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Officials: Clash in Yemen town kills 250 in 3 days

By The Associated Press
SANAA, Yemen — Fighting in central Yemen between Shiite Houthi rebels and an influential tribe in the town of Radda killed at least 250 people over three days of clashes, security officials said Monday. The violence in Yemen’s central Bayda …

Syrian border town emerges as pivot point in Islamic State fight

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — An obscure spot on Syria’s border with Turkey has become a place where American interests or Islamist ambitions could die. Kobani, a city …

Deadly crash into train station prompts crackdown in Jerusalem

By The Associated Press
JERUSALEM — Jerusalem’s mayor Thursday called for a crackdown against a wave of Palestinian unrest as police beefed up security because a Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded light rail train station …

Fight against Islamic State at impasse, military commanders say

By Tribune-Review
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday offered a very mixed assessment of progress in the U.S.-led campaign to degrade and defeat the Islamic State, with no serious ground offensive against the militant group likely for at least a year …

American baby killed, 8 hurt as car plows into crowd at Jerusalem train station

By The Associated Press
JERUSALEM — A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a 3-month-old girl and wounding eight people in what police called a terror attack. The girl …

Iran acts to comply with interim nuclear deal with world powers, IAEA says

By Reuters
VIENNA — Iran is taking further action to comply with an interim nuclear agreement with six world powers, a monthly United Nations atomic agency report showed — a finding the West may see as positive before a November deadline for …

Tourism in Iran increases 35%

By The Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran — The number of foreigners visiting Iran increased dramatically during the 12-month period ending in March, with 35 percent more tourists compared to the same period a year earlier, Iran’s top tourism official said Saturday. Masoud Soltanifar said …

Iraq gives key posts to Sunni, Shiite men

By The Los Angeles Times
BAGHDAD — After a month of political wrangling, Iraqi’s parliament on Saturday approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s choices for two crucial national security ministries at a time when the country is struggling to contain an assault by Islamic State militants. …

Iran considers compromise offer on nuclear program

By From Wire Reports
VIENNA — Iran is considering a U.S. proposal at nuclear talks that would allow it to keep more of its nuclear infrastructure intact while still reducing its ability to make an atomic bomb, two diplomats said on Thursday. At issue …

ISIS terrorists push closer to Baghdad, overrun military training base left by Iraqi forces

By USA Today
WASHINGTON — Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is expanding its reach in a strategic province in western Iraq, inching closer to Baghdad and raising concerns about the ability of the U.S.-led air campaign to halt its advance. ISIS terrorists …

ISIS jihadis lure Arab youths to fight against Western forces

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — In the heady weeks following Egypt’s 2011 revolution, Ahmed Abdullah became more politically engaged. Abdullah, 23, joined the Islamist-based Labor Party. Like many …

Despite Turkey’s demands, Syria no-fly zone a no-go

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s promise to limit military engagement against Islamic State terrorists makes it difficult to accept Turkey’s terms for joining the fight …

Sweden to recognize Palestine statehood

By The Los Angeles Times
Sweden will become the first major European nation to recognize Palestinian statehood, newly sworn-in Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced Friday. In unveiling his cabinet appointments …

Britain smashes ISIS ring of terror threats

By From Wire and Online Reports
The first alleged ISIS-linked terrorist plot on British soil was foiled Tuesday by London police and the security service, while the FBI issued a call to help identify a man with what is “believed to be a North American accent” …

‘Isis’ name association a plague for businesses

By The Associated Press
Aeran Brent is tired of visitors asking about her store’s name or snapping pictures of the sign outside. Unfortunately, that’s life for a small-business owner …

Obama administration blasts Israeli housing project

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — In a striking public rebuke, the Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from “even its closest allies” and raise questions about its commitment to …

U.S.-led airstrikes hit 4 Syrian provinces

By The Associated Press
BEIRUT — U.S.-led coalition air raids targeted towns and villages in northern and eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State group, including one strike that hit a grain silo and reportedly killed civilians, activists said Monday. Washington and its Arab …

Autonomy a matter of time, Kurds say

By Betsy Hiel
IRBIL, Iraq — Narrow alleys snake around Qaysari Bazaar in the shadow of an ancient citadel. People shop here for everything, from traditional Kurdish clothing …

Coalition airstrikes fail to slow ISIS attacks on key cities

By Reuters
MURSITPINAR, Turkey — U.S.-led coalition warplanes Saturday struck Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in Syria, attacking a town near the Turkish border for the first time, as well as positions in the country’s east, activists and a Kurdish …

Iran will not halt uranium enrichment

By The Washington Post
NEW YORK — Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program are moving much too slowly, but the country will not “surrender” on the key sticking point of …