Israeli lawmakers approve dissolving parliament

2014-12-03 21:19:58

Israeli lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a motion on Wednesday to dissolve the Knesset in a preliminary vote, paving the way for early elections after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to iron out differences with coalition partners.

Diplomats worldwide target Islamic State militants

2014-12-03 20:13:00

A global fight against Islamic State militants will likely take years to fully succeed, but nations are prepared to engage "for as long as it takes" to defeat the bloody insurgency, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday.

Iraq official: Arrested woman not IS leader's wife

2014-12-03 17:31:51

An Iraqi official is denying that a woman detained in Lebanon is a wife of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group.

US: Iran launches airstrikes into eastern Iraq

2014-12-03 16:53:44

The Pentagon says that Iran has launched airstrikes against Islamic State militants in eastern Iraq.

Suicide bomber carried out Yemen attack -security official

2014-12-03 15:55:21

A bombing at the Iranian ambassador's house in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday was carried out by a suicide attacker who drove an explosives-laden vehicle at the building, a Yemeni security official said.

Netanyahu seeks early election, fires top ministers

2014-12-03 10:07:16

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sacked his finance and justice ministers on Tuesday, signalling the break up of his bickering coalition and opening the way for early national elections in Israel.

Lebanon detains wife of Islamic State leader

2014-12-02 19:39:59

The Lebanese army detained a wife and daughter of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria nine days ago, security officials said on Tuesday, in a setback to the group as it comes under increased military pressure.

Lebanese army detains IS leader's wife, son: media

2014-12-02 17:13:22

The Lebanese army has arrested a wife and a son of the Islamic State (IS) leader, Abou Bakr al-Baghdadi, a local newspaper said on Tuesday.

Syria faces ferocious wave of terrorism

2014-12-02 10:23:46

Syria's Minister of Justice Najm al-Ahmad said Monday that his country is facing a ferocious wave of terrorism, warning of the repercussions of such terrorism on the international community.

Iran to turn uranium into reactor fuel under extended deal

2014-12-02 10:06:26

Iran will convert more of its higher-grade enriched uranium into reactor fuel under an extended nuclear deal with world powers, making the material less suitable for building atomic bombs, a diplomatic source and a US think-tank said on Monday.

Sigrid Kaag named new UN coordinator for Lebanon

2014-12-02 08:57:50

Sigrid Kaag, who has led the joint mission to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, was named new UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Monday.

Officials: Afghan president to overhaul security

2014-12-01 19:32:53

Facing an intensified Taliban insurgency, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani plans to fire senior civilian and military leaders in the country's most volatile provinces to reinvigorate the battle against militants, officials have told The Associated Press.