International News / Middle East

UN envoy: Military escalation in Yemen is fueling extremists

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy to Yemen is warning that the dangerous military escalation following a breakdown in the cease-fire between government supporters and Shiite rebels is fueling the spread of al-Qaida and the Islamic State extremist group. Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that the two … Continue reading

Al-Qaida, other groups take last army base in Syria’s Idlib
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Al-Qaida, other groups take last army base in Syria’s Idlib

BEIRUT (AP) — After a two-year siege, al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria and other insurgents on Wednesday captured the one remaining Syrian army air base in Idlib province, a development that activists said effectively expelled the last of President Bashar Assad’s military from the northwestern province. It was the latest in a series of setbacks for … Continue reading

Pakistan expresses shock over deaths of US, Italian hostage
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Pakistan expresses shock over deaths of US, Italian hostage

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has expressed “shock and sorrow” over the inadvertent deaths of an American and an Italian hostage held by al-Qaida in a U.S. drone strike in January near the Afghan border. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs extended Pakistan’s condolences in a statement Friday, saying the deaths of hostages Warren Weinstein and Giovanni … Continue reading

Bruising week for Syria’s Assad as troops suffer losses
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Bruising week for Syria’s Assad as troops suffer losses

BEIRUT (AP) — It was a bruising week for Syria’s Bashar Assad. The rapid collapse of his forces on two fronts in the north and south brought the opposition its biggest victories in two years, raising serious questions about the president’s ability to fend off increasingly sophisticated rebel campaigns. After losing the capital of Idlib … Continue reading