Middle East

Egypt leader urges people to defend state ahead of protests

CAIRO — Egypt's president urged citizens to defend the state and its institutions from the "forces of evil" on Sunday, a day before planned demonstrations ...

At least 26 killed as fighting rages in Syria's Aleppo

DAMASCUS — Airstrikes and shelling pounded Aleppo for a third straight day Sunday, killing two young siblings and at least 24 others in Syria's largest ...

Islamic State oil revenue slashed as coalition targets terror group's finances

The U.S.-led coalition air campaign has incinerated about $500 million of the Islamic State's cash stockpiles and cut its oil revenues by an estimated 50 ...

Defense chief Carter aims to step up fight vs. ISIS

AL-DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he will talk with his commanders in the coming days to identify ...

Egyptians protest island transfers to Saudi Arabia

CAIRO —Thousands of Egyptians condemned the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia during rare street demonstrations Friday. Anger has mounted since President Abdel ...

ISIS abducts scores of factory workers near Damascus

In a brazen assault near the Syrian capital, Islamic State terrorists abducted 300 cement workers and contractors Thursday from their workplace northeast of Damascus, as ...

Siege tactics lengthen fight for Iraqi city

HIT, Iraq — As they advanced on the Islamic State-held town of Hit, Iraqi counterterrorism troops had to decide how to press the attack. If ...

Egyptian man arrested after hijacking plane, diverting it to Cyprus

CAIRO — An Egyptian described as "psychologically unstable" and who claimed to be wearing an explosive belt was arrested Tuesday in the hijacking of an ...

Scan of King Tut's tomb shows organic, metal objects in 2 hidden rooms

CAIRO — Two hidden chambers behind King Tut's tomb — undisturbed for more than three millennia — appear to hold organic and metal objects, Egypt's ...

Death toll of pilgrims in Jordan bus crash rises to 16

MAAN, Jordan — Officials say the number of Palestinian pilgrims killed in a bus accident in Jordan has risen to 16. The bus overturned late ...

Amid shaky start to Syria talks, IS-claimed blast kills 45

GENEVA — A triple bombing claimed by the extremist Islamic State group killed at least 45 people near the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday, ...

Cease-fire goes into effect across Syria

BEIRUT — A cease-fire brokered by the United States and Russia went into effect across Syria on Saturday, marking the biggest international push to reduce ...

Iran complying with nuke deal, U.N. watchdog says

WASHINGTON — Iran continues to meet its obligations under an international agreement aimed at curbing its nuclear development, the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency said ...

Election to set post-sanctions power balance in Iran

TEHRAN — Iran started counting tens of millions of votes Saturday after hotly contested elections that could see reformists speed up Tehran's opening to the ...

Egypt open to jihadist violence, experts warn

CAIRO — Terrorist attacks continue across Egypt, despite the growing power of the country's security services. Three Egyptian soldiers were killed and 12 were wounded last ...

Iraqi forces deploy in Baghdad neighborhood after kidnapping

BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces fanned out across the Baghdad neighborhood Monday morning where three Americans were reportedly kidnapped over the weekend, closing streets and ...

3 American citizens missing in Baghdad

BAGHDAD — U.S. and Iraqi authorities are searching for three Americans reported missing from a neighborhood in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, officials said Sunday. At least ...

US journalist Rezaian, 3 others released by Iran

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian state television announced Saturday that the government had freed four dual-nationality prisoners, and a person close to Iran's judiciary confirmed to ...

Retired CIA officer rebuts Benghazi account

It is the most fateful moment in a movie that purports to present a searingly accurate account of the 2012 attacks that left four Americans ...

High-ranking CIA operative slams '13 Hours' film

It is the most fateful moment in a movie that purports to present a searingly accurate account of the 2012 attacks that left four Americans ...