Middle East

  • US Abruptly Calls Off Retaliation Strike Against Iran
    Us_abruptly_calls_off_retaliation_strike_against_iran 2019-06-21 05:39:58 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official said the military made preparations Thursday night for limited strikes on Iran in retaliation for the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, but approval was abruptly withdrawn before the attacks were launched. The official, who was not authorized to discuss th...

  • US Drone Shot Down After Entering Iran’s Airspace
    Us_drone_shot_down_after_entering_iran%e2%80%99s_airspace 2019-06-20 05:51:04 UTC
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have shot down a U.S. “spy” drone in the southern province of Hormozgan, the Guards’ news website Sepah News said on Thursday. State news agency IRNA carried the same report, identifying the drone as an “RQ-4 Global Hawk’. “It was shot dow...

  • US Blames Iran for Tanker Attacks in See of Oman
    18915_us_blames_iran_for_tanker_attacks_in_see_of_oman 2019-06-13 21:55:27 UTC
    DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two oil tankers were attacked on Thursday and left adrift in the Gulf of Oman, driving up oil prices and stoking fears of a new confrontation between Iran and the United States, which blamed Tehran for the incident. “It is the assessment of the United States govern...

  • US Senators Seek to Block Trump Saudi Arms Sales
    Us_senators_seek_to_block_trump_saudi_arms_sales 2019-06-05 21:52:21 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican and Democratic U.S. senators said on Wednesday they would introduce legislation to block President Donald Trump’s plan for $8 billion in military sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates without congressional review. Backers said the introduction of ...

  • US shared sensitive nuclear power information with Saudi Arabia
    Us_shared_sensitive_nuclear_power_information_with_saudi_arabia 2019-06-05 06:08:32 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration granted two authorizations to U.S. companies to share sensitive nuclear power information with Saudi Arabia shortly after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October, a U.S. senator who saw the approvals said on Tuesday. The timing of th...

  • US Deploys 1,500 Troops to Middle East
    Us_deploys_1_500_troops_to_middle_east-_trump__bolton__pompeo 2019-05-24 19:49:36 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States announced on Friday the deployment of 1,500 troops to the Middle East, describing it as an effort to bolster defenses against Iran as it accused the country’s Revolutionary Guards of direct responsibility for this month’s tanker attacks. U.S. President ...

  • Iraq Could Become An Arena For US-Iran Armed Conflict
    Iraq_could_become_an_arena_for_iran-us_armed_conflict_ 2019-05-17 22:02:57 UTC
    BAGHDAD (AP) — When U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat down with Iraqi officials in Baghdad last week as tensions mounted between America and Iran, he delivered a nuanced message: If you’re not going to stand with us, stand aside. The message, relayed to The Associated Press by two Iraqi ...

  • Oil Prices Continue to Rise Amid OPEC-Led Supply Cuts
    Oil_prices_rose__lifted_by_a_weak_dollar 2019-04-02 21:38:57 UTC
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices on Tuesday hit their highest level so far in 2019, with Brent crude approaching $70 a barrel, on the prospect that more sanctions against Iran and further Venezuelan disruptions could deepen an OPEC-led supply cut. Brent futures reached a session peak at $69.52 ...

  • Netanyahu faces backlash for far-right alliance
    Far-right_party_loyal_to_the_policies_of_the_late_anti-arab_rabbi__meir_kahane 2019-02-24 17:22:42 UTC
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has touched off rare criticism from AIPAC, the largest U.S. pro-Israel lobby, over an election alliance with a far-right party loyal to the policies of the late anti-Arab rabbi, Meir Kahane. Faced with a new merger of centrist parties tha...

  • Catastrophic Effects of Climate Change
    Catastrophic_effects_of_climate_change 2018-11-25 02:46:14 UTC
    (Reuters) - Climate change will cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century, hitting everything from health to infrastructure, according to a government report issued on Friday that the White House called inaccurate. The congressionally mandated report, writ...

  • Germany Halts Arms Sales, Bans 18 Saudis
    Germany_halts_arms_sales_and_bans_18_saudis 2018-11-19 23:31:54 UTC
    BERLIN — Germany is halting previously approved arms exports to Saudi Arabia. The government says it is also banning 18 Saudi citizens suspected of being involved in Jamal Khashoggi's death from entering Europe's Schengen zone. Germany has triggered proceedings to ban 18 Saudi citizens allege...

  • Son of murdered Saudi journalist has flown out of Saudi Arabia
    Son_of_murdered_saudi_journalist_has_flown_out_of_saudi_arabia 2018-10-25 19:11:25 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The eldest son of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has flown out of Saudi Arabia, two sources close to the family said on Thursday. Salah Khashoggi, who one source said holds dual U.S.-Saudi citizenship and had thus far been under a travel ban, departed Saudi Ar...

  • Germany to halt all arms exports to Saudi
    Merkel_germany_to_halt_all_german_arms_exports_to_saudi 2018-10-22 21:35:32 UTC
    ORTENBERG, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a “monstrosity” and vowed to halt all German arms exports to Riyadh until the case is cleared up. Merkel, in her harshest comments to dat...

  • Analysis: With ‘America First,’ where do human rights rank?
    Analysis-_with_%e2%80%98america_first_%e2%80%99_where_do_human_rights_rank_ 2018-10-18 23:04:28 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — If it’s an “America First” presidency, where does that rank human rights? President Donald Trump’s refusal to put public pressure on Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is raising a question that has dogged his foreign policy. In dealing with Rus...

  • Critical Journalist 'killed inside Saudi consulate': Proof
    Trump's_hotel_revenue_shoot_up_thanks_to_trip_by_saudi_prince 2018-10-12 17:29:39 UTC
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s government has told U.S. officials it has audio and video proof that missing Saudi Arabian writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Washington Post reported Friday. The newspaper, for which Khashoggi is a columnist...

  • UNHCR: 4 million refugee children can't go to school
    4_million_refugee_children_around_the_world_can't_go_to_school 2018-09-23 22:16:47 UTC
    Four million refugee children around the world are excluded from education, according to a United Nations report. A solution should be to allow refugees to attend regular schools, the UNHCR has demanded. With more and more children forced to leave their homes, the number of refugees out of edu...

  • Trump’s Paul Manafort will cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller
    Trump%e2%80%99s_paul_manafort_will_cooperate_with_special_counsel_robert_mueller_ 2018-09-14 20:47:49 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort will cooperate with the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, prosecutors said on Friday, a dramatic turnaround that deals the U.S. president a political setback. After months of refusing t...

  • US to close Palestinian mission in Washington
    Us_to_close_palestinian_mission_in_washington 2018-09-10 18:19:02 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration ordered the closure of the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington on Monday and threatened sanctions against the International Criminal Court if it pursues investigations against the U.S., Israel, or other allies. The moves are likely to harden Pal...

  • US to end funding to UN agency that helps Palestinian refugees
    Us_halts_all_funding_to_a_u.n._agency_that_helps_palestinian_refugees 2018-08-31 22:44:17 UTC
    WASHINGTON/RAMALLAH (Reuters) - The United States on Friday halted all funding to a U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees in a move likely to further heighten tensions between the Palestinians and the Trump administration. A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the...

  • Iran praises EU for their efforts to salvage 'Nuclear deal'
    Federica_mogherini_and_javad_zarif-_iran_praises_eu_for_their_efforts_to_salvage_'nuclear_deal' 2018-08-19 16:50:57 UTC
    LONDON (Reuters) - Iran’s vice president said on Sunday the government was seeking solutions to sell oil and transfer its revenues despite fresh U.S. sanctions. “We are hopeful that the European countries can meet their commitments but even if they cannot, we are seeking solutions to sell our ...

  • Iran: We made a "mistake" negotiating with US over nuke
    Iran-_we_made_a_%22mistake%22_negotiating_with_us_over_nuke 2018-08-15 18:16:14 UTC
    (Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has admitted he made a mistake in allowing the country’s foreign minister to speak to his U.S. counterpart during negotiations that led to a 2015 international nuclear agreement. International sanctions on Iran were lifted when the pact...

  • China takes over project in world’s biggest natural gas reserves in Iran
    China_takes_over_project_in_world%e2%80%99s_biggest_natural_gas_reserves_in_iran 2018-08-11 18:21:26 UTC
    Reuters - China’s state-owned energy major CNPC has taken over the share in Iran’s multi-billion dollar South Pars gas project held by France’s Total, the Iranian state news agency IRNA reported on Saturday. Total signed a contract in 2017 to develop Phase II of South Pars field with an initia...

  • EU raises concerns over new US move on Iran
    Eu_raises_concerns_over_new_us_move_on_iran 2018-08-06 17:59:19 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration expects economic sanctions that it is re-imposing on Iran this week to further cripple the Iranian economy and will aggressively enforce the measures, senior U.S. administration officials said on Monday. But the U.S. sanctions strategy has severa...

  • Trump's hotel revenue went up thanks to trip by Saudi Prince
    Trump's_hotel_revenue_shoot_up_thanks_to_trip_by_saudi_prince 2018-08-04 05:32:38 UTC
    The relationship between the U.S. president Donald Trump administration and Saudi Arabia has been particularly close. Trump’s first trip abroad as president was to Saudi Arabia. In a surprise move, Trump initially praised a blockade of longtime ally Qatar because the Saudis wanted it. Earlier thi...

  • Trump's political schizophrenia is not likely to land well in Tehran
    Trump's_political_schizophrenia_is_not_likely_to_land_well_in_tehran 2018-07-31 21:32:03 UTC
    US President Donald Trump is applying his usual game of intimidation and concession in his dealings with Tehran. But unlike with North Korea, this approach will not bear fruit. Anyone familiar with crime flicks will be familiar with the good cop/bad cop tactic of extracting information and coo...