AP - ap.online.regional.middle.east http://www.comcast.net?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_ AP - ap.online.regional.middle.east News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:06:56 -0500 Bahrain holds its first major vote since unrest Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:51:16 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/11/22/ML--Bahrain-Elections/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Bahrain-Elections c9d8ec1afb93944a:262eb2aa:149cecef662:-7307 MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Voters in Bahrain cast ballots Saturday in the island kingdom's first full parliamentary election since Arab Spring-inspired protests erupted four years ago, but a boycott called by the country's opposition threatens to overshadow the poll. Islamic State group's drive for Kobani is blunted Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:54:54 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/11/21/ML--Islamic.State-Kobani/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Islamic.State-Kobani c9d8ec1afb93944a:262eb2aa:149cecef662:-77ac BEIRUT (AP) — More than two months into its assault on Kobani, the Islamic State group is still pouring fighters and resources into trying to capture the besieged Syrian Kurdish town, but the drive has been blunted. Israeli forces disperse West Bank demonstration Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:02:49 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/11/21/ML--Israel-Palestinians/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Israel-Palestinians c9d8ec1afb93944a:262eb2aa:149cecef662:-79a6 JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Friday it dispersed 300 stone-throwing Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank city of Hebron without injuries or arrests. Lebanon PM cancels independence day celebrations Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:17:46 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/11/21/ML-Lebanon/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML-Lebanon c9d8ec1afb93944a:262eb2aa:149cecef662:-79c9 BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister on Friday cancelled official independence day celebrations planned for the following day, a move that likely stemmed from the country's tense security situation and an impasse over electing its next president. Yemen minister gives award to persecuted Jews Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:52:59 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/11/21/ML-Yemen-Rights/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML-Yemen-Rights c9d8ec1afb93944a:262eb2aa:149cecef662:-7922 SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's culture minister, who was recently honored for her work combatting extremism and discrimination against women, says she is giving her award to Yemen's dwindling Jewish population. Yemen ends mutiny inside elite paramilitary unit Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:29:34 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/11/21/ML-Yemen/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML-Yemen c9d8ec1afb93944a:262eb2aa:149cecef662:-793b SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Yemeni government has ended a mutiny by officers suspected to be loyalists of the country's ousted leader against the top commander of an elite paramilitary unit. Al-Qaida in Yemen denounces Islamic State group Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:01:24 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/11/21/ML--Yemen-Islamic.State/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Yemen-Islamic.State c9d8ec1afb93944a:262eb2aa:149cecef662:-79a5 SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's al-Qaida branch on Friday denounced the Islamic State group for declaring a caliphate on territory it seized in Syria and Iraq and for aggressively seeking to expand its area of influence. Tunisia heats up ahead of presidential election Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:52:48 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/11/21/ML-Tunisia-Presidential-Elections/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML-Tunisia-Presidential-Elections c9d8ec1afb93944a:262eb2aa:149cecef662:-7985 TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's first free presidential election is boiling down to two candidates with divergent views of the revolution that transformed this former dictatorship. Jordan arrests Islamist figure over op-ed piece Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:39:57 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/11/21/ML--Jordan-Arrest/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Jordan-Arrest c9d8ec1afb93944a:262eb2aa:149cecef662:-79f1 AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan arrested a senior Muslim Brotherhood figure over his op-ed piece criticizing the United Arab Emirates for designating the Islamist organization as a terrorist group, the group's spokesman said Friday. US Navy ships briefly collide in Gulf of Aden Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:27:27 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/11/21/ML--Bahrain-US.Navy/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Bahrain-US.Navy c9d8ec1afb93944a:262eb2aa:149cecef662:-7a69 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A US Navy spokesman says two of its supply ships briefly collided in the Gulf of Aden but that no one was injured. Tunisia court doubles 2 policemen's rape sentences Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:37:08 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/11/20/ML--Tunisia-Police-Rape/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Tunisia-Police-Rape c9d8ec1afb93944a:262eb2aa:149cecef662:-7ea8 TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian appeals court has increased the prison terms of two policemen convicted of raping a woman from seven years to 15. Israeli mayor's ban on Arab workers ignites uproar Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:29:45 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/11/20/ML-Israel-Palestinians/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML-Israel-Palestinians c9d8ec1afb93944a:-50b8c056:149c820ee8d:-7789 JERUSALEM (AP) — The mayor of a southern Israeli city sparked a national uproar Thursday by barring Israeli Arab construction workers from jobs in local preschools, citing security concerns after a rash of attacks by Palestinian assailants elsewhere in the country. Egypt president considering pardon of journalists Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:18:25 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/11/20/ML--Egypt-Jazeera/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Egypt-Jazeera c9d8ec1afb93944a:262eb2aa:149cecef662:-7f8c CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said on Thursday that a presidential pardon is "being examined" for the three Al-Jazeera journalists who were handed heavy prison terms in a court ruling that raised international outrage. Food and face-lift scandals rock Lebanon Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:05:56 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/11/20/ML--Lebanon-Food.Scandal/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Lebanon-Food.Scandal c9d8ec1afb93944a:-1a2ba745:149ce9f1578:-7ff5 BEIRUT (AP) — It is often said that Lebanon has only two things going for it, food and plastic surgery. Egypt arrests senior Muslim Brotherhood member Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:53:52 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/11/20/ML--Egypt/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Egypt c9d8ec1afb93944a:-50b8c056:149c820ee8d:-777e CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Thursday arrested a leading Muslim Brotherhood member who played a key role in negotiations between his now-banned group and the government. In Cairo, at least nine people, including five policemen, were hurt in incidents involving a home-made bomb and a stun grenade. Iran's top leader pardons controversial blogger Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:41:58 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/11/20/ML-Iran-Pardoning-Blogger/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML-Iran-Pardoning-Blogger c9d8ec1afb93944a:-50b8c056:149c820ee8d:-758b TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top leader has pardoned a controversial Iranian-Canadian blogger more than 11 years before the end of his prison term, the semi-official ISNA news reported on Thursday. Iraq, Turkey vow to work together against IS group Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:11:11 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/11/20/ML-Islamic-State-/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML-Islamic-State- c9d8ec1afb93944a:-50b8c056:149c820ee8d:-76e3 BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister said on Thursday that his country and neighboring Turkey have agreed on closer security and intelligence cooperation in the face of the threat posed by the Islamic State group. Bahrain elections missing key Shiite players Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:59:53 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/11/20/ML--Bahrain-Elections/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Bahrain-Elections c9d8ec1afb93944a:-50b8c056:149c820ee8d:-764f MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The island-nation of Bahrain is preparing to hold its first elections for a new parliament since Arab Spring-inspired protests erupted nearly four years ago, but many say they are heeding calls by the country's Shiite opposition to boycott the Saturday polls. Mutiny inside Yemen's special forces Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:52:32 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/11/20/ML-Yemen/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML-Yemen c9d8ec1afb93944a:-50b8c056:149c820ee8d:-7627 SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Officers suspected to be loyalists of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh are leading a mutiny inside the headquarters of an elite paramilitary unit, seeking to oust their commander on Thursday, officials said. Ford: Lower oil prices unlikely to slow green cars Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:40:42 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/11/20/ML--UAE-Autos-Ford/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--UAE-Autos-Ford c9d8ec1afb93944a:-50b8c056:149c820ee8d:-776f DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The executive chairman of Ford Motor Company said he doesn't think that a drop in oil prices will dissuade people from buying fuel-efficient vehicles.