Isolated US vetoes UN call for withdrawal of Trump Jerusalem decision
2017-12-18 18:19:49 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States was further isolated on Monday over President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital when it blocked a United Nations Security Council call for the declaration to be withdrawn.
The remaining 14 council members voted in fa...
UN: Decisions on Jerusalem have no legal standing and must be rescinded
2017-12-16 21:43:31 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would insist any decisions on the status of Jerusalem have no legal effect and must be rescinded after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel’s capital.
The one-page Egyptia...
US No Longer a Sponsor of Peace in the Middle East
2017-12-13 17:46:03 UTC
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) delegates that his people would refuse any role for the US in future peace talks following Trump's declaration.
"We do not accept any role of the United States in the political process from now on because i...
Across the West Bank Palestinians Clash with Israeli Troops
2017-12-10 18:39:57 UTC
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Four days of street protests in the Palestinian territories over Trump’s announcement on Wednesday have largely died down, but his overturning of long-standing U.S. policy on Jerusalem -- a city holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians -- drew more Arab warnings of potential dam...
What exactly is an intifada?
2017-12-08 01:35:24 UTC
Intifada is an Arabic word that translates literally as 'shaking off' or 'Uprising'. In the Arab-Israeli conflict, it means a concerted Palestinian effort to shake off Israeli power and gain independence.
When intifada is used in the context of the decades of fighting between the Palestinians ...
Trump Will Ignite a New Palestinian Intifada
2017-12-07 21:03:24 UTC
U.S. far-right nationalist President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem disregard Israel's occupation of East Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel and beginning the process of relocating the U.S. embassy there has prompted the Palestinian Authority to accuse America of withdrawing ...
Turkey blasts Trump's decision on Jerusalem as irresponsible
2017-12-06 19:40:49 UTC
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s foreign ministry on Wednesday condemned a decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as “irresponsible” and called on Washington to reconsider the move.
Several hundred protesters gathered outside the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, ...
Trump, Netanyahu: The Birth of the Most Right-Wing Coalition in History
2017-12-06 19:25:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. far-right nationalist President Donald Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, despite warnings from around the world that the gesture further drives a wedge between Israel and the Palestinians.
In a speech at the Whi...
U.S. Will Stop Arming Syrian Kurdish YPG Fighters
2017-12-02 01:32:08 UTC
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that as offensive operations against Islamic State in Syria entered their final stages, he expected the focus to move towards holding territory instead of arming Syrian Kurdish fighters.
Speaking with ...
A powerful quake of magnitude 6.3 struck southeastern Iran
2017-12-01 03:00:34 UTC
(Reuters) - A powerful quake of magnitude 6.3 struck southeastern Iran near the city of Kerman on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The quake, which was relatively shallow, was centered 31 miles (50 km) northeast of Kerman, which has a population of more than 821,000.
A magnitude 6.3...
Former Egyptian presidential candidate Shafiq says intends to run in 2018 election
2017-11-29 22:00:11 UTC
CAIRO (Reuters) - Former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, an ex-air force pilot and former presidential candidate, said on Wednesday he intended to run in the presidential election early next year and would return to Cairo in the “coming days”.
But Shafiq later told pan-Arab TV channel Al...
Iran Threatens to Increase its Missile Range to Reach Europe
2017-11-26 05:33:37 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - The deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned Europe that if it threatens Tehran, the Guards will increase the range of missiles to above 2,000 kilometers, the Fars news agency reported on Saturday.
France has called for an “uncompromising” dialogue with Iran about i...
Hariri Slams Hezbollah Interference in Middle East Affairs
2017-11-25 20:38:20 UTC
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Saturday that he would not accept Iran-backed Hezbollah’s positions that “affect our Arab brothers or target the security and stability of their countries”, a statement from his press office said.
The statement did not specify w...
Egypt's Sinai: At Least 235 People Were Killed in an Attack
2017-11-24 18:23:51 UTC
CAIRO (Reuters) - Militants killed more than 230 people at a mosque in North Sinai on Friday, detonating a bomb and gunning down worshippers in the deadliest such attack of Egypt’s modern history, state media and witnesses said.
No group immediately claimed responsibility, but since 2013 Egypt...
Iran Declares End of "Islamic State," ISIS
2017-11-21 18:24:28 UTC
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared the end of "Islamic State," ISIS, on Tuesday in an address broadcast live on state TV.
A senior commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Major General Qassem Soleimani, also declared the end of "Islamic State" in a message sent to t...
Lebanon's Hariri Arrives In Paris as Macron Plays Mediator
2017-11-19 19:03:36 UTC
PARIS (Reuters) - Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister this month while in Saudi Arabia, said on Saturday he would clarify his position when he returns to Beirut next week.
Hariri’s resignation on Nov. 4 threw Lebanon into political crisis and put it centre-stage in the Mid...
Lebanese PM Hariri is being held "hostage by Saudi Arabia"
2017-11-15 19:49:37 UTC
BEIRUT (Reuters) - France said on Wednesday that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, who Lebanon’s president says is being held hostage by Saudi Arabia, will visit France with his family in coming days.
Hariri travelled to Riyadh on Nov. 3 before abruptly resigning in a televised statement...
Iranians that Hold Dual Nationality Are the Target of Imprisonment in Iran
2017-11-09 18:51:49 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have arrested at least 30 dual nationals during the past two years, mostly on spying charges, according to lawyers, diplomats and relatives, twice as many as earlier reported by local or international media.
<blockquote>The number marks a sharp ri...
Iran states US President is Crazy And Suicidal
2017-11-04 18:37:40 UTC
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran put a ballistic missile on display as thousands marched on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the U.S. embassy, with a senior official accusing President Donald Trump of a “crazy” return to confrontation with Tehran.
Iran has reaffirmed its commitme...
Iran's Rouhani says "we will continue to build missiles"
2017-10-29 17:18:13 UTC
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will continue to produce missiles for its defense and does not see it as a violation of international accords, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday in a speech broadcast on state television.
“We have built, are building and will continue to build missiles, and this vi...
Iraqi Forces Target the Last Patch of ISIS-Held Western Territories
2017-10-26 05:23:42 UTC
(Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi announced early on Thursday an offensive to recapture the western border region of al-Qaim and Rawa, close to the Syrian border, from the Islamic State militant group.
Al-Qaim and Rawa are the last patch of Iraqi territory still in the hands of ...
Kurds Push for Dialogue, Offer to Put Independence on Hold
2017-10-25 17:26:06 UTC
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Kurdish authorities in Iraq offered on Wednesday to put an independence drive on hold, stepping up efforts to resolve a crisis in relations with Baghdad via dialogue.
But an Iraqi military spokesman suggested an offensive - launched to wrest back territory after Kurds voted...
Khamenei: Trump's stupidity shouldn't distract us from US deceitfulness
2017-10-18 18:35:19 UTC
ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday Tehran would stick to its 2015 nuclear accord with world powers as long as the other signatories respected it, but he might ultimately terminate it if Washington pulled out.
“I don’t want to waste my time on ans...
Kurdish Peshmerga Pullout of the Disputed Area on Iran Border
2017-10-17 19:33:18 UTC
BAGHDAD/KIRKUK (Reuters) - The Baghdad government recaptured territory from Kurds across the breadth of northern Iraq on Tuesday, making startlingly rapid gains in a sudden campaign that has shifted the balance of power in the country almost overnight.
In the second day of a lightning governme...
Kurds withdraw as Iraqi forces, Shiite militia push into the oil city of Kirkuk
2017-10-16 20:08:08 UTC
BAGHDAD/KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces, which include the US-trained Counter Terrorism Service and the Iranian-backed mainly Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi, captured the major Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk on Monday, responding to a Kurdish referendum on independence with a bold lightning strike...