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  • Syria ‘ready to participate’ in Moscow peace talks

    DAMASCUS (AP) — Syrian state-run TV said Saturday that the government is prepared to take part in peace talks hosted by Russia next month, but the unnamed foreign ministry official it cited suggested the scope…

  • Egypt reduces sentences in same-sex wedding case

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian appeals court has reduced the sentences of eight men convicted on charges of “inciting debauchery” for taking part in an alleged same-sex wedding party from three years to one year…

  • Iran’s army tests suicide drone in drills

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s army has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. Gen. Ahmad…

  • Gunmen kill policeman, injure another

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s state news agency says two unknown gunmen on a motorcycle have shot and killed a policeman and injured another. The two police corporals were guarding a bank in Sphinx Square in…

  • Syrian air raids on IS-held towns kill dozens

    BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian air raids on two northern towns held by the militant Islamic State group have killed more than 50 people in two days. Rami Abdurrahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory…

  • Israel: Palestinian stabs 2 border police

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian man on Friday stabbed and lightly wounded two Israeli paramilitary border policemen at the entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday, Israeli police said. The attacker stabbed an officer in…

  • Israel’s ultra-Orthodox mull bigger role for women

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A struggle for women’s rights is brewing within Israel’s deeply conservative ultra-Orthodox community, where women, largely shut out of politics, are beginning to demand greater representation in the country’s parliament. More than…

  • Father of pilot captured by IS pleads for release

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State militants in Syria has pleaded for his son’s release. Safi Yousef al-Kaseasbeh, speaking to reporters in the Jordanian capital Amman on…

  • Faithful flock to Bethlehem for Christmas

    BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Several thousand Christian pilgrims on Wednesday flocked to the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, lifting spirits after a year of conflict…

  • Islamic State extremists capture Jordanian pilot

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Islamic State militants captured a Jordanian pilot after his warplane crashed in Syria while carrying out airstrikes Wednesday, making him the first foreign military member to fall into the extremists’ hands…

  • Israel strikes Gaza after Palestinian sniper fire

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces on Wednesday struck targets in the Gaza Strip, killing a Hamas militant, after its troops came under attack by Palestinian snipers while patrolling the Israeli side of the border, the…

  • Tunisia president-elect to quit his party

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The winner of Tunisia’s presidential election says he will resign from the leadership of his political party to focus on his new job. Beji Caid Essebsi, who won 55 percent of…

  • Iraq: Suicide attack kills 24 people near Baghdad

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber detonated his payload among a group of pro-government Sunni militiamen near the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 24 people. The attacker mingled with the militiamen as…

  • Israeli police probing major political corruption case

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s police said Wednesday they are investigating dozens of public figures and politicians in a major corruption case that could impact upcoming elections. Police didn’t name the politicians involved when making the…

  • Grisly finds in Iraqi Yazidi village wrested from militants

    HARDAN, Iraq (AP) — After he fled from this tiny northern Iraqi hamlet four months ago, Hayder Khalef got panicked phone calls from his relatives who had remained behind. They were at that moment being…