Middle East

  • 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...

  • Israel confirms it bombed Syrian 'nuclear site' in 2007
    Israel_confirms_that_it_bombed_a_syrian_nuclear_reactor_in_2007 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 ...

  • Turkish Aggressors Captured Syrian Town of Afrin From Kurds
    Turkish_aggressors_captured_syrian_town_of_afrin_from_kurds 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 fighter...

  • Germany, France and UK propose fresh sanctions on Iran
    Ballistic_missile-_germany__france_and_uk_propose_fresh_sanctions_on_iran 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...

  • Turkish troops and allied rebels reached outskirts of Kurdish enclave of Afrin
    Turkish_troops_and_allied_rebels_reached_outskirts_of_kurd_enclave_afrin 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 Syri...

  • Palestinian teen killed during clashes with Israeli army
    Palestinian_teen_killed_during_clashes_with_israeli_army_forces 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...

  • Turkey’s war on Kurds forces YPG to give up fight against IS
    Turkey%e2%80%99s_war_on_kurds_forces_ypg_to_give_up_fight_against_isis 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 K...

  • France wants "to keep a cultural relationship" with Iran
    France_wants_%22to_keep_a_cultural_relationship%22_with_iran 2018-03-05 17:07:51 UTC
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - After a day of tough talking in Tehran on Monday, France’s foreign minister and one of Iran’s vice presidents ambled through the halls of the National Museum of Iran to admire a collection of artworks on loan from the Louvre in Paris. Relations between Iran and France have g...

  • Israeli police questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
    Israeli_police_questioned_prime_minister_benjamin_netanyahu 2018-03-02 09:31:31 UTC
    Israeli police have already arrested two people close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for allegedly promoting regulations for Israel's largest telecommunications company. Netanyahu is also a suspect in two other graft probes. Israeli police questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and...

  • Gaza fisherman died after Israeli navy fired on his boat
    Palestinian_fisherman_died_after_israeli_navy_fired_on_his_boat 2018-02-26 18:38:06 UTC
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A Palestinian from the Gaza Strip died on Sunday after the Israeli navy fired on the boat he and two others were sailing in, a military spokeswoman said. The navy opened fire after the boat ignored warnings and strayed from a permitted fishing area in the northern Gaza St...

  • UN votes unanimously for month-long ceasefire in Syria
    Un_security_council_votes_unanimously_for_month-long_ceasefire_in_syria_ 2018-02-25 09:54:46 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian capital and its embattled eastern suburbs were relatively calm on Sunday, following the U.N. Security Council’s unanimous approval of a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria, opposition activists and residents of Damascus said. The activists reported fe...

  • U.N. Urges Iran to Stop 'Surge' of Juvenile Executions
    Iran_is_sentencing_children_and_teenagers_to_death 2018-02-17 01:27:21 UTC
    The UN human rights office has said Iran is the worst in the world when it comes to sentencing minors to death — a crime under international law. Three minors were executed in January, and 80 more remain on death row. Mahboubeh Mofidi was 13 years old when she married her husband. Three years ...

  • Netanyahu faces corruption and breach of trust charges
    Netanyahu_linked_to_a_'corrupt_deal'_with_german_steel_producer 2018-02-14 16:36:57 UTC
    How is the Israeli prime minister linked to an allegedly corrupt deal with German steel producer ThyssenKrupp? One is Israel's long-serving prime minister, the other is one of Germany's biggest industrial corporations, and now the two have been caught up in one of the scandals that could yet b...