Middle East

  • Iran warns Trump to 'BE CAUTIOUS!'
    Iran_warns_trump_to_'be_cautious!' 2018-07-24 00:17:47 UTC
    WASHINGTON/ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran on Monday dismissed an angry warning from U.S. President Donald Trump that Tehran risked dire consequences “the like of which few throughout history have suffered before” if it made threats against the United States. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Za...

  • Hostile rhetoric between Trump and Tehran escalating
    Hostile_rhetoric_between_trump_and_rouhani_escalated 2018-07-23 16:27:09 UTC
    Hostile rhetoric between Washington and Tehran escalated on Sunday after a tit-for-tat between Trump and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani. U.S. President Donald Trump told Iran it risked dire consequences “the like of which few throughout history have suffered before” if the Islamic ...

  • EU to protect oil exports & firms from US sanctions on Iran
    Eu_to_protect_oil_exports_and_firms_from_us_sanctions_on_iran 2018-07-17 21:13:17 UTC
    The Iran nuclear agreement marked its third anniversary in a gloomy state. Despite repeated attempts to keep him on board, US President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the deal – signed on July 14, 2015 under the formal title the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – and there...

  • Ireland to Boycott Israeli 'Occupied Territories' Goods
    Ireland_to_boycott_israeli_'occupied_territories'_goods 2018-07-15 20:23:57 UTC
    DUBLIN — On July 12, the Irish Senate, known as the Seanad Éireann, passed a bill to prohibit the import and sale of goods, services, and natural resources, originating from “illegal settlements in occupied [Palestinian] territories.” The ban would only apply to products sold and made in territor...

  • Iran reopens nuclear plant in preparation to increase uranium enrichment
    Iran_reopens_nuclear_plant_in_preparation_to_increase_uranium_enrichment 2018-06-27 23:50:27 UTC
    LONDON (Reuters) - Iran has reopened a nuclear plant idle for nine years, its atomic energy agency (AEOI) said on Wednesday, as Tehran prepares to increase uranium enrichment capacity if a nuclear deal with world powers falls apart after the U.S. withdrawal. U.S.-Iranian tensions have resurged...

  • Turkey Elections 2018: The Winner Takes It All
    Turkey_elections_2018-_the_winner_takes_it_all 2018-06-25 05:38:22 UTC
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan emerged victorious on Monday from his biggest electoral challenge in a decade and a half, giving him the sweeping, executive powers he has long sought and extending his grip on the nation of 81 million until at least 2023. The most popular and divis...

  • Poll: Turkey's Erdogan to lose the parliamentary majority in snap elections
    Turkey_referendum-_three_largest_cities_and_kurdish_southeast_set_to_vote_%22no%22 2018-06-07 17:05:09 UTC
    ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan is seen falling short of a first-round victory in Turkey’s presidential election and his ruling AK Party is forecast to lose its parliamentary majority in the June 24 vote, a survey by pollster Gezici showed on Thursday. Erdogan called the snap elections in Ap...

  • U.S. blocked U.N. resolution on Gaza, failed to gain any support on its own measure
    U.s._blocked_u.n._resolution_on_gaza__failed_to_gain_any_support_on_its_own_measure 2018-06-02 05:00:02 UTC
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that blamed Hamas for the violence and upheld Israel’s right to defend itself failed to attract any other country’s support when it was put to vote in the 15-member council. Only the United States voted in favor of th...

  • Germany, France, Britain, Russia, China and Iran to flesh out strategy to save nuclear agreement
    Uk__china__france__germany__russia_and_iran_to_flesh_out_strategy_to_save_the_nuclear_agreement 2018-05-25 16:16:03 UTC
    VIENNA (Reuters) - British, Chinese, French, German and Russian officials will try to flesh out with Iran’s deputy foreign minister a strategy to save the deal by keeping oil and investment flowing, while circumventing U.S. sanctions that risk hurting the economy. A senior Iranian official sai...

  • US threatens to 'crush' Iran and warns European companies
    Pompeo_worries_cia_staff_as_fbi_pursues_russia_probe 2018-05-21 17:06:09 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday threatened to impose the “strongest sanctions in history” against Iran if it did not accept a sweeping series of U.S. demands, including effectively giving up its nuclear ambitions, curtailing its ballistic missile program and ending...

  • European powers condemn violence against Palestinian and blast US embassy move to Jerusalem
    European_powers_condemn_violence_against_palestinian_and_blast_us_embassy_move_to_jerusalem 2018-05-14 23:10:47 UTC
    PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the violence against Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza in a statement released late on Monday and reiterated his opposition to the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Macron talked with Jordan’s King Abdullah and Palestinian Presi...

  • Israeli Forces Turned Palestinian Protests Into Bloodshed
    Israeli_forces_turned_palestinian_protests_into_bloodshed 2018-05-14 16:37:24 UTC
    GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli troops killed dozens of Palestinians taking part in mass protests on the Gaza border on Monday as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. The U.S. relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv fulfilled a pledge by U.S. President Donald Trump, ...

  • Merkel: Tensions between Iran and Israel "is truly about war and peace"
    Merkel_threatens_retaliation_if_u.s._sanctions_harm_eu_firms 2018-05-10 19:44:33 UTC
    BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - France and Germany on Thursday urged Israel and Iran to exercise restraint and avoid further escalation of hostilities in the Middle East after the heaviest military exchange ever between the two regional adversaries. Israel said it had attacked nearly all of Iran’s ...

  • Iran-Israel Proxy War Heats Up in Syria
    Iran-israel_proxy_war_heats_up_in_syria 2018-05-10 05:37:50 UTC
    AP — The Israeli army says air raid sirens have sounded in the Golan Heights. The sirens went off shortly after the Syrian state news agency and activists reported rocket fire from Israel into southern Syrian just before midnight Wednesday. The Israeli army says it is investigating and has ...

  • European Powers Regret Trump's Decision on Iran
    Merkel_and_macron_seeking_a_joint_proposal_on_eu_reforms 2018-05-08 19:22:15 UTC
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Israel praised President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal, while Washington’s allies in Europe expressed regret over the decision and said they would to try keep the pact alive. “The European Union is determined to preserve it,...

  • Iran plans to respond to any move by US on nuclear agreement
    Iran_plans_to_respond_to_any_move_by_us_on_nuclear_agreement 2018-05-06 16:00:21 UTC
    (Reuters) - President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday Iran had plans to respond to any move by U.S. President Donald Trump on the 2015 nuclear agreement and the United States would regret a decision to exit the accord. Trump says that unless European allies rectify “flaws” in Tehran’s deal with ...

  • Emmanuel Macron unsure whether US will stick to Iran deal
    Emmanuel_macron_unsure_whether_us_will_stick_to_iran_deal 2018-05-02 06:08:29 UTC
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said he did not know whether U.S. President Donald Trump would stick to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that many in the West see as the best hope of preventing Tehran from getting a nuclear bomb. Macron, followed by German Chancellor...

  • European powers seek to save Iran nuclear agreement
    European_powers_seek_to_save_iran_nuclear_agreement 2018-04-29 18:02:16 UTC
    LONDON (Reuters) - The leaders of Britain, France and Germany have agreed the Iran nuclear deal is the best way of stopping Tehran from gaining nuclear weapons, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said in a statement on Sunday. May had phone calls with French President Emmanuel Macron ...

  • US, UK, France launch strikes on Syria
    Us__uk__france_launch_strikes_on_syria 2018-04-14 07:28:05 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US, UK and France pounded Syria with air strikes early on Saturday in response to a poison gas attack that killed dozens of people last week, in the biggest intervention by Western powers against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Missile strikes against Syria on Saturday...

  • Trump warns Russia: Nice and smart missiles are coming
    Us_supreme_court_allows_trump's_travel_ban_to_go_into_full_effect 2018-04-11 18:17:11 UTC
    WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump warned Russia on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected poison gas attack, declaring that missiles “will be coming” and lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Trump was reacting to...

  • Russia threatens to shoot down US missiles, target launch sites
    Russia_threatens_to_shoot_down_us_missiles__target_launch_sites 2018-04-11 10:42:05 UTC
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russia has warned that any U.S. missiles fired at Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel enclave would be shot down and the launch sites targeted, raising the possibility of a U.S.-Russian confrontation. Issuing the warning on Tuesday evening, the Russian ...

  • Kurdish-led SDF and Iraqi government could mount joint operations against ISIS
    Kurdish-led_sdf_and_iraqi_government_could_mount_joint_operations_against_isis 2018-04-04 18:48:34 UTC
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - A top Syrian Kurdish politician suggested on Wednesday that the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Iraqi government could mount joint operations against Islamic State in the area on the border of the two countries. Aldar Xelil warned of a jihadist revival in ...

  • Gathering for 'right of return for Palestinian refugees' — Israeli forces kill 15 Palestinians
    Israeli_forces_kill_16_palestinians_pressing_for_right_of_return_for_refugees 2018-03-31 23:18:16 UTC
    Thousands in Gaza Strip attend mass demonstration calling for the return of Palestinian refugees. GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot and wounded about 70 Palestinians among crowds demonstrating at the Gaza-Israel border on Saturday, health officials said, after one of the deadliest days ...

  • Trump wants US out of Syria, Pentagon has no idea what he’s talking about
    Trump_wants_us_out_of_syria__pentagon_has_no_idea_what_he%e2%80%99s_talking_about 2018-03-31 05:29:43 UTC
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has told advisers he wants an early exit of U.S. troops from Syria, two senior administration officials said on Friday, a stance that may put him at odds with U.S. military officials who see the fight against Islamic State as nowhere near c...

  • Zuckerberg: We made mistakes allowing Cambridge Analytica to take users' data
    Facebook-_we_made_mistakes_allow_cambridge_analytica_to_take_users'_data____50_million_users'_data__to_take_data_from_users 2018-03-21 21:56:42 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc (FB.O) Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that the social media company made mistakes that allowed data about users to end up with the analytics firm Cambridge Analytica and said the company would make changes. Zuckerberg, in his first comm...