• *Algeria, Bahamas, Belarus, Liberia and Serbia also in line. GENEVA, Nov 25- The 160- member World Trade Organization is in active discussions with 10 countries aiming to become members, including Kazakhstan and Afghanistan, WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo said in a report on Tuesday. But several bigger countries are queuing up, led by Kazakhstan.

  • Israel weighs strike vs. Iran: Report Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 5:22 PM ET

    The nuclear pact being negotiated with Iran is unpalatable to Israel, and may hasten a confrontation with Tehran, according to a report.

  • Afghanistan's first fun park brings joy amid war Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:24 AM ET

    For the thousands of families who have visited Kabul's City Park since it opened during a national religious holiday weekend in October, it is a rare escape from lives blighted by war, death and misery. Inside, they find large friendly characters that look almost, but not quite, like Minnie Mouse and Tom the cat from Tom and Jerry— all dancing together and dispensing...

  • ISIS in trouble: What could this mean for oil? Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 7:29 AM ET
    The petroleum refinery outside of Bayji in Iraq

    One of the most important areas captured by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) looks as though it’s back in Western-backed hands.

  • Survey shows Afghans concerned over jobs, security Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 4:56 AM ET

    The San Francisco- based Asia Foundation found that 54.7 percent of Afghans think the country is moving in the right direction, down from 57.2 percent last year, while the number who feel the opposite— 40.4 percent— is up from last year's 37.9 percent. The Asia Foundation has been conducting surveys in Afghanistan for 10 years. The withdrawal at the end of the year of...

  • 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

    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 on the Ukraine-Russia border

    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.