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
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
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.
Kurds Continue the Resistance Against Turkish Barbarity
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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...
Russia: US abusing UN to undermine Iran nuclear deal
2018-01-08 21:29:28 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A United Nations Security Council meeting on Friday to discuss recent protests in Iran turned into criticism of the United States for requesting to meet on what some member states said was an internal issue for Tehran.
France’s ambassador to the UN said the protests ...
Nobel peace laureate Ebadi urges sanctions against Mullahs
2018-01-04 21:12:12 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Iranian Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi urged the United States and international community to support nationwide protests in Iran with political sanctions and not economic measures that could hit the general population.
The protests, which began over economic hardships su...
Iranians Taking to the Streets, Want Change
2018-01-03 07:14:24 UTC
The protests in Iran are the result of an accumulation of unsolved problems. No matter what happens next, resentment in Iran is on the rise — people want to see change.
For the past two years at least, many an expert in Iran has warned that an accumulation of economic, social and political pro...
Trump Plans to Withhold US Aid to Palestinians
2018-01-03 06:24:52 UTC
US President Donald Trump has tweeted the US may withhold aid money to the Palestinian Authority because it is "no longer willing to talk peace." The US move comes after recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
Trump said that Washington gives Palestinians “HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS...
UN Panel Accuses Saudi Arabia of 'Repression' of Activists
2018-01-02 22:00:42 UTC
In a rare criticism of Saudi Arabia by the United Nations, rights experts have called on the kingdom to release dozens of detained activists. The UN panel has accused Saudi authorities of abusing counterterrorism laws.
A group of United Nations human rights experts on Tuesday condemned Saudi A...
Iran: 22 People Killed Amid Nationwide Protests
2018-01-02 09:22:42 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Clashes overnight between protesters and security forces in Iran killed nine people, state television reported Tuesday, including some rioters who tried to storm a police station to steal weapons.
The latest violence, in the central Isfahan region, brought the number of rep...
Ten people killed in Iran unrest on Sunday: Iranian state television
2018-01-01 18:43:08 UTC
At least ten people have now died in the protests against the Islamic Republic’s government and a clerical elite who have been in power since a revolution in 1979. The demonstrations began on Thursday and have drawn in tens of thousands of people.
The latest two deaths were on Sunday in the so...
Protesters in Iran shouted “Khamenei, shame on you, leave the country alone"
2017-12-31 21:31:24 UTC
Anti-government protesters demonstrated in Iran on Sunday in defiance of a warning by the authorities of a tough crackdown, extending for a fourth day one of the most audacious challenges to the clerical leadership since pro-reform unrest in 2009.
Giving his first public reaction to the protes...
Erdogan praises Europe for its anti Trump stance on Jerusalem
2017-12-28 17:31:22 UTC
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised EU countries for their stance against the US decision on Jerusalem.
He said that after an overwhelming UN Generally Assembly vote this month against the United States' Jerusalem stance he hoped to encourage a reversal of policy.
"Now some oth...
At least 40 people killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul
2017-12-28 08:11:03 UTC
KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide attack on an office of the Afghan Voice news agency and a neighboring cultural center in the capital Kabul killed dozens on Thursday, officials and witnesses said, with many of the victims students.
Interior Ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said at least 40 p...
Pope Francis calls for two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
2017-12-25 18:21:39 UTC
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis used his Christmas message on Monday to call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after U.S. President Donald Trump stoked regional tensions with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Francis spoke of the...
UN Resolution: 128 Countries Condemn Trump's Jerusalem Decision
2017-12-21 23:08:47 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Washington found itself isolated as 128 countries defied US President Donald Trump on Thursday and voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Trump had ...