Middle East

  • Isolated US vetoes UN call for withdrawal of Trump Jerusalem decision
    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Jerusalem as Israel’s capital when it blocked a United Nations Security Council call for the declaration to be withdrawn.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  • UN: Decisions on Jerusalem have no legal standing and must be rescinded
    The_status_of_jerusalem__home_to_sites_holy_to_the_muslim__jewish_and_christian_religions 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a draft resolution that would insist any decisions on the status of Jerusalem have no legal effect and must be rescinded after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel’s capital.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
    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
    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?
    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
    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
    The_status_of_jerusalem__home_to_sites_holy_to_the_muslim__jewish_and_christian_religions 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
    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
    Us_will_stop_arming_syrian_kurdish_fighters_(yps) 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Iran_declares_end_of_%22islamic_state%22_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
    Lebanon_crisis-_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"
    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
    Iranians_holding_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
    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"
    Iran's_rouhani_says_%22we_will_continue_to_build_missiles%22 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
    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
    Kurdistan__kurds_push_for_dialogue_and_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
    Khamenei_warns-_trump%e2%80%99s_stupidity_should_not_distract_us 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
    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
    Iraqi_forces_and_shiite_militia_attack_kurdish_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...