Middle East

  • 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...

  • Russia: US abusing UN to undermine Iran nuclear deal
    Russia-_%22us_is_abusing_the_un_to_undermine_the_iran_nuclear_deal%22 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
    Iranian_nobel_peace_laureate_shirin_ebadi 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
    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
    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
    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
    Iran-_20_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
    Ten_people_killed_in_iran_unrest_on_sunday-_state_tv 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"
    Protesters_in_iran_shouted_%e2%80%9ckhamenei__shame_on_you__leave_the_country_alone%22 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
    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
    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
    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
    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 ...