By ALAN FRAMAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and leaders of the lame-duck Congress may be just weeks away from shaking hands on a deal to avert the dreaded "fiscal cliff." So it's natural to wonder: If they announce a bipartisan package promising to curb mushrooming
By AYA BATRAWY and HAMZA HENDAWIAssociated Press
CAIRO (AP) - Prominent Egyptian democracy advocate Mohammed ElBaradei warned Saturday of increasing turmoil that could potentially lead to the military stepping in unless the Islamist president rescinds his new, near absolute powers, as the
By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and SARAH EL DEEBAssociated Press
CAIRO (AP) - Gaza's ruling Hamas will not stop arming itself because only a strong arsenal, not negotiations, can extract concessions from Israel, the No. 2 in the Islamic militant group told The Associated Press in an interview
By AOMAR OUALI and PAUL SCHEMMAssociated Press
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - Nearly a week from regional elections, Algerians are less interested in the public vote than an intensifying behind-the-scenes power struggle - one that is playing out through a flurry of corruption probes.
By NICOLE WINFIELDAssociated Press
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI responded to criticism that the club of churchmen who will choose his successor is too Eurocentric, elevating six new cardinals from Colombia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, the Philippines and the U.S. during a formal ceremony
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. says a proposed conference on banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East cannot be convened at this point because of current conditions in the region.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement released Friday that the U.S. will continue to work to
By Associated Press
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Iran is accusing the U.S. Navy of carrying out "illegal and provocative acts" in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman.
In identical letters to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council, Iran's U.N. Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee said the
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The Palestinians say the situation in Gaza is "extremely fragile" and Israel's cease-fire violations and other illegal actions risk undermining the calm that was just restored.
In a letter to the U.N. Security Council, the Palestinian U.N. observer Riyad Mansour said
By DALIA NAMMARI and KARIN LAUBAssociated Press
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - After bitter rival Hamas held its own in a fierce battle with Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has no choice but to override U.S. objections and seek U.N. recognition of a state of Palestine next week, his
By JUAN CARLOS LLORCAAssociated Press
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A Dallas trucker imprisoned for seven months in Mexico on accusations that he tried to smuggle assault rifle ammunition into the country broke down in tears Friday when he returned to the U.S., saying he had at times given up hope.