Middle East

  • 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...

  • Rebuilding Iraq after war with ISIS will cost $88.2 billion
    Rebuilding_iraq_after_war_with_isis_will_cost__88.2_billion 2018-02-12 10:49:21 UTC
    KUWAIT (Reuters) - Rebuilding Iraq after three years of war with Islamic State will cost $88.2 billion, with housing a particularly urgent priority, Iraqi officials told an international donors’ conference on Monday. Donors and investors have gathered in Kuwait this week to discuss efforts to ...

  • Well-known Iranian-Canadian professor dies in Tehran prison
    Well-known_iranian-canadian_professor_has_died_in_prison_in_tehran 2018-02-11 07:58:32 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Iranian-Canadian dual citizen and environmental activist imprisoned by Iranian authorities last month has died in prison, his son wrote on Twitter on Saturday. Kavous Seyed-Emami was managing director of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, which seeks to protect...

  • Women's Protests Against 'Headscarf Law' Sweeping Iran
    Women's_protests_against_'headscarf_law'_sweeping_iran 2018-02-05 06:16:50 UTC
    Some 30 women have been detained in Iran for protesting compulsory hijab by holding a headscarf aloft a stick. The chief prosecutor, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, who reported the arrests on Friday to state-run media called the movement a "childish" one, incited and funded in foreign countries. <b...

  • Kurds Continue the Resistance Against Turkish Barbarity
    Kurds_continue_the_resistance_against_turkish_barbarity-_barin_kobane 2018-02-04 06:16:11 UTC
    Kurdish forces in Syria said one of their fighters was mutilated by Turkey-backed rebels, referencing a video circulating on social media. Turkey launched an air and ground offensive last month against Kurdish fighters who control the northwest Syrian region of Afrin on the Turkish border, ope...

  • Turkish aggression: Kurds didn’t expect US stance to be that low
    Turkish_aggression-_kurds_didn%e2%80%99t_expect_us_stance_to_be_that_low 2018-02-01 03:41:30 UTC
    Kurdish officials weren’t surprised the Americans have distanced themselves from the Turkish attacks on Afrin “but they didn’t expect United States stance to be that low.” Syria’s Kurdish militia is growing frustrated with its patron, the US, and is pressing it to do more to stop Turkey’s assa...

  • EU Pledges Additional $53 Million in Aid to Palestinians
    Eu_pledges_additional___53_million_in_aid_to_palestinians 2018-01-31 20:55:32 UTC
    The EU has promised an extra $53 million to Palestinians for state-building efforts. The aid comes after the US decision to withhold millions in funding from the UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees. The European Union has pledged €42.5 million ($53 million) to support Palestinians, ah...

  • France's Macron Condemns Turkey's Invasion Into Syria
    France's_macron_condemns_turkey's_invasion_into_syria 2018-01-31 09:56:25 UTC
    PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron warned Turkey that its operation against Kurdish militias in northern Syria should not become an excuse to invade the country and said he wanted Ankara to coordinate its action with its allies. “If it turns out that this operation takes a turn...

  • Homo sapiens trekked out of Africa far earlier than previously known
    Homo_sapiens_trekked_out_of_africa_far_earlier_than_previously_known 2018-01-25 21:32:55 UTC
    Homo sapiens were wandering out of Africa at least 177,000 years ago — some 60,000 years earlier than previously thought. The new migration date comes after ancient stone tools and part of a fossilised Homo sapiens jaw bone with teeth were discovered in a cave in northern Israel. Until now,...

  • Syria: Turkish Aggression Against Kurds Continues
    Syria-_turkish_aggression_against_kurds_continues 2018-01-24 06:53:28 UTC
    As Turkey continues its offensive in Syria's Kurdish enclave of Afrin, Ankara says it has killed 260 enemy fighters. Washington and Moscow have called for restraint as the United Nations readies aid supplies. Turkish artillery on Wednesday continued to pound targets controlled by the Syrian Ku...

  • Turkey Attacks Kurds, the Most Effective Anti-ISIS Force
    Turkey_attacks_kurds_in_syria__the_most_effective_anti-isis_force 2018-01-23 07:30:10 UTC
    BERLIN — By launching an offensive against Kurdish YPG militias in northern Syria, Turkey is again proving itself to be an unpredictable actor. The failure of Turkey's partners to speak up smacks of cynicism, says Kersten Knipp from Germany's public international broadcaster-DW. The UK-based S...

  • Turkey Launches Airstrikes Against Kurds in Syria
    Turkey_launches_airstrikes_against_kurds_in_syria 2018-01-20 20:22:54 UTC
    HASSA, Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey opened a new front in Syria’s war on Saturday with airstrikes against Afrin that raised the prospect of worsening relations between Ankara and NATO ally Washington. The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in the Afrin region said Turkish air strikes killed six ...

  • Ahed Tamimi, Palestinian Teen Activist Remain in Custody
    Ahed_tamimi__palestinian_teen_activist_remain_in_custody 2018-01-18 01:59:52 UTC
    An Israeli court has ruled to keep a prominent Palestinian teen activist and her mother in custody until the end of their trial. Ahed Tamimi, 16, was detained last month during an overnight raid on her home in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh after a video of the teen slapping an...

  • US cuts aid to Palestinians, asking others to provide more funds
    Us_cuts_off_aid_to_palestinians__asking_others_to_provide_more_funds 2018-01-16 22:00:39 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. will give a U.N. agency $60 million in aid for Palestinians refugees but withhold a further $65 million for now, the State Department said on Tuesday, as the Trump administration carried out a threat it made two weeks ago to cut funding. While saying the decisio...