Middle East

  • Arab ministers urge Syria to open up to U.N. monitors
    Annan 2012-04-17 23:41:25 UTC
    DOHA (Reuters) - Arab League ministers met U.N.-Arab special envoy Kofi Annan on Tuesday and pressed Syria to cooperate fully with his peace mission, first by providing unfettered access to ceasefire monitors. A six-day-old truce has held in so...
  • U.N. sees need for more Syria observers, aircraft
    Lebanese_pm_hariri_is_being_held_hostage_by_saudi_arabia 2012-04-18 01:16:07 UTC
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - A United Nations mission to oversee an end to violence in Syria may need to bring in its own aircraft and deploy more troops to ensure that a firm ceasefire takes hold throughout the country, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon s...
  • Afghan Taliban says rehearsed attack for two months
    R-1 2012-04-17 05:30:43 UTC
    KABUL (Reuters) - The insurgents who mounted weekend attacks in central Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan carefully rehearsed for months, even building small military-style models and pre-positioning weapons, a Taliban spokesman said on Monday....
  • Karzai says NATO failed as 18-hour Kabul attack ends
    Wor-afganistan-suicide 2012-04-17 01:46:31 UTC
    KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Monday that a coordinated Taliban attack on Kabul showed a "failure" by Afghan intelligence and especially by NATO, while Washington signaled the Haqqani group of militants was responsible. ...
  • Algeria offers own brand of "Arab Spring" for vote
    Algeria 2012-04-15 21:34:28 UTC
    ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria on Sunday launched the campaign for a parliamentary election that the ruling elite, in power for 50 years, hopes will soak up the pressure for change that has been building since the "Arab Spring" revolts in neighboring...
  • Taliban attack Afghanistan in "spring offensive"
    Photo_1334514714571-9-0 2012-04-15 20:37:26 UTC
    KABUL (Reuters) - Heavy explosions, rockets and gunfire rattled Kabul on Sunday as Afghanistan's Taliban launched a "spring offensive" with multiple attacks targeting Western embassies, the NATO force's headquarters and the parliament building. ...
  • Corrected-Beyond monitors, world deeply divided on Syria
    Picture 2012-04-15 07:05:55 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With a cease-fire barely holding and the deployment of unarmed foreign observers expected to ease but not end months of violence, world powers are still struggling to find a longer-term strategy for Syria. After heavy dip...
  • Israel moves to thwart pro-Palestinian fly-in
    640x392_56849_207767 2012-04-15 02:23:52 UTC
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel moved to block an influx of pro-Palestinian activists planning to visit the occupied West Bank, drafting a letter from the Prime Minister's Office suggesting they focus instead on "real problems" in the Middle East, of...
  • Iran, big powers agree - to keep talking
    Screen_shot_2012-04-13_at_9.05.55_am 2012-04-15 01:48:45 UTC
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - After a year of sanctions and saber-rattling over Iran's nuclear program, negotiators from Tehran and six world powers finally resumed talks and found at least enough common ground to agree to meet again next month. With th...
  • U.N. council approves deployment of monitors to Syria
    -1 2012-04-14 17:21:20 UTC
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia and China joined the rest of the U.N. Security Council on Saturday to authorize the deployment of up to 30 unarmed observers to Syria to monitor the country's fragile ceasefire as called for by U.N.-Arab League me...
  • Moscow urges swift UN resolution on Syrian observers
    300px-moscow_kremlin_from_kamenny_bridge 2012-04-14 05:39:58 UTC
    Russia is calling on the UN Security Council to adopt a swift resolution on the urgent sending of UN observers to Syria to ensure a ceasefire in the country torn by civil unrest, Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Friday, RIA Novosti ...
  • Exclusive: Iran ships "off radar" as Tehran conceals oil sales
    640x392_54869_207485 2012-04-13 19:23:13 UTC
    LONDON (Reuters) - Iran is concealing the destination of its oil sales by disabling tracking systems aboard its tanker fleet, making it difficult to assess how much crude Tehran is exporting as it seeks to counter Western sanctions aimed at cuttin...
  • Russia sends conflicting signals on Syria ships
    170709547 2012-04-13 19:15:26 UTC
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian news agency reported on Friday that Moscow had decided to keep a warship on patrol off Syria for the foreseeable future, but a military source said Russia's naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean had "nothing to d...
  • West pushes U.N. Syria vote, despite Russian criticism
    Russias-representative-vo-007 2012-04-13 19:09:59 UTC
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Western powers brushed aside Russian criticism of a U.S.-drafted Security Council resolution authorizing an advance team of U.N. observers to monitor Syria's fragile ceasefire and said they hoped to put it to a vote on F...
  • UN team ready for Syria deployment
    6412743.bin 2012-04-13 17:32:55 UTC
    A United Nations team of 30 unarmed military observers is ready to deploy to Syria to begin a monitoring mission as soon as the Security Council approves its mission, which may be as soon as Friday, a spokesman for special envoy Kofi Annan has sai...
  • Yemen army clashes with Islamists, 34 killed
    2012-04-13t135800z_1_cbre83c12sq00_rtroptp_2_oukwd-uk-yemen-violence 2012-04-13 16:30:56 UTC
    ADEN (Reuters) - At least 34 people, mostly Islamist militants, were killed near the southern Yemeni city of Lawdar on Friday in clashes between government forces and an al-Qaeda linked group, official and tribal sources said. Yemen's military ...
  • Iran, powers set for high-stakes nuclear talks
    Screen_shot_2012-04-13_at_9.05.55_am 2012-04-13 19:19:28 UTC
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers prepared on Friday for rare talks aimed at easing fears that a deepening dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program could plunge the Middle East into a new war. Senior officials from Iran ...
  • U.N. could approve Syria monitors Friday, envoys say
    800_un_meeting_on_syria_ap_120131 2012-04-12 17:41:02 UTC
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council could approve on Friday a resolution to send unarmed U.N. observers to Syria to monitor a fragile ceasefire in the 13-month conflict that has brought the country to the brink of civil war, diplo...
  • Nuclear talks aim to ease fears of Iran war
    887736712 2012-04-12 17:17:51 UTC
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Major powers will hold their first talks with Iran this week in more than a year, hoping Tehran will give enough ground on its nuclear program to extend negotiations and avert the threat of a Middle East war. Israel has hin...
  • 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 f...
  • 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. Fe...
  • 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 Thu...
  • 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 so...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 politic...