Middle East

  • Lebanon's Hariri Arrives In Paris As Macron Plays Mediator
    Lebanon_crisis-_hariri_arrives_in_paris_as_macron_plays_mediator 2017-11-18 19:00:29 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 p...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 confrontatio...
  • 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 buildin...
  • 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 la...
  • 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 - ...
  • 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 pu...
  • 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 overn...
  • 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 refer...
  • ISIS Facing Imminent Collapse in Syria's Raqqa
    Isis_facing_imminent_collapse_in_syria's_raqqa 2017-10-14 21:41:42 UTC
    BEIRUT — After losing Mosul, its de-facto Iraqi capital, ISIS is reported to have been driven out of Syria's Raqqa. US-backed coalition forces claim they are about to hand the jihadist militants another catastrophic defeat. All ISIS ("Islamic S...
  • Trump's Decision on Iran Nuclear Deal 'leaves U.S. Isolated'
    Iran's_rouhani_at_un-_it_would_be_great_pity_if_rogue_newcomers__trump__to_politics_destroyed_nuclear_deal 2017-10-14 21:41:29 UTC
    PARIS/ BERLIN/ ANKARA - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani harshly reacted to President Donald Trump’s decision not to certify its nuclear deal with six major powers. Rouhani said that his country would continue to stick to the nuclear deal and th...
  • Trump Plays a Dangerous Game on Iran Nuclear Deal
    Donald_trump_plays_a_dangerous_game_on_iran_nuclear_agreement_ 2017-10-13 19:56:51 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Is the U.S. President, Donald J. Trump, about to make the defining mistake of his foreign policy? On Friday he struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement in defiance of other world powers, choosing not to certify...
  • European Powers Will Do Everything to Save Iran Nuclear Deal
    European_powers_will_do_everything_to_save_iran_nuclear_deal 2017-10-11 17:32:14 UTC
    BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - European countries are scrambling to cobble together a package of measures they hope will keep the Iran nuclear deal on track if U.S. President Donald Trump ignores their pleas and decertifies the landmark 2015 agreement t...
  • Iran Threatens Missile Attacks on US Bases
    Iran_threatens_missile_attacks_on_us_bases 2017-10-09 09:03:15 UTC
    LONDON (Reuters) - Iran promised on Monday to give a “crushing” response if the United States designated its elite Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group. The pledge came a week before President Donald Trump announces final decision on how h...
  • Trump Presumed to Create Chaos in Iran Nuclear Deal
    Trump_presumed_to_create_chaos_in_iran_nuclear_deal 2017-10-06 00:20:55 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US President Donald Trump is expected to announce soon that he will decertify the landmark international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program, a senior administration official said on Thursday, in a step that potentially coul...
  • ISIS Uses Tunnels To Launch Sneak Attacks In Raqqa
    Isis_uses_tunnels_to_launch_sneak_attacks_in_raqqa 2017-10-03 06:20:07 UTC
    RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - Raqqa’s hospital, a big complex pocked with bullets holes, whose capture will signal the end of Islamic State’s crumbling Syrian capital, lies just 200 yards from a front-line base of the Syrian Democratic Forces. Beyon...
  • Erdogan says Iraqi Kurdish Authorities "will pay price" for Vote
    Erdogan_kurdish_vote 2017-09-30 23:44:09 UTC
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Iraqi Kurdish authorities would pay the price for an independence referendum which was widely opposed by foreign powers. Iraq’s Kurds overwhelmingly backed independence in ...
  • KURDISTAN: Nearly 93 Percent of Kurds Voted for Independence
    Kurdistan_nearly_93_percent_of_kurds_voted_for_independence 2017-09-27 17:13:52 UTC
    KURDISTAN, ERBIL - Iraq's Kurds have voted to create an independent state, the High Elections and Referendum Commission said on Wednesday, in a referendum that has angered the Baghdad government and regional powers Turkey and Iran. Final result...
  • U.N. 'appalled' at Mass Hangings in Iraq
    Iraq_mass_hangings 2017-09-27 12:57:38 UTC
    GENEVA (Reuters) - The top U.N. human rights official said on Wednesday he was “appalled” that Iraq had hanged 42 men on Sunday, almost certainly without a fair trial, and that he feared more would follow. The executed prisoners had been convic...
  • 'Historic' day in Saudi Arabia: Women be allowed to drive
    %22historic%22_day_in_saudi_arabia-_women_be_allowed_to_drive_cars 2017-09-27 08:26:55 UTC
    RIYADH/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi King Salman on Tuesday ordered that women be allowed to drive cars, ending a conservative tradition seen by rights activists as an emblem of the Islamic kingdom’s repression of women. The kingdom, the birthpl...
  • Erdogan Threatens Military Response to Kurdish referendum
    Turkey_threatens_kurds_after_high_voter_turnout_in_referendum 2017-09-27 17:29:35 UTC
    BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - The Iraqi government ruled out talks on Kurdish independence and Turkey threatened to impose a blockade on Tuesday after Iraq’s Kurds defied their neighbors and their U.S. allies to stage a referendum showing strong...
  • Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to cut oil pipeline from Kurdistan, Iraq to the outside world
    Turkey%e2%80%99s_erdogan_threatens_to_cut_oil_pipeline_from_kurdistan__iraq_to_the_outside_world 2017-09-26 07:39:37 UTC
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices took a breather on Tuesday after Brent crude earlier rose to a 26-month high, supported by Turkey’s threat to cut crude flows from Iraq’s Kurdistan region to the outside world. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan threa...
  • Iraq: Kurds Vote In Historic Independence Referendum
    Iraq-_kurds_vote_in_historic_independence_referendum 2017-09-27 16:32:33 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...