Iraqi town holds out against militant onslaught
29 Aug. 20143:38 PM ET
BAGHDAD (AP) — As Islamic militants rampage across northern Iraq, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli have decided to stay and fight.
Palestinian leader says Hamas caused prolonged war
29 Aug. 20142:32 PM ET
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas on Friday for extending fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip, casting doubt on the future of the Palestinian unity government that the Islamic militant group backs, while Israel's premier said the end of the war could mark resumption of peace talks with Abbas.
US delivers military aid to Lebanese army
29 Aug. 201412:24 PM ET
BEIRUT (AP) — The United States has delivered an emergency shipment of weapons to Lebanon's military, officials said Friday, part of a broader regional effort to combat the growing threat posed by Islamic extremists.
Mass demonstrations in Yemen against Shiite rebels
29 Aug. 201411:54 AM ET
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis rallied on Friday in the capital and across the country against an armed Shiite rebel group which has been holding its own sit-in demanding a new government and the reinstatement of fuel subsidies.
Iran confirms US Coast Guard fired at fishing boat
29 Aug. 201410:34 AM ET
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard navy confirmed in remarks published Friday that a U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired on an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf this week but insisted the incident was not a "clash."