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Israelis Voting Tuesday in General Election

Israelis Voting Tuesday in General Election

Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — As President Obama begins his second term, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won’t know until later Tuesday if he’ll continue as his country’s leader.Israelis are going to the polls in a general election …

Algerian Hostage Crisis: Reported Tape of Terrorists Emerges

Algerian Hostage Crisis: Reported Tape of Terrorists Emerges

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Algerian TV has broadcast what it says is audiotape of terrorists at the In Amenas gas plant threatening to blow up the facility and “slaughter” U.S. hostages unless 100 imprisoned “comrades” are released, and also claimi…

Algeria Hostage Crisis: Seven Americans Escaped, One Dead, Fate of Two Uncertain

Algeria Hostage Crisis: Seven Americans Escaped, One Dead, Fate of Two Uncertain

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The four-day hostage crisis at an Algerian natural gas plant has left at least one American dead, and the fate of two more is of growing concern, but seven Americans were among the dozens of Westerners who escaped unharmed. The si…

Report: US Embassy in Kabul ‘Dangerously Vulnerable’ to Attack

Report: US Embassy in Kabul ‘Dangerously Vulnerable’ to Attack

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — The U.S. Embassy compound in Kabul is “dangerously vulnerable to a new attack,” according to a new report issued Friday by an independent watchdog group that monitors government spending and mis…

King Abdullah Appoints Women to Advisory Council in Saudi Arabia

King Abdullah Appoints Women to Advisory Council in Saudi Arabia

FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/GettyImages(RIYADH, Saudia Arabia) — For the first time in Saudia Arabia, women have been named to the king’s advisory body known as the Shura Council. It has no legislative power, but the move is politically significant in the con…

Navy Sub Goes Bump in the Night and Loses Its Periscope

Navy Sub Goes Bump in the Night and Loses Its Periscope

File photo – US Navy(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Navy’s nuclear submarine USS Jacksonville was damaged early Thursday in the Persian Gulf when one of its two periscopes was struck by an unidentified vessel.No one was hurt in the early-morning inciden…

US Ground Troops Could Help Secure Syrian Chemical Sites Only in Peaceful Situation, Says Defense Chief

US Ground Troops Could Help Secure Syrian Chemical Sites Only in Peaceful Situation, Says Defense Chief

Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — At his news conference Thursday, Defense Secretary Panetta said the concern now about Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile is what to do with them should the Assad regime fall.  Panetta said U.S….

Karzai in Washington to Discuss US Military Future in Afghanistan

Karzai in Washington to Discuss US Military Future in Afghanistan

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan arrived at the Pentagon Thursday for the first in a series of discussions with senior American leaders about the future of the U.S. military role in Afghanistan after American …

Israel Building Fence Along Border with Syria

Israel Building Fence Along Border with Syria

Antenna Audio, Inc./Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — Israel has plans to build a fence along the 40-mile stretch of the Golan Heights to assure that the violence in Syria doesn’t affect its own country.While there have been virtually no problems up to now, I…

New Pictures of Ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson Kidnapped in Iran

New Pictures of Ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson Kidnapped in Iran

The family of Robert Levinson has released new images of the former FBI agent, who was kidnapped in Iran in 2007. (The Levinson Family(NEW YORK) — The family of a former FBI agent who was kidnapped in Iran has released a new series of images of the 64…

Obama, Karzai to Meet Friday on Afghan Transition

Obama, Karzai to Meet Friday on Afghan Transition

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) — President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai will meet at the White House Friday to discuss the future of the U.S.-Afghan relationship as the Obama administration readies to draw down its remaining forces…

Smuggled Gaza-Bound Missiles US Made? Maybe Not

Smuggled Gaza-Bound Missiles US Made? Maybe Not

MAJDI FATHI/AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO, Egypt) — Egyptian authorities say that the six anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles they seized from alleged smugglers headed for Gaza were of U.S. origin – but weapons proliferation experts cast doubt on the …

NGO Head: CIA Shares Blame for Murdered Health Workers

NGO Head: CIA Shares Blame for Murdered Health Workers

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Two days after gunmen killed seven of his employees, the head of a Pakistani aid organization blamed their deaths not only on the militants who pulled the trigger, but also on America’s Central Intelligence Age…

Israeli Law Bans Skinny, BMI-Challenged Models

Israeli Law Bans Skinny, BMI-Challenged Models

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — A law that regulates people’s body weight would probably get little traction in Congress, not to mention U.S. courts.  But not so in Israel, where a new law took effect on Jan. 1 that aims to prevent fashion mo…

Malala Yousufzai and Family to Remain in Britain

Malala Yousufzai and Family to Remain in Britain

Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images(LONDON) — Malala Yousufzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban in October for arguing that girls should receive an education, and her family will stay in the United Kingdom and will not return to Paki…

Former Senior Taliban Members Released from Pakistani Jails

Former Senior Taliban Members Released from Pakistani Jails

Hemera/Thinkstock(ISLAMABAD) — Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry Monday confirmed the release of eight taliban prisoners in order to “facilitate the Afghan reconciliation process.” As part of the ongoing peace process, the Pakistani and Afghan governments h…

Bomb Attack in Southwest Pakistan Leaves 19 Shia Pilgrims Dead

Bomb Attack in Southwest Pakistan Leaves 19 Shia Pilgrims Dead

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A bomb attack on a bus convoy in southwest Pakistan killed at least 19 Shia Muslim pilgrims on Sunday, the BBC reports. Over 20 people were injured in the attack that took place in the Mastung district of Baluchistan p…

Earthquake Strikes Afghanistan

Earthquake Strikes Afghanistan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL) — A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Afghanistan on Saturday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It hit a hundred miles outside of Kabul, but was felt as far away as Pakistan. ABC correspondent Muhammad Lila said sma…

State Department Comments on Syrian Military Police Chief’s Defection

State Department Comments on Syrian Military Police Chief’s Defection

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The State Department addressed the reports of the assumed defection of Syrian Military Police Chief, Major General Abdul Aziz Jassem al-Shallal, on Wednesday.Acting Deputy Spokesperson Patrick Ventrell said, &ldquo…

Egyptian Voters Approve New Constitution

Egyptian Voters Approve New Constitution

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(CAIRO) — Egyptian voters appear to have approved a controversial new constitution. President Mohammad Morsi and his allies argue it will bring stability and let them focus on a crumbling economy. Yet, opposition groups say the con…

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