Middle East

  • Turkish Referendum: 2.5 Million Votes Might be Manipulated
    Turkish_referendum-_2.5_million_votes_might_be_manipulated 2017-04-19 08:29:28 UTC
    Up to 2.5 million votes could have been manipulated in Sunday's Turkish referendum that ended in a close "yes" vote for greater presidential powers, an Austrian member of the Council of Europe observer mission said on Tuesday. However Turkish authorities are not cooperating with efforts to inv...

  • Erdogan Seeks A 'One-Man Regime', Despite 'Deeply Divided' Turkey
    Erdogan_seeks_a_'one-man_regime'__despite__'deeply_divided'_turkey 2017-04-17 17:41:34 UTC
    ANKARA/ISTANBUL — In Ankara convoys of cars honking horns clogged a main avenue as they headed toward the AK Party's headquarters, their passengers waving flags from the windows, after President Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in a referendum to grant him sweeping powers in the biggest overhaul o...

  • Turkish people bang pots and pans in protest at vote outcome
    Turkish_people_bang_pots_and_pans_in_protest_at_vote_outcome 2017-04-16 20:26:59 UTC
    Residents in several neighborhoods of Turkey's largest city Istanbul banged pots and pans from their windows on Sunday in a traditional form of protest as President Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory in a tightly-fought referendum. Residents protested in at least four districts of Istanbul, witnes...

  • Turkey Referendum: Three Largest Cities And Kurdish Southeast Set To Vote "No"
    Turkey_referendum-_three_largest_cities_and_kurdish_southeast_set_to_vote_%22no%22 2017-04-16 19:02:38 UTC
    ANKARA/ISTANBUL — Turkey's Erdogan has called prime minister, leader of nationalist opposition to congratulate them on referendum outcome. Votes for constitutional change to hand President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping powers held a narrow lead with almost all ballot boxes opened on Sunday, but Turk...

  • US dropped a GBU-43/B (MOAB) "MOTHER OF All BOMBS"
    Us_dropped_a_gbu-43_b_(moab)__nicknamed_the_%22mother_of_all_bombs%22_ 2017-04-14 05:58:27 UTC
    <h2>BREAKING NEWS:</h2><h3>U.S. 'mother of all bombs' killed 36 Islamic State militants: defense ministry.</h3> The United States dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat, in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday against a series of caves used by Islamic...

  • 51% of Turks will vote "Yes" to grant Erdogan new powers: Poll
    Poll-_51__of_turks_will_vote__22yes_22_to_grant_erdogan_new_powers 2017-04-13 08:39:33 UTC
    A narrow majority of Turks will vote "Yes" in Sunday's referendum on changing the constitution to grant President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers, an opinion poll published on Thursday showed. The April 16 plebiscite will decide on the biggest change in Turkey's system of governance since t...

  • Syria Crisis: Tillerson Struggling To Establish US Leadership
    Tillerson_struggling_to_establish_us_leadership_in_syria_crisis 2017-04-11 18:25:44 UTC
    By Steve Scherer and Andrew Osborn | LUCCA, ITALY/MOSCOW U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson carried a unified message from world powers to Moscow on Tuesday, denouncing Russian support for Syria and taking up America's traditional role as leader of the West on behalf of Donald Trump's adminis...

  • Trump open to additional strikes on Assad's Syria
    Donald_trump_says_he_has_changed_his_position_on_assad 2017-04-10 21:06:15 UTC
    U.S. President Donald Trump is open to authorizing additional strikes on Syria if its government uses chemical weapons again or deploys barrel bombs in the country, the White House said on Monday. "The sight of people being gassed and blown away by barrel bombs ensures that if we see this kind...

  • CIA Files Prove: US Supported Iraq's Use of Chemical Weapons Against Iran
    Cia_files_prove-_us_supported_iraq's_use_of_chemical_weapons_against_iran 2017-04-10 08:13:38 UTC
    The U.S. government may be considering military action in response to chemical strikes in Syria. But a generation ago, America’s military and intelligence communities knew about and did nothing to stop a series of nerve gas attacks far more devastating than anything Syria has seen, <a href="http...

  • Deadly Blasts At Christian Churches In Egypt
    Deadly_blasts_at_christian_churches_in_egypt 2017-04-09 19:45:33 UTC
    By Arwa Gaballa and Ahmed Tolba | TANTA,EGYPT/CAIRO — At least 44 people were killed in bomb attacks on the symbolic cathedral seat of the Coptic Pope and another church on Palm Sunday, prompting anger and fear among Christians and troop deployments across Egypt. Islamic State claimed resp...

  • No Income Taxes In Saudi Arabia, Says Saudi FinMin
    No_income_taxes_in_saudi_arabia__says_saudi_finmin 2017-04-09 18:04:37 UTC
    Saudi Arabia's finance minister said on Sunday that citizens would not pay taxes on income and Saudi companies would not see their profits taxed under sweeping economic reforms being introduced in the oil-rich kingdom. The collapse in oil prices after mid-2014 has pushed Saudi Arabia to contem...

  • Trump Wants “Regime Change” in Syria
    Trump_wants_the_%e2%80%9cregime_change%e2%80%9d_in_syria 2017-04-09 07:40:09 UTC
    By Timothy Gardner | WASHINGTON — U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in an interview that she sees regime change in Syria as one of the Trump administration's priorities in the country wracked by civil war. Defeating Islamic State, pushing Iranian influence out of Syr...

  • Erdogan Vows To Go "Into Syria And Iraq To Wipe Out Kurdish Fighters"
    Erdogan_vows_to_go_into_syria_and_iraq_to_wipe_out_kurdish_fighters 2017-04-07 23:17:02 UTC
    By Daren Butler | DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY — In rallies from the Kurdish southeast to the northern Black Sea coast, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has seemed to attempt the impossible: win over Kurds with threats to make spring a "black winter" for Kurdish fighters. In campaign speeches ahea...

  • Trump Chose The Minimum Option For Punishing Assad
    In_a_secure_room_at_trump_mar-a-lago_estate_in_florida 2017-04-07 22:21:02 UTC
    By John Walcott and Steve Holland | WASHINGTON/PALM BEACH — U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis presented Trump with three options, which were quickly narrowed to two: bomb multiple airfields or just the Shayrat airfield near the city of Homs. Tru...

  • Bernie Sanders: It's easier to get into a war than to get out of one
    Bernie_sanders-_-it's_easier_to_get_into_a_war_than_get_out_of_one--1 2017-04-11 03:22:58 UTC
    Sen. Bernie Sanders said he's "deeply concerned" that President Donald Trump's unilateral military action against the Syrian government will once again drag the U.S. "into the quagmire of long-term military engagement in the Middle East." <h3>"The political solution is the only way Syria's...

  • Trump's First Major Foray Into The Syrian Civil War Was At Risk OF Clashing With Russian Military
    Trump's_first_major_foray_into_the_syrian_civil_war_was_at_risk_of_clashing_with_russian_military 2017-04-07 18:32:46 UTC
    By Steve Holland, Andrew Osborn and Tom Perry | MOSCOW — U.S. cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base were one step away from clashing with the Russian military, Russian Prime Minister Medvedev said, underscoring risks in President Trump's first major foray into the Syrian civil war. ...

  • U.S. Warships Launched Missiles Striking Multiple Targets In Assad's Syria
    U.s._warships_launched_missiles_striking_multiple_targets_in_assad's_syria 2017-04-07 02:34:28 UTC
    By Phil Stewart and Steve Holland | WASHINGTON/PALM BEACH, FLA. — U.S. Warships Launched Missiles Striking Multiple Targets In Assad's Syria, following a chemical attack on April 4, 2017. U.S. officials said the military launched dozens of cruise missile strikes against an airbase controll...

  • U.S. Considering Military Action Against Assad
    U.s._considering_military_action_against_assad 2017-04-06 22:33:12 UTC
    By Steve Holland and Phil Stewart | ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that "something should happen" with President Bashar al-Assad after a deadly poison gas attack in Syria, as the Pentagon and the White House launched detailed discussions on milit...

  • US Says 'Steps Are Underway To Remove Assad'
    Us_says_'steps_are_underway'_to_remove_assad' 2017-04-06 21:44:40 UTC
    Syrian Civil War — U.S. President Trump's comments were his strongest suggestion yet that the United States may be edging toward a stronger stance against Assad, whose country has been torn apart by six years of civil war. "I think what Assad did is terrible," Trump told reporters travelin...

  • U.S. Ambassador To UN: Assad No Longer 'Has to Go'
    U.s._ambassador_to_un-__assad_no_longer_'has_to_go' 2017-03-31 04:08:55 UTC
    By Michelle Nichols | <h3>NEW YORK — The United States' diplomatic policy on Syria for now is no longer focused on making the war-torn country's president, Bashar al-Assad, leave power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said on Thursday, in a departure from the Obama administration's ...

  • US-Turkey Tensions Sharpen Over Syrian Kurdish Fighters
    Us-turkey_tensions_sharpen_over_syrian_kurdish_fighters 2017-03-31 04:08:23 UTC
    By Lesley Wroughton and Ece Toksabay | <h3>ANKARA — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged on Thursday that Washington faced difficult choices in the fight against Islamic State in Syria but sought to downplay differences with NATO ally Turkey over support for Kurdish militia figh...

  • Mosul: Weapon fired by US strike not big enough to collapse an entire building
    Who_will_win_the_french_presidential_election_ 2017-03-31 04:05:58 UTC
    <h3>The top U.S. commander in Iraq on Tuesday said the type of weapon fired by the U.S.-led coalition in Mosul in a recent air strike should not have caused a blast big enough to collapse an entire building, a potential sign of Islamic State's role in civilian casualties.</h3> "Actually our mu...

  • ISIS Beheads Two For 'Sorcery' In Egypt's Sinai
    Isis_beheads_two_for_'sorcery'_in_egypt's_sinai 2017-03-31 04:04:54 UTC
    <h3>Islamic State's branch in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula posted a video on Tuesday depicting the beheading of two men the militant Islamist group said it had found guilty of practicing witchcraft and sorcery.</h3> The video, posted on a Telegram channel often used by IS, showed the group forming ...

  • Kurdish Peshmerga and Arab militias took a military airport in Syria held by ISIS
    Kurdish_peshmerga_took_a_military_airport_in_syria_held_by_isis 2017-03-27 02:53:14 UTC
    By Angus McDowall and Suleiman Al-Khalidi | BEIRUT/AMMAN _ An alliance of Kurdish Peshmerga and Arab militias (SDF) took a military airport in northern Syria held by ISIS, close to the country's largest dam that may be in danger of collapse. SDF ( Syrian Democratic Forces ), supported by a...

  • Egypt's Hosni Mubarak freed and returns to his home
    Egypt's_hosni_mubarak_freed_and_returns_to_his_home_in_heliopolis_ 2017-03-24 18:16:56 UTC
    By Lin Noueihed | Egypt's Hosni Mubarak freed and returns to his home in Heliopolis. CAIRO — Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president overthrown in 2011 and the first leader to face trial after the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region, was freed on Friday after six years in detention, ...