Middle East News

  • France deploys riot police to bolster Calais security

    CALAIS, France (AP) — France deployed more than 100 riot police to Calais on Wednesday to bolster security as hundreds of migrants have been trying night after night to rush the railway tunnel leading to England — at times with fatal consequences.

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  • 'Strong evidence' of Israel war crimes on 'Black Friday': Amnesty

    An analysis of an Israeli assault in the Gaza Strip following the capture of one of its soldiers during last year's war in the Palestinian territory shows "strong evidence" of war crimes, Amnesty International said Wednesday. The London-based rights group called for those responsible for the…

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  • UN proposes new approach in stalled Syria peace quest

    The UN envoy for Syria on Wednesday proposed a fresh approach to keeping stalled peace efforts alive by inviting Syrians to take part in thematic working groups that could start in September. Staffan de Mistura presented the idea to the UN Security Council after two months of meetings with key…

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  • Taliban leader, who Afghanistan says is dead, a pious enigma

    One of the most wanted men in the world for over a decade, Mullah Omar was also one of the most elusive. There are no clear photographs in existence of the tall, one-eyed leader of Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents, and only a handful of foreigners have seen him. The Afghan government said on…

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  • Gulf Arab power UAE chides EU over opening to Iran

    By William Maclean DUBAI (Reuters) - Gulf Arab power the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday criticized the European Union for seeking Iranian cooperation in stabilizing the region, saying that an "aggressive" Tehran was helping to polarize the countries there, A senior UAE official said that…

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  • US military chief says deal keeps Iran from atomic weapon

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America's top military leader said Wednesday that the recently signed nuclear deal works to keep Iran from having an atomic weapon, but does not address other concerns about Tehran's malign activities in the region.

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  • U.S. approves possible sale of $5.4 billion in missiles to Saudi Arabia

    The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to Saudi Arabia of $5.4 billion in additional PAC-3 missiles built by Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. The missile sale approval could help reassure Saudi Arabia about the U.S. commitment to its security. "Lockheed…

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  • U.S., Turkey weigh which Syrian rebels to support in border area

    By Phil Stewart and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Turkey have not yet agreed which Syrian rebels they will support in a joint effort to help clear Islamic State from an area along the Turkish border, officials said on Tuesday, underscoring uncertainty surrounding the…

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  • Gaza destruction comes under forensic lens in Amnesty report

    By Tristan Martin LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - About two weeks into last year's conflict in Gaza, Palestinian photographer Jehad Saftawi began to tire of venturing into the city every day to take images of the wreckage. For several weeks, Saftawi became one of hundreds of Gazans to…

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  • Iran's Zarif has 'no concern' about nuclear deal

    Iran's foreign minister moved to dismiss speculation that his country's nuclear deal with major powers could hit difficulties, saying he had "no concern or worry" about its implementation. Mohammad Javad Zarif's remarks came during a news conference with visiting EU foreign policy chief Federica…

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  • Israeli spy Pollard to be released on parole Nov 21

    Former US Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard will be released on November 21 after serving 30 years in prison for spying for Israel. The decision, revealed Tuesday, caps a sensational case that has troubled relations between the United States and its closest Middle East ally for more than…

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  • Netanyahu 'looking forward' to US release of spy Pollard

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday welcomed news of the impending release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard after 30 years in a US prison. "After decades of effort, Jonathan Pollard will finally be released," Netanyahu's office quoted him as saying. Pollard, a former US Navy…

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  • Iraqi militia leader says U.S. not serious about fighting Islamic State

    By Samia Nakhoul NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - The head of one of Iraq's fiercest Shi'ite militias called the U.S.-led coalition's campaign against Islamic State ineffective and accused Washington of lacking the will to uproot radical Sunni jihadis controlling large swathes of Iraq and Syria. Qais…

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  • More than 2,000 migrants tried to enter Channel Tunnel in France

    More than 2,000 migrants tried to enter the Channel Tunnel in an attempt to reach Britain from France, French authorities said on Tuesday. Six migrants were injured in what was the biggest incursion effort in the last few weeks at the tunnel entrance near Calais, on the night between Monday and…

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  • Kerry: Nuclear deal not intended to 'reform' Iran regime

    The Iran nuclear deal is not intended to push Tehran's regime to reform but to prevent it building a bomb, Secretary of State John Kerry told skeptical US lawmakers Tuesday. In his second appearance before Congress in a week, America's top diplomat stressed that the plan reached this month with…

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  • Libya court sentences Gadhafi son to death for 2011 killings

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Moammar Gadhafi's son and onetime heir apparent was convicted and sentenced to death on Tuesday by a court in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on charges of murder and inciting genocide during the country's 2011 uprising.

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  • Iran a 'formidable' danger to Europe: Netanyahu

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that Iran posed a "formidable" threat to Europe, accusing its proxy Hezbollah of operating cells across the continent. Just last month, a member of the Lebanese Shiite militant group was jailed in Cyprus for plotting attacks on Israeli targets…

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  • Iran says will hold 'high-level' talks with EU

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Tuesday that "high-level" talks will soon be launched with the European Union following a nuclear agreement reached with world powers earlier this month.

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