Jul 28, 2014

Iran's Zarif steps up Gaza diplomacy, offers aid

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif conducted a hefty round of telephone diplomacy late Sunday to rally support and humanitarian aid for Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip. He spoke with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and regional ...

Gaza-Israel casualties worry Obama; Kerry off to Mideast

Jul 22, 2014

Gaza-Israel casualties worry Obama; Kerry off to Mideast

President Barack Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Middle East with low expectations but still making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas ...

Jul 4, 2014

Violence marks first year after Morsi ouster

A series of demonstrations and small bombings marked the anniversary on Thursday of the ouster of Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi, and authorities responded by arresting nearly 200 people as part of their crackdown against Islamists. One of the bombs went off accidentally inside an ...

Egypt under mounting pressure to free Al-Jazeera journalists

Jun 24, 2014

Egypt under mounting pressure to free Al-Jazeera journalists

Egypt was under mounting pressure Tuesday to pardon three Al-Jazeera journalists — including Australia’s award-winning Peter Greste — jailed in a ruling that sparked global outrage and fears of a growing media crackdown. Greste and Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy each got seven-year terms in ...

U.S. pressing Egypt to adopt more moderate policies

Jun 23, 2014

U.S. pressing Egypt to adopt more moderate policies

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday made the highest-level American visit to Egypt since President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi took office as Washington presses the former army chief to adopt more moderate policies. Economic and security problems are undermining Egypt’s stability, and Kerry’s visit ...

Egypt upholds death sentence on Brotherhood leader, 200 supporters

Jun 22, 2014

Egypt upholds death sentence on Brotherhood leader, 200 supporters

In a mass trial of Islamists who ruled Egypt for a year but face a fierce crackdown under newly installed President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, an Egyptian court on Saturday confirmed death sentences against the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 182 supporters. Mohamed Badie ...

Egypt releases hunger-striking Jazeera journalist

Jun 18, 2014

Egypt releases hunger-striking Jazeera journalist

Egypt on Tuesday released Al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah al-Shamy, who has been on hunger strike for nearly five months in protest over his detention. al-Shamy, who works for the main Arabic channel of the Qatar-based network, was arrested on August 14 when police dispersed supporters ...

Turmoil tearing up old map of the Middle East

| Jun 16, 2014

Turmoil tearing up old map of the Middle East

Working in secret, European diplomats drew up the borders that have defined the Middle East’s nations for nearly a century — but now civil war, sectarian bloodshed and leadership failures threaten to rip that map apart. In the decades since independence, Arab governments have ...