Middle East

  • Trump Plans to Withhold US Aid to Palestinians
    Trump_plans_to_withhold_us_aid_to_palestinians 2018-01-03 06:24:52 UTC
    US President Donald Trump has tweeted the US may withhold aid money to the Palestinian Authority because it is "no longer willing to talk peace." The US move comes after recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Trump said that Washington ...
  • UN Panel Accuses Saudi Arabia of 'Repression' of Activists
    Un_panel_accuses_saudi_arabia_of_'repression'_of_activists 2018-01-02 22:00:42 UTC
    In a rare criticism of Saudi Arabia by the United Nations, rights experts have called on the kingdom to release dozens of detained activists. The UN panel has accused Saudi authorities of abusing counterterrorism laws. A group of United Nations...
  • Iran: 22 People Killed Amid Nationwide Protests
    Iran-_20_people_killed_amid_nationwide_protests 2018-01-02 09:22:42 UTC
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Clashes overnight between protesters and security forces in Iran killed nine people, state television reported Tuesday, including some rioters who tried to storm a police station to steal weapons. The latest violence, in the...
  • Ten people killed in Iran unrest on Sunday: Iranian state television
    Ten_people_killed_in_iran_unrest_on_sunday-_state_tv 2018-01-01 18:43:08 UTC
    At least ten people have now died in the protests against the Islamic Republic’s government and a clerical elite who have been in power since a revolution in 1979. The demonstrations began on Thursday and have drawn in tens of thousands of people....
  • Protesters in Iran shouted “Khamenei, shame on you, leave the country alone"
    Protesters_in_iran_shouted_%e2%80%9ckhamenei__shame_on_you__leave_the_country_alone%22 2017-12-31 21:31:24 UTC
    Anti-government protesters demonstrated in Iran on Sunday in defiance of a warning by the authorities of a tough crackdown, extending for a fourth day one of the most audacious challenges to the clerical leadership since pro-reform unrest in 2009....
  • Erdogan praises Europe for its anti Trump stance on Jerusalem
    Erdogan_praises_europe_for_its_anti_trump_stance_on_jerusalem 2017-12-28 17:31:22 UTC
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised EU countries for their stance against the US decision on Jerusalem. He said that after an overwhelming UN Generally Assembly vote this month against the United States' Jerusalem stance he hoped t...
  • At least 40 people killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul
    At_least_40_people_killed_in_a_suicide_bomb_attack_in_kabul 2017-12-28 08:11:03 UTC
    KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide attack on an office of the Afghan Voice news agency and a neighboring cultural center in the capital Kabul killed dozens on Thursday, officials and witnesses said, with many of the victims students. Interior Ministry...
  • Pope Francis calls for two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
    Pope_francis_calls_for_two-state_solution_to_end_the_israeli-palestinian_conflict 2017-12-25 18:21:39 UTC
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis used his Christmas message on Monday to call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after U.S. President Donald Trump stoked regional tensions with his recognition of Jeru...
  • UN Resolution: 128 Countries Condemn Trump's Jerusalem Decision
    Un_resolution-_128_countries_condemn_trump's_jerusalem_decision 2017-12-21 23:08:47 UTC
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Washington found itself isolated as 128 countries defied US President Donald Trump on Thursday and voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recent recogniti...
  • 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 withdraw...
  • 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...
  • 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 Sta...
  • 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 Chri...
  • 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...
  • 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 Pales...
  • 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...
  • 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 Isra...
  • 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...
  • 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 p...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 pre...
  • 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 immedi...
  • 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...
  • 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 p...