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  • EDITORIAL: Farewell to the fallen lion of Israel

    War hero, statesman, strategist and pragmatist, Ariel Sharon died just when the perpetually stalled Middle East Peace "process" could use his brand of decisiveness. Boldness and decisiveness, alas, are out of fashion, replaced by retreat into "process."

  • FILE - In this Sunday Jan. 30, 2005 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pauses during the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office. The Israeli hospital treating Sharon said Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 that the former prime minister has deteriorated further and he is now in ‘grave’ condition. Sharon, who has been comatose since suffering a stroke eight years ago, suffered a downturn in his health last week with a decline in key bodily organs.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty, Pool, File)

    The late Ariel Sharon is admired for his unwavering defense of Israel

    Israelis great and small lined up to say a final goodbye Sunday to the flag-draped coffin of Ariel Sharon, as the country, the region and the rest of the world struggled to come to grips with the complicated legacy of one of Israel's most towering and divisive figures.

  • FILE - In this Sunday Jan. 30, 2005 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pauses during the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office. The Israeli hospital treating Sharon said Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 that the former prime minister has deteriorated further and he is now in ‘grave’ condition. Sharon, who has been comatose since suffering a stroke eight years ago, suffered a downturn in his health last week with a decline in key bodily organs.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty, Pool, File)

    Ariel Sharon, former Israeli prime minister, dies at 85 after long illness

    Ariel Sharon, a pivotal figure in Israel's history from his days as a foot soldier in the country's 1948 war for independence to his final years as a prime minister seeking a permanent peace in one of the world's toughest neighborhoods, has died after a lengthy illness. He was 85.

  • The Washington Times

    HANSON: The stagnant Mediterranean

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  • **FILE** Members of the British military's 4th Mechanised Brigade parade through central London to attend a reception at the Houses of Parliament on April 22, 2013. The soldiers recently returned from six months serving in Afghanistan's Helmand province. (Associated Press)

    British forces to return to Persian Gulf to fill void from U.S. exit

    Britain is set to restore a military presence in its former imperial stomping grounds in the Persian Gulf, driven in part by the need to fill in behind U.S. forces who will withdraw as part of the Pentagon's "pivot" to Asia, a London think tank with close ties to the British armed forces said in a study published Monday.

  • Egyptian activists burn a poster depicting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a protest outside the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, March 2, 2013. Cairo is the sixth leg of Kerry's first official overseas trip and begins the Middle East portion of his nine-day journey. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Violent protests outside Cairo as protests spread

    Violent protests erupted outside Egypt's capital on Saturday as activists accused police of using excessive force in two cities and running over protesters, including one who was crushed to death by an armored vehicle.

  • Egyptians shout slogans during a demonstration against President Mohammed Morsi in front of the presidential palace in Cairo on Feb. 1, 2013. Arabic on the banner at right reads, "I'm free.'" (Associated Press)

    Egypt protesters, police clash at Morsi's palace

    Thousands of protesters denouncing Egypt's Islamist president marched on his palace in Cairo on Friday, clashing with security forces firing tear gas and water cannons in the eighth day of the country's wave of political violence.

  • Egyptian protesters take cover as they clash with riot police, not seen, near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. Two years after Egypt's revolution began, the country's schism was on display Friday as the mainly liberal and secular opposition held rallies saying the goals of the pro-democracy uprising have not been met and denouncing Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Angry protests leave 7 dead on Egypt anniversary

    Violence erupted across Egypt on Friday as tens of thousands took to the streets to deliver an angry backlash against President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, demanding regime change on the second anniversary of the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak. At least seven people were killed.

  • Egyptian boys hold posters of Ahmed Hussein Eid, a university student who was fatally stabbed by three suspected militants, during his funeral procession in Suez, Egypt, on July 4, 2012. (Associated Press)

    Islamists suspected in Egyptian student's murder

    An Egyptian university student was fatally stabbed as his girlfriend looked on after three suspected Islamic militants confronted the couple in a park and told them they should not be together if they are not married, security officials said Wednesday.

  • Egyptian protestors stand Feb. 3, 2012, in front of riot police to stop others from throwing stones during clashes near the Interior Ministry in downtown Cairo. A volunteer doctor says police and protesters angry over a deadly soccer riot have clashed for the second day in the Egyptian capital, and that one man died in the latest violence. (Associated Press)

    5 killed in Egypt clashes over deadly soccer riot

    Police fired salvos of tear gas and birdshot Friday at rock-throwing protesters in Cairo as popular anger over a deadly soccer riot spilled over into a second day of street violence that left at least five people dead and more than 1,500 injured nationwide, officials said.

  • An elderly Egyptian protester chants anti-military ruling council prayers during a demonstration on July 8, 2011, following the Muslims' weekly Friday prayers, part of nationally organized protests called "The revolution first" at the main Arba'in square in Suez, Egypt. (Associated Press)

    Egyptians protest, demand justice after Mubarak

    Egyptians held one of their biggest protests in months as tens of thousands took to the streets in Cairo and other cities on Friday to demand justice for victims of Hosni Mubarak's regime and press the country's new military rulers for a clear plan on transition to democracy.

  • Protesters in Martyrs Square in Suez, Egypt, on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, demonstrate with placards that read in Arabic, "Open strike there is retribution" (center); "I'm a thug" (right), which ridicules official accusations that protesters are violent thugs; and "Revolutionaries but they call us thugs." (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Riots erupt in Egyptian city over police trials

    Hundreds of protesters pelted the security headquarters in the city of Suez with rocks on Wednesday, angered by a court's decision to uphold the release of seven policemen facing trials for allegedly killing protesters during Egypt's uprising.

  • BOOK REVIEW: How Ike eased Middle East strife

    "The United States never lost a soldier or a foot of ground during my administration. We kept the peace. People ask how it happened - by God, it didn't just happen."

  • This image broadcast on Libyan state television Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, shows Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi as he addresses the nation in Tripoli, Libya. Col. Gadhafi vowed to fight on against protesters demanding his ouster and die as martyr. (AP Photo/Libya State Television via APTN)

    LYONS: Obama's absence of leadership

    The people's revolt in Libya provides a unique opportunity for President Obama to show leadership and advance a key American interest in helping dictatorships move toward democracy. Unfortunately for the United States, he seems not to understand the opportunity and is failing to advance American interests.

  • Illustration: Oil drums by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

    LYONS: Regime change in Libya

    The Obama administration continues to be behind the power curve on the evolving uprisings in the Middle East, particularly those in Libya and Iran. One of the worst despots in the world is the mercurial Moammar Gadhafi of Libya. He is followed closely by the rogue regimes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Iran. Both governments have been leaders in state-sponsored terrorism. Both have more American blood on their hands than does Osama bin Laden.

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