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Aniseh Makhlouf, Syria's former first lady and the mother of current President Bashar Assad, died Saturday, the presidency announced. She was 86.   A statement on the presidency's official Facebook page says Makhlouf, the wife of the...
US President Barack Obama says governments across the Middle East that make a "commitment to justice and human rights" will continue to have a friend in America.   Obama also noted the ongoing strife shaking the Mideast in the years...
South Korea's Defense Ministry says North Korea has moved up the window of its planned long-range rocket launch to Feb. 7-14. Ministry spokesman Moon Sang Gyun said Saturday that the North didn't inform international organizations of any...
Less than a month after its purported H-bomb test, attention is now focused on whether North Korea is readying a rocket launch. With underground railways, giant tarps and a movable launch pad structure in place, experts say, the North is getting a...
The Taliban suicide bombing against a bus carrying employees of Afghanistan's biggest media company last month has shocked local journalists, who fear they are now in the cross hairs of an increasingly lethal insurgency.   Journalism has...
The Obama administration confirmed for the first time Friday that Hillary Clinton's home server contained closely guarded government secrets, censoring 22 emails that contained material requiring one of the highest levels of classification. The...
The chairman of Saudi Arabia's state oil giant said on Monday that plans for a possible initial public offering are not being driven by a need for cash amid a global slump in oil prices, but instead signal a desire for greater openness to...
A well-known German think tank says it is moving its Mideast operations out of Egypt, maintaining that ever-stricter government restrictions have made it impossible to carry out its work.   Wolfgang Gerhardt, chairman of the Friedrich Naumann...
Pregnant women should avoid traveling to Latin America and Caribbean countries that have outbreaks of a tropical illness linked to birth defects, health officials said Friday.   The illness is caused by the Zika virus which is spread through...
An official says the World Health Organization hopes to eradicate polio in 2016, after containing outbreaks in conflict-ridden Syria, Iraq and Somalia by immunizing millions of children over two years.   Christopher Maher, who runs the regional...