Middle East

  • Iran open for IAEA talks, no word on Parchin: diplomats
    1109-nuclear_iran_iaea.jpg_full_600 2012-04-19 17:53:55 UTC
    VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran says it is ready to resume talks with the U.N. nuclear watchdog two months after their last meeting ended in failure, but still appears to be stonewalling a request for access to a key military site, Western diplomats said ...
  • Syria hasn't fully complied with Annan peace plan: U.N. chief
    Default 2012-04-19 05:49:57 UTC
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syria has not fully complied with a U.N.-backed peace plan for the country and has yet to send a "clear signal" about its commitment to ending more than a year of violence, the U.N. chief told the Security Council in a l...
  • US aircraft carriers not allowed to stop in areas designated by Iran
    Iran_major 2012-04-19 04:21:02 UTC
    The commander of the Iranian Armed Forces said on Wednesday that Iran has notified the two U.S. aircraft carriers deployed in the Persian Gulf that they are not allowed to stop in certain areas of the Persian Gulf designated by Iranian naval force...
  • U.S. says Syria at turning point, stresses pressure
    Addbd_120321055152-hillary-clinton-afghan-foreign-minister-march-21-story-top 2012-04-18 18:23:12 UTC
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Syria is at a turning point where the violence must stop or the United States will find ways to increase pressure on the Damascus government, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday. Clinton gave no deta...
  • Exclusive: Bolivia poised to de-flag Iranian ships
    640x392_14434_208683 2012-04-18 17:49:38 UTC
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Bolivia is poised to strike fifteen vessels linked to the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines off its shipping register just weeks after IRISL found Bolivian replacements for their Maltese and Cypriot flags. IRISL, its man...
  • Oil buyers cut more Iran imports due to sanctions
    640x392_16028_159541 2012-04-18 17:16:25 UTC
    TOKYO/LONDON (Reuters) - Japan will slash crude purchases from Iran in April, and European and Taiwanese customers will also take less, industry sources told Reuters on Wednesday, adding to signs Western sanctions are curbing sales from OPEC's sec...
  • 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...