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US urges UN to adopt Trump's comprehensive approach to IranU.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley is urging the U.N. Security Council to adopt the Trump administration's comprehensive approach to Iran and address all aspects of what she calls its "destructive conduct" _ not just the 2015 nuclear deal
The Associated Press1 hour ago
The Latest: White House sees new phase in Syria after RaqqaThe White House says the imminent liberation of the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa will open a new phase in the Syrian conflict
The Associated Press2 hours ago
Turkey: Iraqi Kurds 'miscalculated' with independence voteTurkey says Iraq's retaking of the northern city of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces earlier this week has rectified the Kurds' "mistake" in holding a non-binding referendum on independence last month
The Associated Press2 hours ago
Iraq's Kurdish region postpones electionsKurdish media says Iraqi Kurdish officials have postponed elections for parliament and president of the autonomous region in the wake of the withdrawal of Kurdish forces from disputed regions across northern and eastern Iraq
The Associated Press2 hours ago
Al-Qaida set to gain as Islamic State disintegratesAl-Qaida looks to regain the mantle of global jihad as the Islamic State group disintegrates
The Associated Press3 hours ago
A members of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) checks a would-be car bomb at the stadium that was the site of Islamic State fighters' last stand in the city of Raqqa, Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. SDF were removing land mines and clearing roads in the northern city a day after commanders said they had driven the Islamic State group from its de facto capital. (AP Photo/Asmaa Waguih)
US-backed Syrian forces clear Raqqa after driving out ISUS-backed forces removing land mines, clearing roads in Raqqa, a day after taking city from IS, spokesman says
The Associated Press5 hours ago
5.2-magnitude earthquake jolts southern IranIran's semi-official ISNA news agency says a 5.2-magnitude earthquake has jolted the southern Kerman province
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Israel finds a welcome audience with Christian journalistsUnpopular with liberals, media, Israel's nationalist government finds close friend among world's evangelical Christians
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Israel to keep funding feeding ground for migrating pelicansIsrael's ministry of agriculture says it will continue funding a pet project to feed thousands of Great White Pelicans who fly annually over the country
The Associated Press7 hours ago
Saudi carrier launches direct flight to Iraq after 27 yearsSaudi budget-carrier flynas has launched the first direct flight between the kingdom and Iraq since the Gulf War 27 years ago, marking another move by the kingdom to improve ties with its neighbor in an attempt to blunt rival Iran's vast influence there
The Associated Press8 hours ago
Iran top leader urges Europe to do more to back nuclear dealIran's supreme leader says Europe should do more to back nuclear deal after President Trump refused to re-certify it
The Associated Press8 hours ago
Israeli army arrests 2 Palestinians, shuts 8 media companiesIsraeli military arrests 2 Palestinians, closes 8 media outlets in West Bank on suspicion of incitement to violence
The Associated Press14 hours ago
A picture of Massoud Barzani, the President of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, hangs at a checkpoint manned by Kurdish security forces on the outskirts of Irbil, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. Kurdish forces lost more territory in Iraq on Tuesday, withdrawing from the town of Sinjar a day after Iraqi forces pushed them out of the disputed city of Kirkuk. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Iraqi gov't assumes control after Kurds leave disputed areasKurdish forces pulled out of disputed areas across northern and eastern Iraq a day after handing Kirkuk over to federal forces amid a tense standoff following last month's vote for independence
The Associated Press19 hours ago
This frame grab from video released Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 and provided by Hawar News Agency, a Syrian Kurdish activist-run media group, shows fighters from the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) celebrating their victory in Raqqa, Syria. U.S.-backed Syrian forces liberated the city of Raqqa from Islamic State militants on Tuesday, a senior commander for the force said, adding that clearing operations were underway to remove land mines left behind and search for the extremist group's sleeper cells. (Hawar News Agency via AP)
US-backed forces celebrate fall of IS 'capital,' RaqqaU.S.-backed Syrian forces celebrated in the devastated streets of Raqqa after gaining control of the northern city that once was the heart of the Islamic State's self-styled caliphate
The Associated Press19 hours ago
Some 275 militants and their family members surrendered
The Latest: UN says Raqqa liberation from IS is game changerThe Latest: A regional director of the United Nations' food-assistance branch has described the liberation of the Syrian stronghold of Raqqa from Islamic State militants as a "game changer" for humanitarian efforts in Syria
The Associated Press23 hours ago
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