minutes ago

    By Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran is not expected to normalise relations with the United States even if Tehran reaches agreement with world powers on its nuclear programme, officials and analysts said. The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China are trying to reach a deal with Iran aimed at stopping Tehran being able to develop a nuclear bomb in exchange for an easing of sanctions that are crippling its economy. Loyalists of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, drawn from among Islamists and Revolutionary Guards who fear continued economic hardship might cause the collapse of the establishment, have agreed to back President Hassan Rouhani’s pragmatic readiness to negotiate a nuclear deal, Iranian officials said. More »

  • Mortar attack on Damascus souk kills one, wounds 30: state media
    Mortar attack on Damascus souk kills one, wounds 30: state media 2 hours 52 minutes ago

    A mortar attack on a historic souk in central Damascus on Monday killed one person and wounded dozens, Syria's official news agency said. More »

  • Air raid kills scores at Yemen displaced camp
    Air raid kills scores at Yemen displaced camp 3 hours ago

    An air strike killed dozens of people at a camp for displaced people in northwest Yemen on Monday, aid workers said, as Arab warplanes bombard rebels around the country. More »

  • Iran seeks nuclear deal but not normal ties with 'Great Satan'
    Iran seeks nuclear deal but not normal ties with 'Great Satan' 4 hours ago

    By Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran is not expected to normalize relations with the United States even if Tehran reaches agreement with world powers on its nuclear program, officials and analysts said. The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China are trying to reach a deal with Iran aimed at stopping Tehran being able to develop a nuclear bomb in exchange for an easing of sanctions that are crippling its economy. Loyalists of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, drawn from among Islamists and Revolutionary Guards who fear continued economic hardship might cause the collapse of the establishment, have agreed to back President Hassan Rouhani’s pragmatic readiness to negotiate a nuclear deal, Iranian officials said. More »

  • Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Reuters/Ipsos pol …
    Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Reuters/Ipsos pol … 4 hours ago

    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat. The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked Obama as an imminent threat, ahead of Putin (25 percent), who has been accused of aggression in the Ukraine, and Assad (23 percent). More »

  • Upheaval in Yemen's Aden stretches hospital 4 hours ago

    By Sami Aboudi ADEN (Reuters) - As Houthi fighters close in on the Yemen port city of Aden, the wounded from clashes and other incidents are pouring into overwhelmed hospitals. "We were not ready to face this kind of situation," said Valerie Pierre, coordinator for aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), which runs a 45-bed hospital in Aden. One young man arrived in a van which screeched into the courtyard of the MSF hospital, where medics waited with stretchers. Doctors at the hospital have struggled to cope with more than 250 patients from Aden and nearby provinces in the 10 days since Iranian-backed Houthi fighters and allied army units pushed to Aden's gates in a campaign to topple Western-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. More »

  • Syrian military source alleges Turkish role in Idlib offensive 5 hours ago

    BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - A Syrian military source accused Turkey on Monday of helping Islamist rebels to stage an assault on Idlib, a provincial capital which fighters seized at the weekend. The source declined to comment on the situation in Idlib, citing security considerations, but a monitoring group has confirmed the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and allies now control Idlib and said the Syrian air force bombed the city on Monday. The fall of Idlib, 30 km (20 miles) from the Turkish border, marks only the second time in the Syrian civil war that Damascus has lost control of a provincial capital. More »

  • Council fears US troop decision to hurt faltering Afghan peace process
    Council fears US troop decision to hurt faltering Afghan peace process 5 hours ago

    By Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - The official body overseeing the Afghan peace process and other influential players in the region have criticised President Ashraf Ghani for pushing for U.S. troops to stay longer, saying it could hurt the chances of ending the Taliban insurgency. Talks between the government and Taliban have yet to begin, although militant leaders have signalled that they are ready to negotiate through Pakistani mediation. Progress towards highly sensitive talks appears to have stalled, in part over divisions within the Taliban. Under the previous plan, U.S. forces were to have been cut to about half their current levels by year-end, and the change has angered the Taliban, which has stated that foreign troops against which it has fought must not be allowed to stay. More »

  • Syria's Assad: Islamic State has strengthened despite airstrikes 7 hours ago

    In a newly published interview, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad welcomed the possibility of dialogue with the United States to end the conflict within his war-torn country, while warning that the self-declared Islamic State had only grown stronger since it came under attack from Western-led forces. With the rise of IS militants in the Syrian and Iraqi north, the removal of Mr. Assad's government has dropped in priority for Western policymakers, who are believed to have kept it informed of the operations of the US-led coalition attacking IS. US Secretary of State John Kerry two weeks ago also suggested that Washington would "have to negotiate in the end" with Assad to find a political solution in Syria, a move that Assad welcomed in an interview with US news program 60 Minutes. Assad also discussed the threat that the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, poses in his country, dismissing arguments that it is being beaten back by Kurdish and Iraqi forces backed by US-led air support. More »

  • Yemen: 'I hope we will not turn into another Syria'
    Yemen: 'I hope we will not turn into another Syria' 8 hours ago

    Fearful their homes may be hit, scores of residents have been leaving the capital for surrounding villages. More »

  • How sanctions and the Arab Spring helped Iran
    How sanctions and the Arab Spring helped Iran 11 hours ago

    Sanctions haven't turned Iranians against the government - worse, failed Arab uprisings have turned them off dissent. More »

  • Kenya hits out at Britain's tougher travel warning
    Kenya hits out at Britain's tougher travel warning 12 hours ago

    By George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's government said on Saturday it was "shocked and concerned" over the latest travel warnings issued by Britain and others and said security conditions in the east African country were improving. Britain told its citizens in an updated advisory issued on Friday to avoid most Kenyan coastal resorts, citing such threats as al Shabaab Islamist militants who have killed more than 200 people in Kenya in the past two years. The downturn in visitors has put pressure on the Kenyan shilling and forced some hotels out of business. "We are shocked and concerned at the latest advisories given by our friends from the international community," Joseph Nkaissery, cabinet secretary for Interior and Coordination, told a news conference, in comments clearly aimed especially at Britain. More »

  • Thousands of Tunisians, leaders march after Bardo attack
    Thousands of Tunisians, leaders march after Bardo attack 12 hours ago

    By Tarek Amara and Mohamed Argoubi TUNIS (Reuters) - World leaders joined tens of thousands of Tunisians on Sunday to march in solidarity against Islamist militants, a day after security forces killed members of a group blamed for a deadly museum attack. The March 18 attack on the Bardo national museum in Tunis killed 21 foreign tourists and a policeman, shaking a country that has been praised as a peaceful democratic model since leading the first of the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011. A red-and-white sea of Tunisian crescent and star flags filled a major boulevard in the capital where several world leaders, including French President Francois Hollande, came to rally under the slogan "Le Monde est Bardo" (The World is Bardo). "We have shown we are a democratic people, Tunisians are moderate, and there is no room for terrorists here," said one of the demonstrators, Kamel Saad. More »

  • Two policemen shot, injured in Saudi capital 13 hours ago

    Unknown gunmen shot and injured two policemen in a patrol car in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh late on Sunday, the state-owned Saudi Press Agency quoted a police spokesman as saying on Monday. Saudi Arabia's security forces have in the past been targeted by Sunni Muslim jihadists such as al Qaeda and supporters of the Islamic State group across the country. Saudi authorities said on Thursday the security forces were on a heightened state of alert because of the Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. More »

  • Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Poll
    Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Poll 14 hours ago

    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat. The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked Obama as an imminent threat, ahead of Putin (25 percent), who has been accused of aggression in the Ukraine, and Assad (23 percent). More »

  • Fighting and air strikes across Yemen; dialogue remains distant
    Fighting and air strikes across Yemen; dialogue remains distant 17 hours ago

    By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Sami Aboudi ADEN (Reuters) - Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Iranian-allied Houthi fighters on Sunday in Aden, the absent leader's last major foothold in the country. Hadi loyalists in the southern port city reported a gunbattle in the central Crater district in which three people were killed, and said they recaptured the airport, which has changed hands several times in recent days. The Health Ministry, loyal to the Houthi fighters who control the capital, said Saudi-led air strikes had killed 35 people and wounded 88 overnight. The Houthi fighters, representing a Shi'ite minority that makes up around a third of Yemen's population, emerged as the most powerful force in the Arabian Peninsula's poorest country last year when they captured the capital Sanaa. More »

  • Syria's Assad says Islamic State has expanded since start of U.S. air s …
    Syria's Assad says Islamic State has expanded since start of U.S. air s … 17 hours ago

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a U.S. television interview that Islamic State, which has seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, has been gaining recruits since the start of U.S.-led air strikes against the militant group. Asked how much benefit he was getting from the strikes in Syria that began last September, Assad told CBS' "60 Minutes: "Sometimes you could have local benefit but in general if you want to talk in terms of ISIS, actually ISIS has expanded since the beginning of the strikes." Assad, who has been fighting Islamist and other rebels since 2011, said in the interview aired on Sunday there were some estimates that Islamic State was attracting 1,000 recruits a month in Syria. Washington is seeking a negotiated settlement to Syria's civil war that excludes Assad, but has made clear its top priority in Syria is the fight against Islamic State militants. More »

  • Arab League unveils joint military force amid Yemen crisis
    Arab League unveils joint military force amid Yemen crisis 17 hours ago

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — A two-day Arab summit ended Sunday with a vow to defeat Iranian-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen and the formal unveiling of plans to form a joint Arab intervention force, setting the stage for a potentially dangerous clash between U.S.-allied Arab states and Tehran over influence in the region. More »

  • Leading suspect in Tunisia museum attack killed
    Leading suspect in Tunisia museum attack killed 23 hours ago

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian security forces decimated the leadership of a Tunisian jihadi group linked to al-Qaida's North African branch, including the man identified as the "operational chief" of the attack this month on the National Bardo Museum that killed 22 people, mostly foreign tourists, the interior minister said Sunday. More »

  • Syria forces regroup after Islamists seize Idlib city
    Syria forces regroup after Islamists seize Idlib city Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Syrian troops regrouped on Sunday after a coalition including Al-Qaeda's local affiliate seized the city of Idlib, the second provincial capital to fall from government control. More »

  • Islamic State group beheads 8 Shiites in Syria's Hama
    Islamic State group beheads 8 Shiites in Syria's Hama Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — A new video released by the Islamic State group on Sunday shows its fighters cutting off the heads of eight men said to be Shiite Muslims. The video posted on social media said the men were beheaded in the central Syrian province of Hama. More »

  • How big a threat are the world's jihadi groups? Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim looked like any ubiquitous insurgent commander in southern Afghanistan. They are becoming more sophisticated in their communications, more lethal in their tactics, and more adept at fundraising. More »

  • Syrians flee Idlib, fearing government reprisals
    Syrians flee Idlib, fearing government reprisals Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrians fled Idlib Sunday, fearing government reprisals a day after opposition fighters and a powerful local al-Qaida affiliate captured the northwestern town, activists said. More »

  • Q&A: Plans for an Arab joint intervention force
    Q&A: Plans for an Arab joint intervention force Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Arab League member nations formally announced on Sunday an agreement to form a joint military force. While details of how such a force would actually operate remain thin, the agreement is a telling sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, whether against Islamic militants or Iran-backed groups. More »

  • Insight: Hardline Mali rebel demands stall hopes for peace
    Insight: Hardline Mali rebel demands stall hopes for peace Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    By David Lewis and Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - Mediators in northern Mali's conflict underestimated the radicalisation of a new generation at the heart of a separatist movement, a misstep that left the peace process in tatters after rebels refused to sign a proposed deal. Al Qaeda-linked fighters in northern Mali fought alongside the separatists during their last uprising, launched three years ago in the town of Kidal, before the better-armed militants seized control of the rebellion. While Mali's government and allied militia initialled a proposed deal this month, the rebels have refused to sign, saying proposals did not go far enough towards recognising their desert state of Azawad. With mediators and Mali's government rejecting rebel demands for further talks, the process appears to have stalled. More »

  • Top Suspect In Tunis Museum Attack 'Killed'
    Top Suspect In Tunis Museum Attack 'Killed' Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Prime Minister Habib Essid said that Khaled Chaieb, also known as Abou Sakhr Lokman, was killed overnight in an anti-terrorist operation. Chaieb, who Tunis suspects of masterminding the assault on the Bardo Museum in Tunis on 18 March, is believed to be a prominent member of al Qaeda's North African arm, al Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb (AQIM). Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack which left 21 foreign tourists and a policemen dead but several armed groups in north Africa are known to have pledged allegiance to the extremist group. It is not known if Chaieb was among nine suspected militants killed when security forces clashed with them in the southwest region of Sidi Aich, near the Algerian border. More »

  • Hardline Mali rebel demands stall hopes for peace Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    By David Lewis and Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - Mediators in northern Mali's conflict underestimated the radicalization of a new generation at the heart of a separatist movement, a misstep that left the peace process in tatters after rebels refused to sign a proposed deal. Al Qaeda-linked fighters in northern Mali fought alongside the separatists during their last uprising, launched three years ago in the town of Kidal, before the better-armed militants seized control of the rebellion. While Mali's government and allied militia initialled a proposed deal this month, the rebels have refused to sign, saying proposals did not go far enough towards recognizing their desert state of Azawad. With mediators and Mali's government rejecting rebel demands for further talks, the process appears to have stalled. More »

  • In Kenya, religious coexistence feels pressure of stronger Muslim identity Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Her attire speaks to a series of compromises between her Christian-funded school and its Muslim students. This is the trade-off for attending Malindi Central Primary School, one of Kenya’s many church-sponsored public schools. Administrators are struggling to figure out how to accommodate a growing and increasingly devout Muslim population in public schools founded and often funded by churches. “There is this fear that Muslims are stepping on other people’s toes by demanding to practice their faith in places that don’t belong to them,” says Hassan Ole Naado, head of the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM). More »

  • Lead Tunisia attack suspect killed
    Lead Tunisia attack suspect killed Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    A leading suspect in the Tunisia museum attack in which 21 people died, including one British woman, has been killed in an anti-terrorist operation. More »

  • The frontline in liberating child soldiers Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Just a year ago, Yemen was one of the few countries with a “children’s parliament,” an elected body of teenagers that advised the nation’s lawmakers. Its main concern: how to end the recruitment of children, by both the military and armed groups, to act as soldiers. Fast forward to 2015 and Yemen’s government has collapsed. According to the United Nations, the invading troops should not be surprised to find thousands of child soldiers. More »

  • Syria regime executed prisoners before Idlib fall: monitor
    Syria regime executed prisoners before Idlib fall: monitor Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Syrian government forces apparently executed at least 15 prisoners in the city of Idlib before Islamist fighters overran the provincial capital, a monitor said on Sunday. More »

  • Syrian rebels capture Idlib city in joint offensive
    Syrian rebels capture Idlib city in joint offensive Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Rebel groups, led by al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, seize Idlib city for the first time after several days of clashes. More »

  • UN staff flee war-torn Yemen, Russia voices concern
    UN staff flee war-torn Yemen, Russia voices concern Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    The United Nations evacuated staff from war-torn Yemen as Russia warned Saudi-led air strikes on Iranian-backed rebels were affecting crunch nuclear talks between world powers and Tehran. More »

  • Kenya hits out after UK issues travel warning
    Kenya hits out after UK issues travel warning Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Kenyan officials say they are "shocked and concerned" their allies told citizens to avoid nation's coastal resorts. More »

  • Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city
    Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida's branch in Syria seized almost full control of the northwestern city of Idlib on Saturday, taking over major roundabouts and government buildings in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad whose forces rapidly collapsed after four days of heavy fighting, opposition activists and the extremist group said. More »

  • A member of the Iranian media walks on a chess board at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne
    Insight - Iran seeks nuclear deal but … Reuters - 1 hour 58 minutes ago

    By Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran is not expected to normalise relations with the United States even if Tehran reaches agreement with world powers … More »Insight - Iran seeks nuclear deal but …

    A member of the Iranian media walks on a chess board at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne

    By Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran is not expected to normalise relations with the United States even if Tehran reaches agreement with world powers on its nuclear programme, officials and analysts said. The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China are trying to reach a deal with Iran …

  • The rebel-held area of Jobar, in eastern Damascus, is seen through the look-out hole of the Syrian army Republican Guard commando battalion on March 25, 2015
    Mortar attack on Damascus souk kills … AFP - 2 hours 52 minutes ago

    A mortar attack on a historic souk in central Damascus on Monday killed one person and wounded dozens, Syria's official news agency said. More »Mortar attack on Damascus souk kills …

    The rebel-held area of Jobar, in eastern Damascus, is seen through the look-out hole of the Syrian army Republican Guard commando battalion on March 25, 2015

    A mortar attack on a historic souk in central Damascus on Monday killed one person and wounded dozens, Syria's official news agency said.

  • File photo shows displaced Yemenis at a camp set up by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Mazraq in Yemen's Hajja region, 360 kms northwest of Sanaa, on September 10, 2009
    Air raid kills scores at Yemen displaced … AFP - 3 hours ago

    An air strike killed dozens of people at a camp for displaced people in northwest Yemen on Monday, aid workers said, as Arab warplanes bombard rebels around the coun … More »Air raid kills scores at Yemen displaced …

    File photo shows displaced Yemenis at a camp set up by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Mazraq in Yemen's Hajja region, 360 kms northwest of Sanaa, on September 10, 2009

    An air strike killed dozens of people at a camp for displaced people in northwest Yemen on Monday, aid workers said, as Arab warplanes bombard rebels around the country.

  • U.S. officials wait to start a meeting with P5+1, European Union and Iranian officials as part of talks on Iran's nuclear program at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne
    Iran seeks nuclear deal but not normal … Reuters - 4 hours ago

    By Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran is not expected to normalize relations with the United States even if Tehran reaches agreement with world powers … More »Iran seeks nuclear deal but not normal …

    U.S. officials wait to start a meeting with P5+1, European Union and Iranian officials as part of talks on Iran's nuclear program at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne

    By Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran is not expected to normalize relations with the United States even if Tehran reaches agreement with world powers on its nuclear program, officials and analysts said. The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China are trying to reach a deal with Iran …

  • U.S. President Obama pauses while speaking about the crisis in Ukraine from the White House in Washington
    Republicans see Obama as more imminent … Reuters - 4 hours ago

    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about … More »Republicans see Obama as more imminent …

    U.S. President Obama pauses while speaking about the crisis in Ukraine from the White House in Washington

    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of …

  • Upheaval in Yemen's Aden stretches … Reuters - 4 hours ago

    By Sami Aboudi ADEN (Reuters) - As Houthi fighters close in on the Yemen port city of Aden, the wounded from clashes and other incidents are pouring into overwhelmed … More »Upheaval in Yemen's Aden stretches …

    By Sami Aboudi ADEN (Reuters) - As Houthi fighters close in on the Yemen port city of Aden, the wounded from clashes and other incidents are pouring into overwhelmed hospitals. "We were not ready to face this kind of situation," said Valerie Pierre, coordinator for aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), which runs …

  • Syrian military source alleges Turkish … Reuters - 5 hours ago

    BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - A Syrian military source accused Turkey on Monday of helping Islamist rebels to stage an assault on Idlib, a provincial capital which fighters … More »Syrian military source alleges Turkish …

    BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - A Syrian military source accused Turkey on Monday of helping Islamist rebels to stage an assault on Idlib, a provincial capital which fighters seized at the weekend. The source declined to comment on the situation in Idlib, citing security considerations, but a monitoring group has confirmed the …

  • Afghan President Ashraf Ghani enters before participating in "The New Beginning in Afghanistan: A Conversation with H.E. Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan" at Columbia University in New York
    Council fears US troop decision to hurt … Reuters - 5 hours ago

    By Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - The official body overseeing the Afghan peace process and other influential players in the region have criticised … More »Council fears US troop decision to hurt …

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani enters before participating in "The New Beginning in Afghanistan: A Conversation with H.E. Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan" at Columbia University in New York

    By Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - The official body overseeing the Afghan peace process and other influential players in the region have criticised President Ashraf Ghani for pushing for U.S. troops to stay longer, saying it could hurt the chances of ending the Taliban insurgency. Talks between the …

  • Syria's Assad: Islamic State has … Christian Science Monitor - 7 hours ago

    In a newly published interview, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad welcomed the possibility of dialogue with the United States to end the conflict within his war-torn country, … More »Syria's Assad: Islamic State has …

    In a newly published interview, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad welcomed the possibility of dialogue with the United States to end the conflict within his war-torn country, while warning that the self-declared Islamic State had only grown stronger since it came under attack from Western-led forces. With the rise of IS …

  • Yemen: 'I hope we will not turn into another Syria'
    Yemen: 'I hope we will not turn … Al Jazeera - 8 hours ago

    Fearful their homes may be hit, scores of residents have been leaving the capital for surrounding villages. More »Yemen: 'I hope we will not turn …

    Yemen: 'I hope we will not turn into another Syria'

    Fearful their homes may be hit, scores of residents have been leaving the capital for surrounding villages.

  • How sanctions and the Arab Spring helped Iran
    How sanctions and the Arab Spring helped … Al Jazeera - 11 hours ago

    Sanctions haven't turned Iranians against the government - worse, failed Arab uprisings have turned them off dissent. More »How sanctions and the Arab Spring helped …

    How sanctions and the Arab Spring helped Iran

    Sanctions haven't turned Iranians against the government - worse, failed Arab uprisings have turned them off dissent.

  • Animals graze near tourists at sunset at the Naboisho Conservancy adjacent to the Masai Mara National Reserve
    Kenya hits out at Britain's tougher … Reuters - 12 hours ago

    By George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's government said on Saturday it was "shocked and concerned" over the latest travel warnings issued by Britain and others … More »Kenya hits out at Britain's tougher …

    Animals graze near tourists at sunset at the Naboisho Conservancy adjacent to the Masai Mara National Reserve

    By George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's government said on Saturday it was "shocked and concerned" over the latest travel warnings issued by Britain and others and said security conditions in the east African country were improving. Britain told its citizens in an updated advisory issued on Friday to avoid most …

  • Tunisians wave their national flag during a march against extremism outside Tunis' Bardo Museum
    Thousands of Tunisians, leaders march … Reuters - 12 hours ago

    By Tarek Amara and Mohamed Argoubi TUNIS (Reuters) - World leaders joined tens of thousands of Tunisians on Sunday to march in solidarity against Islamist militants, … More »Thousands of Tunisians, leaders march …

    Tunisians wave their national flag during a march against extremism outside Tunis' Bardo Museum

    By Tarek Amara and Mohamed Argoubi TUNIS (Reuters) - World leaders joined tens of thousands of Tunisians on Sunday to march in solidarity against Islamist militants, a day after security forces killed members of a group blamed for a deadly museum attack. The March 18 attack on the Bardo national museum in Tunis killed …

  • Two policemen shot, injured in Saudi … Reuters - 13 hours ago

    Unknown gunmen shot and injured two policemen in a patrol car in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh late on Sunday, the state-owned Saudi Press Agency quoted a police spokesman … More »Two policemen shot, injured in Saudi …

    Unknown gunmen shot and injured two policemen in a patrol car in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh late on Sunday, the state-owned Saudi Press Agency quoted a police spokesman as saying on Monday. Saudi Arabia's security forces have in the past been targeted by Sunni Muslim jihadists such as al Qaeda and supporters of the …

  • U.S. President Barack Obama holds rails as he almost slips on the steps of Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington
    Republicans see Obama as more imminent … Reuters - 14 hours ago

    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about … More »Republicans see Obama as more imminent …

    U.S. President Barack Obama holds rails as he almost slips on the steps of Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington

    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of …

  • Smoke rises from an arms depot at the Jabal Hadeed military compound in Yemen's southern port city of Aden
    Fighting and air strikes across Yemen; … Reuters - 17 hours ago

    By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Sami Aboudi ADEN (Reuters) - Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Iranian-allied Houthi … More »Fighting and air strikes across Yemen; …

    Smoke rises from an arms depot at the Jabal Hadeed military compound in Yemen's southern port city of Aden

    By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Sami Aboudi ADEN (Reuters) - Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Iranian-allied Houthi fighters on Sunday in Aden, the absent leader's last major foothold in the country. Hadi loyalists in the southern port city reported a gunbattle in the central …

  • A Rebel fighter of al-Jabha al-Shamiya fires his weapon at the frontline against Islamic State fighters on the outskirts of Mare town POL VIO WAR
    Syria's Assad says Islamic State … Reuters - 17 hours ago

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a U.S. television interview that Islamic State, which has seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, has been gaining recruits … More »Syria's Assad says Islamic State …

    A Rebel fighter of al-Jabha al-Shamiya fires his weapon at the frontline against Islamic State fighters on the outskirts of Mare town POL VIO WAR

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a U.S. television interview that Islamic State, which has seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, has been gaining recruits since the start of U.S.-led air strikes against the militant group. Asked how much benefit he was getting from the strikes in Syria that began last September, …

  • Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, wearing an army uniform, ride on an armed truck to patrol the international airport in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, March 28, 2015. Yemen's President Abed Raboo Mansour Hadi, speaking at an Arab summit in Egypt on Saturday, called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "puppets of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
    Arab League unveils joint military force … Associated Press - 17 hours ago

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — A two-day Arab summit ended Sunday with a vow to defeat Iranian-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen and the formal unveiling of plans to form … More »Arab League unveils joint military force …

    Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, wearing an army uniform, ride on an armed truck to patrol the international airport in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, March 28, 2015. Yemen's President Abed Raboo Mansour Hadi, speaking at an Arab summit in Egypt on Saturday, called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "puppets of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — A two-day Arab summit ended Sunday with a vow to defeat Iranian-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen and the formal unveiling of plans to form a joint Arab intervention force, setting the stage for a potentially dangerous clash between U.S.-allied Arab states and Tehran over influence in the regi …

  • A bullet hole is seen on an art piece showcase during the reopening day of the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia, Friday, March 27, 2015. The National Bardo Museum targeted by a terrorist attack reopens for the first time since gunmen opened fire on tourists March 18, killing 21 people. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)
    Leading suspect in Tunisia museum attack … Associated Press - 23 hours ago

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian security forces decimated the leadership of a Tunisian jihadi group linked to al-Qaida's North African branch, including the man identified … More »Leading suspect in Tunisia museum attack …

    A bullet hole is seen on an art piece showcase during the reopening day of the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia, Friday, March 27, 2015. The National Bardo Museum targeted by a terrorist attack reopens for the first time since gunmen opened fire on tourists March 18, killing 21 people. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian security forces decimated the leadership of a Tunisian jihadi group linked to al-Qaida's North African branch, including the man identified as the "operational chief" of the attack this month on the National Bardo Museum that killed 22 people, mostly foreign tourists, the interior …

  • Fighters loyal to Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and its allies smash a statue of late Syrian president Hafez al-Assad, father of current President Bashar al-Assad on March 28, 2015 in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib
    Syria forces regroup after Islamists … AFP - Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Syrian troops regrouped on Sunday after a coalition including Al-Qaeda's local affiliate seized the city of Idlib, the second provincial capital to fall from government … More »Syria forces regroup after Islamists …

    Fighters loyal to Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and its allies smash a statue of late Syrian president Hafez al-Assad, father of current President Bashar al-Assad on March 28, 2015 in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib

    Syrian troops regrouped on Sunday after a coalition including Al-Qaeda's local affiliate seized the city of Idlib, the second provincial capital to fall from government control.

  • Islamic State group beheads 8 Shiites … Associated Press - Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — A new video released by the Islamic State group on Sunday shows its fighters cutting off the heads of eight men said to be Shiite Muslims. The video posted … More »Islamic State group beheads 8 Shiites …

    BEIRUT (AP) — A new video released by the Islamic State group on Sunday shows its fighters cutting off the heads of eight men said to be Shiite Muslims. The video posted on social media said the men were beheaded in the central Syrian province of Hama.

  • How big a threat are the world's … Christian Science Monitor - Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim looked like any ubiquitous insurgent commander in southern Afghanistan. They are becoming more sophisticated in their communications, more lethal … More »How big a threat are the world's …

    Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim looked like any ubiquitous insurgent commander in southern Afghanistan. They are becoming more sophisticated in their communications, more lethal in their tactics, and more adept at fundraising.

  • In this image posted on the Twitter page of Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front on Friday, March 27, 2015, which is consistent with AP reporting, fighters from Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front take their positions as they fight against the Syrian government forces in Idlib province, north Syria. Al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, captured most of the northwestern city of Idlib from government forces Saturday, sweeping into neighborhoods in the center of the city in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad's government, opposition activists and the group said. (AP Photo/Nusra Front on Twitter)
    Syrians flee Idlib, fearing government … Associated Press - Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrians fled Idlib Sunday, fearing government reprisals a day after opposition fighters and a powerful local al-Qaida affiliate captured the northwestern … More »Syrians flee Idlib, fearing government …

    In this image posted on the Twitter page of Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front on Friday, March 27, 2015, which is consistent with AP reporting, fighters from Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front take their positions as they fight against the Syrian government forces in Idlib province, north Syria. Al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, captured most of the northwestern city of Idlib from government forces Saturday, sweeping into neighborhoods in the center of the city in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad's government, opposition activists and the group said. (AP Photo/Nusra Front on Twitter)

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrians fled Idlib Sunday, fearing government reprisals a day after opposition fighters and a powerful local al-Qaida affiliate captured the northwestern town, activists said.

  • Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, right, greets Jordan's King Abdullah II on his arrival to attend an Arab summit, in Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt, Saturday, March 28, 2015. In a speech to Arab leaders, Yemen's embattled president on Saturday called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "puppets of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender. (AP Photo/MENA)
    Q&A: Plans for an Arab joint intervention … Associated Press - Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Arab League member nations formally announced on Sunday an agreement to form a joint military force. While details of how such a force would actually operate … More »Q&A: Plans for an Arab joint intervention …

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, right, greets Jordan's King Abdullah II on his arrival to attend an Arab summit, in Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt, Saturday, March 28, 2015. In a speech to Arab leaders, Yemen's embattled president on Saturday called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "puppets of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender. (AP Photo/MENA)

    CAIRO (AP) — Arab League member nations formally announced on Sunday an agreement to form a joint military force. While details of how such a force would actually operate remain thin, the agreement is a telling sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, …

  • Fighters from the Tuareg separatist rebel group MNLA take shade under a tree in the desert near Tabankort
    Insight: Hardline Mali rebel demands … Reuters - Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    By David Lewis and Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - Mediators in northern Mali's conflict underestimated the radicalisation of a new generation at the heart of a separatist … More »Insight: Hardline Mali rebel demands …

    Fighters from the Tuareg separatist rebel group MNLA take shade under a tree in the desert near Tabankort

    By David Lewis and Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - Mediators in northern Mali's conflict underestimated the radicalisation of a new generation at the heart of a separatist movement, a misstep that left the peace process in tatters after rebels refused to sign a proposed deal. Al Qaeda-linked fighters in northern Mali fought …

  • Top Suspect In Tunis Museum Attack  … Sky News - Sun, Mar 29, 2015
    Top Suspect In Tunis Museum Attack 'Killed'

    Prime Minister Habib Essid said that Khaled Chaieb, also known as Abou Sakhr Lokman, was killed overnight in an anti-terrorist operation. Chaieb, who Tunis suspects of masterminding the assault on the Bardo Museum in Tunis on 18 March, is believed to be a prominent member of al Qaeda's North African arm, al Qaeda in …

  • By David Lewis and Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - Mediators in northern Mali's conflict underestimated the radicalization of a new generation at the heart of a separatist movement, a misstep that left the peace process in tatters after rebels refused to sign a proposed deal. Al Qaeda-linked fighters in northern Mali fought …

  • In Kenya, religious coexistence feels … Christian Science Monitor - Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Her attire speaks to a series of compromises between her Christian-funded school and its Muslim students. This is the trade-off for attending Malindi Central Primary School, one of Kenya’s many church-sponsored public schools. Administrators are struggling to figure out how to accommodate a growing and increasingly devout …

  • Lead Tunisia attack suspect killed Press Association - Sun, Mar 29, 2015
    British mother-of-two Sally Adey was killed in a terrorist attack on a museum in Tunisia (Metropolitan Police)

    A leading suspect in the Tunisia museum attack in which 21 people died, including one British woman, has been killed in an anti-terrorist operation.

  • The frontline in liberating child s … Christian Science Monitor - Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Just a year ago, Yemen was one of the few countries with a “children’s parliament,” an elected body of teenagers that advised the nation’s lawmakers. Its main concern: how to end the recruitment of children, by both the military and armed groups, to act as soldiers. Fast forward to 2015 and Yemen’s government has collapsed. …

  • Fighters loyal to Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and its allies walk through the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib on March 28, 2015

    Syrian government forces apparently executed at least 15 prisoners in the city of Idlib before Islamist fighters overran the provincial capital, a monitor said on Sunday.

  • Syrian rebels capture Idlib city in … Al Jazeera - Sun, Mar 29, 2015
    Syrian rebels capture Idlib city in joint offensive

    Rebel groups, led by al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, seize Idlib city for the first time after several days of clashes.

  • Smoke billows from the site of an explosion that hit an arms depot in Aden, Yemen, March 28, 2015

    The United Nations evacuated staff from war-torn Yemen as Russia warned Saudi-led air strikes on Iranian-backed rebels were affecting crunch nuclear talks between world powers and Tehran.

  • Kenya hits out after UK issues travel … Al Jazeera - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
    Kenya hits out after UK issues travel warning

    Kenyan officials say they are "shocked and concerned" their allies told citizens to avoid nation's coastal resorts.

  • Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in … Associated Press - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
    In this image posted on the Twitter page of Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front on Saturday, March 28, 2015, which is consistent with AP reporting, a fighter from Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front holds his group flag as he stands in front of the governor building in Idlib province, north Syria. Al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, captured most of the northwestern city of Idlib from government forces Saturday, sweeping into neighborhoods in the center of the city in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad's government, opposition activists and the group said. (AP Photo/Nusra Front on Twitter)

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida's branch in Syria seized almost full control of the northwestern city of Idlib on Saturday, taking over major roundabouts and government buildings in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad whose forces rapidly collapsed after four days of heavy fighting, opposition activists …