Middle East

  • Iraq Could Become An Arena For US-Iran 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 government officials, underscores Iraq’s...
  • Oil Prices Continue to Rise Amid OPEC-Led Supply Cuts
    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 a barrel, the highest since Nov. 13. The...
  • Netanyahu faces backlash for far-right alliance
    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 that opinion polls show might defeat him, N...
  • 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, written with the help of more than a dozen U...
  • Germany Halts Arms Sales, 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 allegedly involved in the murder of dissident ...
  • 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 Arabia on Wednesday. The sources provided ...
  • Germany to halt all 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 date, decried what she called “the monstros...
  • Analysis: With ‘America First,’ 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 Russia, across Asia and, this week, in the ...
  • Critical Journalist 'killed inside Saudi consulate': Proof
    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, cited anonymous officials as saying th...
  • UNHCR: 4 million refugee children 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 education has topped four million, accordin...
  • Trump’s 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 to assist Special Counsel Robert Mueller’...
  • 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 Palestinian resistance to the U.S. role as ...
  • US to end funding to UN 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 decision as “a flagrant assault against...
  • 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 oil and transfer its revenues,” Eshaq Ja...
  • Iran: We made a "mistake" 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 with world powers came into force in 20...
  • China takes over project in world’s 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 initial investment of $1 billion, marking the ...
  • 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 several weak spots, especially a reluctance by...
  • Trump's hotel revenue went 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 this year, Trump approved a $1 billion arms...
  • 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 cooperation out of an informant. Now, the c...
  • 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 Zarif hit back at Trump’s warning, which t...
  • Hostile rhetoric between Trump and Tehran escalating
    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 Republic made more threats against the U...
  • EU to protect oil exports & 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 thereby pulled the rug from under Europe’s fe...
  • 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 territories beyond the 1967 Green Line borders a...
  • 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 since President Donald Trump pulled Was...
  • 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 divisive leader in modern Turkish history, Er...