middle-east

Dec. 22, 2013: Israeli soldiers stand during the "Israeli Christians Recruitment Forum" in Nazareth. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

Push to recruit Arab Christians into Israeli army

NAZARETH, Israel (AP) — Dozens of Israeli soldiers respectfully rose from their seats as the Israeli national anthem began playing. The tinny recording of “Hatikva,” an ode to the Jewish yearning for the Land of […]

12/27/2013

Pope Francis holds a statue of baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Dec. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope prays for Christians persecuted for faith

  VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging people to speak out against persecution of Christians, whom he likened to the Church’s first martyrs. His denunciation of discrimination suffered by Christians came a day […]

12/26/2013

Dec. 21, 2013: A large Christmas tree with fake snow around it, is showcased on a street in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

A Mideast crossroads gets the Christmas spirit

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Just days before Christmas, Ben Elliott-Scott was busy touching up the paint on a foam snowman and blasting trees with manmade flurries to turn them a wintery white. Santa […]

12/23/2013

Secretary of State John Kerry, Dec. 10, 2013.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Kerry back to Mideast to push peace talks

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Continuing a furious pace of shuttle diplomacy aimed at securing an elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by spring, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Middle East on Thursday […]

12/12/2013

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Congress raises questions about secret Iran talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are raising questions about the secret U.S. diplomacy with Iran that led to last month’s nuclear breakthrough, demanding greater transparency and expressing disappointment at being left in the dark. The Associated […]

12/11/2013

Saudis look to private businesses for youth jobs

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia, the largest Arab economy, urgently needs to create new jobs in the coming years for the millions of young people expected to enter the kingdom’s workforce, Saudi business […]

12/03/2013

(Emaar Properties Logo, AP Photo)

Texas city settles logo dispute with Dubai company

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Amarillo’s first-ever logo didn’t last long. Days after unveiling it to kick off the city’s 100th anniversary, an official from Emaar Properties wrote to the city saying its new logo looked […]

11/27/2013

Oil pumps work in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

Iran nuke deal could push oil prices lower

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices could be headed lower after the preliminary nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, even though it does not allow Iran to export more oil. In the short […]

11/25/2013

In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 and released by the National Geographic Society on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, journalist Paul Salopek walks across the Afar desert of Ethiopia as part of his planned seven-year global trek from Africa to Tierra del Fuego. (AP Photo/National Geographic Society, John Stanmeyer)

1 year down: American walking from Africa to Chile

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — In Paul Salopek’s first year of his trek across the globe, the reporter walked alongside his camels for days in Ethiopia without seeing glass or bricks or any other signs of […]

11/20/2013

This photo provided by the Center for American Archaeology on Nov. 12, 2013 shows canine bones buried at the Koster site in Greene County, Ill. (AP Photo/Center for American Archaeology, Del Baston)

Where did dogs first appear? DNA points to Europe

NEW YORK (AP) — For years, scientists have been dogged by this evolution question: Just where did man’s best friend first appear? The earliest known doglike fossils come from Europe. But DNA studies have implicated […]

11/14/2013

A formation of nine Royal Air Force Red Arrows Hawk aircraft fly alongside a Boeing 777 aircraft during the Dubai Airshow in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Red Arrows, Cpl Andy Benson, File)

US companies eye Middle East airshow for sales

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. companies that dominate global aviation are eyeing the Middle East’s largest airshow in hopes of inking deals worth billions of dollars as the region’s economies continue to expand […]

11/14/2013

The North Korean Arirang smartphone.  (AP Photo/KCNA via KNS)

Motorola unveils budget smartphone, aimed at world

NEW YORK (AP) — Motorola wants to equip the world with the latest smartphone technology at less than a third the typical price. The new Moto G phone starts at $179 in the U.S. without […]

11/13/2013

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