SRINAGAR, India -- Indian and Pakistani troops fired machine guns and mortar shells over the border in Kashmir, wounding at least 12 people -- including children -- as the disputed region sees some of the most serious tensions in a decade, officials said Friday.
BEIRUT -- Syrian state-run TV reported Friday that the leader of a powerful al-Qaida-linked rebel group has been killed -- a claim that if confirmed would be a huge blow to fighters trying...
VIENNA -- A top nuclear negotiator from Tehran will meet with the head of the U.N.'s nuclear agency next week just hours before agency experts sit down with Iranian counterparts to renew their push for access to sites, people and documents believed linked to possible work on atomic arms, the agency said Thursday.
UNITED NATIONS -- A special U.N. rapporteur released a scathing report Wednesday detailing widespread human rights abuses in Iran, but he said recent signals from new President Hassan Rouhani have raised expectations for change
BEIRUT -- Syria's president cast doubt Monday on the chances of holding a long-delayed international peace conference to end the country's civil war, saying the factors that would help such talks succeed do not currently exist.
BAGHDAD -- A suicide bomber slammed his explosive-laden car Sunday night into a busy cafe in Iraq's capital, part of a day of violence across the country that killed 45 people, authorities said.
UNITED NATIONS -- Just hours after winning a coveted place on the U.N. Security Council for the first time, Saudi Arabia did a stunning about-face Friday and rejected the seat, denouncing the body for failing to resolve world conflicts such as the Syrian civil war.
BEIRUT -- Nine Shiite pilgrims from Lebanon kidnapped in Syria were freed late Friday night as part of a negotiated hostage deal that could see two Turkish pilots held by Lebanese militants released, officials said.
BEIRUT -- One of Syria's most powerful military officers was killed in fighting with al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremists in an oil-rich eastern province largely controlled by the rebels, Syrian state-run television said Thursday.
GENEVA -- Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers ended on an upbeat note Wednesday, with top Western and Iranian negotiators announcing a follow-up round early next month while speaking of significant progress in efforts to reduce fears that Tehran may be seeking atomic arms.
BEIRUT -- Several dozen rebel groups in southern Syria have broken with the main political opposition group in exile, a commander said in a video posted Wednesday, dealing a potential new setback to Western efforts to unify moderates battling President Bashar Assad's regime.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan -- A suicide bomber shot his way into the residence of a provincial government minister Wednesday in northwestern Pakistan, killing the official and seven others in an explosion, police said.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan -- A suicide bomber detonated his explosives Wednesday at the residence of a provincial government minister in northwestern Pakistan, killing him and seven others, police said.
GENEVA -- With PowerPoint slides and feel-good phrases, Iranian negotiators presented world powers on Tuesday with what they said was a plan to break a decade of deadlock over Tehran's nuclear program, declaring the time had come to end the country's "walk in the dark" of international isolation and crippling sanctions.
JERUSALEM -- Israel's prime minister on Monday said he is making a "real effort" to reach peace with the Palestinians, but vowed to maintain a hard-line stance in recently relaunched negotiations.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's president stepped up his challenge to the country's hard-line factions on Monday, calling for the lifting of restrictions on academic freedoms and for granting Iranian scholars more opportunity to take part in international conferences.
BEIRUT -- A car bomb in a rebel-held town in northwestern Syria killed at least 15 people and wounded dozens in a crowded outdoor market Monday, setting cars on fire and sending people running in panic, two activist groups said.
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The secretive leader of the Afghan Taliban pledged on Monday that his followers will keep fighting if the government in Kabul signs a crucial security deal with the United States.
BEIRUT -- Gunmen abducted six Red Cross workers and a Syrian Red Crescent volunteer after stopping their convoy early Sunday in northwestern Syria, a spokesman said, in the latest high-profile kidnapping in the country's civil war.
LONDON -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the window for diplomacy with Iran over its nuclear program is "cracking open," but that "no deal is better than a bad deal."
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