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Yemen: Hostages freed from al Qaeda captors updated 17 hours 52 minutes ago

Security forces rescued seven Yemenis and an American from their alleged al Qaeda operatives, Yemeni sources say.

Iraq says airstrikes are critical in the shifting battle for Ramadi updated 1 days ago

The battle for Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, is shifting in favor of Iraqi and tribal forces fighting ISIS, thanks in part to coalition airstrikes.

New Iran Nuclear talks deadlines: March 1, July 1, 2015 updated 1 days ago

After yet another round of negotiations, international diplomats will leave Austria without a deal on Iran's nuclear program.

U.S. official: Deadline might be extended in Iran nuclear talks updated 1 days ago

The United States might extend a deadline to reach a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear program, a senior State Department official told CNN.

Group: Death toll of U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria tops 900 updated 2 days ago

U.S. and coalition airstrikes in Syria have killed hundreds of militants, but also more than 50 civilians.

ISIS threatens government center in Iraq's Anbar province updated 3 days ago

Local official: ISIS militants are fighting Iraqi military and tribal forces in the center of Ramadi.

'Ready to die': Father and sons leave Germany to fight ISIS updated 3 days ago

Qassim Shesho and his sons walked away from a life of "luxury" in Germany to defend fellow Yazidis in Iraq.

Israel demolishes homes as killers' families pay price for terror attacks updated 3 days ago

The home of Ghassan Abu Jamal has a beautiful view of Jabel Mukaber. It looks over a small valley with olive trees and grazing sheep.

Al Qaeda in Yemen rebukes ISIS updated 4 days ago

Al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen -- al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula -- strongly rebuked ISIS in a new video.

Israel charges 3 Palestinians in alleged plot to kill foreign minister updated 4 days ago

Israeli authorities said they arrested three Palestinians and charged them in an alleged plot to assassinate Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

French authorities back off claim against man in ISIS beheadings video updated 5 days ago

An ISIS video that showed yet more captives' horrific beheadings featured not one, but two French citizens, France's President said Wednesday.

Egyptian terror group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis pledges alliance to ISIS updated 5 days ago

A vehicle explodes. Two trucks full of armed men race closer to the resulting crater at the Karm el-Kawadees army camp in North Sinai. The black-clad militants chase the survivors, killing all the soldiers. All of it is captured on video.

French authorities back off claim against man in ISIS beheadings video updated 5 days ago

French prosecutors backed off a claim Thursday against a 22-year-old man they said was connected to an ISIS beheadings video

Police: Palestinian admits intentionally driving into Israeli soldiers updated 5 days ago

Israeli police: Palestinian man has admitted to deliberately ramming a vehicle into three Israeli soldiers in the West Bank two weeks ago.

In Jerusalem synagogue where killers struck, a determination to keep praying updated 5 days ago

At the Jerusalem synagogue where two Palestinians carried out a bloody attack this week, worshipers are determined to keep praying.

4 people killed when car bomb explodes near Iraqi governor's office updated 6 days ago

Four people were killed when a car bomb exploded near the Irbil provincial governor's office, Iraq's state-run Iraqiya TV reported Wednesday.

In synagogue attack, five lives dedicated to faith and service are lost updated 6 days ago

Mourners recall the five people slain in a Jerusalem synagogue as men devoted to religious study, family and service to others.

Family: American detained in Abu Dhabi for taking photos is freed updated 6 days ago

An American imprisoned for nearly a month in the United Arab Emirates for taking photos has been released from custody, a family spokeswoman says.

Jerusalem ramps up security after deadly synagogue attack updated 6 days ago

Jerusalem ramped up security after a deadly attack on a synagogue by two Palestinian cousins wielding a gun and butcher knives.

Shattered glass, lifeless bodies: Five dead in Jerusalem synagogue attack updated 7 days ago

Two Palestinians barge into a Jerusalem synagogue with knives and a gun, killing four rabbis. Prime Minister Netanyahu condemns the attack.

'Grief and outrage' at Jerusalem synagogue slayings updated 7 days ago

A large crowd of mourners gathered in Jerusalem on Tuesday just hours after four worshipers were killed.

Jerusalem terror attack 'strikes at soul' of Jews worldwide updated 7 days ago

The targeting of rabbis at a synagogue in West Jerusalem struck at the soul of Jews around the world, several Jewish leaders said Tuesday.

Pervez Musharraf Fast Facts updated 7 days ago

Here is a look at the life of Pervez Musharraf, former president of Pakistan.

'I used to see my dad in my dreams:' Syria's children recall horrors of war updated 7 days ago

Maram scrunches up her little nose and pauses as she remembers. The eight-year-old was daddy's favorite.

Experts: No third intifada yet -- but few signs of hope, either updated 7 days ago

Israel has taken many measures to bolster its security in recent years, but it's the lack of a long-term peace plan that has some worried.

Experts: No third intifada yet -- but few signs of hope, either updated 7 days ago

Israel has taken many measures to bolster its security in recent years, but it's the lack of a long-term peace plan that has some worried.

'High probability' French man took part in ISIS killings, official says updated 8 days ago

French interior minister says "high probability" French citizen took part in killings shown on latest ISIS video.

Controversy over death of Palestinian bus driver updated 8 days ago

The death of an Arab bus driver found hanged in his bus is generating controversy among Palestinians, who reject the police finding of suicide.

More barbaric ISIS videos expected after Kassig's death, analyst says updated 8 days ago

Peter Kassig death: ISIS has posted a video about a Westerner's beheading; some say it shows desperation or weakness by the terror group.

Peter Kassig's parents: 'Good will prevail' updated 8 days ago

The parents of Peter Kassig, who was beheaded in Syria by ISIS, ask for prayers and privacy.

Meet the mosque designer breaking the mold updated 8 days ago

When it comes to buildings, they don't come much different than a mosque and a nightclub.

Analysts: ISIS video 'sign of desperation' updated 8 days ago

ISIS' latest video, which purportedly shows aftermath of beheading of American Peter Kassig, betrays hints of desperation, analysts say.

Obama calls hostage's beheading by ISIS 'pure evil' updated 9 days ago

American aid worker and former soldier Peter Kassig was beheaded by ISIS terrorists, the White House confirmed Sunday.

Israeli wounded in another stabbing updated 9 days ago

An Israeli was stabbed Sunday near central Jerusalem, police said, the latest in a string of similar attacks.

U.S. Joint Chiefs chairman visits Iraq amid ISIS fight updated 10 days ago

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff went to Iraq to meet with officials there about combating ISIS.

U.N. panel details ISIS abuses in Syria, says they amount to war crimes updated 11 days ago

ISIS has committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, a U.N. panel says.

Iraq Weapons Inspections Fast Facts updated 11 days ago

Here's a look at U.N. weapons inspections in Iraq from 1991 to 2007.

Has ISIS peaked? Terror group suffers setbacks in Iraq updated 11 days ago

Is the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria finally beginning to feel the pressure?  The first signs are emerging that a combination of coalition airstrikes and more assertive Iraqi and Kurdish forces are forcing ISIS to change its behavior and inflicting serious losses of both territory and fighters.

ISIS leader purportedly says coalition 'terrified, weak' updated 11 days ago

The speaker in an audio message posted Thursday on an ISIS social media account claims to be leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Israel lifts age restrictions for Muslims at the Temple Mount updated 11 days ago

Israeli police on Friday dropped age restrictions at the Temple Mount, allowing Muslims of all ages to pray at the holy site.

ISIS announces new currency updated 12 days ago

ISIS is planning to mint its own currency in gold, silver and copper, the group said Thursday.

U.S. strikes al Qaeda cell in Syria updated 12 days ago

U.S. aircraft have concluded a third round of strikes against an al Qaeda cell inside Syria, two U.S. officials told CNN on Thursday.

Pakistani court issues arrest warrants for protest leaders in state TV takeover updated 12 days ago

A Pakistani court has issued arrest warrants for opposition leader Imran Khan and outspoken cleric Tahir ul Qadri and several others in the brief September takeover of Pakistan State Television headquarters.

Blasts shake 2 embassies in Libyan capital, witnesses say updated 12 days ago

Bombs exploded near two shuttered embassies in Libya's capital Thursday morning, according to state media and eyewitness accounts.

Child fighter tormented by ISIS updated 12 days ago

Yasir -- not his real name -- is 15 and an ISIS child soldier. He was regularly strapped into an explosive vest and told to stand guard at an ISIS base.

Israeli policeman arrested in Palestinian teen's death updated 13 days ago

An Israeli border policeman has been detained in connection with the shooting death of a Palestinian teenager, an arrest an advocate calls "incredibly rare."

Al Qaeda member killed in Yemen strike, official says updated 14 days ago

An al Qaeda leader in Yemen is among those killed in what a Yemeni official calls a counterterrorism strike.

Russia steps up nuclear plans in Iran as talks near deadline updated 14 days ago

Russia has announced plans to build new nuclear reactors in Iran -- a move with international repercussions as a deadline looms.

ISIS after al-Baghdadi: What happens if the terror leader is killed? updated 14 days ago

If ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead, what would happen to the radical Sunni militant group?

Israeli troops kill Palestinian man in West Bank clashes updated 14 days ago

Israeli troops kill Palestinian man during clashes Tuesday in a West Bank refugee camp, the latest example of violence and tensions between the two sides.

Iran leader's call to 'annihilate' Israel sparks fury as nuclear deadline looms updated 15 days ago

A call by Iran's supreme leader for the elimination of Israel shows that world powers must not rush into a deal on Iran's nuclear program, Netanyahu says.

After airstrikes, questions abound over fate of ISIS leader updated 15 days ago

After waves of airstrikes by both Iraq and U.S.-led coalition forces, questions abound over whether ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was hit.

Syria's al-Assad indicates he might consider 'freeze' in fight for Aleppo updated 15 days ago

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad indicates he might consider a halt in fighting in the city of Aleppo to allow U.N. humanitarian aid, news agency says.

2 killed, 2 wounded in stabbing attacks on Israelis updated 15 days ago

A 20-year-old Israeli soldier stabbed Monday in Tel Aviv has died of his wounds, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

Warplanes hit convoy near Mosul in attempt to kill ISIS leaders updated 15 days ago

U.S. warplanes attacked a convoy near Mosul in Iraq this weekend in an attempt to kill ISIS leaders, said a spokesman for U.S. Central Command.

Earthquake rattles southern Iran updated 15 days ago

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake has been recorded near the city of Fin in southern Iran, according to the semi-official Mehr News Agency.

Fatah cancels Arafat memorials after bombings, blames Hamas updated 16 days ago

Fatah, the Palestinian political party, says it will scrap a series of events to commemorate the death 10 years ago of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

ISIS fight in new phase, Obama says updated 16 days ago

Sending more troops to Iraq to train local forces to fight ISIS isn't a sign the fight is failing, President Barack Obama says on CBS' "Face the Nation."

In Jerusalem, the 'auto intifada' is far from an uprising updated 17 days ago

It's been dubbed by some as the "auto intifada" -- the spate of attacks on Jewish civilians in Jerusalem by Palestinians driving vehicles.

Conflicting accounts emerge over Palestinian man killed by Israeli police updated 17 days ago

Israeli police say they killed a Palestinian who attacked officers with a knife in northern Israel Saturday, but Palestinian officials dispute that account.

Jerusalem clashes erupt as second Israeli dies after van driver attack updated 18 days ago

At least 30 Palestinian youths are injured in clashes in East Jerusalem as security is stepped up across the city.

Haditha Killings Fast Facts updated 18 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about the 2005 killings of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq.

Iraq Most Wanted Fast Facts updated 18 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about the Iraq's "most wanted" fugitives list.

Iraq Prison Abuse Scandal Fast Facts updated 18 days ago

Here's some background information about the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal which took place during the Iraq war.

'Treated like cattle': Yazidi women sold, raped, enslaved by ISIS updated 18 days ago

ISIS is brazen about enslaving Yazidi women. One teen describes how her dreams of becoming a doctor lie in ruins after her brutal treatment.

Killing Khorasan bomb-maker a big win -- but at what cost? updated 19 days ago

The deaths of Nusra and Ahrar al Sham fighters could create serious blow-back for the United States.

Suspect in West Bank hit-and-run surrenders, Israel says updated 19 days ago

A Palestinian has turned himself in, saying he was responsible for one of two incidents in which vehicles smashed into Israelis, the Israeli military says.

Report: Airstrikes target another Islamist group in Syria updated 19 days ago

Airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition targeted the Islamist rebel group Ahrar al Sham for the first time overnight in Syria, a monitoring group says.

Clashes at Jerusalem holy site; van slams into pedestrians updated 19 days ago

Israeli-Palestinian tensions flared in Jerusalem, with clashes at a holy site and a motorist slamming into pedestrians, killing one.

Security Council hears plan to clear Syria of chemical weapons updated 19 days ago

A U.N. official has a message for those worried about chemical weapons in Syria: A plan is in motion to do something about them.

Israeli police officer killed, 13 hurt in driver's rampage in Jerusalem updated 20 days ago

Israeli police officer is killed in Jerusalem when the driver of a van runs over him and 13 others.

Israeli police, Palestinian protesters clash at Jerusalem holy site updated 20 days ago

Israeli police clashed with Palestinians at Jerusalem's Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif Wednesday, leaving more than 15 people injured in latest unrest.

Benjamin Netanyahu Fast Facts updated 20 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Family: American detained in Abu Dhabi for taking photo updated 21 days ago

An American man has been detained in the United Arab Emirates for allegedly taking a photo in a forbidden area, a family spokeswoman told CNN.

Report: Children say ISIS captured, beat them on way home from exams updated 21 days ago

Group: Boys -- taken while heading home from middle school exams -- were beaten and forced to watch beheading videos while being held by ISIS near Kobani.

U.S. drone strikes kill al Qaeda militants, Yemen officials say updated 21 days ago

U.S. drone strikes killed at least nine suspected al Qaeda members in Yemen, as clashes intensified between the group and Shia Houthis, officials said.

Palestinian President: Closing Jerusalem holy site 'a declaration of war' updated 21 days ago

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas calls Israel's closure of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City after shootings a "declaration of war."

ISIS kills 300 members of Sunni tribe, Iraqi government says updated 21 days ago

ISIS militants killed more than 300 members of a Sunni tribe in a recent series of executions, the Iraqi government said Monday.

Camp David Accords Fast Facts updated 22 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to about the Camp David Accords. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed the Camp David Accords on September 17, 1978 in Washington, DC.

Al-Nusra advances in Syria's Idlib area, pushing back moderates, activists say updated 22 days ago

Al Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front has taken over key areas in northwestern Syria, ousting U.S.-backed Syrian rebels, monitors and activists say.

Temple Mount crisis fuels unrest in volatile Jerusalem updated 22 days ago

Israel's decision to close the Temple Mount, which includes the al-Aqsa Mosque, fueled violent clashes in Jerusalem.

Beirut Marine Barracks Bombing Fast Facts updated 23 days ago

Here is a look at what you need to know about the 1983 bombing at a Marine compound in Beirut, Lebanon that killed 241 U.S. service personnel.

Shiite militia, Iraqi security forces behind Sunni mosque massacre, report finds updated 24 days ago

A Human Rights Watch report finds Shiite militiamen and Iraqi security forces were behind mosque attack that left 34 dead in August.

Egyptian men seen in alleged same-sex wedding video get three years in jail updated 24 days ago

Eight men get three years in jail for being in a video that Egyptian officials say showed a same-sex wedding.

Hassan Rouhani Fast Facts updated 24 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

French bomb-maker with Khorasan radicalized over 'several years' updated 24 days ago

French bomb-maker's knowledge of explosives and access to Western fighters in Syria makes him one of the most dangerous operatives in al Qaeda.

Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross from Turkey to join Kobani fight updated 24 days ago

Iraqi Kurdish reinforcements finally arrive in the embattled Syrian town of Kobani, near Turkish border.

Israel partially reopens access to Temple Mount updated 25 days ago

Israel partially reopened access to the Temple Mount for Muslim prayers Friday, a day after closing it amid Israeli-Palestinian tensions.

'Afghan' in Syria: Iranians pay us to fight for Assad updated 25 days ago

It is like many of the images of aftermath in Syria's chaotic war -- a man being pulled from the rubble of the building. But this one is different. The panic is muted, the men dig not slowly, but leisurely. This is because they know he is a regime fighter.

Iran Hostage Crisis Fast Facts updated 26 days ago

Here's a look at the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, in which 52 U.S. citizens were held captive for 444 days.

Peshmerga begin arriving in besieged Kobani, sources say updated 26 days ago

Iraqi-Kurdish Peshmerga fighters begin arriving in the besieged Syrian city of Kobani, two witnesses say.

Peshmerga to Kobani: Symbolic, but not 'tectonic,' analyst says updated 27 days ago

Iraqi Peshmerga forces will cross into Kobani, Syria, from Turkey, but that doesn't necessarily mean a major shift in the fight against ISIS, analysts say.

Iraqi Peshmerga soon to enter Kobani to fight ISIS updated 28 days ago

Kurdish fighters from Iraq soon will enter the besieged Syrian border city of Kobani to reinforce militia there defending against ISIS, an official says.

Fighting surges in Idlib, Syria updated 28 days ago

Al Qaeda-linked rebels battled government forces in deadly clashes in the Syrian city of Idlib on Monday.

'They would torture you': ISIS prisoners reveal life inside terror group updated 28 days ago

CNN's Ivan Watson speaks to ISIS fighters being held by Kurds in a northern Syrian prison.

Hostage in video claims Syrian city of Kobani is under ISIS control updated 29 days ago

ISIS has released a new video of British hostage John Cantlie, this time showing him in the Syrian border city of Kobani.

'At peace' in war: A former U.S. soldier battles ISIS updated 29 days ago

Civil war-ravaged northern Syria is far from where a former U.S. solider is from, but he says it feels like home.

Children pay with their lives in Palestinian-Israeli tensions updated 29 days ago

On Sunday, Palestinians lay to rest a teenage boy with U.S. roots, whom Israeli Defense Forces shot.

More than 800 killed in 40 days of clashes in Syrian city of Kobani updated 30 days ago

Fighting between ISIS and Syrian Kurdish fighters for control of key Syrian city of Kobani has killed 800 people, monitoring group says.

New York Times: ISIS hostages were tortured before beheadings updated 30 days ago

New York Times: ISIS hostages, including James Foley, were tortured before beheadings.

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