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Bin Laden family’s huge company faces its worst crisis since 9/11

A vast multinational construction conglomerate run by Osama bin Laden’s brother, and founded by his father, is facing street protests after it failed to pay wages to tens of thousands of its employees for months.

Date: 05/03/2016 | Nation & World

Egypt journalists stage protest over police raid at union

CAIRO — Egypt’s journalists’ union called for the dismissal of the interior minister and launched an open-ended sit-in at its headquarters in downtown Cairo on Monday, protesting the detention of two journalists on its premises the previous night.

Date: 05/02/2016 | Nation & World

Protests disband after IS group carries out 2nd Iraq bombing

BAGHDAD — Anti-government protesters disbanded at least temporarily Sunday from the heavily fortified Green Zone they had stormed a day earlier after the Islamic State group carried out its second major attack in Iraq in as many days — a pair of car bombs that killed more than 30 people.

Date: 05/01/2016 | Nation & World

Muslim world divided on Quran’s influence

As the Middle East seethes in turmoil and violence, a new study shows that the Muslim world is sharply divided over the fundamental relationship between the laws of government and the religious teachings of the Quran.In places such as Pakistan, Jordan and the Palestinian...

Date: 05/01/2016 | Nation & World

Moderates in Iran win most parliament seats

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian moderates and reformists who support last year's landmark nuclear deal have won the largest number of seats in parliament after runoff elections, marking a shift away from hard-liners and boosting moderate President Hassan Rouhani as he looks to secure a...

Date: 05/01/2016 | Nation & World

About 16 military disciplined in Afghanistan hospital attack

WASHINGTON — A senior U.S. official says that about 16 U.S. military personnel, including one general officer, have been disciplined for mistakes that led to the bombing of a civilian hospital in Afghanistan last year that killed 42 people.

Date: 04/28/2016 | Nation & World

Recent battle hardens lines between Azerbijan, Armenians

STEPANAKERT, Nagorno-Karabakh — The military commander of this breakaway Armenian republic predicted in an interview here Monday that a fragile cease-fire could collapse within days. By that night, Azerbaijani shelling had killed two Armenian soldiers in a northern border town,...

Date: 04/28/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Egyptian police stifle plans for mass protest over islands

CAIRO — Thousands of Egyptian riot police on Monday stifled plans for mass demonstrations against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s rule, using tear gas, birdshot and beating up young activists to quickly disperse flash protests by hundreds in what evolved into a day of cat-and-mouse games across...

Date: 04/25/2016 | Nation & World

Obama to announce plans to grow U.S. Special Operations force in Syria

LONDON — President Obama will announce the addition of 250 Special Operations troops to the American advisory force in Syria, U.S. officials said Sunday, the administration’s latest move seeking to intensify pressure on the Islamic State.

Date: 04/24/2016 | Nation & World

Israel: Conservatives try to ‘disturb peace’ with goat sacrifices

Friday marks the first night of Passover, the eight-day Jewish festival that honors Jews' liberation from slavery in Egypt.At least seven Jewish men will be celebrating in police custody after they tried to sacrifice goats in the Old City of Jerusalem. The men, who were...

Date: 04/23/2016 | Nation & World

Jewish family makes claims to prized Passover manuscript

JERUSALEM — The grandchildren of one of the earliest Jewish victims of the Nazis are laying claim to a jewel of Israel’s top museum: the world’s oldest illustrated Passover manuscript.

Date: 04/22/2016 | Nation & World

In Saudi visit, Obama works to calm Gulf tensions with U.S.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Barack Obama strained to ease tensions with Persian Gulf allies Thursday, pledging U.S. help in confronting Iran and other security threats. Yet he failed to win the commitments he sought to boost economic aid to Iraq.

Date: 04/21/2016 | Nation & World

Empty bus explosion wounds 15 people in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — A bus exploded in the heart of Jerusalem Monday, wounding at least 15 people and raising fears of a return to the Palestinian suicide attacks that ravaged Israeli cities a decade ago.

Date: 04/18/2016 | Nation & World

Dubai airline Emirates buys 2 more Airbus A380s

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The world’s biggest operator of the double-decker Airbus A380 is buying a couple more.

Date: 04/13/2016 | Business Wire

Family of U.S. citizen released by Syria is thankful

SEATTLE — The Seattle-area family of a U.S. citizen released from captivity by the Syrian government said they were grateful for efforts by the U.S. government over the past three years to secure his freedom.

Date: 04/10/2016 | Northwest

Trump may have a point on U.S. support of NATO, Saudis

It seems strange that so few of my fellow TV binge-watchers have submitted to the fascinating Norwegian political thriller, "Occupied." Friends, this is eight hours of your life you won't mind not getting back.In the story, an idealistic Norwegian prime minister...

Date: 03/31/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Syrian forces recapture ancient city of Palmyra from IS

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian government forces recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra on Sunday, scoring an important victory over Islamic State fighters who waged a 10-month reign of terror there and dealing the group its first major defeat since an international agreement to battle terrorism in the...

Date: 03/27/2016 | Nation & World

To thwart attacks Europe must rethink intelligence

The value of catastrophic events is that they can help people face up to problems that are otherwise impossible to address. Maybe this will be the case with Tuesday's horrific attacks in Brussels.Europe is facing a security threat that's unprecedented in its modern history,...

Date: 03/24/2016 | Opinion Columnists

U.S. Marine dies in battle with Islamic State

IRBIL, Iraq — A U.S. Marine was killed near the front line with the Islamic State in northern Iraq on Saturday, becoming the second combat casualty of the war against the militants, according to the U.S. military and Iraqi officials.The Marine died when ISIS militants...

Date: 03/19/2016 | Nation & World

Stepping back in Mid-East has allowed others to move in

What accounted for Vladimir Putin's surprise decision Monday to start pulling Russian forces from Syria? Is it possible that he spent last weekend reading Jeffrey Goldberg's piece in The Atlantic and decided that President Obama was right about the Syria mess, and that he should quit...

Date: 03/18/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Students building bridges with a hug

It started as a Kamiak High School student's idea to add a spirit of giving back during her family's vacation to the West African nation of Ghana, where her parents were born.Rachel Bervell organized a teddy bear drive, Hugs for...

Date: 03/15/2016 | Editorials

Lebanon: Missiles on flight were for training, headed for Maine

BELGRADE, Serbia — Two U.S.-bound missiles found on a passenger flight from Lebanon to Serbia were used for training and did not contain any explosives, the Lebanese army said Monday. Serbian investigators remain unconvinced, saying police found traces of suspected explosive materials on the...

Date: 03/14/2016 | Nation & World

Israeli Holocaust survivor is world’s oldest man

A 112-year-old Israeli who lived through both World Wars and survived the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz is the world's oldest man, Guinness...

Date: 03/12/2016 | Nation & World

As Obama pledged, ISIS being degraded

U.S. Special Operations Forces working with a widening array of partners are slowly tightening their squeeze on Islamic State fighters in eastern Syria — moving toward an eventual assault on the jihadists' self-declared capital of Raqqa.The Pentagon's top priority in...

Date: 03/09/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Iran invites Boeing to Tehran for aircraft talks

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has invited Boeing Co. to Tehran to negotiate a possible aircraft purchase, though Boeing said Friday it would only be offering the country “fleet planning.”

Date: 03/04/2016 | Business Wire

Israel to launch Boeing-aided missile defense system

TEL AVIV - A joint exercise now being conducted between thousands of Israeli forces and the U.S. European Command represents a final test before Israel begins to deploy one of the most sophisticated missile defense systems in the world.

Date: 03/04/2016 | Nation & World

U.S. diplomacy has reshaped pieces in Mid-East puzzle

Asked to describe the current shape of the Middle East, a visiting Israeli official uses a Hebrew expression, gam vegam, which translates roughly to: "It's going in both directions at once." The shards of the Middle East mosaic are as sharp and dangerous as ever,...

Date: 03/03/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Saudis work at Starbucks, McDonald’s. And that’s a big deal

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Mariam al-Harbi is Saudi, and she works at Starbucks.

Date: 03/02/2016 | Nation & World

Osama bin Laden lauded America’s Founding Fathers

In a letter apparently written by Osama bin Laden, the late al-Qaida leader denounced the corporate interests supposedly driving politics in the United States and hailed the courage of the country’s Founding Fathers.Yes, you read that right.

Date: 03/02/2016 | Nation & World

Iranian hard-liners losers in parliament, clerical body

TEHRAN, Iran— Iranian voters dealt hard-liners a serious blow in elections for parliament and an influential clerical body, favoring reformists and relative moderates who support last year’s nuclear deal in the country’s first elections since the landmark agreement, results released Monday...

Date: 02/29/2016 | Nation & World

Cease-fire in Syria appears to be working, at least for now

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — The unthinkable happened in Syria on Saturday as an internationally mandated truce unexpectedly took hold across much of the country, raising hopes that the beginning of an end to the five-year-old crisis may be in sight.

Date: 02/28/2016 | Nation & World

After treaty, Iranian moderates gain strength

TEHRAN, Iran — Partial election results in Iran on Saturday point to major gains by reformists and moderates who favor expanding freedoms and engaging with the West, and who defended the recently implemented nuclear deal with world powers against opposition from hard-liners.

Date: 02/28/2016 | Nation & World

Barbarians are at the gate, and Obama fiddles

State of the world, Year Eight of Barack Obama:(1) In the South China Sea, on a speck of land of disputed sovereignty far from its borders, China has just installed anti-aircraft batteries and stationed fighter jets. This after China landed planes on an artificial island it...

Date: 02/26/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Dubai airport expands again with opening of new concourse

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The world’s busiest airport for international travel is growing again.

Date: 02/25/2016 | Business Wire

President Obama visits his first U.S. mosque

WASHINGTON — First came an honor guard of Muslim Boy Scouts proudly carrying a U.S. flag. Then a rousing pledge of allegiance from hundreds of Muslim Americans. Then an introduction from a Muslim college student, wearing a hijab over her head, who wants to be a doctor.

Date: 02/04/2016 | Nation & World

British Airways to resume flights to Tehran in July

British Airways said it will resume flights to Tehran on July 14 after last month’s international deal lifting sanctions imposed over Iran’s nuclear program.

Date: 02/04/2016 | Business Wire

Resuming a life interrupted by captors in Iran

Of the 545 days my colleague Jason Rezaian spent in an Iranian prison, perhaps the most unusual was the time his captors let him watch "The Shawshank Redemption" on Iranian state television.The next day, a hulking man who was guarding Rezaian asked if he'd...

Date: 01/31/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Israel, Jordan may wait for U.S. to act on their behalf

TEL AVIV, Israel — Let's say Islamic State fighters attack an Israeli military patrol along the Syrian border. They try unsuccessfully to kidnap an Israeli soldier, but they kill four others. A Jordanian border post is hit, too, and the Islamic State proclaims it has control of...

Date: 01/28/2016 | Opinion Columnists

The GOP gets the Iran prisoner swap wrong

Give President Obama credit. His Iran nuclear deal may be disastrous but the packaging was brilliant. The near-simultaneous prisoner exchange was meant to distract from last Saturday's official implementation of the sanctions-lifting deal. And it did. The Republicans concentrated almost...

Date: 01/22/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Bahrain’s Gulf Air announces Airbus order; upgrades 787 plans

MANAMA, Bahrain — Bahrain’s state-run Gulf Air announced Thursday it will purchase 19 new Airbus aircraft worth a listed value of $2.35 billion, part of its effort to compete in the region’s race between carriers.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Business Wire

Kerry to meet Iranian FM ahead of imminent sanctions relief

WASHINGTON — Amid signs that a decision to provide Iran with billions of dollars in nuclear sanctions relief is imminent, Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Saturday with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and a top European Union official, the State Department said Friday.

Date: 01/15/2016 | Nation & World

U.S. skeptical of Putin but a necessary partner in Syria

Russia is emerging as an essential diplomatic and security partner for the U.S. in Syria, despite the Obama administration's opposition to Moscow's support for President Bashar al-Assad. Russian-American cooperation on Syria now includes regular diplomatic, military and...

Date: 01/14/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Politicizing Benghazi doesn’t honor diplomats that serve us

When Thomas E. McNamara arrived in Colombia as U.S. ambassador in 1988, he encountered a hit list issued by narco-terrorist Pablo Escobar. "I was No. 1," he recalls. "Ambassadors tend to get that kind of attention."On a different mission to confer...

Date: 01/14/2016 | Opinion Columnists

U.S. Navy sailors held by Iran released with their boats

TEHRAN, Iran — All 10 U.S. Navy sailors detained by Iran after their two small boats allegedly drifted into Iranian territorial waters around one of Iran’s Persian Gulf islands a day earlier have been freed, the United States and Iran said Wednesday.

Date: 01/13/2016 | Nation & World

Arab League condemns Iranian ‘meddling’ in Arab affairs

CAIRO — Arab foreign ministers, with the exception of Lebanon, condemned in a Sunday statement what they called Iran’s meddling in Arab affairs.

Date: 01/10/2016 | Nation & World

Moderates may see gains in Iran’s election

By David IgnatiusThe power struggle in Tehran between moderates and hard-liners is heading toward a showdown in next month’s elections, which could shape the political balance in Iran for years to come.

Date: 01/10/2016 | Opinion

Navy releases video of Iran rockets near U.S. aircraft carrier

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The U.S. Navy on Saturday released footage it said showed Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels firing rockets near warships and commercial traffic in the strategic Strait of Hormuz late last month, a move raising tensions between the two nations...

Date: 01/09/2016 | Nation & World

Capitulation by Obama a signal to foes, allies

If you're going to engage in a foreign policy capitulation, might as well do it when everyone is getting tanked and otherwise occupied. Say, New Year's Eve. Here's the story: In October, Iran test-fires a nuclear-capable ballistic missile in brazen violation of Security...

Date: 01/08/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Saudis cut ties with Iran after Shiite cleric's execution

TEHRAN, Iran — Saudi Arabia announced Sunday it was severing diplomatic relations with Shiite powerhouse Iran amid escalating tensions over the Sunni kingdom's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.The move came hours after protesters stormed and set fire to the Saudi...

Date: 01/04/2016 | Nation & World

Merkel offers example to U.S. on refugees, migrants

Time magazine made a solid news judgment in naming German Chancellor Angela Merkel its 2015 "Person of the Year."The flood of refugees and immigrants from the Middle East and Africa into Europe, the greatest wave of migrants since World War II, is the...

Date: 01/04/2016 | Opinion Columnists

63-story Dubai hotel burns just before New Year’s fireworks

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A 63-story luxury hotel was engulfed in flames even as a massive New Year’s fireworks display kicked off at the world’s tallest skyscraper nearby, while tens of thousands of people whistled and cheered at early Friday’s pyrotechnics.

Date: 12/31/2015 | Nation & World

Wiretapping of Israelis scoops up talks with lawmakers

Republican lawmakers criticized the Obama administration Wednesday after a report that U.S. eavesdropping on Israeli officials during the Iran nuclear negotiations had picked up communications with members of Congress and Jewish American organizations.

Date: 12/31/2015 | Nation & World

Hard-liners in Iran want to scuttle Western investment

One of the arguments for the Iran nuclear deal was that it would encourage greater openness and investment from the West. But Iranian hard-liners have been working in recent months to sabotage the proponents of economic globalization and change.The clearest example is the...

Date: 12/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Women vote in Saudi Arabia for the first time

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia shed its dubious distinction as the last major country to bar women from participating in elections, as they cast ballots Saturday and ran as candidates in hundreds of local municipal council races.

Date: 12/12/2015 | Nation & World

Our complicated feelings toward those ‘yearning to breathe free’

Congressman Rick Larsen’s audience was in full agreement Friday when he spoke about the meaning of the Statue of Liberty.

Date: 12/06/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

Islamic State faces money problems as it loses territory

BEIRUT — By most estimates, the Islamic State is the world’s richest terrorist organization. But it appears to be wrestling with money problems that could affect its ability to wage war while trying to govern millions of people in its self-declared caliphate.

Date: 12/05/2015 | Nation & World

Many in Iraq see U.S. as an ally of ISIS

BAIJI, Iraq - On the front lines of the battle against the Islamic State, suspicion of the United States runs deep. Iraqi fighters say they have all seen the videos purportedly showing U.S. helicopters airdropping weapons to the militants, and many claim they have friends and relatives...

Date: 12/01/2015 | Nation & World

Ben Carson: Syrian refugees don’t want to come to U.S.

AZRAQ REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan — After touring refugee camps in Jordan, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Saturday suggested that camps should serve as a long-term solution for millions, while other refugees could be absorbed by Middle Eastern countries.

Date: 11/28/2015 | Nation & World

Israel to open Abu Dhabi office for renewable energy

JERUSALEM — Israel “soon” will open an office focused on renewable energy in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates — even though the two nations have no diplomatic relations, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday.

Date: 11/28/2015 | Business Wire

Russia sends air-defense missiles to Syria

Russia ordered the deployment of sophisticated ground-to-air missiles in Syria on Wednesday, a day after a Turkish fighter jet shot down a Russian SU-24 warplane that Ankara said had repeatedly violated Turkish airspace near the Syrian border.The Kremlin also said it was...

Date: 11/25/2015 | Nation & World

Shared pain, shared path

Viewpoints: Similarities of France, U.S. can strengthen both

Date: 11/22/2015 | Commentary

Iran war game simulates capture of Jerusalem

TEHRAN, Iran — Paramilitary forces from Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard have held a war game simulating the capture of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque from Israeli control, state media reported Saturday.

Date: 11/21/2015 | Nation & World

Russian warplanes attack ISIS oil plants

MOSCOW — The Russian military has destroyed numerous oil facilities and tankers controlled by the Islamic State group in Syria, sharply cutting its income, Russia's defense minister said Friday.Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin on Friday that...

Date: 11/21/2015 | Nation & World

Rally in Olympia offers opposing views on Syrian refugees

OLYMPIA — Hundreds of protesters and counter-protesters on opposite sides of the Syrian refugee resettlement issue gathered in front of the Washington state Capitol Friday.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Northwest

Oregon governor says state will accept refugees

SALEM, Ore. — Gov. Kate Brown says Oregon will welcome Syrian refugees.Brown was silent on the topic Monday as governors throughout the U.S. expressed their views on the topic after the terrorist attacks in Paris. On Tuesday, Brown announced on Twitter that Oregon will accept refugees.

Date: 11/17/2015 | Northwest

Homemade bomb downed Russian airliner; Putin vows revenge

MOSCOW — A homemade explosive device brought down a Russian passenger plane over Egypt last month, the head of Russia’s FSB security service said Tuesday, telling President Vladimir Putin it’s now clear the crash that killed 224 people was a "terrorist" act...

Date: 11/17/2015 | Nation & World

Gov. Inslee says Washington will welcome Syrian refugees

OLYMPIA — Washington state will welcome Syrian refugees if the federal government ultimately decides the state will receive any of the 10,000 people that President Barack Obama’s administration has pledged to resettle over the next year, Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday.

Date: 11/16/2015 | Northwest

Release set for convicted Navy spy Jonathan Pollard

WASHINGTON — Jonathan Pollard, the Navy intelligence analyst whose 1985 arrest for selling secrets to Israel set off a sensational spy saga, is scheduled to be released from federal prison next week, marking the end of a three-decade diplomatic burr in the relationship between the...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Nation & World

Dem candidates clash on domestic, foreign policy

DES MOINES - A Democratic presidential debate here Saturday that began with a sobering discussion of the escalating terrorist threats from Islamic State militants quickly turned to a sharp ideological clash on domestic issues that included regulating the banking industry and gun...

Date: 11/14/2015 | Nation & World

Beheading of 9-year-old Afghan girl prompts huge protests

Demonstrations have broken out in cities across Afghanistan this week in the wake of the massacre of seven people from the Hazara ethnic minority. The decapitated bodies of four men, two women and a child were found Saturday in a rural town in the southern province of Zabul. The attacks...

Date: 11/13/2015 | Nation & World

All are at the table for Syrian peace talks, except Syrians

"Syrian peace talks" is one of those phrases where the soothing words don't fit the nightmare reality. But the indefatigable Secretary of State John Kerry is making another try this weekend in Vienna, and there's more to this effort than just his good intentions.

Date: 11/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Iraqi Kurds enter Sinjar in push to oust ISIS fighters

SINJAR, Iraq — Iraqi Kurdish militias battling to take back Sinjar from Islamic State militants raised a Kurdish flag and fired off celebratory gunfire in the center of town Friday, though U.S. and Kurdish officials cautioned that it was too soon to declare victory in a major...

Date: 11/12/2015 | Nation & World

How do you smuggle Heineken into Saudi Arabia?

Legally, alcohol is banned in Saudi Arabia. In reality, however, there are people in the country who drink.If you're wondering how exactly they actually get that alcohol, consider the multiple reports in the Saudi press Thursday that describe how the Saudi authorities at the...

Date: 11/12/2015 | Off the Wire

Netanyahu may have turned Jewish Americans against him

Benjamin Netanyahu doesn't do regret.Earlier this year, the Israeli prime minister did more than any of his predecessors over nearly 70 years to turn his country into a partisan political issue in the United States. In his speech to Congress and in other venues, he fought...

Date: 11/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Netanyahu expects more military aid from meeting with Obama

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington on Monday is being billed as a fence-mending visit after their dispute over the Iran nuclear deal.

Date: 11/09/2015 | Nation & World

Dubai Airshow opens with no big purchase announcements

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The biennial Dubai Airshow opened its doors Sunday without any major purchasing deals announced, instead giving Arab Gulf carriers an opportunity to showcase the latest and newest aircraft in their fast-growing fleets.Dubai-based Emirates...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Business Wire

Turkey’s PM declares victory in election; blast injures 20

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish media reports some 20 people have been hospitalized mostly with respiratory problems following an explosion at a grocery shop in southeast Turkey.

Date: 11/01/2015 | Nation & World

Russian jet broke up at high altitude over Egypt

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — The Russian jetliner that crashed shortly after takeoff from an Egyptian resort city broke up at high altitude, scattering fragments of wreckage over a wide area in the Sinai Peninsula, Russia's top aviation official said Sunday as search teams raced to...

Date: 11/01/2015 | Nation & World

Russian airliner crashes in Sinai; 224 are dead

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — A Russian aircraft carrying 224 people, including 17 children, crashed Saturday in a remote mountainous region in the Sinai Peninsula about 20 minutes after taking off from a Red Sea resort popular with Russian tourists, the Egyptian government said. There...

Date: 10/31/2015 | Nation & World

ISIS-crimes blogger found beheaded in Turkey

ISTANBUL — A Syrian activist who helped produce a blog dedicated to exposing Islamic State crimes against the residents of Raqqa was found beheaded along with another young activist at their apartment in Sanliurfa in southern Turkey on Friday, friends said.

Date: 10/30/2015 | Nation & World

Iran preparing for ‘tsunami’ of tourists

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s vice president told The Associated Press on Sunday his country is preparing for a “tsunami” of foreign tourists as Iran and world powers are set to begin implementing a landmark nuclear deal that will lift sanctions in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program.

Date: 10/18/2015 | Nation & World

Arab areas of Jerusalem blocked off in Israeli crackdown

JERUSALEM — Palestinians in Jerusalem, more than a third of the city’s population, have awoken to a new reality: Israeli troops are encircling Arab neighborhoods, blocking roads with concrete cubes the size of washing machines and ordering some of those leaving on foot to lift their shirts to show...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Nation & World

Migrants surge into Slovenia along new route

PETISOVCI, Slovenia — Thousands of migrants surged into tiny Slovenia on Saturday as an alternative route opened in Europe for them after Hungary sealed its border for their free flow, adding another hurdle in their frantic flight from wars and poverty toward what they hope is a...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Nation & World

Turkey shoots down drone at border with Syria

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish jets shot down an unidentified drone that flew into Turkey’s airspace at the border with Syria Friday, an incident that comes as Syrian troops under Russian air cover are pressing their offensive against rebels in central and northern Syria.

Date: 10/16/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. watching Saudi political maneuvering

An internal political storm is roiling Saudi Arabia, as the crown prince and his deputy jockey for power under an aging King Salman — while some other members of the royal family agitate on behalf of a third senior prince who they claim would have wider family support.

Date: 10/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

3 Palestinians killed, 4 Israelis wounded in latest violence

JERUSALEM — A wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence showed no signs of abating Sunday, as three Palestinians, including a 2-year-old and a 13-year-old, were killed by Israeli forces, and four Israelis were wounded in an evening stabbing attack.

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

Suicide bombings kill 97 at peace rally in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey — Nearly simultaneous explosions targeted a Turkish peace rally Saturday in Ankara, killing at least 97 people and wounding scores in Turkey’s deadliest attack in years — one that threatens to inflame the nation’s ethnic tensions.

Date: 10/10/2015 | Nation & World

Russian missiles aimed at Syria apparently fell in Iran

IRBIL, Iraq — The Syrian army, supported by Russian air power and Iranian-led militias, pressed ahead for a second day Thursday with an offensive intended to retake portions of Hama and Latakiya province from rebels, some of whom are supported by the United States.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Nation & World

Israelis advance in contest to send spacecraft to moon

JERUSALEM — A team of Israeli engineers is the first to advance in an international competition sponsored by Google to send a privately-funded spacecraft to the moon, contest organizers announced Wednesday.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Business Wire

Tip of the iceberg: No end in sight to migrant wave

Associated PressZAGREB, Croatia — One month after the body of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach — and a week after the European Union agreed to secure its borders — the migrant crisis has largely fallen off the front pages and reporters are going home.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

Israel shuts Jerusalem’s Old City to nonresident Palestinians

JERUSALEM — Israeli authorities took the extraordinary step of banning nonresident Palestinians from the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday as increased violence gave rise to concerns that a third intifada, or uprising, may have begun.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

Russian warplanes unlikely to turn tide in Syrian war

MOSCOW — Russia has triumphantly plunged into Syria's four-year-old civil war with an expanding campaign of airstrikes. But the official euphoria here masks a nagging question: What can a limited deployment of Russian air power actually accomplish?In the short term,...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

Obama misjudged Putin; Putin may have misjudged Syria

Russia's expanded role in the Middle East has been hiding in plain sight for months. And the Obama administration, eager for Moscow's diplomatic help, all but invited it. Now that Russian jets and tanks have arrived in Syria, this intervention doesn't look so benign.

Date: 10/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Putin’s plans in Syria clear to all but Obama

"Russia hits Assad's foes, angering U.S." — Headline, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 1If it had the wit, the Obama administration would be not angered, but appropriately humiliated. President Obama has, once again, been totally outmaneuvered by...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Putin may not fare any better fighting ISIS than U.S. has

Between the lines of President Obama's comments on Syria at the United Nations on Monday, you could hear a sad admission of failure: The U.S. hasn't been able to organize a winning strategy to deal with the Islamic State. Maybe we should let Russian President Vladimir Putin try his...

Date: 09/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Iraq turns to Russia in fight against Islamic State

BAGHDAD — Iraq plans to set up a joint intelligence-sharing hub with Syria, Iran and Russia to fight the Islamic State, officials said, a move that could further sideline the United States in the battle against the extremist group.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Nation & World

Saudi prince arrested on sex crime charge

LOS ANGELES — A Saudi prince who allegedly tried to force a female worker to perform a sex act on him inside a massive property near Beverly Hills has now been accused of attacking other women in the home, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Date: 09/26/2015 | Nation & World

Over 700 die in hajj crush in Saudi Arabia

MINA, Saudi Arabia — Two giant waves of Muslim pilgrims collided at an intersection Thursday near a holy site in Saudi Arabia, and more than 700 people were crushed and trampled to death in the worst disaster at the hajj in a quarter-century."People were climbing...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World

Even with complications, helping Kurds fight ISIS makes sense

While the Obama administration haggles over its Syria strategy, a Kurdish militia that claims more than 25,000 battle-hardened fighters is poised several dozen miles north of the Islamic State's capital of Raqqa — ready to roll toward the extremists' sanctuary.U.S.

Date: 09/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

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