• Israeli man killed, 2 hurt in West Bank shooting

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An assailant opened fire on Israeli motorists in the West Bank on Monday, killing a man and wounding a woman and a boy in two separate cars, police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The attack could further complicate U.S. attempts to salvage troubled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The shooting took place just before the start of the weeklong Jewish holiday of Passover, marked by families gathering after sundown for a ritual meal, or seder. Police said the shooting took place near a crossing between Israel and the southern West Bank. Israeli TV stations said a gunman stood by the side of the road and opened fire as cars with Israeli license plates approached.

  • Hezbollah-owned TV channel says 3 of its journalists killed in attack in Christian Syria town

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    BEIRUT (AP) — Hezbollah-owned TV channel says 3 of its journalists killed in attack in Christian Syria town.

  • Libya judge orders Gadhafi son tried by video link

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan judge in the trial of former regime officials decided Monday that Moammar Gadhafi's son, held by a militia in the country's west, can be tried in the proceedings via a video link. Since the end of Libya's 2011 civil war, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi has been held by a militia in Zintan that has refused to hand him over for a separate trial in the capital, Tripoli, and the weak central government has been unable to force the issue. Seif al-Islam faces charges along with 39 other Gadhafi regime figures — including notorious spymaster Abdullah al-Senoussi — for alleged crimes during the civil war. Both men are also wanted by the International Criminal Court for the murder and persecution of protest

  • British journalist Patrick Seale dies at 84

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    BEIRUT (AP) — Patrick Seale, a veteran journalist and author on Middle Eastern affairs as well as one of the world's leading historians on Syria, has died in London after a battle with cancer, according to family and friends. He was 83. An accomplished reporter, writer and literary agent, Seale was diagnosed with brain cancer in the summer of 2013. He died Friday in London, surrounded by family. Seale is best known for his authoritative biography of the late Syrian President Hafez Assad, "Assad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East." Published in 1988, the book is considered the definitive work on Assad, the father of Syria's current leader, and to this day serves as a reference for foreign journalists covering Syria.

  • Six Flags theme park planned for Dubai

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai could soon have some new roller coasters to go with its man-made islands and the world's tallest skyscraper. Newspapers in the Middle Eastern emirate reported Sunday that local property developer Meraas Holding has reached a deal with Six Flags Entertainment to build a theme park in the city's largely industrial outskirts. The park will be in the Jebel Ali area, which is home to the region's biggest port and aluminum smelter. It is expected to open in 2017. Financial terms were not disclosed. Dubai previously had a deal with Six Flags and several other companies to build multiple theme parks in a different area known as Dubailand.

  • Spain eyes stronger economic ties with UAE visit

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — King Juan Carlos of Spain began a visit to the Persian Gulf region on Monday by telling United Arab Emirates officials that deepening ties with their oil-rich country was a top priority, highlighting the role wealthy Arab states could play in shoring up the battered Spanish economy. The Spanish head of state made the comments at the start of an economic forum in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi, his first stop on a tour of six Gulf nations planned in the next few months. He was accompanied by a high-level delegation that includes several Spanish government ministers and representatives of major Spanish companies.

  • Israeli coalition shows signs of growing tensions

    Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's chief peace negotiator on Sunday accused a hard-line faction of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's increasingly unwieldy coalition government of undermining her efforts, while Jewish settlers moved into a sensitive West Bank building that has been a flashpoint of violence in the past. The sniping inside Netanyahu's coalition was the latest sign of infighting that has hampered U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's peace efforts. While committed to conducting peace talks, Netanyahu's coalition is dominated by hard-liners who oppose making significant concessions or reject the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

  • Official: US looking into Syria toxic gas reports

    Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that reports of a poison gas attack in a rural village north of Damascus were so far "unsubstantiated," adding that the United States was trying to establish what really happened before it considers a response. Both sides in Syria's civil war blamed each other for the alleged attack that reportedly injured scores of people Friday amid an ongoing international effort to rid the country of chemical weapons. The details of what happened in Kfar Zeita, an opposition-held village in Hama province some 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Damascus, remain murky. Online videos posted by rebel activists showed pale-faced men, women and children gasping for

  • Interim Libyan prime minister to step down

    Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya's government said Sunday that the interim prime minister had declined a parliamentary mandate to form a new government and will instead step down, in a move likely to compound the difficulties facing a government already divided and facing widespread unrest and militia violence. Interim Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani announced on the interim government's website that he was leaving his post, but would stay on as head of the Cabinet until a replacement could be found. He is the second Libyan prime minister to leave his post in as many months, underlining the North African nation's instability three years after the ouster and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

  • Palestinian doctors caught in fight over Jerusalem

    Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    ABU DIS, West Bank (AP) — Since graduating from a local medical school nine years ago, Basel Nassar has been barred from serving his community in east Jerusalem, despite a shortage of doctors there. Like dozens of other Palestinian doctors, Nassar has been caught in the political battle between Israel and the Palestinians over east Jerusalem. Israel captured and annexed the traditionally Arab sector in 1967, a step not recognized by most of the world, while the Palestinians seek it as a capital. Palestinians long have held that Israel's attempt to impose its sovereignty over east Jerusalem — the emotional core of the Mideast conflict and home to major religious shrines — has violated basic rights and disrupted the lives

  • UAE unveils new law in wider push for job creation

    Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates finance minister said Sunday that officials are finalizing a new law to boost entrepreneurship with broad incentives, part of a wider push to create jobs for a burgeoning young population. UAE Finance Minister Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri told reporters at a news conference unveiling the new law that he expects it will go into effect within the next three months after Cabinet gives its approval. He said the law is aimed at encouraging job creation by helping Emiratis start small- and medium-sized businesses.

  • 220 referred to prosecutor for mass trial in Egypt

    Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Judicial officials in Egypt say 220 protesters have been referred to the public prosecutor for a mass trial. The defendants, referred to trial Sunday, were arrested on the third anniversary of the January 2011 uprising against longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. They face charges of attempted murder, firearm possession, damaging public and private property, blocking the road, making gasoline bombs and disturbing public order in the Abdeen neighborhood of central Cairo. Since the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July, over 16,000 people have been detained and hundreds tried in mass trials which, rights activists say, violate detainees' rights to due process.

  • Bombings kill at least 16 people in northern Iraq

    Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Bombings targeting security forces in northern Iraq killed at least 16 people Sunday, authorities said, as the country prepares for a crucial election later this month. In the deadliest attack, an explosives-laden parked car exploded as a joint Iraqi army and police patrol passed through a busy commercial area in Mosul, killing five civilians and five security personnel, a police officer said. He said the blast wounded 12. A medical official confirmed the figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release the information. Mosul is located about 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad.

  • Report: Iran's border guards start limited drill

    Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state television is reporting that a four-day, limited drill for border guards has begun in five provinces near the Islamic Republic's border with Iraq. The report quoted border guard chief Hossein Zolfaghari as saying that the drill began Sunday. Zolfaghari said the drill is designed to enhance the level of preparedness on the country's border and that more than 4,000 border guards will take part. Zolfaghari also said this maneuver includes drones, bulletproof cars and balloons. Iran fought an eight-year war with Iraq in the 1980s, though relations have warmed recently. Iran's borders have been a route for weapons smuggling.

  • Iraqi officials say car bombing in country's north kills at least 10 people, wounds 12

    Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say car bombing in country's north kills at least 10 people, wounds 12.

  • Mideast's busiest air hub plans runway overhaul

    Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Officials say Dubai airport, the Mideast's busiest, will undergo a major runway overhaul starting next month that will see more than a dozen airlines shift flights to another airport in the city. Dubai Airports said Sunday that two runways at Dubai International Airport will be closed at alternate times during the project, which includes resurfacing one of the runways, lighting upgrades and construction of extra taxiways. The work begins May 1 and runs through July 20. Fourteen airlines that currently fly out of the airport, including budget carrier FlyDubai, will temporarily move at least some flights to the alternate Dubai World Central airport during the project. Dubai's main carrier Em

  • Iran calls off plan to send warships to Atlantic

    Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's semi-official Fars news agency is reporting that the country has temporarily called off a plan to dispatch warships to the Atlantic Ocean. The Sunday report quoted Iran's navy chief Admiral Habibollah Sayyari as saying such changes of naval plans are routine, "considering the situation in the region." Sayyari did not say why Iran changed the plan but said that "when piracy increases in the Gulf of Aden some changes will be applied in the assignments." He said another fleet would be sent to the Atlantic Ocean in the future, but did not elaborate. Iran in January said it had launched two warships on a three-month voyage to the Atlantic to demonstrate the country's ability to project powe

  • Suspected al-Qaida militants kill 3 Yemen soldiers

    Updated: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Interior Ministry says suspected al-Qaida militants have ambushed troops from the country's special forces, killing two soldiers and wounding five others. The ministry's information center said the troops were ambushed Saturday after returning to their base in the Bayda province, south of the capital, Sanaa. The wounded were taken to a hospital there. In another attack, a security official said two suspected al-Qaida militants on a motorcycle shot a security man in Sanaa, killing him instantly and taking his weapon before fleeing the scene. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.

  • Poison gas claims complicate Syrian civil war

    Updated: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    BEIRUT (AP) — Both sides in Syria's bloody civil war said Saturday that a rural village fell victim to a poison gas attack, an assault that reportedly injured scores of people amid an ongoing international effort to rid the country of chemical weapons. What exactly happened Friday in Kfar Zeita, a rebel-held village in Hama province some 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Damascus, remains unclear and likely won't be known for some time. It took United Nations weapons inspectors months to say it was likely some chemical weapons attacks happened last year, including an August attack that killed hundreds and nearly sparked Western airstrikes against President Bashar Assad's forces.

  • Lawyer: Ex-Marine gets 10-year sentence in Iran

    Updated: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian appeals court has overturned a death sentence of a former U.S. Marine convicted of working for the CIA, instead sentencing him to 10 years in prison, his lawyer said Saturday. Amir Hekmati, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen born in Arizona, was arrested in August 2011, then tried, convicted and sentenced to death for spying. Iranian prosecutors said Hekmati received special training and served at U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan before heading to Iran as a spy. Hekmati's family and the U.S. government repeatedly has denied the 31 year old is a spy, instead saying he traveled to Iran to visit his grandmother. Iran's Supreme Court annulled the death sentence after Hekmati appealed, or