Attacks on Shiite pilgrims, others kill 36 in Iraq
19 Dec. 201311:21 AM ET
BAGHDAD (AP) — Suicide bombings targeting Shiite pilgrims in and around the Iraqi capital and other violence across the country killed 36 people and wounded dozens others Thursday, officials said.
Saudi Shiite activist gets 13-year prison sentence
19 Dec. 201310:49 AM ET
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Human Rights Watch researcher says a judge in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a prominent Shiite political activist to 13 years in prison and a 15-year travel ban.
UN finds systematic disappearances in Syria
19 Dec. 201310:47 AM ET
GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. panel reported Thursday it believes the Syrian government is committing a crime against humanity by making people systematically vanish, and that rebels have also recently begun making their opponents disappear.
Envoy: Growing EU support for settlement labeling
19 Dec. 201310:19 AM ET
JERUSALEM (AP) — The outgoing EU envoy to the Middle East says there is growing support among the 28 member states for labeling Israeli products, seen by some as a possible precursor to a consumer boycott.
Egypt: Mubarak's sons, PM acquitted of corruption
19 Dec. 20139:50 AM ET
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted former leader Hosni Mubarak's two sons and his last prime minister of corruption charges, a verdict announced just hours after security forces arrested a prominent activist as part of an intensifying crackdown against icons of the nation's 2011 uprising.