Middle East

  • Iraq: Kurds Vote In Historic Independence Referendum
    Iraq-_kurds_vote_in_historic_independence_referendum 2017-09-25 07:39:18 UTC
    ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Voting started on Monday in an independence referendum organized by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, ignoring the threats of the Kurds’ neighbors and fears of further instability and violence across...
  • Iran Tests New Missile After U.S. Criticism of Arms Program
    Iran_tests_new_missile 2017-09-23 17:51:48 UTC
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and would keep developing its arsenal, despite U.S. pressure to stop. The United States has imposed unilateral san...
  • Trump: Turkish President Erdogan Gets 'Very High Marks'
    Trump_erdogan_un 2017-09-22 14:40:46 UTC
    President Donald Trump on Thursday said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is “getting very high marks,” despite his increasingly autocratic behavior. “It’s a great honor and privilege — because he’s become a friend of mine — to introduce P...
  • Saudi Lifts Ban on Skype, WhatsApp: Will Censor Them
    Saudi_skype_whatsapp 2017-09-21 13:32:21 UTC
    RIYADH (Reuters) - The Saudi government is lifting a ban on calls made through online apps on Thursday but will monitor and censor them, a government spokesman said. All online voice and video call services - such as Microsoft’s Skype, Facebook...
  • Iran's President: Iran Nuclear Deal Cannot be Renegotiated
    Rouhani_nuclear_deal 2017-09-21 13:14:14 UTC
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran’s president said on Thursday its nuclear accord with world powers cannot be renegotiated, after the Trump administration warned it was weighing whether the deal signed by its predecessor served U.S. security interests. U...
  • UN: Iran’s Rouhani blasts Trump as 'rogue newcomer' to world politics
    Iran's_rouhani_at_un-_it_would_be_great_pity_if_rogue_newcomers__trump__to_politics_destroyed_nuclear_deal 2017-09-20 17:19:34 UTC
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he had made his decision on whether the United States will remain in the 2015 Iran nuclear pact but declined to reveal it as Iran vowed not to be the first to violate th...
  • France warns US: Iran Nuclear deal collapse would risk a regional arms race
    France-_iran_nuclear_deal_collapse_would_risk_a_regional_arms_race 2017-09-18 15:29:54 UTC
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - France on Monday raised the possibility of strengthening the provisions of the international accord on Iran’s nuclear program that expire in 2025 and defended the pact against the Trump administration’s misgivings, sayin...
  • Khamenei: Iran Leader Warns U.S. on Nuclear Deal
    Khamenei-_iran_leader_warns_u.s._on_nuclear_deal 2017-09-17 16:20:18 UTC
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will not be bullied by the United States and will react strongly to any “wrong move” by Washington on Tehran’s nuclear deal, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday. His comments came after U.S. President Don...
  • Turkey Angry at Germany For Kurdish Protests in Cologne
    Turkey_angry_at_germany_for_kurdish_protests_in_cologne 2017-09-16 23:42:44 UTC
    COLOGNE/ ANKARA - Turkey has summoned Germany's ambassador after more than 10,000 Kurds rallied in Cologne. The rally was in support of Kurdish independence as well as the jailed leader of the banned PKK. Turkey summoned the German ambassador t...
  • UK's Theresa May Underlines Importance of Iran Nuclear Deal
    Uk's_theresa_may_underlines_importance_of_iran_nuclear_deal 2017-09-14 17:29:12 UTC
    LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May stressed the importance of a 2015 international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday during a brief meeting at her London office. Tillerso...
  • Iraq: Turkey warns Kurds against holding an independence referendum
    Iraq-_turkey_warns_kurds_against_holding_an_independence_referendum 2017-09-14 17:54:07 UTC
    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey on Thursday welcomed an Iraqi parliament move to reject a referendum on Kurdish independence. The parliament in Baghdad authorized the prime minister to “take all measures” to preserve Iraq’s unity in response to the m...
  • Turkey appears to be building a military infrastructure independent of NATO
    Turkey_appears_to_be_building_a_military_infrastructure_independent_of_nato_-_putin_-_erdogan 2017-09-12 20:19:26 UTC
    Turkey has risked the anger of the United States and its fellow NATO members by signing a contract with Russia to buy a missile defense system. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Turkish media on Tuesday that Ankara had put down a depo...
  • Trump's aggressive policy on Iran could complicate the US-led fight against ISIS
    Trump_aggressive_policy_on_iran_could_complicate_the_us-led_fight_against_isis 2017-09-12 05:39:10 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US President Donald Trump is weighing a strategy that could allow more aggressive U.S. responses to Iran’s forces, its Shi‘ite Muslim proxies in Iraq and Syria, and its support for militant groups, according to six curre...
  • Iran Seeks Deal for Long-Term Syria Garrison: Israel
    President_assad_is_ready_to_permit_iran_to_set_up_'long-term_military_bases'_in_syria 2017-09-11 16:00:41 UTC
    HERZLIYA, Israel (Reuters) - The Israeli intelligence minister said on Monday that President Bashar al-Assad was ready to permit Iran to set up military bases in Syria that would pose a long-term threat to neighboring Israel. While formally neu...
  • U.S. Backed Forces and Syrian Army Advance on Islamic State in Deir al-Zor
    Forces_advance_is_deir_al-zor 2017-09-09 17:13:02 UTC
    John Davison, Rodi Said BEIRUT/AL SHADADI, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias and the Syrian army advanced in separate offensives against Islamic State in eastern Syria on Saturday, piling pressure on shrinking territory the group still hol...
  • Palestinians and Israel Compete for Muslim Pilgrims to Jerusalem
    Muslim_pilgrims_jerusalem 2017-08-31 15:45:59 UTC
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - On any given day, Muslim pilgrims arrive at a Middle East airport on a journey to one of Islam’s holiest sites. At Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, they rub shoulders with larger groups of visitors - diaspora Jews and Christ...
  • IAEA Rejects Trump Demands To Check Iran Military Sites
    Iaea_rejects_trump_demands_to_check_iran_military_sites 2017-08-31 19:32:28 UTC
    VIENNA (Reuters) - The United States is pushing U.N. nuclear inspectors to check military sites in Iran to verify it is not breaching its nuclear deal with world powers. But for this to happen, inspectors must believe such checks are necessary and...
  • Turkey Purges Hundreds of Civil Servants
    Erdoganjpg-thumb-large 2017-08-25 16:25:35 UTC
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey dismissed hundreds civil servants and boosted President Tayyip Erdogan’s powers over the MIT national intelligence agency in two decrees published on Friday, the latest under emergency rule imposed after last year’s att...
  • Turkey will never be a member of the EU under Erdogan says German FM
    Turkey_will_never_be_a_member_of_the_eu_under_erdogan_says_german_fm_sigmar_gabriel 2017-08-25 01:11:16 UTC
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkey will never be a member of the European Union as long as it is governed by Tayyip Erdogan, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday, accusing the Turkish president of failing to take accession talks with the...
  • Kurds Impossible Issue for Tillerson in Turkey
    Secretary_of_state_rex_tillerson_wants_montenegro_to_be_a_member_of_nato 2017-08-23 15:24:36 UTC
    ANKARA—(The Atlantic) Before Jim Mattis, the U.S. defense secretary, set off on a trip to strengthen ties with America’s allies in the Middle East and Europe, the Pentagon released a statement saying he would “look for ways to help Turkey address ...
  • Trump Lacks Options on Pakistan's "terrorist" havens
    Trump's_infrastructure_plan_is_nothing_more_than_a_scam 2017-08-22 19:24:09 UTC
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Outlining a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, U.S. President Donald Trump chastised Pakistan over its alleged support for Afghan militants - an approach analysts say probably won't change Pakistan's strategic calculati...
  • He Won!: US Is Moving Away From Its Anti-Assad Course
    Us_is_moving_away_from_its_anti-assad_course 2017-08-22 01:33:25 UTC
    The US is increasingly moving away from its anti-Assad course. And the winner is: Assad. The Syrian president appears increasingly confident, announcing that conditions will apply to countries wanting to rejig their relationship with Syria. ...
  • Netanyahu refuses to denounce Nazis to avoid damaging Trump
    Netanyahu_refuses_to_denounce_nazis_to_avoid_damaging_trump 2017-08-21 01:50:18 UTC
    As anger mounted in Israel last week over President Donald Trump’s and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the country’s communications minister urged Israelis to prioritize ...
  • Insulting Germany Shows Why Erdogan Is Not A Democratic Leader
    Insulting_germany_shows_why_erdogan_is_not_a_democratic_leader 2017-08-08 04:25:57 UTC
    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Germany on Monday of assisting terrorists by not responding to thousands of files sent to Berlin or handing over suspects wanted by Turkish authorities. "Germany is abetting terrorists...
  • Turkish assault will draw Kurds away from the battle vs ISIS
    Turkish_assault_will_draw_kurds_away_from_the_battle_against_isis 2017-08-07 18:17:46 UTC
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Days after a reshuffle of Turkey's top military commanders, President Tayyip Erdogan has revived warnings of military action against Kurdish fighters in Syria that could set back the U.S.-led battle against Islamic State. K...