Middle East
  • In this Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 file photo, Iraq's Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi speaks during an interview with the Associated Press near Sulaimaniyah, 160 miles (260 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq. An Iraqi appeals court has rejected a request to have President Jalal Talabani testify in the terror trial against the nation's Sunni vice president.

    A neighbor of Iraq's fugitive vice president has claimed he transported bombs at the request of the official's son during testimony in a politically charged terrorism trial against the politician.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 3:10 AM EDT
  • In this July 6, 2012 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius attend the "Friends of Syria" conference in Paris. The United States is readying new sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime and its allies as Clinton heads to Turkey on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, for weekend talks with top Turkish officials and Syrian opposition activists.

    Obama set new sanctions on the state-run oil company and Hezbollah.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 21, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT
  • In this undated file photo, Syrian Commander Riad al-Asaad, who heads a group of Syrian army defectors appears on a video posted on the group's Facebook page.

    Syrians hoping for a swift rebel victory in their homeland are growing impatient with top army defectors who are staying in Turkey even after fighters on the ground have gained territory across the border in northern Syria.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 20, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT