Middle East

  • Syria truce takes shaky hold, Annan presses Syria
    640x392_54286_198854 2012-04-12 16:47:01 UTC
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian troops held their fire on Thursday after a U.N.-backed ceasefire deadline passed, giving respite to rebellious towns that have suffered heavy bombardments, but international envoy Kofi Annan pressed Damascus to pull its forces back entirely. "Syria is apparently exper...

  • Afghanistan's Karzai considers change in election timetable
    2012-04-12t092655z_1_cbre83b0qce00_rtroptp_3_oukwd-uk-afghanistan-karzai 2012-04-12 16:32:03 UTC
    KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday he was considering changes to either the 2014 timetable for a presidential election or the transition of security to Afghan forces that year to avoid overburdening the country. Fear is mounting among Afghans and foreign governmen...

  • Iran offers Asia oil buyers easier credit terms: FT
    Iran_oil 2012-04-12 04:35:03 UTC
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Iran is offering Asian oil buyers, including India, easier credit terms to lure more business and counteract tough Western sanctions aimed at restricting the OPEC member's principal export, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. Tehran has been offering a handful of po...

  • Syria truce deadline passes, no reported violence
    Syria_10 2012-04-12 04:30:12 UTC
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The deadline for a U.N.-backed ceasefire aimed at halting more than a year of violence in Syria passed on Thursday with no immediate reports of fighting, activists said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the sound of explosions in the town of Zabadani, close t...

  • U.S. dismisses credibility of Syria ceasefire pledge
    Assad 2012-04-11 21:56:14 UTC
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States dismissed Syria's new pledge to halt all fighting by dawn on Thursday, saying it holds "little if any credibility" and that caveats placed by President Bashar al-Assad's government on the ceasefire are worrying. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations...

  • Analysis: Egypt's Brotherhood raises stakes by excluding IMF
    Screen_shot_2012-04-11_at_12.15.59_pm 2012-04-11 19:12:29 UTC
    CAIRO (Reuters) - In all but ruling out an early agreement on an IMF loan, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has dramatically raised the stakes in its struggle with the army-led administration for control of a country still reeling from a year of political turmoil. The Brotherhood's candidate for pre...

  • Afghan elite raiders say they are U.S. equals
    Afghanistan-special-ap660 2012-04-11 16:32:46 UTC
    KABUL (Reuters) - It's a special-forces entry like no other and guaranteed to spoil the element of surprise, but Afghanistan's new elite soldiers insist they will be no less effective in countering insurgents than controversial night raids by U.S. forces. Under cover of darkness, Afghan soldie...

  • Syrian army moves into Hama, shells Rastan - activists
    Screen_shot_2012-04-11_at_9.12.27_am 2012-04-11 16:09:13 UTC
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army moved tanks into the centre of the city of Hama on Wednesday and also began shelling the town of Rastan, activists in Hama and Rastan said. "At least 20 tanks are moving into the neighborhoods of Dabagha and Mugayly in the centre of Hama city," an activist in...

  • Syria pledges truce, if rebels hold fire
    Screen_shot_2012-04-11_at_9.04.34_am 2012-04-11 16:01:59 UTC
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria promised to observe a U.N.-backed ceasefire starting on Thursday, but its forces kept up fierce attacks on opposition neighborhoods in the hours before the deadline. A Syrian defense ministry source quoted on state television on Wednesday said the army would halt opera...

  • Annan says Syria promises to respect ceasefire
    Annan 2012-04-11 07:30:31 UTC
    DUBAI (Reuters) - United Nations-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan said on Wednesday the Syrian government had assured him it will respect a ceasefire with rebel forces, less than 24 hours before a deadline to suspend hostilities. "I have received government assurances they will respect the ceasefi...

  • Annan urges U.N. council to push for Syria truce by Thursday
    Screen_shot_2012-04-10_at_11.12.09_pm 2012-04-11 06:10:34 UTC
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan appealed to the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to help prevent the collapse of his efforts to end Syria's year-long conflict, after Damascus ignored a deadline to withdraw troops and stop shelling Syrian towns. Several Western dipl...

  • US and Iran join fight against Islamist in Iraq
    5 2014-06-14 00:56:23 UTC
    The United States and Iran are moving rapidly to defend Iraq from rampaging Sunni Islamist insurgents, with Washington urgently considering air strikes on the jihadi militants and Tehran dispatching its foremost powerbroker to help arrange the defence of Baghdad. Senior US officials told the G...

  • Sanctions may cut Iran's oil output by 15 percent: U.S.
    Oil_and_gas_best_pic_news_yet 2012-04-10 20:37:15 UTC
    (Reuters) - Iran's oil production could fall almost 15 percent this year due to reduced foreign investment, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Tuesday in a report highlighting the growing strain on Tehran's oil sector even before factoring in the effect of new sanctions. ...

  • Iran joins Brazil, Russia in 2018 World Cup
    Iran_joins_brazil__russia_in_2018_world_cup 2017-06-12 20:24:49 UTC
    <blockquote>TEHRAN — It's celebration time for Iranian football fans worldwide! Team Melli secure qualification to Russia 2018 with a 2-0 victory over Uzbekistan. Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi with the goals for Carlos Queiroz's side at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran. <hr> <img alt="Full-time-_ir...

  • Iran cuts oil to Spain ahead of nuclear talks
    Oil_2144577b 2012-04-10 20:34:28 UTC
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has cut oil exports to Spain and may halt sales to Germany and Italy, Iran's English-language state television reported on Tuesday, in an apparent move to strengthen its position ahead of crucial talks with world powers later this week. Iran has played a tit-for-tat game...

  • Islamists fight army in central, south Yemen, 21 killed
    Afp-479 2012-04-10 18:39:33 UTC
    SANAA (Reuters) - At least 21 people were killed in Yemen on Tuesday in renewed fighting between troops and al Qaeda-linked militants in the southern city of Lawdar and a militant attack on a checkpoint in central Maarib province, officials and residents said. Eight soldiers and five militants...

  • Syrian troops on offensive on deadline day
    6432443.bin 2012-04-10 01:15:40 UTC
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian troops shelled villages, fired across frontiers and were accused of massacres in the hours before a deadline on Tuesday that many doubt can usher in a U.N.-brokered ceasefire and halt a 13-month slide into all-out civil war. Diplomats trying to contain a crisis that h...

  • Iraqi government demands Kurdistan to hand over control of airports
    Iraqi_government_demands_kurdistan_to_hand_over_control_of_airports 2017-09-26 17:52:59 UTC
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iraqi government gave the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) until Friday 3:00 p.m (1200 GMT) to hand over control of its airports in order to avoid an international air embargo, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said, according to state TV. The measure is meant as a reta...

  • U.S. dismisses Syrian demand for written guarantees
    Usa-_syria 2012-04-09 19:19:26 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Monday dismissed Syrian demands for written guarantees that rebels would lay down arms as a stalling tactic and voiced outrage at reports Syria attacked refugees inside Turkey. Syria was to have started pulling troops out of towns and cities by Tuesd...

  • Iran warns US and calls for investigation of chemical attack in Syria
    Iran_warns_us_and_calls_for_investigation_of_chemical_attack_in_syria 2017-04-08 17:22:02 UTC
    Tehran — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that U.S. missile strikes risked escalating extremism in the region and called for an impartial probe of this week's suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria. Washington accused the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of the attack ...

  • Kurdish HDP opposition said the result of referendum unclear until appeal finalized
    Kurdish_hdp_opposition_said_the_result_of_referendum_unclear_until_appeal_finalized 2017-04-16 19:06:01 UTC
    Turkey's pro-Kurdish HDP opposition said on Sunday that the result of a referendum on granting sweeping powers to the president would remain unclear until its appeal to the High Electoral Board over vote irregularities was finalised. <h3><a href="http://www.global-gathering.com/news/17205">Tu...


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  • ISIS Militants Attacked Two Villages in Dibis, North of Kirkuk
    Isis_militants_attacked_two_villages_in_dibis__north_of_kirkuk 2017-10-17 20:22:02 UTC
    The move by the militants comes as Iraqi forces took control of Kirkuk after Peshmerga withdrew their forces. ISIS militants have attacked two villages in Dibis, north of Kirkuk, according to a Rudaw reporter. The two villages are Makha and Twelha. It is not clear whether Iraqi or Kurdi...

  • The "Barbaric" Turkish Strikes Against US-Backed YPG Fighters
    The_%22barbaric%22_turkish_strikes_against_us-backed_ypg_fighters 2017-04-25 16:02:06 UTC
    Syria — The air Turkish strikes in Syria targeted the YPG - a key component of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are backed by the United States and have been closing in on ISIS the "Islamic State" bastion of Raqqa. The Turkish raids showed the challenges facing U.S.-led attempts to de...

  • West will soon have to accept nuclear Iran: Iran MP
    Buruj 2012-04-08 21:03:09 UTC
    DUBAI (Reuters) - A senior Iranian lawmaker warned Western powers they would soon have to accept the reality of the country's nuclear advances, Iran's state news agency reported late on Saturday, days before talks are set to re-open on its disputed nuclear programme. The head of the parliament...