Middle East News

  • Fresh push in Iran nuclear talks in Tehran, Vienna

    Major-power foreign ministers and the UN atomic watchdog chief were set to launch a fresh two-pronged push Thursday to nail down an elusive nuclear deal with Iran in a sixth day of high-stakes diplomatic poker. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano was expected to hold talks in…

    AFP
  • UN watchdog chief to Iran as nuclear talks extended

    Talks between Iran and major powers towards a historic nuclear deal are set to intensify Thursday with the head of the UN atomic watchdog due in Tehran, seeking to resolve an impasse over inspecting suspect military sites. "We are working very, very hard and we have some very difficult issues," US…

    AFP
  • The Latest: Cuba embassy plan riles Republican hopefuls

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba will open embassies in their capital cities after more than 50 years of hostilities between the two countries. The latest developments (all times local):

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  • Syria's Kurds warn Turkey not to intervene militarily

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's main Kurdish party warned Turkey on Wednesday that any military intervention would threaten international peace and said the country's main Kurdish militia is ready to face any "aggression."

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  • After Hungary's fence plan, Serbia says to step up migrant controls

    Serbia will step up efforts to halt illegal immigrants crossing its border from Macedonia, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Wednesday, after Hungary announced it would erect a fence on its border with Serbia to stop the migrant flow. Hungary has registered more than 67,000 illegal…

    Reuters
  • Short of cash, U.N. cuts Syria refugees' rations again

    The World Food Programme, running short of cash, will halve the value of food vouchers given to Syrian refugees in Lebanon this month and may cut all help for 440,000 Syrians in Jordan next month, the U.N. agency said on Wednesday. "Just when we thought things couldn’t get worse, we are forced yet…

    Reuters
  • Year into Sisi's power, Egyptians lament persistent hardships

    By Yara Bayoumy CAIRO (Reuters) - After a year in power, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's aura of invincibility may be fading as he comes under closer scrutiny from a public growing impatient with the same social inequalities that triggered a mass uprising in 2011. To be sure, Sisi is…

    Reuters
  • Russia-US ties alive and well at Iran nuclear talks

    VIENNA (AP) — Russia-U.S. relations are at a post-Cold War low just about everywhere, except at the Iran nuclear talks.

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  • Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza

    Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organization that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement. The video statement, issued from an Islamic State…

    Reuters
  • Yemen fighting allows 1,200 prisoners to flee

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Some 1,200 inmates fled a prison in Yemen on Tuesday after guards deserted their posts amid fierce fighting between Shiite rebels and their opponents, officials said.

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  • Egypt's president vows 'swift justice' after assassination

    CAIRO (AP) — President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi vowed Tuesday to accelerate a crackdown on extremists and bring "swift justice" after the assassination of Egypt's chief prosecutor, raising the prospect of carrying out executions of senior Muslim Brotherhood figures, including the former president.

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  • Pope to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants in US

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. He'll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty — a major issue for U.S. bishops in the…

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  • Angry protesters whitewash rainbow flag on West Bank barrier

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian protesters whitewashed a rainbow flag of gay rights that was painted by a Palestinian artist on six slabs of the West Bank separation barrier.

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  • Italy recovers first bodies from deadliest migrant shipwreck

    Italy's navy said on Tuesday it had retrieved the first bodies from the wreck of a boat that sank in the Mediterranean three months ago, killing up to 800 migrants attempting to cross from Libya to Europe. Recovery operations started on Monday, using remote-controlled vehicles and a container…

    Reuters
  • UK and Netherlands become less migrant-friendly: index

    By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain and the Netherlands have become less friendly places for migrants due to the impact of far-right parties and austerity measures, with both countries falling out of the top 10 in an index released on Tuesday. The index comparing…

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  • Millions of children face disease, malnutrition in war-torn Yemen: U.N.

    By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Escalating violence in Yemen has devastated the country's health system and exposed millions of children to the threat of preventable diseases including measles, pneumonia and diarrhea, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said on…

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  • Iran-US talks give foes rare window into another world

    Iran and US have not had diplomatic ties for more than three decades, yet over the past 20 months they have likely sat down together more often than any other nations on Earth. The sustained pace and intensity of the nuclear negotiations between Iran -- an Islamic clerical theocracy -- and the…

    AFP
  • Amnesty slams Egypt over arrests of youths

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Amnesty International has accused the Egyptian authorities of jailing young activists to quell unrest under one of the toughest crackdowns in the country's history.     In a report released Tuesday called "Generation Jail: Egypt's youth go from protest to prison," Amnesty looked…

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