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Blasts in Syria, opposition urges 'neutrality' in peace effort
Blasts in Syria, opposition urges 'neutrality' in peace effort

Bomb attacks in Damascus and southern Syria have left at least 16 people dead, as the Syrian opposition hit back at claims it is hindering efforts to hold a peace conference.

Blasts in Syria, opposition urges 'neutrality' in peace effort
Syrian regime says not going to Geneva talks to hand over power
Syrian regime says not going to Geneva talks to hand over power

The Syrian regime will not attend a proposed Geneva peace conference if the aim is for President Bashar al-Assad to hand over power, the country's information minister said Monday.

Syrian regime says not going to Geneva talks to hand over power
Syria peace envoy begins tour as dozens die in Aleppo
Syria peace envoy begins tour as dozens die in Aleppo

International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi begins a Middle East tour Saturday to pave the way for proposed peace talks on Syria, where dozens of people were killed in the latest fighting in Aleppo province.

Syria peace envoy begins tour as dozens die in Aleppo
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Britain has secret Middle East web surveillance base: report

Britain is running a secret Internet surveillance station in the Middle East, a report said Thursday citing the latest leaked documents obtained by fugitive US security contractor Edward Snowden.

Britain has secret Middle East web surveillance base: report
Kerry defies the odds as he pursues elusive peace deal
Kerry defies the odds as he pursues elusive peace deal

For months, US Secretary of State John Kerry has cut a rather lonely figure in Washington, openly mocked for his single-minded pursuit of what many believe is a fool's errand -- a Middle East peace deal.

Kerry defies the odds as he pursues elusive peace deal
New documentary warns against Obama's 'Dirty Wars'
New documentary warns against Obama's 'Dirty Wars'

A new documentary released Friday portrays US secret raids against terror suspects as a misguided assassination campaign that generates new enemies and tarnishes America's image.

New documentary warns against Obama's 'Dirty Wars'
Austria warns against arms shipments to Syrian rebels
Austria warns against arms shipments to Syrian rebels

Austria has warned its 26 European Union partners in a letter against providing weapons for rebel movements in the Syrian conflict.

Austria warns against arms shipments to Syrian rebels
A electron microscope image of a coronavirus. ©REUTER/Health Protection Agency
SARS-like virus seems to cause deep lung infection

A new and deadly virus that has killed 11 of the 17 patients treated for it in the Middle East and Britain appears to cause an infection deep in the lungs.

SARS-like virus seems to cause deep lung infection
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. ©REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
UNESCO ready to send mission to Mali soon

UNESCO is ready to send experts to Mali to assess damage to cultural treasures in the troubled north as soon as security conditions allow.

UNESCO ready to send mission to Mali soon
Kerry on Gulf tour pledges backing for Syria rebels
Kerry on Gulf tour pledges backing for Syria rebels

US Secretary of State John Kerry has promised to "empower" Syria's opposition, while warning arch-foe Iran that time for talks on Tehran's nuclear ambitions could run out.

Kerry on Gulf tour pledges backing for Syria rebels
US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Kerry in London to start first official tour

John Kerry will push his Russian counterpart to apply pressure on Syria when they meet during the new US Secretary of State's marathon tour of allies.

Kerry in London to start first official tour
US needs rethink of Mideast peace plan: experts
US needs rethink of Mideast peace plan: experts

The US administration must radically rethink ways to achieve a sustainable Israeli-Arab peace deal or risk seeing the goal of a two-state solution slip away.

US needs rethink of Mideast peace plan: experts
US downplays Facebook claim on Benghazi attack
US downplays Facebook claim on Benghazi attack

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the White House on Wednesday downplayed reports that a Libyan group claimed responsibility on Facebook for the deadly strike on the US consulate in Benghazi.

US downplays Facebook claim on Benghazi attack
Executive Director of IEA Maria van der Hoeven. ©REUTERS
Middle East oil disruptions to hit Asia first: IEA

Asia will be the first to feel the impact of any Middle East oil supply disruption as regional demand surges, the International Energy Agency said Monday.

Middle East oil disruptions to hit Asia first: IEA
US soldiers say still focused on Afghan mission
US soldiers say still focused on Afghan mission

As the US soldiers returned fire during an insurgent attack, an old man walked towards the platoon.

US soldiers say still focused on Afghan mission
Filmmaker didn't spark Muslim violence: lawyer
Filmmaker didn't spark Muslim violence: lawyer

A lawyer for the man behind the "Innocence of Muslims" video denied Wednesday his client was to blame for a wave of violence across the Middle East, as he appeared in court for a second time.

Filmmaker didn't spark Muslim violence: lawyer
Romney batters Obama on Mideast 'failures'
Romney batters Obama on Mideast 'failures'

Buoyed by better poll numbers and a debate triumph, White House challenger Mitt Romney sought to build momentum Monday by vowing to restore strong US leadership in the Middle East.

Romney batters Obama on Mideast 'failures'
Romney: Time to 'change course' in Middle East
Romney: Time to 'change course' in Middle East

Mitt Romney will call for a US change of course in the Middle East on Monday, saying President Barack Obama's muddled strategy has failed to confront the challenges of extremism.

Romney: Time to 'change course' in Middle East
Romney attacks Obama's 'dangerous' Mideast policy
Romney attacks Obama's 'dangerous' Mideast policy

US Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney attacked President Barack Obama's Middle East policy late Sunday, stepping up the pressure after a wave of anti-US protests in the Islamic world.

Romney attacks Obama's 'dangerous' Mideast policy
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Oil prices hit four-month peaks on Fed stimulus

Global oil prices soared Thursday to new four-month highs, as the US Federal Reserve announced a new round of quantitative easing to stimulate the flagging economy.

Oil prices hit four-month peaks on Fed stimulus