Middle East News

  • Iran nuclear talks deadline extended

    Global powers seeking to hammer home a deal to curtail Iran's suspect nuclear programme missed another deadline Tuesday, with all sides vowing to now keep working until the end of the week. "We are continuing to negotiate for the next couple of days," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini…

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  • Migrant sailboat sinks in Aegean, at least 17 missing

    A sailboat carrying migrants sank in the Aegean sea between Turkey and Greece on Tuesday and at least 17 people were missing, Greek authorities said. Greece's maritime ministry said Greek and Turkish rescue efforts had saved 16 of the between 33 and 37 migrants believed to be on board when the…

    Reuters
  • Top Asian News at 4:30 a.m. GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Fourteen detained student activists went before a military court in Thailand on Tuesday in a case that has attracted international calls for their release and criticism of the military junta's strict controls on freedom of speech and assembly. The university students, 13 men and one…

    Associated Press
  • Balkan route a road of beatings for migrants, refugees: Amnesty

    By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Police in some Balkan nations are abusing thousands of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, many of them children, as they travel across the region to reach the European Union (EU), Amnesty International said in a report. Refugees and…

    Reuters
  • Correction: Palestinians-Rainbow Flag story

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — In a story June 30 about Palestinian protesters whitewashing a gay pride rainbow flag, The Associated Press reported erroneously that homosexual acts are banned by law in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. While homosexuality is largely taboo in Palestinian society, there are…

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  • Hungary parliament approves anti-migrant fence

    Hungary's parliament on Monday overwhelmingly approved the construction of a controversial fence on the border with Serbia to keep out migrants, under new legislation that also tightens asylum application rules. The plans for the four-metre (13-foot) high barrier announced by populist Prime…

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  • 800 million still hungry and poor despite progress of millennium goals: U.N.

    By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - About 800 million people still live in dire poverty and suffer from hunger despite the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) being the most successful anti-poverty push in history, the U.N. said on Monday. The number of people…

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

    Across the Middle East last week, Muslims continued to observe the holy month of Ramadan while Egypt saw a dramatic escalation as the country prepared to mark the second anniversary of mass protests that led to the military's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

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  • Philippines confirms second MERS case

    A foreigner who flew to the Philippines from the Middle East has become the second confirmed case of MERS in the country, the health department said Monday, as a deadly outbreak in South Korea spreads alarm across Asia. The 36-year-old male patient, whose nationality was not disclosed, has been…

    AFP
  • S. Korean violinist wants border concert with North Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Violinist Won Hyung Joon wants to bring North and South Korean musicians together next month to perform on each side of the world's most heavily armed border. Standing in the way is the rivals' long, frustrating inability to move past their painful shared history.

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  • New details emerge about Tunisia gunman's past

    In an interview on Sunday, Prime Minister Habib Essid revealed more details about 23-year-old Seifeddine Rezgui, who gunned down 38 foreign tourists in the June 26 attack. "We know he was a member of a dance club and was familiar with the tourism sector, having worked in it as an events…

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  • Japan joins US-Australia war games amid China tensions

    The United States and Australia kicked off a massive joint biennial military exercise on Sunday, with Japan taking part for the first time as tensions with China over territorial rows loom over the drills. The two-week "Talisman Sabre" exercise in the Northern Territory and Queensland state…

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  • Kerry, Zarif race against the clock in Iran nuclear talks

    US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart went face to face again Sunday with time running out to nail down a landmark nuclear deal in marathon talks in Vienna. Ahead of Tuesday's final deadline, there were signs that inside the neoclassical palace-turned-hotel hosting the past…

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  • MERS cases keep coming from Samsung hospital

    Another doctor at a major hospital that has been the epicentre of MERS outbreak in Seoul has contracted the deadly virus, the government said Saturday. The 25-year-old female doctor at Samsung Medical Centre has become the 185th person infected with the virus in South Korea. The gigantic hospital…

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  • Libya magnet for jihadists from Tunisia and beyond

    Lawless Libya has become a magnet for radical militants who receive weapons training in jihadist camps before launching deadly attacks in other countries, like last week's beach massacre in Tunisia. The oil-rich North African country bordering Tunisia has rival governments and parliaments as well…

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  • Iran to US: Nuke deal could result in joint cooperation

    VIENNA (AP) — In a message to Washington, Iran's foreign minister on Friday called for an end to "coercion and pressure" at the nuclear talks, suggesting a deal acceptable to his country will open the door to cooperation on fighting the upsurge of Middle East extremism threatening both nations'…

    Associated Press
  • Tests rule out MERS in Czech tour guide

    Tests have ruled out the potentially fatal MERS virus in a Czech tour guide hospitalised in Prague, the health minister said Friday. "Based on laboratory tests on the patient... I can definitely confirm the disease was not MERS," Svatopluk Nemecek told reporters without elaborating. The…

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