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Palestinians marry, but remain separated by borders

Tue, 4 Feb 2014 16:38:27 GMT

TEL AVIV, Israel – With Valentine’s Day approaching, many Palestinian couples split between Gaza, the West Bank and Israel may end up sending their love by mail, which would be much easier than securing the permission to cross in or out of the occupied territories.



Weapons deal strengthened Assad: US intel chief

Tue, 4 Feb 2014 20:56:03 GMT

Last year's agreement to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons left President Bashar Assad in a strengthened position, and there appears little chance rebels will soon force him from power, the U.S. intelligence chief told Congress on Tuesday.



'Eating cats': Starvation, death plagues Syria campIn the Syrian capital Damascus, the nearly three-year-old civil war has yielded yet another horror: Hunger so severe that a significant number of people are said to be now starving to death.

Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:43:31 GMT

(image) In the Syrian capital Damascus, the nearly three-year-old civil war has yielded yet another horror: Hunger so severe that a significant number of people are said to be now starving to death.


In the Syrian capital Damascus, the nearly three-year-old civil war has yielded yet another horror: Hunger so severe that a significant number of people are said to be now starving to death.



Iraqi army bombards Falluja in preparation for ground assault

Sun, 2 Feb 2014 19:40:39 GMT

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi army intensified its shelling of Falluja on Sunday in preparation for a ground assault to regain control of the city, which has been under the control of militants for a month.



Iran minister: Nuclear talks fail would be 'disaster'

Sun, 2 Feb 2014 15:53:18 GMT

MUNICH — Iran's foreign minister held rare private talks with his U.S.



Syrian forces kill over 80 in barrel bomb attacks

Sun, 2 Feb 2014 14:55:27 GMT

BEIRUT — Syrian military helicopters dropped more improvised "barrel bombs" on the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, a monitoring group said, bringing the death toll to at least 83 people in the latest episode of a campaign many consider a war crime.



Four killed, 15 injured in Lebanon suicide bombing

Sat, 1 Feb 2014 18:46:19 GMT

Four people were killed and 15 wounded Saturday when a suicide bomber detonated explosives at a gas station in Hermel, in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, the nation’s interior minister told NBC News.



White House: Syria must quicken weapons transfer

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:38:47 GMT

Syria must intensify its efforts to offload chemical weapons, the White House said Thursday, after a report that less than five percent of its arsenal had been delivered and that work to destroy the weapons has fallen behind schedule.



Foes in Syria conflict share moment of silence

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:11:48 GMT

GENEVA – Opposing sides in Syria's civil war stood together in silence to honor victims of the three year conflict on Thursday, but week-old peace talks were still stuck on the question of how to proceed with just one day left before they head home.



Entire Syria neighborhoods wiped out: rights groupThe Syrian regime has used explosives and bulldozers to demolish the homes of thousands of civilians, according to dramatic before-and-after pictures obtained by international advocacy group Human Rights Watch.

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:44:12 GMT

(image) The Syrian regime has used explosives and bulldozers to demolish the homes of thousands of civilians, according to dramatic before-and-after pictures obtained by international advocacy group Human Rights Watch.


The Syrian regime has used explosives and bulldozers to demolish the homes of thousands of civilians, according to dramatic before-and-after pictures obtained by international advocacy group Human Rights Watch.



Egypt to put 20 journalists on trialEgypt said 20 Al-Jazeera journalists, including both Egyptians and foreigners, will face trial on terrorism-related charges. Among them are three journalists employed by Al-Jazeera English, the Qatari-based international news channel.

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:10:56 GMT

(image) Egypt said 20 Al-Jazeera journalists, including both Egyptians and foreigners, will face trial on terrorism-related charges. Among them are three journalists employed by Al-Jazeera English, the Qatari-based international news channel.


Egypt said 20 Al-Jazeera journalists, including both Egyptians and foreigners, will face trial on terrorism-related charges. Among them are three journalists employed by Al-Jazeera English, the Qatari-based international news channel.



Palestinian government foots bill for how many weddings?!The Palestinian Authority hosted a mass marriage ceremony for 220 couples in the West Bank city of Jericho on Tuesday, and hopes to make this sort of "national wedding" an annual event.

Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:19:40 GMT

(image) The Palestinian Authority hosted a mass marriage ceremony for 220 couples in the West Bank city of Jericho on Tuesday, and hopes to make this sort of "national wedding" an annual event.


The Palestinian Authority hosted a mass marriage ceremony for 220 couples in the West Bank city of Jericho on Tuesday, and hopes to make this sort of "national wedding" an annual event.



Spy chiefs say number of foreign militants in Syria risesMore than 7,000 foreign militants are fighting for the rebels in Syria's civil war and some are being trained to return home and conduct attacks, U.S. spy chiefs told lawmakers on Wednesday.

Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:55:15 GMT

(image) More than 7,000 foreign militants are fighting for the rebels in Syria's civil war and some are being trained to return home and conduct attacks, U.S. spy chiefs told lawmakers on Wednesday.


More than 7,000 foreign militants are fighting for the rebels in Syria's civil war and some are being trained to return home and conduct attacks, U.S. spy chiefs told lawmakers on Wednesday.



Aid waits outside besieged Homs as Syria talks stall

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:43:07 GMT

Twelve aid trucks remained on standby outside the besieged Syrian city of Homs Tuesday, as ongoing talks in Geneva between the government and opposition groups stalled once more.



Ousted Morsi to trial judge: 'Tell me who you are!'

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:42:13 GMT

CAIRO - Deposed Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi shouted at a judge Tuesday as he appeared in a glass-encased metal cage at his trial for breaking out of prison.



Almost 50 die in Egypt on revolution anniversaryAlmost 50 people died in violent clashes in Egypt Saturday, as the conflict-torn country marked the third anniversary of the uprising that overthrew autocratic President Hosni Mubarak.

Sun, 26 Jan 2014 08:24:22 GMT

(image) Almost 50 people died in violent clashes in Egypt Saturday, as the conflict-torn country marked the third anniversary of the uprising that overthrew autocratic President Hosni Mubarak.


Almost 50 people died in violent clashes in Egypt Saturday, as the conflict-torn country marked the third anniversary of the uprising that overthrew autocratic President Hosni Mubarak.



Egypt calls early presidential election as unrest grows

Sun, 26 Jan 2014 20:00:36 GMT

Egypt will hold a presidential vote before parliamentary polls, President Adly Mansour said on Sunday, in a change to a political roadmap that could pave the way for the swift election of army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.



First face-to-face meeting in Syria talks is icyThe first meeting between leaders of the Syrian government and the opposition attempting to topple President Bashar Assad on Saturday was a tense and silent stare-down that lasted only 30 minutes, prompting the U.N. mediator overseeing the talks to acknowledge that "we haven't achieved much."

Sat, 25 Jan 2014 21:24:18 GMT

(image) The first meeting between leaders of the Syrian government and the opposition attempting to topple President Bashar Assad on Saturday was a tense and silent stare-down that lasted only 30 minutes, prompting the U.N. mediator overseeing the talks to acknowledge that "we haven't achieved much."


The first meeting between leaders of the Syrian government and the opposition attempting to topple President Bashar Assad on Saturday was a tense and silent stare-down that lasted only 30 minutes, prompting the U.N. mediator overseeing the talks to acknowledge that "we haven't achieved much."



Iraqis flee fighting at rates not seen since civil war

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:51:05 GMT

Iraqis are fleeing fighting in the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi at rates not seen since that country’s civil war six years ago.



Twenty die as blasts, protests rock Cairo

Sat, 25 Jan 2014 07:47:09 GMT

Twenty people died and more than 100 were wounded as blasts and protests rocked Cairo on Friday, the eve of the third anniversary of the uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.



Al Qaeda boss to rebels: Set up 'Muslim gov't' in SyriaAl Qaeda boss Ayman al-Zawahiri has urged jihadist rebel groups in Syria to stop their infighting and focus on the battle to overthrow Bashar Assad's regime so they can set up a "just Muslim government."

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:28:19 GMT

(image) Al Qaeda boss Ayman al-Zawahiri has urged jihadist rebel groups in Syria to stop their infighting and focus on the battle to overthrow Bashar Assad's regime so they can set up a "just Muslim government."


Al Qaeda boss Ayman al-Zawahiri has urged jihadist rebel groups in Syria to stop their infighting and focus on the battle to overthrow Bashar Assad's regime so they can set up a "just Muslim government."



Israel claims to thwart al Qaeda embassy plotIsraeli security forces claimed Wednesday to have foiled an al-Qaeda plot to blow up the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem's convention center, but U.S. officials told NBC News they couldn't confirm the threat.

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:39:53 GMT

(image) Israeli security forces claimed Wednesday to have foiled an al-Qaeda plot to blow up the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem's convention center, but U.S. officials told NBC News they couldn't confirm the threat.


Israeli security forces claimed Wednesday to have foiled an al-Qaeda plot to blow up the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem's convention center, but U.S. officials told NBC News they couldn't confirm the threat.



Syrian children caught in crossfire dying by hundredsMohammad was 10 years old when he was killed by shelling in Homs, a city often called the ‘capital of the revolution’ in Syria. Like most boys his age, he’d loved to ride his bike, spending all day on it, dreaming of one day flying airplanes.

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:34:36 GMT

(image) Mohammad was 10 years old when he was killed by shelling in Homs, a city often called the ‘capital of the revolution’ in Syria. Like most boys his age, he’d loved to ride his bike, spending all day on it, dreaming of one day flying airplanes.


Mohammad was 10 years old when he was killed by shelling in Homs, a city often called the ‘capital of the revolution’ in Syria. Like most boys his age, he’d loved to ride his bike, spending all day on it, dreaming of one day flying airplanes.



Rival Syria delegations to sit down for direct talks

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:10:50 GMT

The Syrian government and opposition will sit down for direct talks on Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced Wednesday, despite a rocky opening to a high-stakes peace conference in Switzerland.



On eve of peace talks, Syrian information minister says 'There is no civil war'Syria’s information minister, speaking in Montreux, Switzerland, the day before peace talks were set to begin denied a civil war was raging in his country — insisting the fighting pits government troops against terrorists.

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 03:57:49 GMT

(image) Syria’s information minister, speaking in Montreux, Switzerland, the day before peace talks were set to begin denied a civil war was raging in his country — insisting the fighting pits government troops against terrorists.


Syria’s information minister, speaking in Montreux, Switzerland, the day before peace talks were set to begin denied a civil war was raging in his country — insisting the fighting pits government troops against terrorists.



Report alleges torture, mass killings by Syria

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:45:22 GMT

A Syrian military photographer has defected and turned over evidence of torture and mass killings by the Syrian government, according to a report published Monday by three former international war crimes prosecutors.



Video: Empty Egypt: Turmoil keeps tourists away

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:05:49 GMT

(image) Tourism accounts for one in eight jobs in Egypt but last summer's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and violence that followed has kept many foreign visitors away. Yousef Gamal El-Din reports from Cairo. (NBC News)



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UN-invited: Ban pulls offer for Iran to join Syria talks

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:32:37 GMT

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday rescinded an offer for Iran to attend Syria peace negotiations after Tehran said it didn't support the June 2012 political transition deal that is the basis for the talks.



Iraq targets al Qaeda militants controlling parts of city

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 15:47:06 GMT

Fierce clashes raged in the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Sunday as government forces launched an all-out offensive to push back al Qaeda militants who have taken control, officials said.



UN: 'Urgent' discussions underway on Syria peace talks

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:04:34 GMT

UNITED NATIONS – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday that there were heated discussions underway regarding this week's planned peace conference on Syria after the Syrian opposition threatened to pull out over a U.N. invitation for Iran to attend.



Israel plans laser interceptor 'Iron Beam' for rocketsJERUSALEM — Israel plans to deploy a new missile shield known as "Iron Beam" next year which would use a laser to blow up short-range rockets and mortar bombs, a defense industry official said on Sunday.

Sun, 19 Jan 2014 18:04:51 GMT

(image) JERUSALEM — Israel plans to deploy a new missile shield known as "Iron Beam" next year which would use a laser to blow up short-range rockets and mortar bombs, a defense industry official said on Sunday.


JERUSALEM — Israel plans to deploy a new missile shield known as "Iron Beam" next year which would use a laser to blow up short-range rockets and mortar bombs, a defense industry official said on Sunday.



Opposition group agrees to join Syria peace talks

Sat, 18 Jan 2014 17:42:18 GMT

The Syrian National Coalition, the main Western-backed group battling to topple the government of Syria’s Bashar Assad, on Saturday agreed to take part in peace talks in Geneva next week.



Iranian diplomat killed resisting kidnap attempt

Sat, 18 Jan 2014 14:52:48 GMT

An Iranian diplomat was killed Saturday in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa when he resisted gunmen who were trying to kidnap him near the ambassador's residence, the Iranian Foreign Ministry and Yemeni security sources said.



US urges Syria rebels to attend peace talks

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:42:39 GMT

The United States urged Syria's opposition on Thursday to attend Jan. 22 peace talks and criticized its government for suggesting the meeting should be about fighting terrorism rather than forging a political settlement.



Attack on 'messianic' Kerry divides Israel opinionTEL AVIV, Israel - Reaction to Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon's scathing remarks about Secretary of State John Kerry ranged on Wednesday, with one commentator praising him for his honesty and another accusing him of descending to the level of online squabbles.

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:50:51 GMT

(image) TEL AVIV, Israel - Reaction to Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon's scathing remarks about Secretary of State John Kerry ranged on Wednesday, with one commentator praising him for his honesty and another accusing him of descending to the level of online squabbles.


TEL AVIV, Israel - Reaction to Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon's scathing remarks about Secretary of State John Kerry ranged on Wednesday, with one commentator praising him for his honesty and another accusing him of descending to the level of online squabbles.



US pledges extra $380M to help war-torn SyriaSecretary of State John Kerry promised an extra $380 million in international humanitarian efforts for war-devastated Syria on Wednesday.

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:42:01 GMT

(image) Secretary of State John Kerry promised an extra $380 million in international humanitarian efforts for war-devastated Syria on Wednesday.


Secretary of State John Kerry promised an extra $380 million in international humanitarian efforts for war-devastated Syria on Wednesday.