Middle East

In Jordan sedition trial, U.S. defendant alleges torture

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AMMAN, Jordan — A U.S. citizen and former top aide to Jordan's King Abdullah II alleged he was tortured in Jordanian detention and fears...

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HELSINKI — The European Union’s border agency is pledging to “significantly” step up its support to Lithuania in the coming days “due to the...

Iran anger at US, European support for opposition group

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BERLIN — The Iranian government has expressed anger over the appearance of senior European and U.S. politicians at a rally in support of an...

“Cyber disruption” stops websites of the Iranian ministry

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TEHRAN, Iran — Websites of Iran’s transport and urbanization ministry Saturday went out of service after a “cyber disruption” in computer systems of its...

Iran officials: No casualties from reported Tehran explosion

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TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian police said a reported explosion early Saturday at a public park near state TV headquarters in the capital Tehran caused...

Pope tells South Sudan leaders to make sacrifices for peace

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ROME — Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury marked the 10th anniversary of the independence of South Sudan on Friday by urging its...

Lithuania builds border fence to stem migration from Belarus

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VILNIUS, Lithuania — Lithuania began Friday to erect a fence along its border with Belarus to deter third country migrants from entering, a week...

Taliban say they now control 85% of Afghanistan’s territory

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MOSCOW — The Taliban claimed on Friday that they now control 85% of Afghanistan's territory amid a surge in wins on the ground and...

Families of Beirut blast victims want officials prosecuted

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BEIRUT — Families of the victims of last year’s massive blast at Beirut’s port protested in the capital on Friday to pressure parliament to...

Head of radical Palestinian group laid to rest in Syria

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DAMASCUS, Syria — Hundreds of people attended on Friday the funeral of Ahmed Jibril, the leader of a breakaway Palestinian faction whose group carried...