Middle East
  • Iran's president on Tuesday unveiled an upgraded version of a short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile just weeks after it was test-fired, the country's state-media reported.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 29, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT
  • A Palestinian woman passes near a section of Israel's separation barrier depicting Yasser Arafat near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. Tawfik Tirawi, the chief Palestinian investigator looking into Yasser Arafat's 2004 death said Wednesday Palestinian officials have invited Swiss experts to test the leader's remains for possible poisoning.

    Two vicious attacks on Palestinians, presumed to be the work of Jews, have some Israelis worried that their society is increasingly tolerant of hate crimes.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT
  • An emergency layover in Syria's capital was bad enough. Then passengers on Air France Flight 562 were asked to open their wallets to check if they had enough cash to pay for more fuel.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 29, 2012, 10:36 PM EDT
  • Two Syrian men strike a wall to make a hole during a search for survivors in after it was hit by an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. Rebel footholds in Aleppo have been the target of weeks of Syrian shelling and air attacks as part of wider offensives by President Bashar Assad's regime. Rebels have been driven from some areas, but the report of clashes near the airport suggests the battles could be shifting to new fronts.

    As fighting raged in both Aleppo and the Syrian capital Damascus, the United Nations announced that Lakhdar Brahimi, a former Algerian foreign minister and veteran U.N. diplomat, would serve as the world body's new peace envoy, aiming to resume efforts for a diplomatic solution to what has become an intractable civil war.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT