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Video of slain journalist's final hoursupdated: Fri Aug 31 2012 04:13:00

Footage shot the day Japanese journalist Mika Yamamoto died while covering clashes in Aleppo, Syria.

Ban, in Iran, slams Holocaust denial, hostility to Israelupdated: Thu Aug 30 2012 21:43:00

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned hostile remarks toward Israel and the denial of the Holocaust in Iran Thursday.

Iran steps up production of high-grade enriched uranium, U.N. report saysupdated: Thu Aug 30 2012 21:36:00

Iran has stepped up its production of high-grade enriched uranium and has re-landscaped one of its military bases in an apparent effort to hamper a United Nations inquiry into the country's nuclear program, a U.N. report said Thursday.

3 Australian troops killed in 'green-on-blue' attack; 2 in Afghan chopper crashupdated: Thu Aug 30 2012 21:34:00

In separate incidents within the span of a day, five Australian troops were killed in Afghanistan: three in an apparent "green-on-blue" attack and two in a helicopter crash, officials said Thursday.

Attacks on Arabs in Israel prompt soul-searchingupdated: Thu Aug 30 2012 21:32:00

Two attacks carried out against Palestinians in recent days, one in Jerusalem and the other on the West Bank, have prompted some uncomfortable questions in Israel about racism toward Arabs.

U.S. citizen held in Iran for one yearupdated: Thu Aug 30 2012 17:34:00

The family of Amir Hekmati plead for their son's release from an Iranian jail in an exclusive interview with CNN.

Violence in Iraq escalatesupdated: Wed Aug 29 2012 05:41:00

Coordinated blasts hit a third of Iraq's provinces, among the deadliest attacks this year. Ralitsa Vassileva reports.

Army push leaves Damascus suburb a 'ghost town,' opposition saysupdated: Sun Aug 26 2012 19:37:00

Syrian government troops have left the Damascus suburb of Daraya a "ghost town," an opposition activist said Sunday as scores of bodies were placed in mass graves.

Haqqani network militant killed, Afghanistan saysupdated: Sun Aug 26 2012 15:15:00

A militant leader blamed for high-profile attacks in Afghanistan, including last year's 20-hour attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, has been killed, an Afghan official said Sunday.

Iran takes on U.N. at global meetingupdated: Sun Aug 26 2012 11:20:00

Iran kicked off a meeting of more than 100 countries on Sunday by slamming the "adverse consequences of the current world order" and demanding change from the United Nations, state-run Press TV reported.

This month on Inside the Middle Eastupdated: Fri Aug 24 2012 12:22:00

This month, Inside the Middle East journeys to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Host Leone Lakhani strolls along the ramparts of the wall surrounding the old city of Jerusalem, a place of enormous spiritual and cultural significance for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike.

Syria: Violence rages around Damascusupdated: Fri Aug 24 2012 05:53:00

CNN's Jim Clancy reports on one of the deadliest days around the Syrian capital in the past week.

What you need to know about Syria today updated: Fri Aug 24 2012 05:53:00

The whereabouts of an American freelance journalist who has been working in Syria since May are unknown, a news agency reported.

Holes smashed in walls for safe passageupdated: Thu Aug 23 2012 10:13:00

Sunnis and Alawites clash in Tripoli as tensions are aggravated by the Syrian uprising. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

Syria's neighbors: What's at stake?updated: Wed Aug 22 2012 09:43:00

What's next in Syria's civil war? The answer will have major implications on Syria's neighbors and the Middle East.

Can Syria cause Mideast to destabilize?updated: Wed Aug 22 2012 09:43:00

Ali Soufan, a former FBI counter-terrorist agent, talks about concerns that Syria's civil war will spread in the region.

Shrapnel hits Joint Chiefs chairman's plane at Afghan baseupdated: Tue Aug 21 2012 11:33:00

Shrapnel from rocket fire Tuesday damaged the plane that had carried the top U.S. military officer to Afghanistan, officials said.

Saudi support for Syrian rebels shaped by tribal, religious tiesupdated: Mon Aug 20 2012 00:51:00

Every time I talk to a group of Syrians, I learn another layer of the complex construct that weaves Syrian society together and complicates any analysis of the conflict.

Panetta: Afghanistan forces must be rigorously vettedupdated: Sun Aug 19 2012 08:08:00

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is urging Afghanistan to rigorously vet its security force recruits following a spate of attacks that has seen Afghan soldiers and police turn their weapons on NATO troops.

4 killed in Afghanistan attackupdated: Sat Aug 18 2012 04:13:00

A bomb explosion left four people dead and 11 others injured Saturday in southwestern Afghanistan, authorities said.

Wave of violence in Iraq claims more than 80 livesupdated: Thu Aug 16 2012 21:00:00

A wave of shootings and bombings that Iraqi officials said bore the hallmarks of al Qaeda killed more than 80 people and wounded more than 270 across the country Thursday.

Why women face challenges in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Aug 16 2012 20:54:00

CNN's Becky Anderson talks to a filmmaker and former ambassador to Afghanistan about the video of an execution.

Is Syria's regime losing Damascus?updated: Thu Aug 16 2012 14:19:00

Fierce & widespread clashes break out in Damascus, causing speculation Assad's grip may be slipping. Arwa Damon reports.

Bank scandal: Criminal charges coming?updated: Thu Aug 16 2012 08:02:00

Attorney Alan Abramson tells Richard Quest "prosecutions not only possible, but likely" in Iran bank laundering case.

Syria violence fuels kidnapping threats in Lebanonupdated: Wed Aug 15 2012 22:31:00

Several Persian Gulf states called on their citizens to leave Lebanon on Wednesday after the civil war in neighboring Syria fueled protests and kidnapping threats there.

Israel shifts defense focus after Arab Springupdated: Wed Aug 15 2012 10:22:00

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a major review of the country's defense strategy on Wednesday, as the embattled regional power tries to adapt to a post-Arab Spring world.

Attacks kill scores in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Aug 14 2012 13:29:00

Afghanistan endured an unusually bloody day Tuesday, with three separate attacks leaving at least 41 people dead and at least 138 wounded, according to government and police officials.

Kurds' ambitions add explosive element to Syria equationupdated: Tue Aug 14 2012 13:03:00

In the city of Qamishli, on Syria's border with Turkey, neither the forces of the Syrian regime nor the rebels of the Free Syrian Army are to be seen. But visitors say the Kurdish flag is very evident, and Kurdish fighters man checkpoints around the city.

Syria expected to dominate Islamic summitupdated: Tue Aug 14 2012 08:12:00

A Tuesday summit in the Islamic holy city of Mecca will bring together the biggest ally of the Syrian government and its top regional antagonists, with the country's increasingly bloody civil war topping the agenda.

Can summit resolve Syria crisis?updated: Tue Aug 14 2012 08:12:00

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation is meeting in Mecca to discuss Syria's civil war. CNN's Reza Sayah reports.

Shelling haunts Syrian familyupdated: Mon Aug 13 2012 20:24:00

A Syrian family of six struggles to survive after a shell slams into their home. CNN's Jomana Karadsheh reports.

What does Iran get for supporting al-Assad?updated: Mon Aug 13 2012 20:24:00

In public at least, the message was defiant. Beleaguered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, sitting alongside Iran's intelligence chief, proclaimed Tuesday "the determination of the people and government of Syria to cleanse the country of terrorists."

Father of Saudi athlete says daughter called names for competing in Gamesupdated: Mon Aug 13 2012 06:39:00

The father of a 16-year-old on Saudi Arabia's Olympic team said his daughter has been called names by people in her home country for competing at the London Games.

Saudi Olympic runner: 'Live your dreams'updated: Mon Aug 13 2012 06:39:00

Sarah Attar, the first Saudi woman to compete in an Olympic track and field event says she hopes to inspire others.

Iran searches for quake victimsupdated: Sun Aug 12 2012 11:04:00

Iran officials are searching for victims of a pair of quakes that killed hundreds Saturday.

Rescue operations end after Iran quakes kill 250updated: Sun Aug 12 2012 11:04:00

Rescue operations have ended in Iran after two strong earthquakes that killed at least 250 people, the semi-official Fars news agency reported Sunday.

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Dozens killed, hundreds injured in Iranupdated: Sat Aug 11 2012 16:27:00

At least 87 people were killed and another 400 were injured in two strong earthquakes that jolted northwestern Iran.

UK to send 5 million pounds in aid to Syrian rebelsupdated: Fri Aug 10 2012 08:50:00

Great Britain said Friday it plans to send an extra 5 million pounds in aid to the Syrian rebels.

Beirut: The Middle East's party capitalupdated: Fri Aug 10 2012 06:15:00

In 1984, in the midst of Lebanon's civil war, Naji Gebran started hosting regular gatherings at his Beirut beachfront apartment for the purpose of "musical therapy."

Egyptian soldiers shot dead at checkpointupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 11:27:00

Armed extremists kill 15 Egyptian policemen, then try to infiltrate Israel, as CNN's Diana Magnay reports.

Syria rebel fighters vow to shun torture, abuseupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 10:55:00

The rebel battalions and commanders battling Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime are signing a "code of conduct" pledging to refrain from torture and other human rights abuses, an opposition group said on Wednesday.

Syrian blogger: 'I live or die here'updated: Tue Aug 07 2012 10:11:00

In a concrete block apartment building in a working-class Syrian suburb, a young man who calls himself "Big Al" spends his days listening to Nine Inch Nails on his smartphone. He watches back-to-back episodes of "The Simpsons" on his laptop while he shovels a pan of brownies into his mouth.

Syria's prime minister leaves regimeupdated: Tue Aug 07 2012 08:38:00

CNN's Max Foster talks to Barbara Starr and Fawaz Gerges about the ramifications for this latest defect from Syria.

Now is the time for U.S. to act on Syriaupdated: Tue Aug 07 2012 08:38:00

The Syrian Army assaulted the city of Houla on May 25, murdering 90 people, 30 of them children younger than 10. Amateur video reveals rows of bodies, adults and children, riddled with bullet holes and filling makeshift morgues. Earlier, reports from Homs described people tortured, doused in gasoline and set on fire, with the death toll including men, women and children.

West Bank meeting canceled after Israel bars envoysupdated: Mon Aug 06 2012 07:25:00

Diplomatic talks in the West Bank were canceled Sunday after Israel denied entry to five envoys, the Palestinian foreign ministry said.

Report: Iran 'successfully' fires missile capable of hitting targets 185 miles awayupdated: Sat Aug 04 2012 22:44:00

Iran has "successfully" test fired its newest version of the Fateh-110 missile, state media reported Saturday, touting the accomplishment despite international concerns about Tehran's growing military capabilities.

Iran improves its ballistic missilesupdated: Sat Aug 04 2012 22:44:00

Pentagon says Iran is improving the killing power of its ballistic missiles. Retired Gen. James "Spider" Marks OutFront.

Two top Afghan ministers sacked over cross-border shellingupdated: Sat Aug 04 2012 16:05:00

Afghanistan's parliament voted to sack its two top security ministers on Saturday for failing to respond to rocket shelling from Pakistan.

Is U.N. fiddling while Syria burns?updated: Sat Aug 04 2012 05:00:00

Kofi Annan and U.N. diplomats point fingers at one another as the Syrian crisis deepens. CNN's Richard Roth reports.

34 killed as violence persists in Iraqupdated: Fri Aug 03 2012 11:27:00

Iraqi cities have endured another spurt of attacks in the last two days, with bombings and shootings that left more than 30 people dead.

Ban: Annan resigning as envoy for Syriaupdated: Thu Aug 02 2012 12:17:00

U.N. and Arab League joint special envoy to Syria Kofi Annan has resigned and will be replaced.

Israel's possible attack on Iran nukesupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 21:13:00

In an exclusive interview, CNN's Barbara Starr speaks with Secretary Panetta about his talks with Israel on Iran's nukes

World needs to keep 'maximum pressure' on Iran, Panetta saysupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 21:13:00

The United States won't let Iran obtain a nuclear weapon, "period," but sanctions remain the best tool to keep Tehran off the nuclear path, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday in Israel.

Barak: Bulgaria attack will be avengedupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 20:35:00

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak says Israel will seek retribution for Bulgaria attack and refers to '72 Munich Olympics massacre.

Police release composite image of Bulgaria bus bomberupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 20:35:00

Bulgarian police released a composite image Wednesday of the man accused of carrying out a suicide bomb attack on a bus at Burgas airport last month, in which five Israeli tourists and the Bulgarian bus driver died.

Violence in Iraq reached nearly 2-year peak in July updated: Wed Aug 01 2012 17:01:00

Violence in Iraq hit a nearly two-year peak in July, with 325 deaths reported, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday.

This week on Marketplace Middle Eastupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 12:41:00


Rebels claim big victories in Syriaupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 10:03:00

CNN's Ivan Watson reports on the fight over Aleppo, and how rebel fighters took control of a military base near the city.

Saudi women going to Games is a shamupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 08:39:00

For the first time, Saudi Arabia sent two women to the Olympics -- Wojdan Shaherkani and Sarah Attar, who will compete in judo and track and field. But their participation is far from a groundbreaking step for Saudi women.

Car bombs kill at least 17 in Baghdadupdated: Tue Jul 31 2012 17:50:00

At least 17 people died Tuesday when two car bombs exploded in central Baghdad, police in the Iraqi capital said.

New Iran sanctions hit banks in China, Iraqupdated: Tue Jul 31 2012 16:06:00

President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced new U.S. sanctions targeting Iran's oil industry as well as banks in China and Iraq, warning that Tehran faces "growing consequences" for refusing to answer international questions about its nuclear program.

Judge says al Qaeda, Iran, Taliban should pay $6b for 9/11 updated: Tue Jul 31 2012 15:37:00

A federal magistrate judge has ruled that al Qaeda, the Taliban, Iran and Hezbollah should pay more than $6 billion in damages to the families of victims killed on September 11, 2001, for supporting the attacks.

Headscarf may bar Saudi woman from Olympics judo competitionupdated: Mon Jul 30 2012 09:38:00

One of the two women on Saudi Arabia's Olympic team may be pulled from the competition because of the kingdom's insistence that she wear a headscarf in her judo matches.

Historic first: Saudi women in Olympicsupdated: Mon Jul 30 2012 09:38:00

It's an Olympic first as Saudi Arabia names two women to the London 2012 team. Max Foster has more.

After the fall of the House of Assad, could Syria be worse?updated: Fri Jul 27 2012 07:51:00

Recent events have left Syria watchers near breathless: government loss of control of border crossings into Iraq and Turkey, rebels temporarily holding portions of Damascus, the unexplained movement of some of Syria's extensive arsenal of chemical weapons, and fighting spreading to the streets of the traditional Alawite stronghold of Aleppo.

Militants clash with security forces in Iraqupdated: Thu Jul 26 2012 10:02:00

Suspected al Qaeda militants clashed with Iraqi forces Thursday, in attacks that began two days after a wave of violence across Iraq.

Syria's chemical weapons threat demands a responseupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 08:03:00

The tragic news from Syria managed to become even more shocking Monday when the regime issued an unprecedented threat to use chemical and biological weapons. The warning, which came couched in deceptively reassuring language, makes it clearer than ever that the world cannot afford to act merely as an interested spectator as Syria unravels in a tangle of shrapnel and blood.

Is there any plan for post-Assad Syria?updated: Wed Jul 25 2012 06:08:00

General Jim Jones tells Christiane Amanpour the U.S. should put in place a plan for a post-Assad Syria.

Iraq suffers deadliest day of 2012 as 103 are killedupdated: Tue Jul 24 2012 16:57:00

The number of dead in a wave of attacks across Iraq on Monday has risen to 103, authorities said Tuesday, making it the deadliest day in the country this year, according to a CNN count. The attacks wounded 267 people, they said.

Attacks in Iraq kill at least 82 people, officials sayupdated: Mon Jul 23 2012 16:13:00

Attackers detonated car bombs and roadside explosives in at least a dozen attacks across Iraq on Monday as at least 82 people were killed and more than 180 wounded in one of the bloodiest days since the withdrawal of U.S. military forces in December, authorities said.

Raising awareness of Autism in Iraqupdated: Mon Jul 23 2012 16:13:00

Iraq fights to raise awareness of Autism amid logistical and cultural obstacles. CNN's Jomana Karadsheh reports.

Iran arrests suspects in 2011 killing of nuclear scientistupdated: Mon Jul 23 2012 11:12:00

Iran has arrested suspects in connection with the July 2011 killing of a nuclear scientist, semiofficial media reported, citing Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi.

Damascus hospital under fireupdated: Mon Jul 23 2012 08:58:00

A military hospital in the line of fire in Damascus as fighting spread. ITN's Alex Thomson reports.

Iraq bombs kill 25 people as Muslims celebrate Ramadanupdated: Sun Jul 22 2012 20:31:00

Bombs in Shiite areas of Iraq claimed the lives of 25 people Sunday, the second day of the Muslim holy month Ramadan. An Iraqi soldier and a policeman also died in separate incidents.

A string of deadly attacks hits Iraqupdated: Sun Jul 22 2012 20:31:00

A series of deadly attacks rips through central Iraq, killing dozens.

Amid violence, Syrians race to bordersupdated: Sat Jul 21 2012 18:49:00

The Syrian cab driver tolerated beatings, arrests and daily indignities during the country's 16 months of turmoil.

Solidarity in Syria against presidentupdated: Sat Jul 21 2012 18:49:00

A town in Syria hopes to be a model for multi-ethnic opposition to Syria's president. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

Before taking on Syria, U.S. should heed lesson of the pastupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 20:57:00

Syria becomes a greater emergency with each passing day. This week Defense Minister Daoud Rajiha and other members of President Bashar al-Assad's inner circle were murdered; opposition groups claimed responsibility.

Getting to know Syria's first familyupdated: Wed Jul 18 2012 09:19:00

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is the face of his country's regime, but his family members are also believed to wield a powerful influence on issues facing the country.

Dark images of horror and despair smuggled out of Syriaupdated: Tue Jul 17 2012 11:57:00

The corpses lay strewn in the restive Damascus suburb of Douma, all slain in what residents there call a government-backed "massacre."

'Massacre' in a Damascus suburbupdated: Tue Jul 17 2012 11:57:00

Activists are trapped for days after sneaking into a Damascus suburb to film evidence of a massacre. (Graphic content)

Can the Geneva Conventions stop the carnage in Syria?updated: Tue Jul 17 2012 09:28:00

The Red Cross's declaration Sunday that Syria is engaged in a civil war -- or in the organization's legalistic phrasing, a "non-international armed conflict" -- may have struck some observers as a case of stating the obvious.

Defector: 'The battle for Damascus is coming'updated: Mon Jul 16 2012 15:06:00

Increasing violence in the Syrian capital is pointing toward a major fight ahead, a rebel spokesman told CNN Monday.

Next on Inside the Middle Eastupdated: Mon Jul 16 2012 07:46:00

This month, Inside the Middle East aims for Olympic gold, exploring stories of adversity, faith, and triumph in the world of Middle Eastern sports.

Ex-Syrian ambassador calls for foreign military interventionupdated: Sun Jul 15 2012 19:13:00

The most senior Syrian diplomat to defect and publicly embrace his country's uprising is calling for a foreign military intervention to topple President Bashar al-Assad. He also accused the Damascus regime of collaborating with al Qaeda militants against opponents both in Syria and in neighboring Iraq.

U.N. to revisit Syria 'massacre' siteupdated: Sun Jul 15 2012 18:30:00

CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom says the U.N. is stepping up its investigation of the alleged massacre site in Syria.

Iran offers to host Syria talksupdated: Sun Jul 15 2012 18:30:00

Iran has offered to host talks between Syria's government and opposition in Tehran, its foreign minister said Sunday.

Suicide bomber detonates at Afghan wedding, kills at least 17updated: Sat Jul 14 2012 10:25:00

A lone suicide bomber detonated a vest filled with explosives at a wedding in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least 17 guests, including a top politician, authorities said.

As outrage grows in Syria, report of a 'breakthrough' for humanitarian aidupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 15:39:00

A glimmer of hope emerged Friday about providing emergency aid to areas of Syria torn apart by months of fighting.

U.S. elections impeding Syrian peace?updated: Fri Jul 13 2012 15:39:00

Christiane Amanpour explores whether a risk-adverse US political season is affecting Syria.

2 indicted for allegedly trying to supply Iran with nuclear-related materialsupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 14:56:00

A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia has indicted two people for their alleged attempts to supply Iran with U.S. materials for gas centrifuges to enrich uranium, the Justice Department said Friday.

U.S. imposes additional sanctions on Iranupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 08:12:00

The United States on Thursday placed additional sanctions on what it called Iran's nuclear proliferation network.

Iran threatens U.S.updated: Fri Jul 13 2012 08:12:00

Iran says it can launch attacks on U.S. bases within minutes. How strong is Iran's military? Jill Dougherty reports.

Opinion: Islam key to Afghan Dreamupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 18:31:00

We watched in horror this week at the execution of an Afghan woman who was shot nine times, while a crowd of roaring men who call themselves Muslim, cheered and screamed. We were reminded of a similar tragedy that took place in 1999, where a mother of five, clad in a blue burqa, was shot dead in a soccer stadium in Kabul. Both of these women were wrongfully accused of adultery as there was no proof, evidence, fair trial, due process, or justice.

This week on Marketplace Middle Eastupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 12:06:00

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A Russian perspective on Syriaupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 05:49:00

Dmitri Simes, a think tank president, gives Putin's perspective on the conflict in Syria

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