Syria: Death toll in Eastern Ghouta rises to more than 400

Fresh bombardment on Damascus suburb kills dozens, brings number of dead civilians to more than 400 in five days.

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Saudi Arabia increases financial aid to PA

Saudi government announces increase in financial aid to the Palestinian Authority.

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Trump considers pulling immigration agents from California, saying it would spur 'crime like nobody has ever seen'

Donald Trump has threatened to pull immigration agents from California, suggesting their removal would unleash “crime like nobody has ever ...
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Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The armed officer on duty at the Florida school where a shooter killed 17 people ...
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Armed deputy at Florida high school resigns after failing to engage shooter

The armed sheriff's deputy assigned to the Florida high school where 17 people were shot and killed has resigned rather ...
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Texas governor issues last-minute reprieve for son who ordered family killed

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday issued a last-minute reprieve for a death row prisoner who hired a gunman to ...
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Analysis: At Mideast forum, hopes for future amid chaos

King Abdullah II of Jordan addresses the audience during the opening session of the World Economic Forum at the King Hussein convention center, Southern Shuneh, Jordan, Friday, May 22, 2015. Top political and business leaders are coming together in the Middle East at a regional World Economic Forum conference to search for solutions to widespread joblessness, which has created fertile ground for the recruitment of desperate youths by militants. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality proved rather difficult to ignore, with the Islamic State group wreaking havoc not far from these Dead Sea shores.


US officials: Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran has entered the fight to retake a major Iraqi oil refinery from Islamic State militants, contributing small numbers of troops, including some operating artillery and other heavy weapons in support of advancing Iraqi ground forces, U.S. defense officials said Friday.

Hundreds march in Sudan against Mursi death sentence

A man holds a poster and a sign with the rabaa hand gesture during a march with protesters from Islamic Movement and Egyptians against an Egyptian court's decision this week to seek the death penalty for Mursi, in KhartoumAround 800 protesters marched through Sudan's capital on Friday against a court's decision this week to seek the death penalty for Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi. Sudan's government has up to now declined to comment on the sentence in neighboring Egypt, describing it as an internal matter.


IS captures Iraqi town, purges opponents in Syria’s Palmyra

This picture released on Thursday, May 21, 2015 by the website of Islamic State militants, shows damaged Syrian military helicopters at Palmyra air base that was captured by the Islamic State militants after a battle with the Syrian government forces in Palmyra, Syria. Activist and officials say members of the Islamic State group are conducting search operations in the ancient town of Palmyra where they have detained and killed dozens of people. (The website of Islamic State militants via AP)BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State group militants searched through the Syrian town of Palmyra for government troops and fighters, using lists of names and informers to track them down and shooting some in the head on the spot, activists said Friday, estimating at least 150 have been killed in the past two days.


AP Interview: $100 billion Saudi city to be ready by 2035

Fahd al-Rasheed, the Group CEO of Emaar Economic City (EEC), speaks during the World Economic Forum at the King Hussein convention center, Southern Shuneh, Jordan, Friday, May 22, 2015. A $100 billion city-from-scratch in Saudi Arabia is to be completed by 2035 and will serve as the main logistics and manufacturing hub for countries on the Red Sea, the world's "largest new emerging market,'' said al-Rasheed, the CEO of the company in charge of the mega-project. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — A $100 billion city-from-scratch in Saudi Arabia is to be completed by 2035 and will serve as the main logistics and manufacturing hub for countries on the Red Sea, the world's "largest new emerging market," said the CEO of the company in charge of the mega-project.