Middle East

  • 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...
  • 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...