Middle East News

  • UN: Migrants crossing to Europe in record numbers

    ROME (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency says a record number of migrants this year have made the sometimes deadly crossing of the Mediterranean to Europe and calls the increase "alarming."

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  • Saudi authorities on Ebola watch as millions gather for haj

    By Amena Bakr MECCA (Reuters) - Anxious to safeguard Islam's haj pilgrimage from the threat of Ebola, Saudi authorities are screening pilgrims arriving from West Africa and have deployed mobile laboratories to test any suspected cases quickly. The kingdom expects nearly 3 million pilgrims in Mecca…

    Reuters37 mins ago
  • IMF head: Improved policies needed to boost growth

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the International Monetary Fund says that six years after the financial crisis, the world is still mired in a disappointing economic recovery and will only be able to regain momentum through improved government policies.

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  • Saudi Arabia: 2 million in Mecca for start of hajj

    MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia sought to assure the public that the kingdom was safe and free of health scares as an estimated 2 million Muslims streamed into a sprawling tent city near Mecca on Thursday for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage.

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  • Emaar Malls shares jump 12 percent on listing

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Shares in the owner of the Middle East's largest mall jumped a little past 12 percent Thursday in the first day of trading on the Dubai stock exchange after its initial public offering.

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  • Pope convenes Mideast envoys amid Islamic threat

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis convened his ambassadors from across the Middle East on Thursday for three days of meetings to find ways to better protect Christians targeted by Islamic militants and care for those who have been forced to flee their homes.

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  • Philippine Islamist militants threaten to behead German on October 17

    MANILA (Reuters) - Al-Qaeda linked Islamist militants in the Philippines said on Thursday they will kill one of two German captives on Oct. 17 unless their demands are met. Rebels from the Abu Sayyaf group captured the two Germans sailing on a yacht from the western island of Palawan island to the…

  • U.N. nuclear watchdog pushes for headway in Iran inquiry: diplomats

    By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear agency is expected to make a new attempt soon to advance its investigation into suspected atomic bomb research by Iran, diplomats said on Thursday, more than a month after Tehran missed a deadline for cooperation. They said experts of the…

  • Saudi Arabia fears Yemeni tumult may boost its main foe Iran

    By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - The capture of Yemen's capital by rebels with ties to Iran has jolted Saudi Arabia, prompting a scramble by Riyadh to prevent its Shi'ite Muslim rival from exploiting the takeover to make trouble in the kingdom's backyard. The Sunni Muslim country is also…

  • Iraq considering Australian airstrike request

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Iraq's ambassador to Australia on Thursday gave no timetable for when his government might decide on Australia's request to launch airstrikes against Islamic State targets.

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  • Support for Iraq should respect sovereignty: FM

    Baghdad (AFP) - Iraq's foreign minister said Wednesday that foreign assistance in the fight against the Islamic State jihadist group should respect the country's sovereignty.

  • Australian aircraft to support U.S.-led air strikes in Iraq: PM

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian aircraft will join the U.S.-led coalition in air strikes against Islamic State insurgents in Iraq in an initial support role, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday, ahead of a final decision to undertake bombing missions. The United States has been bombing…

  • Turkey, frustrated with West, clings to fading vision for the Middle East

    By Jonny Hogg and Nick Tattersall ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Frustrated by Western failure to heed his advice in Syria and Iraq and still smarting over the collapse of the Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu makes no apology for a foreign policy that has left his country…

  • Egypt offers military training to Libya, cites Islamic State threat

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has offered to train pro-government forces battling rival armed groups in Libya, stepping up efforts to eradicate what it says is a threat to its own stability from the anarchy engulfing its neighbor. The offer was the latest sign of intervention by competing Arab powers in…

  • U.S., British strikes seek to reverse jihadist advances

    U.S. warplanes launched multiple strikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, seeking to turn up the heat on jihadists as Britain carried out its first air raids against the group.

  • Kurds seize Iraq/Syria border post; Sunni tribe joins fight against Islamic State

    By Isabel Coles and Jonny Hogg ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish troops drove Islamic State fighters from a strategic border crossing with Syria on Tuesday and won the support of members of a major Sunni tribe, in one of the biggest successes since U.S. forces began bombing…

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  • US Marines crisis unit to deploy to Mideast

    Washington (AFP) - The US Marine Corps plans to deploy 2,300 troops to the Middle East for a new unit designed to quickly respond to crises in the volatile region, the Pentagon said Tuesday.