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  • State Dept. says Egypt cleared for US military aid Associated Press - 5 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for … More »State Dept. says Egypt cleared for US military aid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance.

  • UN committee takes no action on Iran envoy dispute Associated Press - 6 hours ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. committee took no action Tuesday on the U.S. refusal to grant a visa to Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations after hearing … More »UN committee takes no action on Iran envoy dispute

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. committee took no action Tuesday on the U.S. refusal to grant a visa to Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations after hearing from both sides.

  • State Department clears Egypt for US military aid Associated Press - 7 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for … More »State Department clears Egypt for US military aid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance.

  • FILE - This Nov. 9, 2011, file artist rendering by courtroom artist Janet Hamlin, reviewed by the U.S. military, shows Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri during his military commissions arraignment at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Guantanamo, Cuba. U.S. prosecutors must turn over never-revealed details about the time a Guantanamo Bay detainee spent in secret CIA prisons after his arrest in connection with the deadly attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a military judge's order released Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The five-page order was a victory for defense lawyers representing Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, who is accused of orchestrating the Oct. 12, 2000, bombing of the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden. (AP Photo/Janet Hamlin, File)
    Govt must turn over info on CIA prisons to defense Associated Press - 8 hours ago

    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Prosecutors must turn over never-revealed details about the time a Guantanamo Bay detainee spent in secret CIA prisons after his arrest in connection … More »Govt must turn over info on CIA prisons to defense

    FILE - This Nov. 9, 2011, file artist rendering by courtroom artist Janet Hamlin, reviewed by the U.S. military, shows Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri during his military commissions arraignment at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Guantanamo, Cuba. U.S. prosecutors must turn over never-revealed details about the time a Guantanamo Bay detainee spent in secret CIA prisons after his arrest in connection with the deadly attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a military judge's order released Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The five-page order was a victory for defense lawyers representing Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, who is accused of orchestrating the Oct. 12, 2000, bombing of the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden. (AP Photo/Janet Hamlin, File)

    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Prosecutors must turn over never-revealed details about the time a Guantanamo Bay detainee spent in secret CIA prisons after his arrest in connection with the deadly attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a military judge's order released Tuesday.

  • This June 15, 2012 photo shows retired Associated Press photographer and photo editor Harry Koundakjian at the 2012 Alumni Reception at the AP's New York headquarters in New York. Koundakjian died Monday, April 21, 2014, in New York. He was 83. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)
    Former AP photographer Harry Koundakjian dies Associated Press - 8 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Koundakjian, a former photographer and photo editor for The Associated Press in the Middle East and New York City, has died. He was 83. More »Former AP photographer Harry Koundakjian dies

    This June 15, 2012 photo shows retired Associated Press photographer and photo editor Harry Koundakjian at the 2012 Alumni Reception at the AP's New York headquarters in New York. Koundakjian died Monday, April 21, 2014, in New York. He was 83. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)

    NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Koundakjian, a former photographer and photo editor for The Associated Press in the Middle East and New York City, has died. He was 83.

  • US must turn over info on CIA prisons to defense Associated Press - 10 hours ago

    FORT MEADE, Maryland (AP) — U.S. prosecutors must turn over never-revealed details about the time a Guantanamo Bay detainee spent in secret CIA prisons after his arrest … More »US must turn over info on CIA prisons to defense

    FORT MEADE, Maryland (AP) — U.S. prosecutors must turn over never-revealed details about the time a Guantanamo Bay detainee spent in secret CIA prisons after his arrest in connection with the deadly attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a military judge's order released Tuesday.

  • French hostage in Mali reported killed by captors Associated Press - 10 hours ago

    PARIS (AP) — One of two remaining French hostages in the west African nation of Mali probably died several weeks ago because of abusive treatment by his Islamic militant … More »French hostage in Mali reported killed by captors

    PARIS (AP) — One of two remaining French hostages in the west African nation of Mali probably died several weeks ago because of abusive treatment by his Islamic militant captors, President Francois Hollande's office said Tuesday.

  • Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, right, and senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad meet in Gaza for talks aimed at reaching a reconciliation agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Palestinians have been divided since 2007 when Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip from Fatah forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
    Palestinians' Abbas warns against failure of talks Associated Press - 12 hours ago

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned Tuesday that if peace talks with Israel fail he may dismantle the Palestinian Authority and hand … More »Palestinians' Abbas warns against failure of talks

    Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, right, and senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad meet in Gaza for talks aimed at reaching a reconciliation agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Palestinians have been divided since 2007 when Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip from Fatah forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned Tuesday that if peace talks with Israel fail he may dismantle the Palestinian Authority and hand over responsibility for 2.5 million of his people to Israel.

  • Maxwell stars again in Kings XI big win IANS - 12 hours ago

    Sharjah, April 23 (IANS) Another stunning batting performance by Glenn Maxwell helped Kings XI Punjab thrash Sunrisers Hyderabad by 72 runs for a hat-trick of wins in … More »Maxwell stars again in Kings XI big win

    Sharjah, April 23 (IANS) Another stunning batting performance by Glenn Maxwell helped Kings XI Punjab thrash Sunrisers Hyderabad by 72 runs for a hat-trick of wins in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here Tuesday. Maxwell, who had struck 95 and 89 in the last two games, again came up with a whirlwind knock of 95 in just …

  • Kings XI Punjab beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 72 runs IANS - 13 hours ago

    Sharjah, April 22 (IANS) Kings XI Punjab beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 72 runs in a Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium here Tuesday. More »Kings XI Punjab beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 72 runs

    Sharjah, April 22 (IANS) Kings XI Punjab beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 72 runs in a Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium here Tuesday.

  • Lebanese and Syrian women cover their faces as they gather for a food aid food convoy at the main square of Tfail village, in the Lebanese-Syrian border, eastern Lebanon, Tuesday April 22, 2014. A Lebanese convoy of soldiers, clerics and Red Cross officials delivered aid Tuesday to a remote village near the Syrian border that was bombed by Syrian government aircraft and blocked by Lebanese militants fighting alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces in the civil war next door. Hezbollah fighters have been patrolling the area on the Lebanese side and fighting has flared up inside Syria, cutting Tfail’s residents off from all sides for months. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
    Lebanon sends aid to cut-off village near Syria Associated Press - 13 hours ago

    TFAIL, Lebanon (AP) — A Lebanese convoy of soldiers, clerics and Red Cross officials delivered aid Tuesday to a remote village near the Syrian border that was bombed … More »Lebanon sends aid to cut-off village near Syria

    Lebanese and Syrian women cover their faces as they gather for a food aid food convoy at the main square of Tfail village, in the Lebanese-Syrian border, eastern Lebanon, Tuesday April 22, 2014. A Lebanese convoy of soldiers, clerics and Red Cross officials delivered aid Tuesday to a remote village near the Syrian border that was bombed by Syrian government aircraft and blocked by Lebanese militants fighting alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces in the civil war next door. Hezbollah fighters have been patrolling the area on the Lebanese side and fighting has flared up inside Syria, cutting Tfail’s residents off from all sides for months. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    TFAIL, Lebanon (AP) — A Lebanese convoy of soldiers, clerics and Red Cross officials delivered aid Tuesday to a remote village near the Syrian border that was bombed by Syrian government aircraft and blocked by Lebanese militants fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's forces in the civil war next door.

  • Civilians inspect damage in the aftermath of a Monday car bomb attack in a crowded commercial street in Baghdad's eastern neighborhood of Sadr City, Iraq, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Suicide bombings and other attacks across Iraq killed and wounded dozens on Monday, officials said, the latest in an uptick in violence as the country counts down to crucial parliamentary elections later this month. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
    Militants attack balloting center in Iraq, kill 10 Associated Press - 14 hours ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants wearing military uniforms carried out an overnight attack against a balloting center in a remote area of the country's north and killed 10 … More »Militants attack balloting center in Iraq, kill 10

    Civilians inspect damage in the aftermath of a Monday car bomb attack in a crowded commercial street in Baghdad's eastern neighborhood of Sadr City, Iraq, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Suicide bombings and other attacks across Iraq killed and wounded dozens on Monday, officials said, the latest in an uptick in violence as the country counts down to crucial parliamentary elections later this month. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants wearing military uniforms carried out an overnight attack against a balloting center in a remote area of the country's north and killed 10 guards, a senior police official said on Tuesday.

  • Expert: Syria has dumped 86 pc of chemical weapons Associated Press - 14 hours ago

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Syria's government has disposed of more than 86 percent of its total chemical weapons stockpile, according to the watchdog agency charged with overseeing … More »Expert: Syria has dumped 86 pc of chemical weapons

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Syria's government has disposed of more than 86 percent of its total chemical weapons stockpile, according to the watchdog agency charged with overseeing its removal.

  • Israeli army "invites" Arab Christians to enlist Associated Press - 14 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it is inviting young Arab-Israeli Christians to enlist. More »Israeli army "invites" Arab Christians to enlist

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it is inviting young Arab-Israeli Christians to enlist.

  • Syrian rebels make last stand for Homs Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Weakened Syrian rebels are making their last desperate stand in Homs, as forces loyal to President Bashar Assad launch their harshest assault yet to expel … More »Syrian rebels make last stand for Homs

    BEIRUT (AP) — Weakened Syrian rebels are making their last desperate stand in Homs, as forces loyal to President Bashar Assad launch their harshest assault yet to expel them from the central city, once known as the capital of the revolution.

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