|Explosions in Russia kill four, injure nearly 50
Two bombs exploded outside a court building in Russia's restive province of Dagestan on Monday, killing at least four people and wounding dozens of others, officials said.
|Saudi Arabia reports new death from SARS-like virus
Saudi Arabia said Monday that it has recorded another death from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 16.
|Tunisian feminist arrested for alleged provocation
An outspoken Tunisian feminist who scandalized the country by posting topless photos of herself online has been arrested and may be charged for conducting "provocative acts" at a religious center.
|Israel, Palestinians still arguing over public image
A new Israeli report into the death of a Palestinian boy more than a decade ago has reignited an emotional debate over who killed him — and how the incident has shaped perspectives of the Mideast conflict.
|Palestinians hold off on UN agency membership
A top official said Monday that Palestinians have done all the legal work necessary to join 63 U.N. agencies, conventions and treaties, but they haven't applied yet -- mainly to give the U.S. peace effort a chance to succeed.
|Wave of attacks kill nearly 100 people in Iraq
The worst of the violence took place in Baghdad on Monday, where 10 car bombs ripped through open-air markets and other areas of Shiite neighborhoods.
|Church of Scotland votes to allow gay ministers
Senior members of the Church of Scotland have voted to let some congregations have openly gay ministers, a compromise first step that could lead to the church allowing gay clergy.
|Kerry visiting Mideast to advance struggling Syria plan
Secretary of State John Kerry will return to the Mideast this week to press peace talks between Syrian rebels and President Assad's regime, amid increasing signs the new U.S. strategy to halt the war is being undermined by Russia.
|Iran election officials may shut out former president
Officials overseeing Iran's presidential election next month said Monday they will prohibit candidates who are physically weak from running -- a clear reference to a former president who wants to join the race.
|British priest sexually abused children during 1960s and 1970s
A retired Anglican priest in London has been convicted on 36 separate counts of sex abuse against children, which occurred during the 1960s and 1970s.