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US Secretary of State John Kerry (AP Photo)

Kerry heads to Mideast in bid for cease-fire

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back to the Middle East as the Obama administration attempts to bolster regional efforts to reach a ceasefire and sharpens its criticism of Hamas in […]

07/20/2014

In this photo taken Saturday, June 21, 2014, militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) patrol in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. Sunni militants have seized another town in Iraq's western Anbar province, the fourth to fall in two days, officials said Sunday, in what is shaping up to be a major offensive in one of Iraq's most restive regions. (AP Photo)

Iraqi militants seize 2 more border crossings

BAGHDAD (AP) — Sunni militants on Sunday captured two border crossings, one along the frontier with Jordan and the other with Syria, security and military officials said, as they pressed on with their offensive in […]

06/22/2014

Pope Francis is flanked by a royal house representatives upon his arrival at Amman's airport, Jordan, Saturday, May 24, 2014. The pontiff is in Jordan on the first of a three day trip to the Middle East that will also take him to the West Bank and Israel. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Pool)

Pope opens Mideast trip lamenting Syrian conflict

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Pope Francis called on Saturday for an “urgent” end to the Syrian civil war and lamented the refugee crisis it has spawned as he opened a three-day trip to the Middle […]

05/24/2014

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

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