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Los Angeles gangsters on Syria’s battlefield a rarity, experts assure

By Carl Prine
Flaunting high-caliber rifles, dozens of tattoos and the nicknames “Wino” and “Creeper,” the two bragging men look like those in many other homemade videos of …

Trib’s Hiel honored for reporting on Coptic Christians

By Tribune-Review
Tribune-Review foreign correspondent Betsy Hiel won a national award for religion coverage, the Religion Communicators Council announced on Wednesday. Hiel won one of 25 Wilbur Awards for excellence by individuals in secular media in communicating religious issues, positive values and …

Egypt’s military-backed government resigns

By The Associated Press
CAIRO — Egypt’s interim prime minister announced Monday the resignation of his Cabinet, a surprise move that could be designed in part to pave the …

Hundreds killed in Aleppo since opening of peace talks

By The Washington Post
A sharp increase in Syrian government airstrikes against rebel-held areas of Aleppo in recent days prompted a fresh exodus of civilians from the northern city on Wednesday and appeals from the Syrian opposition for tougher international steps against Syrian President …

‘Barrel bomb’ kills 11 in Syria

By The Associated Press
Men pull a girl from the rubble and haul her onto a dirty sheet of plastic, while another child, coated in white dust save for a red streak of blood from his nose, lies with his crushed leg dangling off …

Syrian barrel bombs kill at least 36 in Aleppo, including 17 children

By The Associated Press
Syrian government helicopters and warplanes unleashed a wave of airstrikes on more than a dozen opposition-held neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, firing missiles and dropping crude barrel bombs in a ferocious attack that killed at least …

U.S. denies seeking direct talks with Syria in Switzerland

By Reuters
Washington denied claims by Syria’s foreign minister on Saturday that American diplomats had sought to negotiate directly with their Syrian counterparts at last week’s Geneva 2 peace conference in Switzerland. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the United States offered …

Syria peace talks adjourn with no sign of progress

By The Associated Press
GENEVA — A tumultuous week of peace talks aimed at stemming Syria’s bloodbath ended Friday with no progress to show and a lingering standoff over …

Egypt kills al-Qaida inspired militants

By The Associated Press
EL-ARISH, Egypt — Egyptian military aircraft pounded suspected positions of al-Qaida-inspired fighters in the Sinai Peninsula, killing 13 people, officials said on Friday, as fears rise over an increasingly well-armed insurgency that is striking with increasing regularity in the capital. …

U.S. accuses Syria of stalling on WMDs

By The Washington Post
The Obama administration said on Thursday that only 4 percent of Syria’s most dangerous chemical weapons had been removed from the country and accused President …

Syria presidential vote thrust into doubt

By The Associated Press
GENEVA — Syrian President Bashar Assad’s adviser on Wednesday rejected the opposition’s call for a transitional governing body and suggested for the first time that a presidential election scheduled to be held later this year may not take place amid …

Journalists held as Muslim agents

By McClatchy Newspapers
CAIRO — Egyptian authorities on Wednesday charged 20 journalists who work for the Al-Jazeera satellite news channel, including five who hold foreign citizenship, with being agents of the Muslim Brotherhood and accused them of plotting to defame Egypt and of …

Syrian peace talks end early but will continue

By The Associated Press
GENEVA — Syrian government anger over a U.S. decision to resume aid to the opposition prompted the U.N. mediator to cut short peace talks on Tuesday, but he said no one was to blame for the impasse and that the …

Morsy lashes out at judge as trial in prison breaks gets under way

By USA Today
CAIRO — Egypt’s deposed president, Mohamed Morsy, shouted angrily at a judge on Tuesday from inside a soundproof box and metal cage during the opening of his trial on charges of conspiring with foreign groups in a prison break. In …

General’s promotion pushes him closer to leading Egypt — as president

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — Egypt appears closer to having a new military general as president, as its top officer was promoted in rank and as a candidate. …

Egypt’s presidential election to be held early

By Reuters
CAIRO — Egypt will hold a presidential vote before parliamentary polls, President Adly Mansour said on Sunday, in a change to a political road map that could lead to the swift election of the army’s chief, Gen. Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi. Parliamentary …

Syria talks focused on route for aid shipment

By McClatchy Newspapers
GENEVA — The Syrian government and its opponents, in their first face-to-face meeting, on Saturday discussed opening an aid corridor to the besieged old city neighborhood of Homs, raising hopes that a humanitarian gesture might spur progress toward ending Syria’s …

French Jews going to Israel

By The Washington Post
NETANYA, Israel — As immigration to Israel has dipped over the past 10 years, France is the only country with a growing number of its Jewish citizens moving there. And Netanya is the French arrivals’ No. 1 destination. The French …

Syrian foes to meet in ‘same room’

By The Associated Press
GENEVA — Bending to intense international pressure, Syria’s government and the Western-backed opposition agreed on Friday to face each other for the first time since the start of the uprising against President Bashar Assad. After three days of hostile rhetoric …

Deadly blasts rock Egypt security sites

By The Washington Post
CAIRO — A string of explosions on Friday struck several security targets in the capital — the highest-profile attack on Egypt’s military-backed government since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsy last year. The most powerful blast, outside Cairo’s police headquarters, …