Latest Middle East News

Syria says it captures drone near Israeli-occupied Golan

Sep. 21, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian authorities captured and dismantled Saturday a drone rigged with cluster bombs near the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, state news agency SANA said. SANA gave no further details about the drone but posted several photos of the unmanned aerial vehicle. Israel...

Albanian ship rescues 111 migrants in the Aegean Sea

Sep. 21, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's Defense Ministry says one of its ships in the Aegean Sea has rescued 111 migrants trying to cross into Greece, and has handed them over to Turkish authorities. Defense Minister Olta Xhacka on Saturday wrote on her Facebook page that the Syrian, Iraqi and Palestinian...

Iraq detains suspect in deadly bombing that killed 12

Sep. 21, 2019 7:05 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces boosted their presence and measures around the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Saturday, a day after a deadly bombing hit a minibus packed with passengers outside the city. Iraq's prime minister said security forces have detained a man suspected of detonating the bomb....

Iran's Guard says ready for 'any scenario' amid US standoff

Sep. 21, 2019 6:51 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard is ready for combat and "any scenario," its chief commander said Saturday, as the country's nuclear deal with world powers collapses and the U.S. alleged Iran was behind a weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia that shook global energy...

US to send troops to Saudi Arabia, hold off on striking Iran

Sep. 21, 2019 6:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Friday announced it will deploy additional U.S. troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as President Donald Trump has at least for now put off any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil...

Rare protests in Egypt call for el-Sissi to step down

Sep. 21, 2019 6:31 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Rare anti-government protests broke out in Egypt Friday calling on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step down. The former army general has overseen an unprecedented political crackdown, silencing critics and jailing thousands. El-Sissi came to power with the military's ouster of an elected...

The Latest: US to deploy more troops to Saudi Arabia, UAE

Sep. 21, 2019 3:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. response to attacks on the Saudi oil industry (all times local): 6:45 p.m. The Pentagon says the U.S. will deploy additional troops and military equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to beef up security, as President Donald Trump has at least for...

Fun & Games: Lyles wants to win, celebrate just like Bolt

Sep. 21, 2019 2:50 AM EDT

The most promising signal that track and field remains in good hands even after Usain Bolt's retirement comes from a 22-year-old American named Noah Lyles , who appreciates the Jamaican superstar more for what he did after his races than during them. When Lyles spends time studying Bolt on video, he's not only...

The Latest: Americans, Australians celebrate in Rose Garden

Sep. 20, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the state visit to the U.S. by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (all times local): 10:30 p.m. American and Australian luminaries gathered under the stars in the White House Rose Garden on Friday, resolutely "celebrating" even as serious matters of national security...

Yemen rebels say they're halting attacks on Saudi Arabia

Sep. 20, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels said late Friday night that they were halting drone and missile attacks against Saudi Arabia, one week after they claimed responsibility for a strike that crippled a key oil facility in the kingdom. The U.S. and the Saudis blamed the Sept. 14 attack on Iran, which backs...