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  • Coalition pounds Yemen rebels, sets sights on capital
    Coalition pounds Yemen rebels, sets sights on capital 2 hours 30 minutes ago

    Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition hit Yemen rebel positions Saturday as reinforcements reached pro-government forces preparing for an anticipated advance towards the capital, military sources said. More »

  • The mystery of Marsha Mehran: From Iran’s revolution to a lonely death on Mayo’s …
    The mystery of Marsha Mehran: From Iran’s revolution to a lonely death on Mayo’s … 2 hours 41 minutes ago

    The demise of a talented, beautiful young woman as she searched for a place to call home. More »

  • Isis in Iraq: 'Iraqi Rambo' Abu Azrael filmed slicing Islamic State …
    Isis in Iraq: 'Iraqi Rambo' Abu Azrael filmed slicing Islamic State … 2 hours 59 minutes ago

    Footage has emerged of the "Iraqi Rambo" Abu Azrael carving the flesh from the body of a charred Islamic State (Isis) fighter. Ayyub al-Rubaie, who goes by the nickname Abu Azrael – "Father of Azrael" – burned the man alive and hung his body from an electricity pylon in Baiji, northern Iraq, according to Al-Jazeera. In the video Azrael, who has been dubbed by the "Iraqi Rambo" because of his muscular physique and "ferocity on the battlefield", stands holding a sword by the blackened corpse of a suspected Isis militant. More »

  • Syrian rebels say cease-fire with Hezbollah collapses 3 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — A cease-fire between a coalition of Syrian rebels and Hezbollah fighters in a Syrian border town and two northern Shiite villages collapsed Saturday for the second time this month amid rare Iranian-mediated talks. More »

  • US Republican says Iran deal makes world 'less safe'
    US Republican says Iran deal makes world 'less safe' 5 hours ago

    A top Republican from the US Congress on Saturday blasted the Iran nuclear deal as "deeply flawed" and said the agreement would make the world "less safe." More »

  • The rise of the comic book in the Middle East
    The rise of the comic book in the Middle East 7 hours ago

    Amid growing demand, the Muslim and Arab world has begun constructing more of its own comic superheroes. More »

  • Obama: US-Israel ties will improve after Iran deal in place
    Obama: US-Israel ties will improve after Iran deal in place 7 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is comparing tensions between the U.S. and Israel over the Iranian nuclear deal to a family feud and says he expects quick improvements in ties between the longtime allies once the accord is implemented. More »

  • The International Day of the Disappeared:What happens to those who go missing …
    The International Day of the Disappeared:What happens to those who go missing … 7 hours ago

    The impulse for the day came from the Latin American Federation of Associations for Relatives of Detained-Disappeared, a non-governmental organisation founded in 1981 in Costa Rica. The Red Cross works every day to restore contact between separated family members through its international family tracing service. The international humanitarian movement has launched a new online tool to help reunite families separated along migration routes to Europe. More »

  • Iran deal gives Sen. Durbin a shot at political redemption 10 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For all its fraught politics and geopolitical import, the Iran nuclear agreement offers something very personal for Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois: a chance at political redemption. More »

  • Walker: More Iraq combat, but no more boots on ground, yet
    Walker: More Iraq combat, but no more boots on ground, yet 13 hours ago

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker is calling for U.S. forces in Iraq to engage in direct combat to defeat "radical Islamic terrorists" in the Middle East. More »

  • Best President Ever! How Trump's Love of Hyperbole Could Backfire
    Best President Ever! How Trump's Love of Hyperbole Could Backfire 14 hours ago

    Manhattan real estate lawyer Jon Mechanic remembers the summer day a decade ago when Donald Trump gave him a tour of a vacant retail space inside the Trump Tower on a glittering stretch of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Anyone who has witnessed Trump's meteoric surge to the top of the 2016 Republican presidential field is familiar with that style of Trump Talk - a mix of bullish optimism and hyperbole. While his competitors gravely list the country's ills, Trump tells voters how fantastic everything is going to be once he's president. More »

  • Popular fears aside, businesses often eager for migrant workers 14 hours ago

    By William Schomberg and Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - Raghad al Sous braved bombings in Syria to keep studying at school before fleeing in 2013 to rejoin her mother, who had been granted refugee status in Britain. Two years after moving from Damascus to Huddersfield in northern England, the 19 year-old's plans for a well-paid career contrast with concerns among some Britons that migrants are a drag on the country's economy and public services. Britain this week said net migration levels hit a record high of 330,000 in the year to March as workers from other EU countries and from outside the bloc flocked to take up jobs. More »

  • Bahrain police officer killed in 'terrorist blast'
    Bahrain police officer killed in 'terrorist blast' 15 hours ago

    Seven others wounded in mainly Shia village, ministry says, in latest attack to target police force in Arab Gulf state. More »

  • Policeman killed and seven people injured in Bahrain blast
    Policeman killed and seven people injured in Bahrain blast 16 hours ago

    A policeman was killed and seven people, including a child, injured in an explosion Friday evening in a predominantly Shiite district of Bahrain's capital Manama, authorities said. More »

  • Lebanon: Shiny on the outside, rotting from the inside
    Lebanon: Shiny on the outside, rotting from the inside 17 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — To the casual visitor, Lebanon may seem like a tiny slice of Mediterranean modernity and coexistence in a turbulent region plagued by violence and extremism. More »

  • Obama expects better US-Israel ties after Iran deal in place 17 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday compared tensions between the U.S. and Israel over the Iranian nuclear deal to a family feud and said he expects quick improvements in ties between the longtime allies once the accord is implemented. More »

  • Explosion in Bahrain kills police officer, wounds 7 others 17 hours ago

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — An explosion in Bahrain has killed one police officer and wounded seven other people, among them a child, the country's Interior Ministry said late Friday. More »

  • The Latest: Sanders says party needs huge voter turnout
    The Latest: Sanders says party needs huge voter turnout 18 hours ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Here are the latest developments Friday from the Democratic National Committee meeting in Minneapolis, where four Democratic presidential candidates are addressing the party. More »

  • Europe's migrant crisis brings new death by land and sea
    Europe's migrant crisis brings new death by land and sea 18 hours ago

    VIENNA (AP) — Death and desperation mounted in Europe's migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya when two overloaded boats capsized. More »

  • Obama reassures Jewish groups on U.S.-Israel relationship
    Obama reassures Jewish groups on U.S.-Israel relationship 18 hours ago

    President Barack Obama reassured U.S. Jewish groups on Friday that the U.S.-Israel relationship is strong, despite differences over the nuclear deal with Iran, and called for more talks between the two governments on security cooperation. "As soon as this particular debate is over, my hope is that the Israeli government will immediately want to rejoin conversations that we started long before about how we can continue to improve and enhance Israel's security in a very troubled neighbourhood," Obama said during a webcast focussed on the international nuclear agreement. Obama said Washington and Israel have been in talks "for months" about getting security talks back on track, and those talks could include the next-generation missile defence and improved intelligence. More »

  • Iranian film on Prophet Mohammad stirs calls for Tehran to ban it 19 hours ago

    By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI (Reuters) - A film on the life of Prophet Mohammad is expected to break box office records in Shi'ite Muslim Iran after its release on Thursday, but some Sunni Muslim clerics in the Arab world are demanding that Tehran ban it.     The state-sponsored "Mohammad, Messenger of God", directed by Oscar-nominated director Majid Majidi, is at $40 million Iran’s most expensive movie to date.     "I decided to make this film to fight against the new wave of Islamophobia in the West. The Western interpretation of Islam is full of violence and terrorism," Majidi was quoted as saying by Hezbollah Line, a conservative Iranian magazine.     The 171-minute movie, the first part of a planned trilogy, focuses on the prophet’s childhood. More »

  • Vote tally in favor of Iran deal climbs to 30 in Senate 20 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware on Friday became the 30th senator to announce support for the Iran nuclear deal, as momentum for the White House-backed agreement grows. More »

  • Correction: Iran-Nuclear story
    Correction: Iran-Nuclear story 20 hours ago

    VIENNA (AP) — In a story Aug. 19 about an arrangement over alleged past nuclear weapons work between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, The Associated Press erroneously referred to Parchin as a "nuclear site. In fact, it's a military site where some believe nuclear work occurred. More »

  • Exhausted migrants scuffle at Greek-Macedonian border
    Exhausted migrants scuffle at Greek-Macedonian border 22 hours ago

    IDOMENI, Greece (AP) — Scuffles and limited fights broke out Friday among more than 1,000 people at Greece's northern border with Macedonia as exhausted, thirsty migrants jostled to get into position to cross. More »

  • Saudi-led air strikes kill 10 people in central Yemen - officials 23 hours ago

    Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition killed 10 people in air raids in central Yemen on Friday, local officials said. One air strike targeted the home of a retired army brigadier in the central city of Ibb, killing him and five members of his family, the officials said. Four more people were killed in separate air strikes on military and security buildings in the city, the officials said. More »

  • US to Iran: Release Hekmati from 'unjust detention'
    US to Iran: Release Hekmati from 'unjust detention' Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday urged Iran to free Amir Hekmati, an American who served as a US Marine, from four years of "unjust detention." More »

  • US envoy to Syria visits Moscow in fresh diplomatic push
    US envoy to Syria visits Moscow in fresh diplomatic push Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Russia on Friday hosted the newly appointed US special envoy for Syria as world powers intensify efforts to end the four-year civil war raging in the country. More »

  • Switzerland says regrets envoy's display of Netanyahu cartoon
    Switzerland says regrets envoy's display of Netanyahu cartoon Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    By John Miller ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland expressed regret on Friday after its ambassador to Iran displayed a cartoon depicting two doves defecating on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's head, at an event promoting Iranian business opportunities. Ambassador Giulio Haas showed the image during a speech to hundreds of Swiss and Iranian business people at a Zurich hotel on Thursday. The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) said the "questionable cartoon" was used without its knowledge. More »

  • Obama to speak with Jewish groups on Iran deal Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is using a Friday webcast to try to allay concerns from Jewish communities about the nuclear agreement with Iran. More »

  • Qaeda lashes 10 in Yemen for blasphemy, alcohol
    Qaeda lashes 10 in Yemen for blasphemy, alcohol Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Al-Qaeda militants in southeastern Yemen have publicly flogged 10 men in a new sign of their growing control over the lawless region, witnesses and an official said Friday. More »

  • Exclusive - Arab OPEC producers brace for oil-price weakness for rest of 20 …
    Exclusive - Arab OPEC producers brace for oil-price weakness for rest of 20 … Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    By Rania El Gamal and Alex Lawler DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - A second oil price rout of 2015 has forced Arab OPEC members to cut their price expectations for this year, showing they are prepared to tolerate cheaper crude for longer to defend market share and curb rivals' output. OPEC delegates, including those from core Gulf OPEC countries, see economic troubles in top energy consumer China as short term and unlikely to have much impact on demand for crude which will rise seasonally in the fourth quarter. The comments further indicate that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is sticking to its policy of defending market share rather than cutting production to shore up prices - regardless of how low they would fall and how long it would take to balance the market.     "It will be better to leave the market to correct itself. More »

  • Iranian ship and crew escape after 5 months in captivity off Somali coast Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    By Drazen Jorgic NAIROBI (Reuters) - An Iranian fishing vessel and its crew have escaped after being held captive for five months by Somali fishermen, maritime piracy experts said on Friday, but it was not clear how many crew members had escaped. Jaber, an Iranian fishing vessel believed to have up to 19 crew, was captured on March 26, along with another Iranian fishing vessel, Siraj. Local officials accused them of illegal fishing in Somali waters. More »

  • BBC Two unveils four-part Barack Obama documentary
    BBC Two unveils four-part Barack Obama documentary Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The documentary, Obama, will tell the inside story of the US president’s greatest successes and failures. More »

  • Sydney's Cruise Bar faces flak for using naked women as serving trays
    Sydney's Cruise Bar faces flak for using naked women as serving trays Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    A bar in Sydney, Australia is at the centre of a controversy for using naked women as serving trays at its relaunch event. The Cruise Bar hired the women to lie naked on the table with fruits on their bodies. Several people expressed disgust at what they termed "objectification of women" and urged others to take a stand against the bar, and boycott it. More »

  • US sanctions chief visits Israel amid Iran jitters Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. Department of the Treasury's sanctions chief is visiting Israel amid concerns in Jerusalem over the nuclear deal with Iran. More »