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December 9, 2018 2:45 AM Australia wants soccer player out of detention in Bangkok

CANBERRA, Australia – The Australian government has called for an Australian-based refugee soccer player to be immediately released from detention in Thailand. Hakeem al-Araibi was detained in Bangkok in November on an Interpol warrant issued at the request of Bahrain. Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Sunday she has raised the matter with her Thai counterpart 113

October 9, 2018 10:53 PM Washington Post wants answers on missing journalist: 'We demand to know the truth'

Saudi Arabia to allow Turkey to search consulate for Jamal Khashoggi; State Department correspondent Rich Edson reports. The Washington Post repeated its demand Tuesday that the governments of Turkey and Saudi Arabia provide information about the whereabouts of contributor Jamal Khashoggi, who has not been seen since he entered Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul 201

September 20, 2018 8:01 AM Shiites across Mideast mark Ashoura, mourning saint's death

TEHRAN, Iran – Shiites across the Middle East on Thursday marked Ashoura, an annual commemoration mourning the 7th century death of Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein, one of Shiite Islam's most beloved saints. For Shiites, who represent over 10 percent of the world's 1.8 billion Muslims, the remembrance of Hussein is an emotional event that sees many believers 95

August 30, 2018 10:49 PM Declassified Interrogation Reports Show How Much Iran Shaped Iraq War

Documents about one of Iraq’s most prominent Shiite political figures circulate as U.S. officials debate whether to designate him as a terrorist WASHINGTON—Recently declassified U.S. interrogation reports shed new light on one of Iraq’s most prominent Shiite political figures and Iran’s role in training and arming Iraqi militias that attacked U.S. troops 58

July 10, 2018 4:10 PM US slaps terror designation on Iran-linked group in Bahrain

WASHINGTON – The United States is designating a Shiite militant group in Bahrain as a foreign terrorist organization to ramp up pressure on Iran. In a statement Tuesday, Nathan Sales, the coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department, described the al-Ashtar Brigades as "yet another in a long line of Iranian-sponsored terrorists who kill on behalf 85

July 7, 2018 6:17 AM Iran executes 8 over 2017 Islamic State attack on Tehran

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran said Saturday it executed eight people convicted in the 2017 Islamic State group attack on parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran. The June 7, 2017 attack has so far been the only assault by the Sunni extremists inside of Shiite Iran, which has been deeply involved in the wars in Iraq and Syria where the militants 74

June 16, 2018 6:49 AM The Latest: Witnesses: Areas under siege in Hodeida battle

Yemeni rights advocates and relief workers say areas adjacent to the airport in Hodeida are under siege and thousands of people are unable to leave as roads are shut down amid intense fighting. The United Nations says hundreds of people have fled Hodeida since Wednesday, when a Saudi-led coalition began an assault to take over the vital Red Sea port town, through 59

June 16, 2018 5:45 AM Saudi-led forces seize airport in Yemen port city of Hodeida

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Yemeni official say Saudi-led forces have seized the airport in Yemen's rebel-held port city of Hodeida. The military loyal to Yemen's exiled government issued a statement Saturday morning saying that engineers now were trying to remove mines left by the Shiite rebels known as Houthis. Hodeida International Airport is on the south 60

June 10, 2018 10:07 AM Yemeni army colonel shot dead in Taiz

Yemeni army colonel shot dead in Taiz Yemeni security officials say gunmen shot dead a pro-government army colonel in the southwestern city of Taiz. They say Col. Radwan el-Wassabi, who was backed by the United Arab Emirates, was shot dead and at least four of his guards were wounded late Saturday in central Taiz. The city is split between government 85

June 7, 2018 4:50 PM Iraqi Lawmakers Seek Recount Amid Persistent Allegations of Fraud

Victory of coalition backed by populist Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr isn’t in question, but the recount effort creates a political logjam just as he is trying to form a government BAGHDAD—Iraqi authorities moved Thursday to conduct a full manual recount of 12 million ballots in recent national elections, threatening to slow down the formation of a government 62