- Lebanon Panel Refers Policy Statement to Cabinet after Failing to Reach Agreement The panel drafting a government policy statement failed on Tuesday to agree on a draft that meets the demands of the rival March 8 and 14 camps. ... 11 March 2014, 17:46 19
- Middle East Libya MPs Oust PM after N. Korean Tanker Escapes to Sea with Rebel Oil The Libyan parliament ousted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan Tuesday after a tanker laden with crude oil from a rebel-held terminal broke through a naval... 11 March 2014, 16:26
- Lebanon Suleiman Calls for Apology to the People over Lack of Respect to Dialogue Decisions President Michel Suleiman urged on Tuesday Lebanon's rival political parties to apologize to the Lebanese people over their failure to implement de... 11 March 2014, 12:53 125
- World Crimea Assembly Votes for Independence from Ukraine, Merkel Calls Russia's Moves 'Annexation' Pro-Moscow lawmakers in Crimea voted for independence from Ukraine on Tuesday in a precursor to a referendum this weekend for the region to become ... 11 March 2014, 12:43 4
British Prime Minister David Cameron will make the first visit of his premiership to Israel this week, officials said Monday.
Cameron will travel to Israel on Wednesday before holding talks with counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu and delivering a keynote speech to Israel's parliament.Full Story
Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian on a road near the West Bank administrative center of Ramallah on Monday, Israeli security sources said.
The Palestinian was part of a group throwing stones at Israeli troops, who opened fire near the Ofra settlement, fatally wounding him, they said.Full Story
The Syrian opposition said Monday that 141 women prisoners were freed from regime jails as part of a swap deal involving the release of 13 nuns abducted from the Syrian Christian town of Maalula.
“We have information that 141 women were released,” opposition activist Hadi al-Abdallah, who filmed a video showing the exchange of prisoners, told Agence France Presse.Full Story
Libyan authorities stopped a North Korean-flagged tanker as it left a rebel-held port on Monday with an "illegal" shipment of crude, a military source said.
Former rebels calling for autonomy for eastern Libya have been blockading the port of al-Sidra and other key export terminals in the region since July last year.Full Story
The World Food Program said Monday insecurity in Syria was cutting off half a million people from the food aid they need, while a lack of funds has also forced the U.N. food agency to slash rations.
Three years into Syria's bloody civil war, the WFP said in recent weeks it had reached a number of areas in the governorates of Damascus, Homs, Raqqa and Daraa that had long remained inaccessible.Full Story
U.S. officials including FBI agents are in Kiev helping a Ukrainian-led investigation into corruption under ousted president Viktor Yanukovych, the U.S. ambassador to Kiev said on Monday.
"We are doing what we can to unpack the enormous kleptocracy which surrounded the Yanukovych government," Geoffrey Pyatt said at a press conference in Kiev.Full Story
A French court sentenced four men to up to seven years in jail Monday for having tried to wage jihad abroad, at a time of concern over the mounting number of nationals going to fight in Syria.
The four were accused of having tried -- and failed -- to reach jihadist hotspots in 2009 and 2010 and of having facilitated the departure to a zone on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan of two other Frenchmen who were later killed in a U.S. army raid.Full Story
Unknown assailants on Monday assassinated a high-ranking Fatah Movement official in the Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp near the southern city of Sidon.
“Fatah Movement official Brig. Gen. Jamil Zeidan died of his wounds after he was shot by unidentified gunmen in the al-Fawqani area,” state-run National News Agency said.Full Story
Suspected al-Qaida militants on Monday attacked an army vehicle in Yemen's southern province of Abyan wounding six soldiers, a security official said.
The assailants opened fire at the vehicle east of the coastal town of Ahwar before fleeing, the official said.Full Story
The Gaza Strip's two principal militant groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, have already shown they are able to strike Israeli population centers as far away as Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
But their capabilities could have been extended significantly, Israel claims, had it not intercepted a ship carrying weapons it says were on their way from Iran to Gaza.Full Story