BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's daily oil exports surged to 2.8 million barrels per day in February, some half million barrels more than in the previous month, as international oil companies developed fields and export infrastructure, a senior official said on Saturday.
The increase is crucial for Iraq, which sits atop the world's fourth largest proven reserves of conventional crude but has been struggling to rebuild the sector after years of war, sanctions, neglect and more...
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's new interim government was sworn in Saturday, a lightly reshuffled Cabinet with familiar faces that keeps powerful ministers in charge of the country's security and military services in place ahead of an anticipated presidential election.
The new Cabinet, Egypt's sixth government since its 2011 revolt against autocrat Hosni Mubarak, retains Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi as defense minister. Many believe the wildly popular el-Sissi, who led the...
MADRID (AP) — The Basque separatist group ETA confirms it has begun to store weapons beyond its members' reach and says the secretive process eventually will render its entire arsenal harmless.
ETA issued its first statement following a Feb. 21 announcement by international observers that the underground organization had allowed them to inspect a small cache of weapons before they were "sealed" by undefined means in a confidential location.
BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Nations said Saturday that violence across Iraq in February killed 703 people, a death toll higher than the year before as the country faces a rising wave of militant attacks rivaling the sectarian bloodshed that followed the U.S.-led invasion.
The figures issued by the U.N.'s mission to Iraq is close to January's death toll of 733, showing that a surge of violence that began 10 months ago with a government crackdown on a Sunni protest camp is...
LONDON (AP) — A former Guantanamo Bay detainee and human rights activist was arraigned Saturday in a London court on charges of promoting terrorism in Syria.
Moazzam Begg, a prominent defender of terrorist suspects' rights since his return to Britain in 2005, denied charges that he provided terrorist training and funded overseas terrorism. The 45-year-old was ordered held in custody until his next court appearance March 14.
JERUSALEM (AP) — A Gaza health official says a woman was shot and killed on the border with Israel, the morning after Israel said troops fired on Palestinians suspiciously approaching the boundary.
It was not clear if the two incidents were linked. Ashraf Al Kedra said the body of a 58-year-old woman was retrieved Saturday morning. Gaza residents said there had been Israeli shooting in the area late Friday.
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — In the afternoon, when the shift ends at the coal mine and the miners walk out into the cold and past the old concrete statue of Lenin, they often head to a tiny corner store a block away. There they'll stand in the parking lot for a while, drinking little bottles of the vodka called "Truthful."
They know what is happening in Kiev, the capital city that can seem so far away. They've seen pictures of the democracy protesters shot dead in Kiev's...
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban announced Saturday that the group will observe a one-month cease-fire as part of efforts to negotiate a peace deal with the government, throwing new life into a foundering peace process.
Spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said in a statement emailed to reporters that the top leadership of the militant group has instructed all of its units to comply with the cease-fire.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops took over Crimea as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the military to protect Russian interests in Ukraine. The newly installed government in Kiev was powerless to react to the action by Russian troops based in the strategic region and more flown in, aided by pro-Russian Ukrainian groups.
Putin sought and quickly got his parliament's approval to use its military to protect Russia's...