Middle East

Netanyahu set to win Israel vote, but losing steam

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Four days before Israel's parliamentary election, opinion polls published showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu still set to win, although his support had...

Pakistan turmoil deepens as court orders PM’s arrest

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Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the prime minister on corruption allegations, ratcheting up pressure on a government that is also...

India army chief threatens Pakistan over Kashmir killings

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India's army chief threatened to retaliate against Pakistan for the killing of two soldiers in fighting near the border of the disputed...

India’s army chief turns up heat on Pakistan, says can retaliate

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India's army chief accused Pakistan of detailed planning of an attack along Kashmir's de factor border last week in which two soldiers...

Thousands gather for Pakistan cleric’s protest march on capital

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Thousands of Pakistanis converged on the capital Monday to join a march planned by Sufi cleric Muhammad Tahirul Qadri calling for the...

Karzai says Afghanistan to be safer once foreign troops leave

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai told a press briefing that his country will be "more secure" once most foreign troops leave by the...

U.S., Afghanistan discuss “last chapter” in war aims: Panetta

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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Afghan President Hamid Karzai discussed the "last chapter" in building a sovereign Afghanistan that can provide...

Israeli minister warms to choice of Hagel for Pentagon

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A senior Israeli diplomat has given a positive view of Chuck Hagel's nomination as U.S. defense secretary, though some commentators in the...

Hypnosis ordered for soldier charged with killing comrades

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A U.S. Army sergeant accused of killing five fellow servicemen at a military counseling center in Iraq in 2009 and deemed to...

France eyes Middle East influence, image with Syria gamble

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President Francois Hollande's decision to recognise Syria's new opposition bloc aims to secure long-term French interests in the region and boost his...

In Middle East, relief not euphoria at Obama win

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A tweet from one of Saudi Arabia's most influential clerics summed up the Middle East's response to Barack Obama's re-election: "Obama isn't good,"...

Iran nuclear fuel move may ease war fears – for now

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A slowdown in Iran's accumulation of its most sensitive nuclear material may have helped put off the threat of a new Middle...

Cameron seeks arms deals, says supports Arab Spring

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British Prime Minister David Cameron sought to balance concern over human rights in Gulf Arab states with winning lucrative arms deals for...

Islamist militants kill two Saudi border guards

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Al Qaeda-associated militants who had been released from Saudi prisons killed two Saudi border guards while trying to cross into Yemen early...

Netanyahu, Barak clashed with army over Iran attack: report

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak ordered Israeli defence chiefs in 2010 to prepare for an attack on Iran's...

Israel kills Palestinian man near Gaza border -medics

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Israeli soldiers have shot and killed a Palestinian man who approached a fence near the border with Israel, medics said. An Israeli military...

Taliban commander in Afghan north captured – police

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A high-level Taliban commander in northern Afghanistan, Mullah Abdul Rahman, has been captured in a joint Afghan-NATO operation, said police. "Rahman was involved...

Diplomacy inbox fills up as U.N. awaits U.S. presidential vote

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As the United States prepares for a presidential election next month, thorny diplomatic issues like an arms trade treaty, the Palestinians' U.N....

US, Israel to hold major missile defense exercise

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The United States and Israel will hold a major missile defense exercise in Israel this month, sending a message of close cooperation...