Middle East
  • In this Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 file photo, newly-appointed Egyptian Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi meets with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, unseen, in Cairo, Egypt. The surprise appointment of Egypt's new defense minister opens the way for a younger generation of military leaders who had grown frustrated with aging top generals who have had a lock on the powerful institution for decades under ousted leader Hosni Mubarak. Crucially, the move appears to reflect a recognition among the

    The remarks are the latest response from the Morsi government to the Aug. 6 attacks on a military outpost bordering Gaza.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT
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  • Hezbollah supporters carry pictures, of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, disappeared Imam Moussa al-Sadr, center, and Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, left, during a rally to mark the occasion of Jerusalem Day in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug 17, 2012.

    Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah will transform the lives of Israelis to "hell" if Israel attacks Lebanon, its leader said on Friday, adding that the group would not hesitate to hit targets that would leave tens of thousands of Israelis dead.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT
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  • Kuwait's Parliament speaker, Jassem Al Kharafi, right, announces his decision of adjourning the National Assembly session due to lack of quorum in Kuwait, Tuesday, August 7, 2012. Abdullah Al Roumi sits at left.

    Kuwait's government has asked the country's Constitutional Court to determine whether its election law is legal. Opposition lawmakers fear it's a bid to undermine their strength.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 8:13 AM EDT
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  • Prominent Jordanian political analyst and government critic Labib Kamhawi poses for a portrait in his office in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012.

    Prominent Jordanian political analyst and government critic Labib Kamhawi said Wednesday that he may face prosecution and even jail for inciting revolt and defaming Jordan's King Abdullah II, but he denied any wrongdoing and vowed he will fight back.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 8:13 AM EDT
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  • Top Pentagon leaders say have talked by phone with their new Egyptian counterparts and are hoping to continue the longtime military relationship between Washington and Cairo.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 6:09 AM EDT
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  • In this Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 file photo, Iraq's Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi speaks during an interview with the Associated Press near Sulaimaniyah, 160 miles (260 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq. An Iraqi appeals court has rejected a request to have President Jalal Talabani testify in the terror trial against the nation's Sunni vice president.

    A neighbor of Iraq's fugitive vice president has claimed he transported bombs at the request of the official's son during testimony in a politically charged terrorism trial against the politician.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 3:10 AM EDT
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  • In this July 6, 2012 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius attend the "Friends of Syria" conference in Paris. The United States is readying new sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime and its allies as Clinton heads to Turkey on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, for weekend talks with top Turkish officials and Syrian opposition activists.

    Obama set new sanctions on the state-run oil company and Hezbollah.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 21, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT
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