Middle East News

  • UN chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his "hope and belief" that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel "in the very near future."

    Associated Press32 mins ago
  • Freida Pinto speaks at girls' rights summit in UK

    LONDON (AP) — Actress Freida Pinto of "Slumdog Millionaire" fame has joined forces with girls' rights campaigners in calling for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation.

    Associated Press39 mins ago
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  • Worldwide FGM ban sought at 'Girl Summit'

    British Prime Minister David Cameron called on Tuesday for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation and child marriage as he launched the first UN-backed "Girl Summit" on issues that affect millions around the globe. Cameron announced that parents in Britain would face prosecution for failing…

    AFP50 mins ago
  • Kerry urges Hamas to accept truce as Gaza war rages

    US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday again placed the onus on Hamas to accept a ceasefire along the lines of an Egyptian proposal to end the conflict raging in Gaza. The top US diplomat was speaking in Cairo after meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whose government's ceasefire…

  • U.S. FAA has not given notice about flights over Gaza: White House

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has not issued any notices regarding flights over the Gaza region in the Middle East despite the current conflict, the White House said on Tuesday. "As it relates to the airspace in Gaza ... the FAA has not issued any notices related to the ongoing violence…

  • UN in Syria vaccination drive against polio

    The United Nations called for help Tuesday to vaccinate 765,000 young Syrian children against polio in a bid to prevent a resurgence of the crippling disease across the restive Middle East. "Inside Syria, 765,000 children under the age of five live in hard-to-reach areas where conflict and…

  • Germany, France, Italy condemn anti-Semitism in anti-Israel protests

    The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy on Tuesday condemned anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia that have marred rallies against Israel's role in its conflict with Hamas in which about 600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died. After 10 days of bombardment, Israel on Thursday also…

  • Oil gains further on concerns over Ukraine, Gaza

    The price of oil rose above $103 a barrel Tuesday on persisting jitters over the situation in Gaza, the standoff over the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine and expectations of a fall in U.S. crude inventories.

    Associated Press
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  • Asia shares rise as Ukraine plane tensions ease

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Tuesday as tensions over the downing of a passenger jet in Ukraine eased after pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the aircraft's black boxes.

    Associated Press
  • Britain, UN host 1st summit to end child marriages

    LONDON (AP) — More than 700 million women alive today were married before they turned 18, the United Nations' children agency said Tuesday, as it co-hosts a London summit calling for more progress to end child marriages and the practice of female genital mutilation.

    Associated Press
  • Kerry, in Cairo, presses for Gaza cease-fire

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began a diplomatic push on Monday to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, but senior U.S. officials acknowledged this would be difficult. More than 500 people have died in the Gaza Strip fighting, the vast majority of them Palestinians, as Israel has…

  • Malaysia Airlines flight over Syria reflects war zone challenge

    Malaysia Airlines rerouted a flight over Syria on Sunday after its usual path over Ukraine was closed, reflecting the challenges airlines face in finding conflict-free routes between Asia and Europe. After Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down Thursday by a ground-to-air missile in eastern…

  • Ebola outbreak not hurting investment in Sierra Leone: foreign minister

    By Carolyn Cohn and Chris Vellacott LONDON (Reuters) - The Ebola outbreak has not hurt foreign investment in Sierra Leone but will inevitably require more spending to fight it, the country's foreign minister said on Monday. Sierra Leone is among a group of West African countries suffering the…

  • Obama voices concern about casualties in Mideast

    President Barack Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East to make a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

    Associated Press
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  • Insurgent threat shatters Iraq Christians' uneasy peace

    Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul were wrong-footed by its new jihadist masters, who initially left them in relative peace but later forced them to flee for their lives. The turnaround in the attitude of Islamic State insurgents who overran Mosul last month could indicate the group is now…

  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict echoes loudly in tense France

    The Israeli-Palestinian conflict stirs up passions the world over and France -- where large Muslim and Jewish communities, a colonial past and divisions in society create an explosive mix -- is no exception. Like many European countries, France has been the scene of protests against the Jewish…

  • Correction: AP Cuba Appointments story

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story July 17 about the appointments of a new bureau chief and head of TV news in Cuba, The Associated Press erroneously reported the year of Haiti's devastating earthquake. The earthquake occurred in early 2010, not 2009.

    Associated Press
  • World stocks slide as pressure on Russia grows

    LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets fell again on Monday as tensions grew between Russia and the West over the downing of an airliner in eastern Ukraine.

    Associated Press
  • Egypt may be flexible on its Gaza proposal to accommodate Hamas - officials

    Egypt might be willing to amend its truce initiative to end the fighting in Gaza in order to accommodate the Palestinian militant movement Hamas, which had rejected its terms, three Egyptian officials told Reuters. "Egypt does not mind adding some of Hamas' conditions provided that all involved…

  • Philippine worker beheaded in Libya: govt

    Suspected militiamen have beheaded a Philippine worker in Libya after singling him out because he was not a Muslim, the Philippine Foreign Department said Monday. Department spokesman Charles Jose said this reinforced the government's order to all Filipinos to evacuate the country because of the…

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