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  • Afghan leader makes rare reference to Taliban Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 12:11 AM ET

    BEIJING— Afghanistan's new president invited the Taliban to join in a peace process backed by the international community on Friday, in an unusual direct reference to the insurgents who have stepped up attacks aimed at bringing down his month-old government. Ghani Ahmadzai's attitude toward the Taliban has been a departure from that of his predecessor,...

  • Afghan president seeks Chinese investment Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 7:01 AM ET

    In opening remarks, Xi assured Ghani Ahmadzai of China's friendship and support, saying he is willing to work toward "a new era of cooperation in China- Afghanistan relations and take development to a new depth and breadth." "We feel that our vision of Afghanistan as a hub of regional trade, transit and peace would be an illustration of your vision of East Asia and...

  • New Afghan president to head to China Monday, 27 Oct 2014 | 2:29 AM ET

    KABUL, Afghanistan— The new Afghan president travels to China this week, signaling the pivotal role he hopes Beijing will play in Afghanistan's future, not only in the economic reconstruction of the war-ravaged country after U.S. and allied combat troops leave by the end of the year but also in a strategic foreign policy aimed at building peace across a region...

  • ISIS fight widens as UK approves airstrikes Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 12:39 PM ET
    British Prime Minister David Cameron

    Britain's parliament backs PM Cameron and votes to approve airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

  • New strikes in Syria aim at Islamic State's oil money Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 2:24 AM ET

    A third night of U.S.-led airstrikes pounded Islamic State-controlled oil refineries in eastern Syria, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

  • US shouldn’t divulge IS combat plans: Saudi prince Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:42 AM ET
    Militant Islamist fighters on a tank take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014.

    Saudi Arabia's ex-head of intelligence has criticized U.S. anti-terrorism tactics, saying Obama was wrong to rule out troops in Syria and Iraq.

  • US general says cannot rule out ground role in Iraq Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:46 AM ET
    Members loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) wave ISIL flags as they drive around Raqqa June 29, 2014.

    The most senior U.S. military officer has raised the possibility that American troops might need to take on a larger role in Iraq's ground war against Islamic State militants.

  • Ukraine shrugs off fears of Greek-style default Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:54 AM ET
    An Ukrainian soldier stands guard at a checkpoint of Pletnyovka, Kharkiv region on Ukraine-Russia border, where Russian humanitarian convoy is due to cross the border on August 13, 2014.

    Ukraine's central bank governor has dismissed fears of a default, even as the country is said to be facing a Greek-style debt controversy.

  • Australia answers US call to fight Islamic State Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 4:35 AM ET
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia inspects the troops during a Honor Cordon at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, during a U.S. state visit in June.

    Australia became the first country to detail troop numbers and aircraft for a U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, as Washington drums up support for global action to counter the terrorist threat.

  • Ukraine vows return to union with Crimea Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 5:19 AM ET
    Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko sings the national anthem during the Independence Day military parade, in Kiev, Aug. 24, 2014.

    Ukraine's President has vowed the region of Crimea, which was taken over by Russia earlier this year, will be reunited with Ukraine.

  • Kerry arrives in Baghdad to build coalition against IS Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 3:58 AM ET
    Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to discuss the Ukrainian crisis situation ahead of a disputed referendum in Crimea.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday as he began a tour of the Middle East to build military, political and financial support.

  • Iraqi parliament approves new government Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 1:28 AM ET
    Peshmerga fighters provide security at the last checkpoint outside of Mosul which is currently under control of ISIS militants

    Iraq's parliament approved a new government headed by Haider al-Abadi as prime minister on Monday night, in a bid to rescue Iraq.

  • Shimon Peres: Arab League must help isolate IS Saturday, 6 Sep 2014 | 9:39 AM ET

    Shimon Peres says the Arab League must act to help defeat IS and called on religious leaders to condemn the group's misuse of religion and values.

  • Israel destroys 13-story building in Gaza airstrike Sunday, 24 Aug 2014 | 4:30 AM ET
    A Palestinian man inspects the rubble of an 13-storey apartment building that collapsed after it was hit by missiles during an Israeli air strike in the heart of Gaza City.

    Israel launched more airstrikes on Gaza on Sunday after taking its military campaign to a new level by flattening a 13-story apartment tower following a warning to residents to evacuate.

  • Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 | 11:03 PM ET
  • Israeli aircraft bomb Gaza, five Palestinians killed Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 | 4:15 AM ET

    Israeli aircraft bombed the Gaza Strip on Saturday and Palestinian militants fired rockets at the Jewish state, the military said, with no end in sight to the deadliest violence between the sides in years.

  • Mission to rescue James Foley failed: Officials Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 1:43 AM ET
    Freelance journalist James Foley

    The Pentagon attempted to rescue James Foley and other U.S. hostages held in Syria but the mission failed, U.S. officials told NBC News.

  • Mideast bank terrorism trial worries financial world Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 2:47 AM ET

    A bank account at an Arab Bank's branch in Beirut, unremarkable except for the name: Osama Hamdan, a spokesman for Hamas, the NYT reports.

  • Iraq’s next prime minister: What you need to know Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    Haider al-Ibadi has plenty on his plate. Designated the next prime minister of Iraq, he first has to make sure incumbent Nouri al-Maliki quits.

  • Gaza ceasefire holding on second day Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 4:51 AM ET
    A mosque is destroyed in Gaza city during the attack of Israel's warcraft on 23 July, 2014

    A Gaza ceasefire hes held and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry linked a lifting of blockades of the devastated enclave to Hamas giving up its rocket arsenal.