- Syrian state media: Rebels attack prison in north - May 24 2013 01:42
- Turkey passes bill restricting alcohol sales, ads - May 24 2013 00:23
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament has passed legislation to ban all advertising of alcohol and tighten restrictions on sales in the mainly Muslim but secular country.
- Israel to discuss military draft reform proposal - May 23 2013 12:38
JERUSALEM (AP) — An official Israeli committee on Thursday handed the government its proposal for ending a contentious system that grants Jewish ultra-Orthodox seminary students automatic exemptions from military service, setting the stage for what could become the first major conflict in the new Israeli coalition government.
- Clashes in Lebanon feed fear of Syria spillover - May 23 2013 12:18
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad fired heavy machine guns and lobbed mortar shells at each other Thursday in some of the worst fighting in the port city of Tripoli in years.
- Israel says Iran unaffected by world pressure - May 23 2013 10:53
- AP PHOTOS: Egypt's languishing Islamic antiquities - May 23 2013 10:48
- Iran's Rafsanjani blasts clerics, says report - May 23 2013 10:31
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Banned from upcoming elections, Iran's former president has leveled harsh criticism at the Islamic Republic's clerical rulers, saying they are doing a poor job running the country, an Iranian pro-reform website reported late on Wednesday.
- US, Israel raise hopes for Mideast peace restart - May 23 2013 10:11
JERUSALEM (AP) — The United States and Israel raised hopes Thursday for a restart of the Middle East peace process, despite little tangible progress so far from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's two-month-old effort to get Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table.
- Gunmen kill 7 Iraqi soldiers in central Iraq - May 23 2013 08:53
BAGHDAD (AP) — Gunmen killed at least seven soldiers in central Iraq on Thursday, officials said, in the latest episode of violence to hit the country in a particularly bloody month.
- AP Interview: Syria conflict uproots Palestinians - May 23 2013 07:52
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's fighting has uprooted more than half of the country's 530,000 Palestinians — descendants of refugees from a Mideast conflict half a century ago — and their situation is becoming increasingly desperate, the head of a U.N. aid agency said Thursday.
- Report: Rafsanjani blasts Iran's rulers - May 23 2013 06:07
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has blasted the Islamic Republic's clerical rulers, declaring it impossible for them to do a worse job running the country, an Iranian pro-reform website reported Wednesday.
- 5 dead in Lebanon clash of Assad foes, backers - May 23 2013 06:07
BEIRUT (AP) — Opponents and supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad traded heavy machine gun fire and mortar shells in the Lebanese port city of Tripoli, leaving five people dead in what was described as some of the heaviest fighting there in years, officials said Thursday.
- Iran denies its drone entered Bahrain's airspace - May 23 2013 06:04
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian semi-official news agency reports the country is denying that an unmanned drone violated the airspace of Bahrain, the strategic Gulf kingdom that hosts the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.
- Gunmen kill 4 Iraqi soldiers north of Baghdad - May 23 2013 04:40
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say gunmen have shot dead four soldiers at an army checkpoint north of Baghdad.
- Syria opposition welcomes support for Assad ouster - May 23 2013 00:32
BEIRUT (AP) — A spokesman says Syria's main opposition bloc welcomes renewed calls by its foreign supporters that Syrian President Bashar Assad give up power at the start of any political transition aimed at ending the country's civil war.