Middle East

  • 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...

  • 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, ...