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  • Saudi clerics urge calm as village hit by Islamic State seethes 23 May 2015 | 9:01 pm

    Family members of victims and well wishers are seen after a suicide bomb attack at the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh in the eastern province of GatifBy Noah Browning DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's top Sunni cleric on Saturday branded a deadly attack on Shi'ite Muslims a bid to sow chaos, after villagers targeted in the bombing vented their anger at what they saw as the Sunni-dominated government's indifference to their safety. Thousands of protesters took to the streets of al-Qadeeh town on Friday evening, hours after a suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers in a packed Shi'ite mosque, the first attack in the conservative kingdom to be claimed by Islamic State militants. The Saudi interior ministry identified the perpetrator as Saleh bin Abdul Rahman Saleh Qashimi, a Saudi citizen wanted for belonging to Islamic State.


  • Fresh air strikes and ground fighting in Yemen 23 May 2015 | 7:50 pm

    Smoke billows following an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition on an army arms depot, now under Shiite Huthi rebel control, east of Sanaa on May 22, 2015Saudi-led warplanes launched a fresh wave of air strikes across Yemen targeting Iran-backed rebels as fighting raged on the ground in the south of the country, witnesses said. The air raids pounded arms depots under the control of the Shiite Huthi rebels in the locality of Ghula, in Omran province north of Sanaa, residents said. In the western province of Hodeida, a military airport was twice bombed by coalition warplanes, according to residents.


  • CANNES WATCH: Going out In style 23 May 2015 | 7:34 pm

    Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and director Justin Kurzel pose for photographers upon arrival for the screening of the film Macbeth at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 23, 2015. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)CANNES, France (AP) — The 68th Cannes Film Festival was going out in style this weekend, with Marion Cotillard drawing raves on both carpet and screen at the "Macbeth" premiere and the very cool entourage from the LA indie "Dope" continuing to wow the fest as anticipation grew for Sunday's Palme d'Or finale.


  • Thousands worldwide march against Monsanto and GM crops 23 May 2015 | 6:56 pm

    A woman holds a sign during a march against US agrochemical giant Monsanto on May 23, 2015, in Santiago, ChileThousands of people hit the streets in cities across the world Saturday to protest against the American biotechnology giant Monsanto and its genetically modified crops and pesticides. The third annual March Against Monsanto -- begun by the Occupy movement -- was held in upwards of 400 cities in more than 40 countries from the Americas to Africa and Europe. The controversial product's main ingredient was recently classified as "probably carcinogenic to humans" by the World Health Organization.


  • Saudi IDs bomber after kingdom's deadliest attack in years 23 May 2015 | 6:17 pm

    A Saudi man reacts following a blast inside a mosque, in the mainly Shiite Saudi Gulf coastal town of Qatif on May 22, 2015Saudi Arabia on Saturday confirmed the suicide bomber who killed 21 worshippers at a Shiite mosque had links with the Islamic State group, in what the interior ministry called an attempt to promote sectarian strife. It was the deadliest attack in years to strike the Sunni-dominated kingdom, and marked the first time the jihadist IS group officially claimed an attack in Saudi Arabia. "His name was Salih bin Abdulrahman Salih al-Ghishaami, a Saudi national," the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.


  • Saudi IDs bomber after kingdom's deadliest attack in years 23 May 2015 | 6:17 pm

    A Saudi man reacts following a blast inside a mosque, in the mainly Shiite Saudi Gulf coastal town of Qatif on May 22, 2015Saudi Arabia on Saturday confirmed the suicide bomber who killed 21 worshippers at a Shiite mosque had links with the Islamic State group, in what the interior ministry called an attempt to promote sectarian strife. It was the deadliest attack in years to strike the Sunni-dominated kingdom, and marked the first time the jihadist IS group officially claimed an attack in Saudi Arabia. "His name was Salih bin Abdulrahman Salih al-Ghishaami, a Saudi national," the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.


  • Islamic State group radio claims Saudi mosque suicide attack 23 May 2015 | 3:08 pm

    This image taken from a militant website associated with Islamic State extremists, posted Saturday, May 23, 2015, purports to show a suicide bomber identified as a Saudi citizen with the nom de guerre Abu Amer al-Najdi who carried out an attack on a Shiite mosque. The Islamic State group's radio station has claimed responsibility for that suicide bombing Friday, warning that more "black days" loom ahead for Shiites. The attack killed at least 21 people and wounded dozens in the village of al-Qudeeh in the eastern Qatif region as worshippers commemorated the birth of a revered saint. The Arabic bar below reads: "Urgent: The heroic martyr Abu Amer al-Najdi, the attacker of the (Shiite) temple in Qatif." (Militant photo via AP)CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, warning that more "black days" loom ahead in a direct challenge to the rulers of the Sunni kingdom.


  • Islamic State group radio claims Saudi mosque suicide attack 23 May 2015 | 3:08 pm

    This image taken from a militant website associated with Islamic State extremists, posted Saturday, May 23, 2015, purports to show a suicide bomber identified as a Saudi citizen with the nom de guerre Abu Amer al-Najdi who carried out an attack on a Shiite mosque. The Islamic State group's radio station has claimed responsibility for that suicide bombing Friday, warning that more "black days" loom ahead for Shiites. The attack killed at least 21 people and wounded dozens in the village of al-Qudeeh in the eastern Qatif region as worshippers commemorated the birth of a revered saint. The Arabic bar below reads: "Urgent: The heroic martyr Abu Amer al-Najdi, the attacker of the (Shiite) temple in Qatif." (Militant photo via AP)CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, warning that more "black days" loom ahead in a direct challenge to the rulers of the Sunni kingdom.


  • Syrian official: Islamic State militants in Palmyra's museum 23 May 2015 | 2:50 pm

    In this picture released on Friday, May 22, 2015 by the website of Islamic State militants, shows the Islamic State militants flag, top center, raised on the to top of Palmyra castle, in the Syrian town of Palmyra, Syria. A Syrian official in charge of antiquities says Islamic State fighters have broken into the museum of the ancient town of Palmyra which they have captured days earlier, but have not harmed its contents. (The website of Islamic State militants via AP)DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Islamic State fighters broke into the museum of Palmyra, though a Syrian official said its artifacts have been removed and are safe while the U.S.-led coalition conducted airstrikes on the group's installations near the captured ancient town — the first such reported attack in the central province of Homs.


  • On the field and online: How the fight against ISIS is a battle on two fronts 23 May 2015 | 2:34 pm

    For Islamic State fighters, the battle for dominance continues both on the ground and online: The extremists’ capture of the ancient Syrian site of Palmyra this week came with a Twitter-circulated photo of the group’s black flag flying over the city’s hilltop castle. “A war of words continues, as both sides try to convince the world the momentum is in their favor,” national security reporter Paul D. Shinkman wrote for US News & World Report. Recommended: How much do you know about the Islamic State?

  • At Mideast forum, officials seek world's help 23 May 2015 | 2:05 pm

    Iraq's Vice President Iyad Allawi takes part in the "Addressing Violent Extremism" session of the World Economic Forum, at the King Hussein convention center, Dead Sea resort of Southern Shuneh, Jordan, Saturday, May 23, 2015. (AP Photo/ Nasser Nasser)SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Mideast-weary though it may be, the international community has a duty and an interest in helping the countries of the region both rebuff violent extremists and fix the refugee crisis that in part has resulted from the fight with them — that was the message coming from the regional World Economic Forum Saturday.


  • At Mideast forum, officials seek world's help 23 May 2015 | 2:05 pm

    Iraq's Vice President Iyad Allawi takes part in the "Addressing Violent Extremism" session of the World Economic Forum, at the King Hussein convention center, Dead Sea resort of Southern Shuneh, Jordan, Saturday, May 23, 2015. (AP Photo/ Nasser Nasser)SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Mideast-weary though it may be, the international community has a duty and an interest in helping the countries of the region both rebuff violent extremists and fix the refugee crisis that in part has resulted from the fight with them — that was the message coming from the regional World Economic Forum Saturday.


  • Israel thanks U.S. for stand on Mideast nuclear arms ban at U.N. 23 May 2015 | 1:30 pm

    Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks before a group photo with the new Israeli government in JerusalemBy Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the United States for blocking an Egyptian-led drive on a possible Middle East nuclear weapons ban at a major United Nations conference, an Israeli official said on Saturday. It was a rare expression of diplomatic harmony with the United States from Netanyahu, whose relations with President Barack Obama have been strained over U.S.-led nuclear talks with Iran and differences over Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy. A month-long conference on the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) ended in failure on Friday over disagreements on how to achieve a Middle East atomic weapons ban.


  • Israel thanks U.S. for stand on Mideast nuclear arms ban at U.N. 23 May 2015 | 1:30 pm

    Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks before a group photo with the new Israeli government in JerusalemBy Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the United States for blocking an Egyptian-led drive on a possible Middle East nuclear weapons ban at a major United Nations conference, an Israeli official said on Saturday. It was a rare expression of diplomatic harmony with the United States from Netanyahu, whose relations with President Barack Obama have been strained over U.S.-led nuclear talks with Iran and differences over Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy. A month-long conference on the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) ended in failure on Friday over disagreements on how to achieve a Middle East atomic weapons ban.


  • Yemen president insists on rebel pullback for UN talks 23 May 2015 | 1:16 pm

    Armed Yemeni tribesmen from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, inspect artillery shells as they battle Shiite Huthi rebels east of Sanaa on May 21, 2015Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi on Saturday laid out his exiled government's demands to attend UN-brokered peace talks, including the withdrawal of Shiite rebels from territory they have seized. Hadi fled to the Saudi capital Riyadh along with his government in late March when the Shiite Huthi rebels advanced on his southern stronghold of Aden. Just five days head of the Geneva conference, Hadi was unwilling to budge as he reiterated his conditions in a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.


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