Middle East

  • Poll: Turkey's Erdogan to lose the parliamentary majority in snap elections
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    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 April, more than a year early, saying Turk...
  • U.S. blocked U.N. resolution on Gaza, failed to gain any support on its own measure
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    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 the drafted resolution, while there were t...
  • Germany, France, Britain, Russia, China and Iran to flesh out strategy to save nuclear agreement
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    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 said, European powers have until May 31 to ...
  • US threatens to 'crush' Iran and warns European companies
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    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 its expansionist behavior. Iran’s pr...
  • European powers condemn violence against Palestinian and blast US embassy move to Jerusalem
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    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 President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday and is plan...
  • Israeli Forces Turned Palestinian Protests Into Bloodshed
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    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, who has recognized the holy city as the ...
  • Merkel: Tensions between Iran and Israel "is truly about war and peace"
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    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 military infrastructure in Syria, destro...
  • Iran-Israel Proxy War Heats Up in Syria
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    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 no further details. The Britain-based...
  • European Powers Regret Trump's Decision on Iran
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    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,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Moghe...
  • Iran plans to respond to any move by US on nuclear agreement
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    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 world powers by May 12 he will refuse to...
  • Emmanuel Macron unsure whether US will stick to Iran deal
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    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 Angela Merkel, visited Washington last ...
  • European powers seek to save Iran nuclear agreement
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    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 and German Chancellor Angela Merkel wher...
  • US, UK, France launch strikes on Syria
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    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 have had a significant impact on what t...
  • Trump warns Russia: Nice and smart missiles are coming
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    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 a warning from Russia that any U.S. mis...
  • Russia threatens to shoot down US missiles, target launch sites
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    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 ambassador to Lebanon also said such a c...
  • Kurdish-led SDF and Iraqi government could mount joint operations against ISIS
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    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 eastern Syria, where operations by the U...
  • Gathering for 'right of return for Palestinian refugees' — Israeli forces kill 15 Palestinians
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    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 of unrest in the area in years. Tho...
  • Trump wants US out of Syria, Pentagon has no idea what he’s talking about
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    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 complete. A National Security Council ...
  • Zuckerberg: We made mistakes allowing Cambridge Analytica to take users' data
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    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 comments since the company disclosed on Frid...
  • Israel confirms it bombed Syrian 'nuclear site' in 2007
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    2018-03-21 07:24:50 UTC

    JERUSALEM, March 21 (Reuters) - Israel for the first time confirmed that it bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007, saying on Wednesday that the strike removed a major threat to Israel and the region and was a “message” to others. The first public acknowledgement by Israel that its F-16 warplanes carried out the Sept. 6 2...
  • Turkish Aggressors Captured Syrian Town of Afrin From Kurds
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    2018-03-19 07:18:55 UTC

    ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies swept into the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin on Sunday, raising their flags in the town center and declaring full control after an eight-week campaign to drive out Kurdish YPG forces. A spokesman for the rebel fighters said they entered Afrin before dawn, m...
  • Germany, France and UK propose fresh sanctions on Iran
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    2018-03-16 19:18:56 UTC

    BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - Germany, France and Britain have proposed fresh EU sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles and its role in Syria’s war, according to a confidential document, in a bid to persuade Washington to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. The joint paper, seen by Reuters, was sent to European Union cap...
  • Turkish troops and allied rebels reached outskirts of Kurdish enclave of Afrin
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    2018-03-11 04:11:21 UTC

    A family walks past a tank belonging to the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army rebels after the capture of Khaldieh village in the east of Syria's Afrin region on March 10, 2018. Khalil Ashawi / Reuters — Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels reached the outskirts of Afrin in north-west Syria on Saturday, raising concerns for tens...
  • Palestinian teen killed during clashes with Israeli army
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    2018-03-10 22:40:45 UTC

    NABLUS, West Bank - A Palestinian was shot and killed on Saturday in what began as a clash between Palestinians and Israeli settlers of Yitzhar in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian health officials said. The Israeli military said soldiers arrived at the scene and “used riot dispersal means and fired live rounds.” The incident...
  • Turkey’s war on Kurds forces YPG to give up fight against IS
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    2018-03-09 07:50:54 UTC

    BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey’s war on a Syrian Kurdish militia (YPG) that is closely aligned with the United States is forcing the group to give up positions against Islamic State militants in the Syrian desert to defend against the advancing Turkish troops. Ankara’s go-it-alone campaign against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, known ...