Middle East


Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz attends a meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council monarchies in Riyadh on May 10.  (AFP/Getty Images)


British Foreign Secretary William Hague addresses the media during a press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in central London.  (Getty photo)


A pro-Palestine activist in Paris holds a sign that reads: "Hinderance to free movement. On what grounds?"  (Reuters photo)


Nearly 100 French activists en route to Israel have been stopped from boarding their flights by French authorities in Paris.


June 10: In this photo taken during a government-organized visit for media, Syrian army soldiers standing on their military trucks shout slogans in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad, as they enter a village near the town of Jisr al-Shughour, north of Damascus, Syria.  (AP photo)


BEIRUT — Syrian soldiers and police officers who deserted rather than fire on protesters in a restive northern city remained behind to fight against an expected all-out government assault, a resident said.


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (above) attends a meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Sharm el-Sheikh September 14, 2010.  (Credit: Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)


DOHA (Reuters) - Palestinians are not seeking to isolate Israel on the international stage, but will pursue their unilateral drive for U.N. recognition of statehood unless peace talks resume, President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday.

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