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  • >U.S. air strikes 'kill 3 ISIS leaders'
    U.S. airstrikes have killed two top-level and one mid-level ISIS leader, a senior U.S. military official tells CNN.
    - 1 hour ago, 18 Dec 14, 11:32pm -
  • >Al Qaeda car bombs target Houthi fighters in Yemeni port city
    Violence wracked Yemen yet again Thursday -- this time in the form of dual car bomb attacks purportedly carried out by al Qaeda militants targeting fighters from the minority, albeit powerful, Houthi group.
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Dec 14, 10:28pm -
  • Saudi cleric stirs controversy on face veil
    A prominent Saudi cleric has created a storm of controversy by appearing on a popular television show alongside his wife, whose face was uncovered, challenging a fundamental religious tradition in the conservative kingdom.
    - 1 day ago, 17 Dec 14, 7:49pm -
  • Officials: Bomb meant for militants kills 20 children in Yemen
    Two car bombs killed at least 31 people, including 20 children, in central Yemen's Radaa city when suspected al Qaeda fighters targeted Houthi militants Tuesday, senior security officials and locals told CNN.
    - 2 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 10:24pm -
  • U.S. superpower reign ending?
    The Pentagon's recent statement that Iran may have conducted air strikes against ISIS targets in Iraq's Diyala Province is tantamount to a U.S. tacit approval of Iran's growing military footprint in Iraq.
    - 3 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 6:01am -
  • U.N. official: No words to describe Syria
    A top United Nations official on Monday told the Security Council she has "run out of words" to describe the worsening situation in Syria.
    - 3 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 5:22am -
  • Syrian wins 'American Idol'-based song contest, declines to wear flag
    In a region scarred by conflict and instability, a broadcast unites Arabs from many nations in front of their television sets. "Arab Idol," an adaptation of "American Idol," is going strong in the Middle East.
    - 3 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 3:41am -
  • Ban: Draft Mideast resolution 'major step'
    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon hopes that the Security Council work on an Israeli-Palestinian draft resolution can generate "constructive momentum," a U.N. Peace coordinator says.
    - 3 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 10:49pm -
  • Yazidi women bought and sold
    CNN's Ivan Watson speaks to a Yazidi woman who survived being kidnapped and enslaved by ISIS militants.
    - 3 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 2:08pm -
  • Life in ravaged city of Kobani
    CNN Senior International Correspondent Nick Paton Walsh spent two days in the Kobani, Syria, covering the heavy fighting between Kurdish forces and ISIS militants that has devastated the city. Thousands of civilians still live in the city, either unw…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 5:50am -

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  • Cairo bathhouse raid spreads fear in Egyptian gay community
    CAIRO — Egypt’s government has aggressively cracked down on Islamist and liberal opponents over the past year. Now officials are increasingly targeting another group: gay people.Police raided a public bathhouse in Cairo this month and arrested at…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Dec 14, 12:30pm -
  • Israeli parliament seeks to bar Arab lawmaker
    Haneen Zoabi has a big mouth. That is not unusual for a politician, especially one in Israel, where members of parliament are not hesitant to express their views even as they are being dragged out of the Knesset by ushers charged with enforcing decor…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Dec 14, 6:37am -
  • American scholar denied entry into Egypt
    CAIRO — An American scholar and former diplomat who has been a vocal critic of Egypt’s authoritarian government said Saturday that she had been turned away at Cairo’s international airport — the latest instance of an academic running afoul of…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Dec 14, 4:06am -
  • Israeli military: Jewish family injured in acid attack carried out by Palestinian
    JERUSALEM — Seven Israelis were injured Friday when a Palestinian man threw acid at a family that had stopped to pick up a hitchhiker at a busy intersection in the West Bank, the Israeli military said.Read full article >>
    - 6 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 9:56pm -
  • Dispute emerges over cause of prominent Palestinian official Ziad Abu Ein’s death
    RAMALLAH, West Bank — What happens next on the streets of East Jerusalem and the West Bank may rest on one question: What killed a prominent Palestinian cabinet minister during a clash Wednesday with Israeli soldiers?Read full article >>
    - 7 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 12:44am -
  • Senior Palestinian official dies after clash with Israeli forces in West Bank
    RAMALLAH, West Bank — A well-known Palestinian cabinet minister who frequently protested against Jewish settlements died Wednesday after a confrontation with Israeli forces at a demonstration in the West Bank, officials said. His death sparked outr…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 10:45pm -
  • Iraq presses Hagel for greater U.S. military support against Islamic State
    BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government appealed to U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday for additional air power and heavy weapons as Iraq struggles to expel the well-armed Islamic State militants who are dug in across a vast area of the country.R…
    - 9 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 3:15am -
  • Iraq presses Hagel for greater U.S. military support against Islamic State
    BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government appealed to U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday for additional air power and heavy weapons as Iraq struggles to expel the well-armed Islamic State militants who are dug in across a vast area of the country.…
    - 9 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 3:04am -
  • Iraq presses Hagel for greater U.S. military support against Islamic State
    BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government appealed to U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday for additional air power and heavy weapons as Iraq struggles to expel the well-armed Islamic State militants who are dug in across a vast area of the country. R…
    - 9 days ago, 9 Dec 14, 8:52pm -
  • U.S. moves top Pakistani Taliban militant to Pakistan, official says
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The United States transferred a top leader in the Pakistani Taliban who was detained at a U.S.-run prison in Afghanistan to the Pakistani government over the weekend, a Pakistani security official said. Read full article >>
    - 10 days ago, 8 Dec 14, 6:31pm -

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  • Women and the niqab: Hidden benefits
    What lies behind?COVERING a woman’s face (as well as her body) is said by some devout Muslims to protect her virtue. But the full veil has long lent itself to other purposes. In one tale of “One Thousand and One Nights”, a tome of tradition…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Dec 14, 6:11pm -
  • Nigerian politics: Church, state and mosque
    IN NIGERIA’S commerical capital, Lagos, the candle-like minarets of the Central Mosque look out over streets and alleyways filled with a plethora of churches and cathedrals. Yet these two Abrahamic religions do not co-exist quite as peacefully…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Dec 14, 6:11pm -
  • The Muslim Brotherhood: Islamism is no longer the answer
    IT WAS all smiles in the Qatari capital, Doha, when leaders of the Gulf Co-operation Council met on December 9th. Unusually, the annual summit of the six-member club of Arab oil monarchies packed more politics than pageantry. It marked the offici…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Dec 14, 6:11pm -
  • Palestine and the UN: Another gambit
    THE Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has a habit of lurching from one supposedly game-changing initiative to another, then flinching in the face of resistance. After this summer’s war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza killed more than 2,000 Pal…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Dec 14, 6:11pm -
  • Human rights law: First Kenya, now Sudan
    IT HAS been a bad few weeks for the International Criminal Court (ICC)—and for the cause of justice, in Kenya and Sudan. First, on December 5th the court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, declared that the charge of crimes against humanity laid…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Dec 14, 6:11pm -
  • The war against Islamic State: In the crosshairs
    The faceless killer in Abu DhabiUNTIL the American-led coalition started bombing Islamic State (IS), the group was focused on spilling the blood of fellow Muslims and minorities rather than Westerners—in contrast with al-Qaeda before it. But la…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 6:15pm -
  • The fight against Ebola: Exorcising the ghostly fever
    THE first time Jonah Kieh heard about Ebola was last spring, when a friend warned him of a “wickedness” spread by ghosts, turning victims feverish and then killing them. Mr Kieh was visiting his extended family near Takpoima, in the forest of…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 6:15pm -
  • The fight against Ebola: Donating the cure
    IN THE race to find a treatment for Ebola even the most promising drugs and vaccines are months away from widespread use for patients. Yet one potential cure is available in great quantities—the blood of survivors. On December 8th the first clinica…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 6:15pm -
  • Palestine’s land conflict: Death in the olive groves
    FEW Palestinian towns are as tranquil and prosperous as Turmusaya. Red-roofed homes dot the valley and palm trees line the road leading to it, like a resort in Florida, where many of its people now live. With the nearest Jewish settlement hidden beyo…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 6:15pm -
  • The state and Islam: Converting the preachers
    SAUDI ARABIA has long used a simple method to regulate mosques. The oil kingdom lavishes clerics with money and perks that can suddenly vanish if their preaching goes astray. If that does not work they are fired or parked in jail. Now Saudi preac…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 6:15pm -