Middle East News

  • Intense Yemen bombing, Qaeda attack after UN peace call

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for international action to end the Saudi-led air campaign on Huthi rebels as intense bombing hit Yemen again Friday and Al-Qaeda seized more ground in the chaos. The facility belonged to the elite Republican Guard, which remains loyal to former president…

    AFP
  • Obama, Renzi pledge to focus on threats from Libya

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama pledged Friday to work more intensely with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on threats coming from instability in Libya that have led to an influx of migrants across the Mediterranean.

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  • Amid growing migrant crisis, 20 burn victims rescued at sea

    MILAN (AP) — The unabated flow of migrants fleeing instability in Libya brought a new horror on Friday: The discovery of 20 migrants adrift at sea who had suffered grave burn injuries in a cooking gas explosion before departing Libya, and then were forced onto a smuggler's boat without treatment.

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  • Obama urges Gulf nations to help with chaos in Libya

    President Barack Obama on Friday urged Gulf nations to help calm the chaotic political situation in Libya, saying that outside military action would not be enough to help reduce tensions in the war-ravaged North African country. After a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the White…

    Reuters
  • Greece seeks more EU aid to cope with soaring immigration

    PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) — Greece appealed to its European Union partners Friday for more help in policing its sea borders as immigrants increasingly make dangerous journeys to escape war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

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  • Libya stability key to migrant crisis: Renzi

    Restoring stability in Libya is the only way to solve the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Friday, as President Barack Obama warned re-establishing peace could not be achieved by military force. Speaking at a joint White House press conference after…

    AFP
  • Israeli military networks breached by hackers: researchers

    By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Hackers have managed to penetrate computer networks associated with the Israeli military in an espionage campaign that skillfully packages existing attack software with trick emails, according to security researchers at Blue Coat Systems Inc. The…

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  • Former president defiant as humanitarian toll mounts in Yemen war

    By Mohamed Mokashaf ADEN (Reuters) - Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Friday he would not leave the country, dismissing reports in the Gulf Arab media that he was seeking a safe exit as Saudi Arabian war planes bomb troops loyal to him and their Houthi militia allies. The…

    Reuters
  • Montenegrin police arrest 16 for smuggling migrants

    PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Police in Montenegro say they have arrested 16 people suspected of smuggling into Serbia 138 Syrian migrants who were trying to flee their war-ravaged country and reach Western Europe

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  • Obama invites Mideast leaders to White House, Camp David

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has invited the heads of Gulf Cooperation Council countries to the White House and then to Camp David. Negotiations over Iran's nuclear capabilities and the turmoil in Yemen are topics high on the agenda.

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  • Americans with illegal Iraq War souvenirs go unprosecuted

    HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — American military members, contractors and others caught with culturally significant artifacts they brought home from the Iraq war are going largely unprosecuted, even as swords, artifacts and other items looted from Saddam Hussein's palaces are still turning up for…

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  • U.N. chief urges immediate ceasefire by 'all parties' in Yemen war

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for an immediate halt to the fighting in Yemen, the first time he has made such an appeal since Saudi-led air strikes against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels began three weeks ago. "That is why I am…

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  • UN chief calls for immediate cease-fire in Yemen

    WASHINGTON (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Thursday for an immediate cease-fire in Yemen to spur peace talks and get lifesaving aid into the impoverished Middle East nation.

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  • Migrants 'thrown overboard' in religious row as toll climbs

    Italian police on Thursday said 12 African migrants had died after being thrown overboard by fellow passengers in the latest high-seas tragedy in the Mediterranean, as another 41 boat migrants were feared drowned in a separate incident. Police in the Sicilian port of Palermo said they had arrested…

    AFP
  • Top Asian News at 10:30 p.m. GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — China should not be concerned if the U.S. deploys an advanced missile defense system in South Korea to counter the threat from a nuclear North Korea, a U.S. military commander said Thursday. Commander of U.S. forces in Korea, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, told a congressional hearing…

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  • UN chief set to nominate new special envoy to Yemen

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday is expected to nominate the head of the U.N. Ebola mission as the new special envoy to Yemen, the country's U.N. ambassador said Thursday.

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  • EU urged to label Israeli West bank produce: report, sources

    Sixteen out of the 28 EU countries want the bloc to label products from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, diplomatic sources told AFP Thursday, confirming a Haaretz report. The plan was first mooted in 2012, angering Israel, but the 16 member states told EU foreign affairs head…

    AFP
  • Police: Muslims threw Christians overboard during Med voyage

    MILAN (AP) — The International Organization for Migrants says 41 migrants are feared drowned in a new Mediterranean shipwreck.

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