Obama holds phone calls with Abbas, Netanyahu

2013-08-02 15:20:46

President Barack Obama spoke separately by phone to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as the United States seeks to keep up the momentum for peace negotiations.

US, Pakistan to start new chapter in relations

2013-08-02 10:01:13

The United States and Pakistan agreed on Thursday to re-establish a "full partnership", hoping to end years of animosity over US drone strikes on Pakistani soil.

Morsi supporters defy police warnings to disperse

2013-08-02 08:23:36

Egypt's military-backed government offered protection to supporters of Mohammed Morsi who end their two sit-ins _ widely seen as a first step toward dispersing the vigils on opposite sides of Cairo.

UN ready to set out for chemical weapons in Syria

2013-08-01 15:14:02

A UN inspection team is standing ready again to head for Syria to probe the alleged use of chemical weapons in the country, a long-waited breakthrough if approved by Syria.

Saudi blogger faces lashes for 'insulting Islam'

2013-08-01 08:14:59

The editor of a Saudi Arabian social website has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for founding an Internet forum that violates Islamic values and propagates liberal thought, Saudi media reported on Tuesday.

Egypt's rulers to move against Brotherhood vigils

2013-08-01 07:33:18

Egypt faced the prospect of fresh bloodshed on Thursday after the country's army-backed rulers signalled they would move soon to disperse thousands of supporters of deposed Mohamed Morsi.

UN experts to probe alleged Syria chemical attacks

2013-08-01 07:20:57

UN experts will travel to Syria as soon as possible to investigate three alleged incidents of chemical weapons attacks, the United Nations announced Wednesday.

Syrian army strips rebels of 'revolution capital'

2013-07-31 19:53:37

The Syrian army took 20 days of fighting to strip the western-backed rebels of a strategic central district regarded by the rebels as the capital of their revolution against the administration of President Bashar al-Assad.

Sharif's ally elected president

2013-07-31 10:41:27

Mamnoon Hussain, a veteran Pakistani politician and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's trusted ally, was elected president on Tuesday in a vote by legislators for the largely ceremonial post of head of state.

Egypt allows EU envoy to see deposed Morsi

2013-07-31 08:16:48

Egypt allowed Europe's top diplomat to meet deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on Monday, flying her after dark to Mursi's secret detention facility but ruling out any role for him in ending the turmoil convulsing the country.

Israelis, Palestinians will meet again soon: Kerry

2013-07-31 07:33:10

John Kerry said on Tuesday that the Israelis and the Palestinians will meet within two weeks for more peace talks, and all the final status issues will be on the table for negotiations.

Mideast peace talks to resume

2013-07-30 10:05:42

Israeli and Palestinian teams flew to Washington on Monday to end a long diplomatic stalemate and prepare for a new round of Middle East peace talks.