Middle East

UN rights chief seeks international probe of Yemen violence

GENEVA — The U.N. human rights chief is calling for an international investigation of human rights violations in Yemen's civil war, which has killed thousands. ...

US pursues Syria cooperation with Russia amid new volatility

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is launching a fresh bid to enlist Russia as a partner in Syria despite more than a month of dashed ...

2 car bombs in Turkey kill 6, wound over 200

NKARA, Turkey — Two car bombings targeted police stations in Turkey, killing at least six people and wounding at least 219 others, officials said Thursday. A ...

Activists release haunting image of Syrian boy rescued from Aleppo rubble

BEIRUT — Syrian opposition activists have released haunting footage showing a young boy rescued from the rubble in the aftermath of a devastating airstrike in ...

Russian warplanes take off from Iran to target IS in Syria

MOSCOW — Russia's Defense Ministry says that Russian warplanes have taken off from a base in Iran to target Islamic State fighters in Syria. Tuesday's ...

Iraqi Kurdish troops take more ground east of IS-held Mosul

IRBIL, Iraq — Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces say they have completed the operation to retake a string of villages east of the city of Mosul ...

Israeli troops demolish home of Palestinian killer's family

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military says troops have demolished the home of the family of a Palestinian who stabbed an Israeli teenage girl to death. ...

Syrian rescue worker says 3 die in suspected chlorine attack

BEIRUT — A Syrian rescue worker says three civilians, a mother and two children, died in a suspected chlorine gas attack on an opposition-held district ...

Airstrikes in Aleppo hit hospital, market, kill 18

BEIRUT — Airstrikes in opposition areas of Syria's northern Aleppo province struck a market, a hospital and a village Friday, killing at least 18 people, ...

Russia strikes ISIS-held city in Syria

The Russian military sent long-range bombers to strike a series of Islamic State targets Thursday in the group's de facto capital of Raqqa — a ...

Attack on police car in Iran kills policeman, wounds 2

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's official news agency is reporting that a policeman died and two of his colleagues were wounded when an attacker on a ...

Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missiles fired from Yemen

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia says its air force has intercepted two ballistic missiles fired from Yemen into the kingdom. A Saudi military statement ...

Fire at Baghdad hospital kills 12 babies

BAGHDAD — A fire ripped through a maternity ward at a Baghdad hospital overnight, killing 12 newborn babies, government officials said Wednesday, a deadly blaze ...

Saudi-led coalition's committee admits 'unintended bombings'

SANAA, Yemen — The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen's Shiite rebels announced Friday that the coalition has committed "unintended bombings" and blamed U.N. agencies for not ...

White House denies $400M was ransom to Iran

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Wednesday that $400 million in cash paid to Iran soon after five Americans were released by Tehran was not ...

Emirates airliner with 300 onboard crash lands in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— An Emirates flight from India with 300 people on board crash landed at Dubai's main airport Wednesday, sending black smoke billowing ...

Rights groups criticize detention of journalist in Oman

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Rights groups are criticizing the detention of an Omani journalist who is apparently held over an article he wrote regarding ...

Syrian media say 9 killed as rebels attack

BEIRUT — Syria's state news agency says rebel fire has killed at least nine civilians in the government- controlled section of the divided northern city ...

Syrian child actor who rose to fame killed in city of Aleppo

BEIRUT — The sit-com is a little like "I Love Lucy," starring a comic housewife who gets into shenanigans and bickers with her husband. Except ...

Paths opened for civilians to flee besieged parts of Syrian city Aleppo

BEIRUT — Dozens of families and some opposition fighters started leaving besieged rebel-held neighborhoods in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday after the ...