| Aug 12, 2014
| 12:01 PM
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani found himself in a political firestorm Tuesday, the day after he denounced his hard-line critics as “political cowards” who oppose his efforts to reach an agreement with the West over the country's nuclear...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 7:16 PM
The lawmaker tapped to succeed Nouri Maliki as Iraq’s prime minister appeared to receive the backing Tuesday of neighboring Iran, a crucial Baghdad ally and major supporter of political factions and militias in the deeply divided nation.
| Aug 13, 2014
| 6:14 AM
Nuri al-Maliki stuck to his guns and refused to accept his removal as Iraq's prime minister on Wednesday, but his hold on power was tenuous as Iran's supreme leader, a long-time Maliki ally, publicly backed his replacement.
Taking to state television as...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Early in 2007, with Iraq embroiled in sectarian violence, American diplomats in Baghdad tried to persuade a key Shiite Muslim lawmaker to support the easing of a ban on the Sunni Arab-dominated Baath Party.
At a meeting at the U.S. Embassy, the...
| Aug 16, 2014
| 12:39 PM
Decrying what they say were rigged elections last year, tens of thousands of Pakistanis gathered in their nation’s capital on Saturday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government.
The protests – two rallies...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 12:04 PM
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited Kiev on Thursday to offer help from the Western alliance to shore up Ukraine’s defenses as government forces close in on pro-Russia separatists in the embattled east of the country.
| Aug 9, 2014
| 8:00 AM
In spite of scandal, protest and controversy that have dogged his dozen years as Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to win the nation's first direct presidential election on Sunday.
And the 60-year-old Islamist has made no secret...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 10:14 AM
Iran's parliament has voted to ban permanent forms of contraception, the state news agency IRNA reported, endorsing the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's call for measures to increase the population.
The bill, banning vasectomies and similar...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 1:00 PM
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki was dealt a severe blow Monday in his contentious quest for a third term when the country’s president and its leading political bloc called on another lawmaker to form a new government.
The move was immediately...
| Aug 2, 2014
| 1:49 PM
Libya's newly elected parliament gathered for the first time Saturday, choosing the relatively peaceful eastern city of Tobruk to avoid the deteriorating security situation in the capital, Tripoli.
The emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in the...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 1:30 PM
The Footlight Theatre at Orlando's Parliament House Resort will host several favorites from Orlando Fringe Festival as part of its 2014-15 season. Although the resort recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, it's business as usual in the clubs —...