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Senior Pakistani Official Calls for Action Against Taliban Sanctuaries

Senior Pakistani Official Calls for Action Against Taliban Sanctuaries

George Doyle/Thinkstock(ISLAMABAD) — A senior Pakistani politician on Saturday demanded that Pakistan go after Taliban militant sanctuaries in North Waziristan. This is the first time an important ally of President Asif Ali Zardari has echoed publicly…

Egypt’s Vice President Mahmoud Mekki Resigns

Egypt’s Vice President Mahmoud Mekki Resigns

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(CAIRO) — Egypt’s state TV says Vice President Mahmoud Mekki has resigned.The announcement was made when there was more than five hours to go of voting in the second and final phase of a referendum on a disputed, Islamist-backed ‘c…

Israel Says Strict Checks, Regulation Prevent Gun Crimes

Israel Says Strict Checks, Regulation Prevent Gun Crimes

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — Guns are seen everywhere in Israel — semi-automatics slung from the shoulders of soldiers waiting for the bus, cradled by security guards stationed at checkpoints and building entrances. The sight can be …

Egypt’s Chief Prosecutor Quits One Month After Appointment

Egypt’s Chief Prosecutor Quits One Month After Appointment

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(CAIRO) — One month after President Mohamed Morsi appointed him, Egypt’s chief public prosecutor resigned Monday.Talaat Ibrahim Abdullah stepped down after district prosecutors claimed he pushed for filing charges against a group o…

Egyptians Take to Polls to Vote on New Constitution

Egyptians Take to Polls to Vote on New Constitution

Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images(CAIRO) — A deeply divided Egypt is voting on Saturday on its new constitution, a document that could either help cement the country’s journey from dictatorship to democracy or create even greater turmoil.Rarely has a coun…

Russia Walking Back Syria Assessment

Russia Walking Back Syria Assessment

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Russia’s Foreign Ministry Friday walked back an assessment on Thursday by Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, who suggested that the Syrian rebels might win as President Assad loses his grip on power. …

Palestinian Liberation Organization Chief Rep: Israeli E1 Settlement Is ‘Red Line’

Palestinian Liberation Organization Chief Rep: Israeli E1 Settlement Is ‘Red Line’

Uriel Sinai/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Maen Rashid Areikat, chief representative of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) delegation in D.C., said Friday that if Israel goes ahead with plans to establish settlements in a sensitive area outside…

VIPs Slip Through Afghan Airport With Piles of Cash: Report

VIPs Slip Through Afghan Airport With Piles of Cash: Report

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ARLINGTON, Va.) — Afghan security officials allowed “very very important” persons to slip through their major airport with piles of cash, unchecked by American-bought money trackers, creating a “deeply troubling” vulnerability i…

Doctor Rescued from Taliban is Medical Advisor for Colorado NGO

Doctor Rescued from Taliban is Medical Advisor for Colorado NGO

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The American doctor rescued from the Taliban in Afghanistan Saturday by U.S. Special Operations Forces is the medical adviser for a Colorado Springs NGO, his employer confirmed Sunday.Dr. Dilip Joseph and two colleagues were kidna…

Doctor Rescued from Taliban is Medical Advisor for Colorado NGO

Doctor Rescued from Taliban is Medical Advisor for Colorado NGO

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The American doctor rescued from the Taliban in Afghanistan Saturday by U.S. Special Operations Forces is the medical adviser for a Colorado Springs NGO, his employer confirmed Sunday.Dr. Dilip Joseph and two colleagues were kidna…

American Doctor Rescued From Taliban

American Doctor Rescued From Taliban

ABC News(NEW YORK) — An American doctor who worked for an NGO in Kabul and had been kidnapped by the Taliban was rescued Saturday in a raid by U.S. Special Operations forces in Afghanistan, according to U.S. officials.Dr. Dilip Joseph, who was abducte…

Egypt Terror Leader Possibly Linked to Benghazi Attack Arrested

Egypt Terror Leader Possibly Linked to Benghazi Attack Arrested

STR/AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) — The leader of an Egyptian terrorist cell that planned attacks in Egypt and may be linked with the storming of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11 has been arrested by Egyptian intelligence officers, accordin…

Winter Wreaks Havoc on Syrian Refugees

Winter Wreaks Havoc on Syrian Refugees

ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images(ATMA, Syria) — The Syrian Red Crescent estimates that more than two and a half million Syrians have been displaced inside the country with winter coming. Twenty-one months since the uprising began, fighting continues to r…

Veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan Wars Tapped to Lead Central Command

Veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan Wars Tapped to Lead Central Command

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Gen. Lloyd Austin III is President Obama’s choice to become the next head of the U.S. Central Command for the Middle East.If confirmed by the Senate, the 59-year-old four-star general will also become the first African-…

Feds: China and Iran Smuggling Ring Busted

Feds: China and Iran Smuggling Ring Busted

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Four men, including two Iranians, were indicted Tuesday in federal court in New York for allegedly attempting to smuggle military helicopter parts and carbon fiber that can be used in nuclear centrifuges from the U.S. i…

Hillary Clinton Keeps Pressure on Syria’s Assad as Rebels Make Gains

Hillary Clinton Keeps Pressure on Syria’s Assad as Rebels Make Gains

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(BRUSSELS, Belgium) — A shift in favor of Syria’s opposition could be on the horizon in the country’s civil war, according to a U.S. official, but President Bashar al-Assad is not likely to leave anytime soon.Th…

Israelis Ignore Critics of West Bank Settlement Plans

Israelis Ignore Critics of West Bank Settlement Plans

AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — Israel is not backing down from plans to build 3,000 homes in West Bank settlements and East Jerusalem despite mounting international pressure that included another criticism Monday from the Obama administr…

Israel Defends Plans to Build New Settlement Units in West Bank

Israel Defends Plans to Build New Settlement Units in West Bank

AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — The Israeli government is defending its move to build 3,000 new homes for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem and other parts of the West Bank. 
The government made the announcement Friday after the Unit…

Hillary Clinton Criticizes Iran, Palestine and Israel

Hillary Clinton Criticizes Iran, Palestine and Israel

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized Iranian and Palestinian leaders, and didn’t spare Israel, either, in her address at the Saban Forum, continuing her trend of increased frankness as her time in …

Leon Panetta and Israeli Counterpart Ehud Barak Talk Afghanistan, Iran, Syria — and Friendship

Leon Panetta and Israeli Counterpart Ehud Barak Talk Afghanistan, Iran, Syria — and Friendship

MARK WILSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — At a joint Pentagon press conference on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak addressed questions about Afghanistan, the Iron Dome missile defense system …

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