AP - ap.online.regional.middle.east http://www.comcast.net?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_ AP - ap.online.regional.middle.east News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:13:00 -0500 Egypt's powerful intelligence chief replaced Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:00:59 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/12/20/ML--Egypt-Intelligence.Chief/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Egypt-Intelligence.Chief c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:38ed CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's powerful intelligence chief, a longtime mentor of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, was removed and replaced by his deputy, security officials said Saturday Kurds advance against IS group in Syria, Iraq Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:07:24 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/12/20/ML--Islamic.State/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Islamic.State c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:36ff BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish fighters advanced on the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, pushing into the contested, refugee-packed Sinjar mountains and gaining ground in the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani after heavy clashes, Kurdish officials and an activist group said. Egypt president meets Qatar envoy Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:32:31 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/12/20/ML--Egypt-Qatar/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Egypt-Qatar c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:37b2 CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President has met with an envoy of the Emir of Qatar, the first such meeting since Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi took office last summer, signaling a thaw in relations between the two nations. Egypt official says nearly 10,000 detained this year Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:00:47 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/12/20/ML-Egypt/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML-Egypt c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:37a0 CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security forces have detained nearly 10,000 suspected militants, rioters and others wanted in violent attacks over the past 12 months in a crackdown a senior interior ministry official said Saturday targets those attempting to curtail Egypt's development. Bombings kill 12 in Iraq Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:54:50 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/12/20/ML--Iraq/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Iraq c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:36ca BAGHDAD (AP) — Bombs targeting commercial streets and an army patrol killed 12 people in and around Baghdad Saturday, Iraqi authorities said. Bahrain 'terror blast' wounds 3 police Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:48:30 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/12/20/ML--Bahrain/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Bahrain c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:36da MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain's Interior Ministry says three policemen have been wounded by an explosion west of the capital Manama. 2016 hopeful Ben Carson pledges support for Israel Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:37:30 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/12/20/ML--GOP.2016-Carson-Israel/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--GOP.2016-Carson-Israel c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:369b JERUSALEM (AP) — In his first visit to Israel, prospective Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he is in awe of the Jewish state, inspired by its ancient holy sites, impressed by the resilience of people living in a perpetual conflict zone — and deeply disappointed in President Barack Obama. Falling oil prices worry Algeria Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:30:13 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/12/20/ML--Algeria-Oil.Challenges/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Algeria-Oil.Challenges c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:36c9 ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — With oil prices at their lowest in five years and showing few signs of hitting bottom, Algeria is feeling the pinch. Iraq's Shiite fighters desert over shortages Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:17:47 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/12/20/ML--Iraq-Fighters.in.Need/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Iraq-Fighters.in.Need c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:3649 BAGHDAD (AP) — Abu Murtada al-Moussawi answered the call last summer from Iraq's top Shiite cleric to help save the country from the Islamic State group, but after less than three months on the front lines he and several friends returned home because they had run out of food. Egypt's gays go deeper underground, fearing crackdown Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:26:52 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/12/20/ML--Egypt-Gays/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Egypt-Gays c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:35fc CAIRO (AP) — Just before midnight, the police navigated down the narrow alleys of an old downtown Cairo district and descended on a rundown bathhouse. They dragged out dozens of nearly naked men, who covered their faces as they struggled to hold up towels, and loaded them into police trucks. Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:30:39 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/12/19/ML-Israel-Palestinians/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML-Israel-Palestinians c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:2f02 JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war. Iraq clashes with IS delay evacuation of Yazidis Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:31:36 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/12/19/ML-Islamic-State/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML-Islamic-State c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:3013 BAGHDAD (AP) — Sporadic clashes between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and Islamic State extremists, as well as other logistics problems, are delaying the evacuation of the last Yazidis still trapped on Mt. Sinjar, an Iraqi lawmaker said Friday. 9 migrants drown off Morocco coast Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:31:58 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/12/19/ML--Morocco-Migrants.Drown/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Morocco-Migrants.Drown c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:3069 RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities say that nine migrants, including three infants, drowned off the coast near Tangiers. Egypt's gays go deeper underground, fearing crackdown Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:12:35 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/12/19/ML--Egypt-Gays/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Egypt-Gays c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:2fdc CAIRO (AP) — Just before midnight, the police navigated down the narrow alleys of an old downtown Cairo district and descended on a rundown bathhouse. They dragged out dozens of nearly naked men, who covered their faces as they struggled to hold up towels, and loaded them into police trucks. Bombings kill 11 people in Iraq Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:49:35 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/12/19/ML-Iraq/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML-Iraq c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:2ef5 BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities say bombings have killed 11 people in the capital Baghdad. Essebsi narrow favorite to win Tunisian presidency Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:11:58 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/12/19/ML-Tunisia-Elections/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML-Tunisia-Elections c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:2e99 TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — For the third time in just two months, Tunisian voters will head to the polls this weekend, this time to elect a president in a runoff vote that presents a stark choice between the country's past and its Arab Spring revolution. In Lebanon, Syrian newborns risk statelessness Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:43:11 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/12/19/ML--Lebanon-Syria-Refugee.Children/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Lebanon-Syria-Refugee.Children c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:2e3f BEIRUT (AP) — Nearly 30,000 Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, exposing them to the risk of a life of statelessness deprived of basic rights. Iraqi Kurdish troops battling IS open key corridor in Iraq Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:44:31 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/12/18/ML--Islamic.State/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Islamic.State c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:2976 KOBAN, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants managed on Thursday to open up a key corridor so that thousands of people from the country's Yazidi minority who have been trapped on a mountain can flee, said a senior Kurdish official. Abu Dhabi's Etihad gets A380, complete with suite Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:30:19 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/12/18/ML--Etihad-Airlines/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Etihad-Airlines c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:291c ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Abu Dhabi's national carrier, Etihad, showcased on Thursday the arrival of its first Airbus A380, outfitted with "the only three-room suite in the sky." Palestinian leader supports more talks on UN bid Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:07:27 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/middleeast/2014/12/18/ML--Israel-Palestinians/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_middleeast_ML--Israel-Palestinians c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:27dd JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that he supports further negotiations on a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution that sets a 2017 deadline for an Israeli withdrawal from war-won lands the Palestinians seek for their state.