American arrested in Israel to be held until end of trial
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court has ordered an Illinois man charged with plotting anti-Muslim violence detained until the end of court proceedings against him.
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East
Across the Middle East this week, it was a somber Christmas for many in the region — especially in northern Iraq, where worshippers gathered far from home because they were displaced by the Islamic State group's summer blitz. Baghdad's Christians worshipped in the very same church that came under sege a few years ago by an earlier incarnation of the IS group.
Gunmen kill policeman in Egypt
CAIRO (AP) — Gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed an Egyptian policeman and wounded a second who were guarding banks in a busy commercial district of the capital Cairo on Saturday, Egypt's state news agency said.
Bahrain police summon Shiite opposition leader
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The leader of Bahrain's largest Shiite opposition group says he has been summoned for questioning by the Interior Ministry.
Egypt reduces sentences in same-sex wedding case
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian appeals court on Saturday upheld the conviction of eight men for "inciting debauchery" for appearing in an alleged same-sex wedding video, but reduced their sentences from three to one year in prison, a court official said.
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 of the negotiations would be limited to "preliminary" talks meant to pave the way for a cnference in Syria itself.
Iran tests suicide drone in military drill
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's army said Saturday it 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.
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.
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.
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.
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