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Lebanon civil servants on strike amid wage hike crisisHundreds of Lebanese civil servants have protested in front of the government's capital building on the second day of strikes demanding pay in line with a stalled wage hike
The Associated Press1 hour ago
IMF says Egypt on track with reform program, inflation fightThe International Monetary Fund has welcomed Egypt's economic reforms, saying it has made a good start at reining in public spending, boosting investor confidence, and addressing the surging inflation generated by the new policies
The Associated Press1 hour ago
Iraqi Kurdish men celebrate as they wave Kurdish flags in the streets after the polls closed in the controversial Kurdish referendum on independence from Iraq, in Irbil, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017.  The vote is not binding and is not expected to result in independence any time soon, but was hailed as historic by Kurdish leaders spearheading the campaign. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
The Latest: Arab league calls for dialogue after Kurd voteArab League calls on Iraqis to renounce their differences and open dialogue to avoid clashes following Kurdish referendum vote
The Associated Press1 hour ago
In this image made from video, an Israeli security officer mans at the scene where a Palestinian attacker opened fire, in Jerusalem Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. A Palestinian attacker opened fire early Tuesday at the entrance to a settlement outside Jerusalem, killing three Israeli men in one of the deadliest attacks in a two-year spate of violence. (AP Photo)
Palestinian kills 3 Israelis in settlement near JerusalemA Palestinian gunman has killed three Israeli security men and critically wounded a fourth outside a West Bank settlement before being shot dead, in one of the deadliest attacks of a two-year spate of violence
The Associated Press2 hours ago
Israel PM praises Germany ties, silent on far-right gainsIsrael's prime minister says ties with Germany will "deepen and prosper" after its national election, without mentioning gains by a far-right party in the vote that secured a fourth term for Chancellor Angela Merkel
The Associated Press2 hours ago
Egyptian opposition figure defiant after convictionAn Egyptian opposition figure whose conviction for "offending public morals" could jeopardize his likely presidential run next year says the verdict is payback for winning a lawsuit against the government.
The Associated Press3 hours ago
Iraqi Kurdish men celebrate as they wave Kurdish flags in the streets after the polls closed in the controversial Kurdish referendum on independence from Iraq, in Irbil, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017.  The vote is not binding and is not expected to result in independence any time soon, but was hailed as historic by Kurdish leaders spearheading the campaign. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Iraqi Kurds await results of landmark independence voteAs Iraq's Kurds await results of their independence referendum, Iranian Kurds hold rallies in their support
The Associated Press4 hours ago
Qatar Airways orders 6 Boeing aircraft despite Gulf standoffQatar Airways announces order of 6 new Boeing aircraft in deal valued at nearly $2.2 billion
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Egypt arrests 7 for raising rainbow flag at indie rock gigEgypt arrests 7 people accused of being gay, 'inciting immorality' after rainbow flag was raised at concert last week
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Iraqi Kurdish vote latest in series of de facto breaksIraqi Kurds' independence vote could mean further instability in Mideast, which has seen several de facto partitions
The Associated Press7 hours ago
In this Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 photo released by the Saudi Culture and Information Ministry, the image of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are projected on the Kingdom Tower during National Day ceremonies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A new 62-page report by Human Rights Watch finds that despite Saudi Arabia's recent efforts toward reform, some state-backed clerics continue to "incite hatred and discrimination against religious minorities" while text books stigmatize minorities, particularly Muslim Shiites. (Saudi Culture and Information Ministry via AP)
Study finds Saudi government still tolerates hate speechHuman Rights Watch says Saudi government continues to tolerate hate speech by some clerics against minority groups
The Associated Press8 hours ago
Israeli medical services says that three Israelis have been killed in a shooting attack in town outside JerusalemIsraeli medical services says that three Israelis have been killed in a shooting attack in town outside Jerusalem
The Associated Press11 hours ago
A Kurdish policeman prepares to casts his ballot during the referendum on independence from Iraq in Irbil, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. Iraq's Kurdish region vote in a referendum on whether to secede from Iraq. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Iraq's Kurds vote on independence, raising regional fearsIraqi Kurds have voted in a referendum on supporting independence, a move billed by the Kurdish leadership as an exercise in self-determination but viewed by Baghdad and regional powers as hostile
The Associated Press12 hours ago
People wait in line at a polling station at a primary school to vote in the Kurdish referendum on independence, in the disputed city of Kirkuk, Monday Sept. 25, 2017. Millions are expected to vote on Monday in Iraq's Kurdish-run provinces and disputed territories as Iraqi Kurds cast ballots in support for independence from Baghdad in a historic but non-binding vote. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
The Latest: UN regrets Iraq's Kurds went ahead with voteU.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expressing regret that Iraq's Kurds have gone ahead with an independence referendum
The Associated Press13 hours ago
Egypt arrests 7 for raising rainbow flag at indie rock gigEgyptian security officials say seven homosexuals have been charged with "inciting immorality" after a concert at which the rainbow flag of the LGBT movement was raised in a rare support of gay rights in conservative Egypt
The Associated Press15 hours ago
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