Middle East

Beji Caid Essebsi, center, leader of the Nidaa Tounes party, speaks outside the party's headquarters in Tunis, Dec. 21, 2014.

Photogallery Political Veteran Essebsi Elected Tunisia's New President

Official results give Beji Caid Essebsi nearly 56 percent of vote in runoff election - compared to 44 percent for incumbent interim President Moncef Marzouki More

FILE - Jordan's Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, gestures after a news conference at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, October 2014.

UN Rights Chief Criticizes Jordan Reviving Death Penalty

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said crime rates aren't lowered by executions, and with what he calls 'tragic frequency,' executed prisoners are later proven innocent More

Military vehicles of Kurdish security forces are seen at Mount Sinjar, in the town of Sinjar, Iraq, Dec. 21, 2014.

US Coalition Destroys IS Targets Near Sinjar

Numerous airstrikes in Iraq, Syria help advance gains made Sunday by Kurdish peshmerga fighters against Islamic State siege of the area More

Tripoli, Libya

5 Killed as Libyan Forces, Islamist Fighters Clash in Benghazi

Army special forces and troops led by former general Khalifa Haftar have been fighting to oust Islamist groups in eastern coastal city since October More

FILE - An oil technician makes his way to the oil separator facilities in Iran's Azadegan oil field. Falling oil prices are depressing living standards in the Islamic Republic.

Iran’s Budget Woes Unlikely to Derail Nuclear Goals

Experts say falling oil prices will hurt living standards but won’t alter ruling clerics’ priorities More



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Photogallery Political Veteran Essebsi Elected Tunisia's New President

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Israel: Gaza Airstrike Is Warning to Hamas

Airstrike launched on Gaza after Palestinians fired a rocket across the border
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Saudi Arabia Won't Cut Oil Output

Move is one of sharpest signals yet that world's top petroleum exporter plans to ride out market's biggest slump in years
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Iraqi Kurdish Leader Visits Sinjar After IS Pushed Out

Thousands of Kurdish peshmerga began a drive on Wednesday to rid area of Islamic State fighters
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Lebanon Says it Needs French Helicopters Quickly to Fight Jihadis

Paris plans to start supplying equipment in first quarter of 2015, over a period of three years, ending with delivery of helicopters
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Tunisians Vote in Historic Presidential Runoff

Vote represents final stage in country's transition since the so-called Arab Spring revolution that overthrew long-ruling President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011
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Kurdish Forces Press Sinjar Offensive Against IS Extremists

32-truck aid convoy sent by Iraqi Kurds to entrapped Yazidis also reaches Mount Sinjar
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IS Militants Use Sex to Lure Recruits

So-called Islamic State militant group reportedly publishes a guide recently on how to treat captured women as sex slaves
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Blast Wounds Police in Shi'ite Bahrain Village

Interior Ministry statement describes explosion near the capital, Manama, as a "terrorist blast"
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Saudi Arabia: Security Forces Killed 4 Militants in Awamiya

A spokesman says the dead were behind the killing of a member of the security forces last Sunday
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Israel Launches Airstrikes in Gaza

Israeli military says it was retaliating for rocket launched from Gaza into southern Israel, which caused no injuries
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