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Saudis reinstate public sector perks after 7-month cutbackSaudi Arabia's King Salman has issued a decree reinstating public sector perks after a drop in oil prices forced the kingdom to curb big-ticket spending and implement sensitive austerity measures
The Associated Press36 minutes ago
Syrian troops capture central town after heavy clashesSyrian government forces have captured a central town and adjacent villages, boosting security in nearby areas loyal to President Bashar Assad, and marched deeper into a rebel-held neighborhood of Damascus
The Associated Press59 minutes ago
Saudi king names son as US envoy as ties boosted with TrumpSaudi Arabia's King Salman has named one of his sons, an air force pilot who has taken part in coalition strikes against the Islamic State group, as the kingdom's new ambassador to the U.S.
The Associated Press1 hour ago
Iranian candidate says nuclear deal failed to lift sanctionsAn Iranian presidential candidate says the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers has failed to lift sanctions or improve the country's economy
The Associated Press1 hour ago
Visitors listen to a guide during a tour the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Sunday, April 23, 2017. Israel is marking the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day beginning at sunset Sunday. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Report: Anti-Semitism rises, but violence against Jews fallsA report released by Israeli researchers says violent attacks on Jews dropped for a second straight year in 2016, while other forms of anti-Semitism are on the rise worldwide, particularly on U.S. campuses
The Associated Press9 minutes ago
Islamic State attacks Iraq police base, 1 killedIraqi officials say Islamic State militants have attacked a police base in a town that is being used as a staging ground for the Mosul offensive, killing at least one policeman
The Associated Press2 hours ago
Plight of Palestinian refugees now spans 5 generationsThe plight of Palestinians uprooted by Israeli-Arab wars now spans five generations, one of the longest-running refugee crises
The Associated Press5 hours ago
Plight of Palestinian refugees now spans 5 generationsThe plight of Palestinians uprooted by Israeli-Arab wars now spans five generations, one of the longest-running refugee crises
The Associated Press5 hours ago
UN Gaza staffer out after allegations of Hamas tiesThe United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees says a Gaza staffer suspected of being elected to the Islamic militant Hamas group's leadership no longer works for the agency
The Associated Press18 hours ago
Opposition: Missiles knock out hospital in Syria's northAn opposition war monitor and media platform say missiles have knocked out a medical center in Syria's rebel-held northern province
The Associated Press19 hours ago
Correction: Mideast-Entrepreneurs storyAcross the Arabian Peninsula, governments that have been hit hard by a sharp decline in oil prices since 2014 are competing to attract and keep local entrepreneurs
The Associated Press21 hours ago
Lebanon army kills wanted IS militant in raidLebanon's army says it has killed a Syrian Islamic militant fighter during a raid in the country's east
The Associated Press22 hours ago
In this undated photo released by Turkistan Islamic Party, a militant website, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the Turkistan Islamic Party holds their weapons, at unknown place in Syria. Many don't speak Arabic and their role in Syria is little known to the outside world. Chinese fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria are organized, battled-hardened and have played instrumental roles in ground offensives against President Bashar Assad's forces in the country's northern regions. ( Militant Website Turkistan Islamic Party via AP)
Chinese jihadis' rise in Syria raises concerns at homeConcern is increasing in Beijing over thousands of Chinese jihadis who have come to Syria since the country's civil war began in March 2011 to fight against government forces and their allies
The Associated Press1 day ago
In this photo released by Qatar News Agency, Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, second left in front row, receives the released Qataris at the Doha airport in Doha, Qatar Friday, April 21, 2017. After nearly a year and a half in captivity, Qatar on Friday secured the release of 26 hostages, including members of its ruling family, in what became possibly the region's most complex and sensitive hostage negotiation deal in recent years. (Qatar News Agency via AP)
26 hostages, including Qatar royals, freed in bargainQatar has secured the release of 26 hostages after nearly a year and a half in captivity, including members of its ruling family, in what became possibly the region's most complex and sensitive hostage negotiation deal in recent years
The Associated Press1 day ago
This frame grab from video provided by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows buses carrying opposition fighters leaving Zabadani through a checkpoint, near Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, April. 19, 2017, heading toward the northern rebel-held Idlib province. Syria's military media says the evacuation and transfer of thousands of Syrians from four besieged areas has resumed. Logo in Arabic reads, "Millitary Media."  (Syrian Central Military Media, via AP)
In Syria, first phase of population transfer concludesSyrian state TV says the troubled population transfers involving thousands of Syrians has resumed after stalling for days following a massive explosion that killed dozens
The Associated Press1 day ago
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