middle-east

In this Friday, June 17, 2011 file image made from video released by Change.org, a Saudi Arabian woman drives a car as part of a campaign to defy Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Change.org, File)

Saudi Arabia warns online backers of women drivers

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi officials stepped up warnings Friday over a planned protest that will see women get behind the wheel to challenge male-only driving rules, saying that even online support for the […]

10/25/2013

Italian Coast Guard personnel recover a body bag on their patrol boat in Lampedusa island, Italy, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Francesco Malavolta)

Italy holds suspected ship captain; death toll 275

LAMPEDUSA, Italy (AP) — Italy on Tuesday detained a 35-year-old Tunisian man suspected of being the captain of a boat carrying African migrants that sank off the tiny island of Lampedusa. Divers, meanwhile, recovered dozens […]

10/08/2013

Migrants answer a reporter's questions at a temporary camp in the Italian island of Lampedusa, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.  (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Fisherman says migrants were too weak to grab lifesaver

LAMPEDUSA, Italy (AP) — The friends were heading out on a fishing trip, when one heard voices from the sea. Don’t be silly, Vito Fiorino told him — it’s only the seagulls’ early morning song. […]

10/04/2013

People walk past a Potbelly Sandwich shop in New York. (AP Photo/Tali Arbel, File)

Investors gobble up Potbelly shares in debut

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors gobbled up shares of Potbelly Corp. Friday, and the sandwich chain’s shares more than doubled in their debut on the Nasdaq. The company’s initial public offering was another win for […]

10/04/2013

In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, rapper Makhtar 'Xuman' Fall lays down verse about the week's news, during a taping of the 'Journal Rappe' in Dakar, Senegal. (AP Photo/Jane Hahn)

Senegalese rappers spin world news on TV program

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The war in Syria isn’t the easiest topic to break down in a brief newscast. But that’s exactly what Senegalese rapper Makhtar “Xuman” Fall does — and throws it down in […]

09/13/2013

In this Dec. 19, 2006 photo, Vladimir Putin, Russian President, right, and his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad smile as they shake hands in Moscow's Kremlin. (AP photo/RIA Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press service, File)

Russia re-emerges as Mideast player

With a few days’ worth of surprise diplomacy, Vladimir Putin has revived memories of an era many thought was long gone, when Washington and Moscow jostled for influence while others looked on. Whatever happens with […]

09/11/2013

US Embassy seal

US orders diplomats out of Lebanon

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Friday ordered nonessential U.S. diplomats to leave Lebanon due to security concerns as the Obama administration and Congress debate military strikes on neighboring Syria. In a new travel […]

09/06/2013

Jon Stewart (AP Photo)

Jon Stewart returns to ‘The Daily Show’

  NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Stewart is back, and the shaggy beard he grew over the summer is gone. “The Daily Show” host returned Tuesday night to the Comedy Central show. He’d been off […]

09/03/2013

Pope Francis recites the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St.Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Pope announces day of fasting for peace for Syria

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday condemned the use of chemical weapons, but he called for a negotiated settlement to the civil war in Syria, and announced he would lead a worldwide day […]

09/01/2013

This image provided by Shaam News Network on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show bodies of victims of an attack on Ghouta, Syria on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network)

Across US, fears, ambivalence, anguish over Syria

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The specter of U.S. military action against Syria and further intervention in the Muslim world is generating troubled and conflicting emotions throughout America. People cite misgivings about their country’s role […]

08/31/2013

US President Barack Obama (l) and President of Syria Bashar Assad. (AP Photo)

US moves forces toward Syria, inquiry continues

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. intelligence officials are still trying to determine whether Syria’s government unleashed a deadly chemical weapons attack on its people. At the same time, the Obama administration is preparing for a possible […]

08/25/2013

Egyptian security forces clear a sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in the eastern Nasr City district of Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa)

Reporter and cameraman shot dead in Egypt

CAIRO (AP) — A cameraman for British broadcaster Sky News and a Dubai-based newspaper reporter were killed during violence in Egypt Wednesday, their employers said. Sky said Mick Deane, 61, was shot and wounded while […]

08/14/2013

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