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  • AP Interview: Leader says Mideast pays price for gender gap
    AP Interview: Leader says Mideast pays price for gender gap 2 hours 57 minutes ago

    Bring more Arab women into the workforce, invest in "bite-sized" infrastructure projects and get the private sector more involved in training young job seekers — these are the prescriptions of ... More »

  • AP Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos
    AP Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos 3 hours ago

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — 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. More »

  • Syrians try to build case against Assad in chlorine attacks
    Syrians try to build case against Assad in chlorine attacks 4 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — With only a cloth mask for protection, Firas Kayali rushed to try to rescue the residents of a house in a village in rebel-held northern Syria after a barrel bomb, suspected to be filled with chlorine gas, hit nearby. More »

  • Thousands Fleeing IS Are 'Barred From Baghdad'
    Thousands Fleeing IS Are 'Barred From Baghdad' 4 hours ago

    Following the takeover of Ramadi, Baghdad is on high alert. Over loudspeakers in the mosques, IS announced to their followers in Mosul that Baghdad would be in their control soon. Dozens of new checkpoints have been set up around Baghdad, with names being checked against a database. More »

  • Obama stays the course despite IS group's advance
    Obama stays the course despite IS group's advance 4 hours ago

    President Barack Obama's war strategy failed to stop Islamic State jihadists from overrunning Ramadi but he appears reluctant to change course despite the group's advances on the battlefield. More »

  • Inside Palmyra: IS Video Shows Group's Takeover
    Inside Palmyra: IS Video Shows Group's Takeover 7 hours ago

    A video posted on a militant website has shown Islamic State fighters arriving at the Syrian city of Palmyra, after the terrorist group took control of it earlier this week. The fighters are shown driving under a road sign with directions to Palmyra, Iraq, and Syria's capital Damascus, before passing dozens of abandoned and ruined houses. One of the militants shouts in Arabic: "Islamic State" with the residents responding: "Will stay". More »

  • London bombmaker jailed for life for US soldier murder in Iraq
    London bombmaker jailed for life for US soldier murder in Iraq 8 hours ago

    A London taxi driver who made bombs targeting coalition troops in Iraq, one of which killed a US soldier, was jailed for life with a minimum of 38 years after being convicted of murder. More »

  • IS suicide bomber attacks Saudi Shiite mosque, killing 21
    IS suicide bomber attacks Saudi Shiite mosque, killing 21 8 hours ago

    An Islamic State group suicide bomber attacked a Shiite mosque in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, killing 21 people and wounding 81 in an assault that threatens to fan sectarian tensions. More »

  • IS cements grip on Iraq-Syria border in jihadist surge
    IS cements grip on Iraq-Syria border in jihadist surge 8 hours ago

    The Islamic State group consolidated its control of the Iraq-Syria border Friday after capturing an Iraqi provincial capital and a famed Syrian heritage site in an offensive that has sparked criticism of US military strategy in the region. More »

  • IS militants purge Syrian town of Assad loyalists
    IS militants purge Syrian town of Assad loyalists 13 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group militants hunted down Syrian government troops and loyalists in the newly captured town of Palmyra, shooting or beheading them in public as a warning, and imposing their strict interpretation of Islam, activists said Friday. More »

  • Wounded Egyptian soldier kidnapped and killed in Sinai - sources 13 hours ago

    Suspected Islamist militants kidnapped a wounded Egyptian soldier then killed him in the restive North Sinai province on Friday, security sources said. Gunmen stopped an ambulance carrying two wounded soldiers south of the provincial capital of Al-Arish, the sources told Reuters. The gunmen shot and wounded the paramedic and took the ambulance and one of the soldiers, the sources said. More »

  • Islamic State loyalists claim Saudi mosque attack 13 hours ago

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A suicide bomber unleashed a blast in a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated the birth of a revered saint, killing at least 21people and wounding dozens more in the deadliest attack seen in the kingdom in more than a decade. Loyalists of the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bombing. More »

  • Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos
    Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos 14 hours ago

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — 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. More »

  • NATO to hold summit in Warsaw in July 2016
    NATO to hold summit in Warsaw in July 2016 16 hours ago

    NATO announced Friday it will hold its next summit in Warsaw on July 8-9 next year as it tackles perceived threats from Russia to the east and jihadists to the south. More »

  • U.S., allies conduct 20 air strikes against Islamic State militants -milita … 16 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces conducted 15 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq since Thursday, concentrating on targets near Ramadi, the city that recently fell to the insurgents, the U.S. military said on Friday. In the same period, the forces conducted five air strikes in Syria, hitting targets near Al Hasakah, Dayr Az Zawr and Kobani, according to a statement. The five air strikes near Ramadi destroyed Islamic State armoured vehicles, tanks, personnel carriers and improvised explosive devices and also hit a tactical unit, the statement said. ... More »

  • Turkey arrests French citizen bound for Syria: official
    Turkey arrests French citizen bound for Syria: official 16 hours ago

    Turkish authorities have detained and then deported a French national who arrived in the country seeking to join jihadists in Syria, an official said Friday. More »

  • Insight - Islamic State expands its 'state'
    Insight - Islamic State expands its 'state' 17 hours ago

    By Samia Nakhoul BEIRUT (Reuters) - Almost a year after Islamic State's shock capture of Mosul, Iraq's second city, the black flags of the jihadis have been raised over Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province to the west of Baghdad, seat of Iraq’s increasingly theoretical central government. Nobody talks of Mosul or recapturing it from Islamic State. Now it is all about the fall of Ramadi, the neighbouring ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in central Syria and beyond - the Libyan city of Sirte, hometown of former leader Muammar Gaddafi. More »

  • How an Iraqi friar saved ancient Christian manuscripts from IS
    How an Iraqi friar saved ancient Christian manuscripts from IS 17 hours ago

    Bullets whistled overhead, a black Islamic State flag flapping in the distance, but all Friar Najeeb Michaeel could think of as he fled the jihadists was how to save hundreds of ancient Iraqi manuscripts in his possession. More »

  • Swiss extradite French teenager trying to get to Syria
    Swiss extradite French teenager trying to get to Syria 17 hours ago

    Switzerland has extradited a French teenager who was trying to reach Syria for a second time since March, the justice ministry said Friday. More »

  • Iraqi metal band navigates long road to therapy
    Iraqi metal band navigates long road to therapy 17 hours ago

    With their homeland torn by years of war, a group of Iraqis has found a form of therapy not by firing guns but by banging their heads to heavy metal. More »

  • Priest 'kidnapped in Homs' region of Syria
    Priest 'kidnapped in Homs' region of Syria 19 hours ago

    A priest of the Syriac Catholic Church in the western Syrian city of Homs was kidnapped Thursday along with one of his colleagues, the NGO l'Oeuvre d'Orient told AFP Friday. More »

  • Global refugee crises will hinder resettlement of Asian 'boat people' … 20 hours ago

    By Alisa Tang BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Resettling asylum seekers who are among the thousands of boat people in temporary shelters in Indonesia and Malaysia will prove "extremely difficult" due to the mounting refugee crises around the world, a U.N. official said. Responding to international concern about thousands of migrants adrift at sea, Indonesia and Malaysia on Wednesday said they would offer shelter to 7,000 migrants, provided they were repatriated or resettled in third countries within a year. There are perhaps 100,000 people a year who manage to be referred for third country resettlement," said Alistair Boulton, UNHCR's assistant regional representative. More »

  • Key Syria-Iraq border crossing falls to ISIL
    Key Syria-Iraq border crossing falls to ISIL 20 hours ago

    ISIL fighters capture the last border crossing with Iraq still held by the Syrian government More »

  • U.N. office outraged by 'biased' Hungarian survey on migration 20 hours ago

    By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Hungary's survey of its citizens' views on immigration is "extremely biased" and "absolutely shocking" because of questions that suggest a link between migrants and terrorism, the U.N. human rights office said on Friday. Prime Minister Viktor Orban launched the consultation last month to sound out the public, sending a questionnaire to every Hungarian adult. Cecile Pouilly, a spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said there was no reason to assume that migrants looking for a better job or seeking asylum had anything to do with terrorism. More »

  • UK bomb maker sentenced to life for killing US soldier 22 hours ago

    LONDON (AP) — A British man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for making a roadside bomb that killed a U.S. soldier in Iraq in 2007. More »

  • Insurgents in Syria seize hospital from army - monitor Fri, May 22, 2015

    Insurgents on Friday seized a hospital from Syrian government forces who had been besieged there since late April, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, another gain by rebels who have dealt a series of blows to President Bashar al-Assad. Syrian state TV said soldiers holed up in the Jisr al-Shughour hospital in Idlib province had been freed, saying they had managed to "break the siege" in an operation coordinated with air strikes and artillery bombardment. The al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, an insurgent group involved in the offensive, said government forces had fled. More »

  • Syrian troops evacuate besieged compound in northwest Fri, May 22, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Activists and state media say Syrian troops who had been besieged for nearly a month in a hospital compound in the country's northwest managed to withdraw. More »

  • Hollande calls for new push on Syria political settlement after Palmyra Fri, May 22, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande called for a new international push for a peace deal in Syria on Friday, saying the fall of Palmyra to Islamic State showed President Bashar al-Assad was gravely weakened. "Once again we call for the preparation of a new Geneva," he said after an EU summit in Riga, referring to earlier conferences aimed at brokering a transition from Assad to Western-back rebels who have also lost ground to Islamic State. "With a regime that is clearly weakened, and with a Bashar al-Assad who cannot be the future of Syria, we must build a new Syria which can be rid, naturally, of the regime and Bashar al-Assad but also, above all, of the terrorists. More »

  • Newspaper sting stops teen from traveling to Syria Fri, May 22, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — A newspaper sting has prevented a 16-year-old girl from traveling to Syria to become a jihadi bride. More »

  • Syrian state TV says soldiers freed from besieged hospital Fri, May 22, 2015

    Syrian soldiers holed up at a hospital besieged by insurgents in northwestern Syria were freed in a military operation on Friday, state TV reported. "The heroes of the Jisr al-Shughour hospital are out of the hospital," a headline bar flashed on state TV said. It said the forces defending the hospital had carried out a "tactical manoeuvre" and had "successfully broken the siege". More »

  • Deputy Russia FM: Western Mideast policies 'short-sighted' Fri, May 22, 2015

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — A deputy Russian foreign minister says external players cannot solve the Syria crisis and that "short-sighted'" Western policies in the Middle East have helped destabilize countries such as Syria, Iraq and Libya. More »

  • Bashar al-Assad: The beginning of the end?
    Bashar al-Assad: The beginning of the end? Fri, May 22, 2015

    The more important question to ask now is what - not who - will replace Assad. More »

  • Syrian rebels 'seize hospital holding 150 soldiers'
    Syrian rebels 'seize hospital holding 150 soldiers' Fri, May 22, 2015

    Islamist rebels on Friday overran a hospital in northwest Syria where at least 150 regime forces and dozens of civilians were trapped for nearly a month, a monitor said. More »

  • IS Seizes Control Of Ancient City Of Palmyra
    IS Seizes Control Of Ancient City Of Palmyra Fri, May 22, 2015

    Islamic State has claimed complete control of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, including military sites and its historic ruins. In a statement issued on Twitter, IS said it took Palmyra "after the collapse of the Nasseri regime's forces and their retreat, leaving behind them large numbers of dead that have filled the battle grounds". At least 462 people have been killed since IS started its offensive on the city, including 71 civilians, 241 regime forces, and 150 jihadists, according to the British-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. More »

  • Fears mount over fate of Syria's ancient Palmyra ruins
    Fears mount over fate of Syria's ancient Palmyra ruins Fri, May 22, 2015

    UNESCO chief says destruction of historical city seized by ISIL would be an "enormous loss to humanity". More »