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Underlying the chaotic situation throughout the Middle East is the Obama administration's dysfunctional political strategy of switching sides in the Arab Spring revolutionary wars.
More than two decades after he fled the civil war raging in his homeland, Guor Mading, one of Sudan's Lost Boys who is now a U.S. citizen, has returned to South Sudan to use his status as an Olympic athlete to publicize the plight of refugees who pack camps across the eastern African country.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has appointed several of his Islamist allies to key governing posts.
Egypt's Islamist president says he is cutting off diplomatic relations with Syria and has ordered that Damascus Embassy in Cairo to be closed.
Turkey certainly has been a reliable ally of the United States for many decades. Compared with Egypt and other countries in the Middle East, its democracy is stable and its economy is growing. But celebrating Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Turkey as a model seems not quite right.
Suhair al-Bata'a, a 13-year-old Egyptian girl, died on Thursday during a circumcision operation at a village in the Daqahliya governorate northeast of Cairo, Al Arabiya reported Monday.
Washington is preoccupied with the political decisions surrounding last year's attack in Benghazi, but nine months later the who and why of the terrorist assault that left four Americans dead remains shrouded in mystery.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has quietly sent $1.3 billion of military assistance to Egypt — controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood — in defiance of congressional restrictions on dollars going to countries that haven't yet complied with standards of democracy, a memo revealed.
Alabaster may have been popular with ancient artisans, who used it through the ages to carve masterpieces of sculpture, but 21st-century minders look with disfavor when modern counterparts seek to mine it.
In a typically maladroit statement, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry recently complained that Israelis are too content to end their conflict with the Palestinians: "People in Israel aren't waking up every day and wondering if tomorrow there will be peace because there is a sense of security and a sense of accomplishment and of prosperity."
Israel's newest border fence with Egypt has dropped the number of illegal crossers from 2,000 per month to two, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
He's long since left the country, but if former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's son Sam ever heads back to Egypt, he might need a get-out-of-jail card. An Egyptian court on Tuesday sentenced him — along with 15 other Americans — to prison time for using foreign funds to stir up unrest in the nation.
Egypt's highest court ruled on Sunday that the nation's Islamist-dominated legislature and constitutional panel were illegally elected, dealing a serious blow to the legal basis of the Islamists' hold on power.
An Egyptian court has convicted a Coptic Christian lawyer in the southern province of Assiut on charges of blasphemy and sentenced him to one year in prison with hard labor.