Israel’s embattled Netanyahu wins landslide in primary

Asia & Pacific 12/26/19, 13:51

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won a landslide victory in a primary election for leadership of the ruling Likud party. Official results announced early Friday showed Netanyahu capturing 72% of the votes, compared with 28% for challenger Gideon Saar. Earlier, Netanyahu had declared a “huge victory.” A Likud party member sits by ...

Pentagon chief plans to shift US focus to China and Russia

Politics 12/07/19, 10:12

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday he still plans to shift the American military’s focus to competing with China and Russia, even as security threats pile up in the Middle East. Esper outlined his strategic goals and priorities in a speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum, an annual gathering of ...

Iran frees Chinese-American scholar for US-held scientist

U.S. 12/07/19, 04:28

Iran and the U.S. conducted a prisoner exchange Saturday that saw a detained Princeton scholar released for an Iranian scientist held by America, marking a rare diplomatic breakthrough between Tehran and Washington after months of tensions. In a trade conducted in Zurich, Switzerland, Iranian officials handed over Chinese-American graduate student Xiyue ...

Iran state TV says ‘rioters’ shot and killed amid protests

Asia & Pacific 12/02/19, 20:47

Iranian state television on Tuesday acknowledged security forces shot and killed what it described as “rioters” in multiple cities amid recent protests over the spike in government-set gasoline prices — the first time that authorities have offered any sort of accounting for the violence they used to put down the ...

Mass protests grip major Iran cities over gas prices; 1 killed

Asia & Pacific 11/16/19, 15:26

Protesters angered by Iran raising government-set gasoline prices by 50% blocked traffic in major cities and occasionally clashed with police Saturday after a night of demonstrations punctuated by gunfire, in violence that reportedly killed at least one person. The protests put renewed pressure on Iran’s government as it struggles to overcome ...

Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza home

Asia & Pacific 11/12/19, 06:12

A pair of Israeli airstrikes targeted senior Islamic Jihad commanders in Gaza and in Syria early on Tuesday, escalating Israel's confrontation with Iran across the region and threatening to unleash another devastating round of cross-border violence with Palestinian militants. In eastern Gaza, the Israeli strike killed Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his ...

Iran’s president: New oil field found with over 50B barrels

Business 11/10/19, 05:53

Iran has discovered a new oil field in the country's south with over 50 billion barrels of crude, its president said Sunday, a find that could boost the country's proven reserves by a third as it struggles to sell energy abroad over U.S. sanctions. The announcement by Hassan Rouhani comes as ...

Iran calls ex-FBI agent’s case a ‘missing person’ file

Asia & Pacific 11/10/19, 05:46

Iran on Sunday said an open Revolutionary Court case involving an ex-FBI agent who disappeared there in 2007 on an unauthorized CIA mission "was a missing person" filing, not a sign that the man was being prosecuted. Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi's comments come as a new Iranian acknowledgement of the ...

Iran 5.9 magnitude earthquake kills at least 5, injures 300

Asia & Pacific 11/08/19, 04:44

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck northwestern Iran early Friday, killing at least five people and injuring over 300 others, officials said. The temblor struck Tark county in Iran's Eastern Azerbaijan province at 2:17 a.m., Iran's seismological center said. The area is some 400 kilometers (250 miles) northwest of Iran's capital, Tehran. Over ...

Attacker stabs 8 at popular Jordanian tourist site

Asia & Pacific 11/06/19, 10:58

A lone attacker on Wednesday stabbed eight people, including four foreign tourists and their tour guide, at a popular archaeological site in northern Jordan, security officials said. The incident in Jerash, one of the country's most visited destinations, threatened to cast a shadow over the vital tourism industry. The wounded included three ...

Erdogan: Turkey captures slain IS leader al-Baghdadi’s wife

World 11/06/19, 10:54

Turkey has captured a wife of the slain leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. Erdogan made the announcement while delivering a speech in the capital of Ankara but gave no other details. He did not say when or how the woman ...

Turkey says it captured slain IS leader’s sister in Syria

Asia & Pacific 11/04/19, 16:18

Turkey captured the elder sister of the slain leader of the Islamic State group in northwestern Syria on Monday, according to a senior Turkish official, who called the arrest an intelligence "gold mine." Little is known about the sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Turkish official said the 65-year-old known as ...

Military dog hurt in al-Baghdadi raid is K-9 combat veteran

Politics 10/30/19, 17:46

The military working dog injured in the raid last weekend that led to the death of the Islamic State leader was hurt after being exposed to live electrical cables but has returned to active duty, the Pentagon said Wednesday. Gen. Frank McKenzie, who leads U.S. Central Command, told reporters the dog ...

Masked men attack protesters in Iraq’s Karbala, killing 18

Asia & Pacific 10/29/19, 05:10

Masked gunmen opened fire at Iraqi protesters in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Tuesday, killing 18 people and wounding hundreds, security officials said, in one of the deadliest single attacks on protesters since anti-government demonstrations erupted earlier this month. The attack, which happened overnight, came as Iraqis took to ...

Timeline of the rise and fall of the Islamic State group

World 10/27/19, 07:09

ISIS erupted from the chaos of Syria and Iraq's conflicts and swiftly did what no Islamic militant group had done before, conquering a giant stretch of territory and declaring itself a "caliphate." Its territorial rule, which at its height in 2014 stretched across nearly a third of both Syria and Iraq, ...

Trump orders Turkey sanctions: I am prepared to swiftly destroy its economy

Politics 10/14/19, 19:13

Targeting Turkey's economy, President Donald Trump announced sanctions Monday aimed at restraining the Turks' assault against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria. The United States also called on Turkey to stop the invasion and declare a ceasefire, and Trump is sending Vice President Mike Pence and national security adviser Robert O'Brien ...

President Trump says he’s an ‘island of one’ on Syria

Politics 10/13/19, 05:39

President Donald Trump said on Saturday, Oct. 12, that he is an "island of one" for removing U.S. forces from northeastern Syria. But he remained steadfast and defended a move that drew widespread bipartisan criticism that he has endangered stability in the Middle East and risked the lives of Syrian Kurdish ...

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