Middle East

Yemeni women burn their veils to protest crackdown

Hundreds of Yemeni women on Wednesday set fire to traditional female veils to protest the government's brutal crackdown against the country's popular uprising, as overnight clashes in the capital and another city killed 25 people, officials said.

US: Yemen President 'badly burned' in blast

Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh was burned on more than 40% of his body and suffered bleeding in the brain from last weekend's attack on his palace, US officials said, indicating his wounds were worse than initially reported.

Army dogs wage war on illegal Palestinian workers

Samih Chahine Yahoo! News 18.05.2011
Army dogs wage war on illegal Palestinian workers

Palestinians desperate for work in Israel will go to extremes to sneak past the West Bank barrier, but now they face a new hurdle -- army attack dogs sent to sniff them out.

Son says bin Laden sea burial demeans family: report

A statement purporting to come from a son of Osama bin Laden denounced the al Qaeda leader's killing as "criminal" and said his burial at sea had humiliated the family, an online monitoring service said.

IMAM: 'Dogs should not rejoice too much for killing lions'

An imam from the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem vowed to take revenge over "the western dogs" for killing Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on Sunday.

Sarkozy: Mideast Christians victims of 'cleansing'

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday that Christian minorities in the Middle East are victims of "religious cleansing", following deadly attacks on churches in the region.

Fresh attacks on Christians mar Christmas

Fresh attacks against Christians marred the Christmas festival Saturday as church leaders condemned religious persecution and called for peace and reconciliation.

Saudi king to seek medical treatment in U.S.

Asma Alsharif Reuters 22.11.2010
Saudi king to seek medical treatment in U.S.

Saudi Arabia's elderly King Abdullah will leave for the United States Monday for medical checks for a back ailment, and Crown Prince Sultan is returning from holiday abroad, state media said Sunday.

American freed by Iran arrives in Oman; Sarah Shourd thanks Ahmadinejad; families urge release of two others

In just a few dizzying hours, American Sarah Shourd exchanged a cell in Tehran's Evin Prison for a private jet crossing the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, after an apparent diplomatic deal to cover a $500,000 bail and secure a release that seemed in jeo...

Iran Ayatollahs Issue Fatwas Against Koran-Burners

Ali Sheikholeslami Businessweek 14.09.2010
Iran Ayatollahs Issue Fatwas Against Koran-Burners

Two Iranian grand ayatollahs issued fatwas calling for the killing of those who insult the Koran, including anyone who burns the Islamic holy book, the state-run Fars news agency reported.

Iranian fighter jet crashes near nuclear plant

An Iranian fighter jet crashed Tuesday in southern Iran near the country's nuclear power plant that is to start up over the weekend, a semi-official news agency reported. The two pilots ejected safely.


The U.S. military may be preparing to leave Iraq, but the deadly violence will likely remain. A suicide bomber killed 60 people and wounded 125 Tuesday morning, blowing himself up near an Iraqi military recruitment center in Baghdad, officials tol...

Japanese tanker damaged off Oman, cause unclear

Saleh Shaibany and Osamu Tsukimori Yahoo! News 29.07.2010
Japanese tanker damaged off Oman, cause unclear

A Japanese oil tanker damaged in an explosion in the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world's most important shipping lanes, was being diverted to a port in the UAE on Wednesday.

US wanted to 'swap Iranian scientist for hikers'

An Iranian scientist, who returned home last week charging he had been held by US agents for more than a year, has said that they had pressed him to agree to be exchanged in a "spy" swap for three US hikers in custody in Tehran.

Iranian nuclear scientist returns home to a hero's welcome

Thomas Erdbrink and Greg Miller The Washington Post 15.07.2010
Iranian nuclear scientist returns home to a hero's welcome

An Iranian nuclear scientist at the center of a bizarre espionage drama arrived here to a hero's welcome Thursday morning, including a personal greeting from several senior government officials.

Iran Launches Holy War on Haircuts

LARA SETRAKIAN ABC News 07.07.2010
Iran Launches Holy War on Haircuts

It's something like a holy war on haircuts. Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has issued a directive banning 'decadent' hairstyles for men, restricting barber shops to only certain kinds of cuts. The primary target: spiky, gelled hai...

Iran Offers to Rescue Obama from Oil Spill Mess

Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu Arutz Sheva 23.06.2010
Iran Offers to Rescue Obama from Oil Spill Mess

Iran has offered to help solve the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill and extricate U.S. President Barack Obama from the mess that has caused his already sinking popularity to drop even further.

Iran issues warning to 62,000 'badly veiled' women

Iranian police have issued warnings to 62,000 women who were "badly veiled" in the Shiite holy province of Qom as part of a clampdown on dress and behaviour, a newspaper said on Monday.

Obama envoy to Israel: U.S. wants Palestinian state

Jeffrey Heller Reuters UK 16.04.2009

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's Middle East envoy told Israel's ultranationalist foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, Thursday that Washington wants to see the creation of a Palestinian state.

Israel deports passengers of seized Lebanese aid ship

All the 18 passengers and crew on a Lebanese aid ship seized by Israeli navy were expelled on Friday to different destinations, the Doha-based al-Jazeera TV satellite reported.

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