Middle East News

  • Top Asian News at 2:00 p.m. GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians. But terrorism experts on Friday questioned whether the ruthless movement had the capacity or inclination to sustain a terror…

    Associated Press32 mins ago
  • Asian Games opening ceremony closes Gangnam Style

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — A lavish opening ceremony at the Asian Games included poetry, the standard fireworks, and a rousing finale of singer PSY belting his signature hit "Gangnam Style" through a sequined microphone on Friday.

    Associated Press42 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 11:30 a.m. GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians. But terrorism experts on Friday questioned whether the ruthless movement had the capacity or inclination to sustain a terror…

    Associated Press
  • From gangsta rapper to Islamist militant

    As war in Syria and Iraq attracts a growing number of Muslim extremists from Europe, intelligence officials in Germany believe a former gangsta rapper has joined the inner circle of Islamists fighting there.

    Yahoo News
  • Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians. But terrorism experts on Friday questioned whether the ruthless movement had the capacity or inclination to sustain a terror…

    Associated Press
  • Congress backs Obama on aid to Syrian rebels

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation requested by President Barack Obama authorizing the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East is headed for his signature after a sweeping Senate vote.

    Associated Press
  • Strong Senate vote for Obama on Syria rebel aid

    The Senate has approved a plan for the military to train and equip Syrian rebels, clearing the measure for President Barack Obama's signature.

    Associated Press
  • Senate votes to support Obama on rebel aid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic state militants on Thursday, reluctant ratification of a new strategy that President Barack Obama outlined scarcely a week ago.

    Associated Press
  • Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militiamen backed by tanks defiantly advanced Thursday in Syria, capturing more than 20 Kurdish villages as the international community strains to assemble a coalition that might destroy them.

    Associated Press
  • British hostage appears in new video

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists.

    Associated Press
  • Kurds issue call to arms as Islamic State gains in Syria

    By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria on Thursday after seizing 21 villages in a major assault, prompting a call to arms from Kurds in neighboring Turkey who urged followers to go and help resist the group's advance. The…

    Reuters
  • Who's who in coalition to defeat Islamist extremists

    Washington (AFP) - The United States is taking the lead in an international coalition aimed at repelling and defeating the Islamist extremists marauding across parts of Iraq and Syria.

    AFP
  • Israeli museum unveils ancient Jewish prayer book

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli museum on Thursday unveiled what it says in the oldest known Jewish prayer book in the world, dating back to the 9th century A.D.

    Associated Press
  • British journalist purportedly shown in IS propaganda video

    By Alexander Dziadosz BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Thursday that they said shows British journalist John Cantlie in captivity saying he will soon reveal "facts" about the group to counter its portrayal in Western media. The Islamic State,…

    Reuters
  • Terror raids disrupt 'violent acts in Australia'

    A series of major pre-dawn counter-terrorism raids across Sydney and Brisbane on Thursday disrupted plans to "commit violent acts in Australia", including against random members of the public, police said.

    AFP
  • Turkey announces strategy to bolster EU accession bid

    By Jonny Hogg ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey said on Thursday crises in the Middle East and elsewhere made closer co-operation between Ankara and the European Union essential and announced a new program to revive the country's stalled drive for EU membership. A document released by the EU Affairs…

    Reuters
  • Gaza war spurs more Palestinians to risk dangerous migration to Europe

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - A devastating war with Israel has swollen the number of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip joining a perilous exodus of migrants fleeing the Middle East and Africa in search of a better life in Europe. Palestinians with knowledge of smuggling tunnels' operations…

    Reuters