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Egypt unveils plan to build glitzy new capital

<b>(CNN) —</b> Forget the pyramids, Tahrir Square and the Nile. Egypt is ready to ditch Cairo and build a shiny new capital if the government has its way.<p>Fed up with pollution, traffic gridlock, a packed population with soaring rents and creaking infrastructure, Egypt is teaming up with a developer in the …

Red Sea

Maine inn is all yours for $125 and 200-word winning essay

If owning a lakeside bed and breakfast is your dream, here's your chance. For just $125 and a 200-word essay, the Center Lovell Inn in Maine could be all yours.<p>Innkeeper Janice Sage is running an essay contest to select the new owner. It's kind of a tradition. In 1993, Sage became the owner of the …

New England

ISIS By the Numbers: Foreign Fighter Total Keeps Growing

The number of Westerners who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight for ISIS continues to grow, according to U.S. officials, and has now reached 3,400. But the same officials hope that recent military successes against ISIS, and a series of initiatives by Western governments, will reverse that …

James Clapper

Ancient site of Khorsabad 'attacked by Isil' as coalition strike on Syria oil refinery kills 30

Iraqi minister concerned over demolition of third ancient site in northern Iraq by Islamic State jihadists<p>Iraq's government is investigating reports that the ancient archaeological site of Khorsabad in northern Iraq is the latest to be attacked by the Islamic State militant group.<p>Adel Shirshab, the …

Islam

Reddit CEO faces blistering questions during gender discrimination trial

SAN FRANCISCO—A high-stakes gender discrimination lawsuit that has made waves in Silicon Valley took a sharp turn Tuesday as defendant Ellen Pao went …

Associated Press News

Saudi Cleric Says Driving Hurts Women's Ovaries

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Women are fighting for the right to drive in Saudi Arabia right now, but one conservative cleric …

UN inspectors prepare to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons cache

At times team will have to wear protective suits and armour in 35C heat during most hazardous disarmament mission ever<p>A 20-strong international team of engineers, chemists and paramedics leave the Netherlands for Syria on Monday to embark on the most hazardous mission in the history of disarmament: …

An Obama-Rouhani Handshake Is 'Too Complicated' for Iran Right Now

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><i>Update 5:30 p.m.:</i> Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, now committed to an Obama handshake-free UN …

Stocks Sell Off Hard On Debt Ceiling Showdown After Rallying On Obama's UN Speech

In an action packed day, U.S. stocks tumbled into the open but quickly rallied in early trading as President Obama took the floor at the United Nations to address the General Assembly to speak of possible diplomatic efforts with Syria and Iran. Investors had already digested a moderate slowdown in …

Rouhani: Iran ready to work with U.S.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani insisted Tuesday that his country is not a danger to the Middle East or the rest of the world, and that he’s ready to work with the United States “to manage our differences.”<p>“Iran poses absolutely no threat to the world or to the region, in ideals or in actual …

Associated Press News

Iraq's Kurds focus on autonomy

<b>Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region is holding parliamentary elections on Saturday at a critical moment in the history of the Kurds - not only in Iraq but also in the whole Middle East.</b><p>When it comes to security and safety, Kurdistan is a world apart from the rest of Iraq.<p>Irbil, the capital of …

Middle East

Syria: Bashar al-Assad's forces kill at least 15 in Sunni Muslim village

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says woman and two children among victims of soldiers and pro-government militia<p>Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed at least 15 people in a Sunni Muslim village north-west of the city of Hama.<p>The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

FEATURE-EMPTY<p>price-fixing probe Bread price-fixing scandal reveals rift between Canada’s big grocers Subscriber content<p>Pipeline spat Alberta suspends electricity talks with B.C. over pipeline fight<p>Opinion The pipeline war no politician will win<p>Port of Montreal moves forward with $750-million …

BlackBerry to fire 4,500 employees as sales of new device plummet

The news comes as Apple released two new iPhones on Friday which analysts predict will sell 5m in the opening weekend<p>BlackBerry confirmed it was firing 4,500 of its staff on Friday as the struggling smartphone firm said it expects to lose nearly $1bn in the three months to August on disappointing …

Associated Press News

Hamas denies training Egypt militant groups

<b>The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas has denied training militants who claim to have been behind a string of bomb attacks in Egypt in the past two weeks.</b><p>Egyptian state television alleged on Thursday that Hamas' military wing had trained Sinai-based jihadists to carry out car bombings and make …

Gaza

At least three dead as Taliban attack US consulate in Afghanistan

Taliban fighters struck a US consulate in western Afghanistan on Friday, killing several people almost exactly a year after the American consulate in Benghazi was overrun.<p>No Americans were killed in the early morning assault in the city of Herat but three Afghans security personnel died alongside …

Obama says Russian Syria proposal could be a breakthrough

President Obama said on Monday he would "run to ground" a proposal outlined by the Russians that would wrest control of chemical weapons from Syria and would potentially head off a U.S. military strike against the Bashar Assad regime.<p>Obama, who conducted a half dozen television interviews on Monday …

John Kerry gives Syria week to hand over chemical weapons or face attack

US secretary of state tells London press conference with William Hague that US intelligence blames Assad regime for gas attack<p>The US secretary of state has said that President Bashar al-Assad has one week to hand over his entire stock of chemical weapons to avoid a military attack. But John Kerry …

Assad did not order Syria chemical weapons attack, says German press

Bild am Sonntag cites high-level German surveillance source suggesting Syrian president was not personally behind attacks<p>President Bashar al-Assad did not personally order last month's chemical weapons attack near Damascus that has triggered calls for US military intervention, and blocked numerous …

Egypt sentences 35 to life on terror charges

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt on Wednesday sentenced 35 alleged Muslim Brotherhood members to life in prison for allegedly forming "terrorist cells" to attack security forces and state institutions.<p>The Sohag Criminal Court in central Egypt sentenced another 155 defendants to three to 15 years on similar …

Muslim Brotherhood

G20: Australia leaves world's media puzzled over silence

Foreign minister Bob Carr cancels media briefing at the end of the summit, with Australia about to assume presidency<p>Australia has failed to hold a closing press conference at the G20 leaders' summit even though it is taking over the presidency of the group for 2014.<p>Other leaders addressed the …

Top Afghan Militant Reportedly Killed In U.S. Drone Strike

A senior leader of the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network — considered one of the most dangerous factions fighting American troops in Afghanistan — has been killed in a U.S. drone strike over northwestern Pakistan, officials say.<p>Sangeen Zadran was among five people killed at a compound in the North …