Middle East News

  • Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, "our knife will continue to strike the necks of…

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  • US rejects Norwegian Air bid for US-Europe flights

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a case that has labor and trade policy implications, the Obama administration on Tuesday rejected a request that would have immediately permitted a low-cost air carrier to begin flights between the U.S. and Europe while the government is still reviewing its application for new…

    Associated Press
  • Islamic State beheads second US reporter

    The so-called "Islamic State" released a video on Tuesday showing a masked militant with a London accent apparently beheading an American journalist and threatening to kill a British captive. The footage, seen by AFP after it was found online by private terrorism monitor SITE, shows 31-year-old…

    AFP
  • McDonald's boosts oversight of Chinese suppliers

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's said it will monitor its suppliers in China more closely after a food-safety scandal in the country hurt the hamburger chain's sales and reputation.

    Associated Press
  • Yemen's Houthis reject government move to quell protests

    By Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen's president dismissed his government on Tuesday, proposed a national unity administration and suggested reinstating fuel subsidies, government sources said, in moves to quell weeks of unrest by a rebel movement. The impasse raises fears of worsening…

    Reuters
  • Saudi Arabia says it arrests 88 for preparing 'terrorist' raids

    By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has detained 88 people, more than half of them Saudis, on suspicion of plotting "terrorist" attacks at home and abroad, the interior ministry said on Tuesday. A ministry statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency said the ministry had…

    Reuters
  • Saudi executes 4 people for drug smuggling

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it executed another four people it says were found guilty of trying to illegally smuggle large quantities of pills and hashish into the kingdom.

    Associated Press
  • British 'jihadist' mum threatens to behead Christians: reports

    A middle-aged British mother-of-two and former rock band member has joined jihadists in Syria and wants to behead Christians with a "blunt knife", British media reported. The reports identified the woman as Sally Jones, 45, from Kent in southeast England, and said she now goes by the name Sakinah…

    AFP
  • France and Saudis 'finalising' $3bn Lebanon arms deal: official

    France and Saudi Arabia are close to signing a $3 billion arms deal for Lebanon, the Elysee Palace said Monday following talks between President Francois Hollande and the Saudi crown prince. The deal is for military equipment and arms to be supplied to Lebanon's army. Hollande told an official…

    AFP
  • Hamas boosted politically despite battlefield losses: analysts

    Gaza's Islamist Hamas movement may have suffered heavy military losses during 50 days of conflict with Israel but it emerged with its political standing enhanced, analysts say. After the ceasefire last week between Israel and Palestinian militant groups in Gaza, Hamas leaders celebrated "victory"…

    AFP
  • Fidel Castro compares NATO to Nazis, lashes out at US

    Cuban ex-president Fidel Castro lashed out at the United States and Europe on Monday, accusing them of war-mongering and comparing the NATO military alliance's representatives to the Nazi SS. In a tortuous column published in Cuban state media, the father of the island's communist revolution also…

    AFP
  • IS fears make Gulf monarchies set aside differences

    Advances by jihadists in Syria and Iraq, and US calls for a coalition against them have made Gulf monarchies set aside disputes over Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, analysts say. Wary of spectacular gains made by Islamic State jihadists, the oil-rich monarchies fear the militants could…

    AFP
  • As Islamic State fighters begin to blend in, defeating them no easy matter

    By Isabel Coles and Peter Apps BAQIRTA Iraq/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - (This story has been refiled to fix a typo in the third paragraph, "involving", to make it "evolving") After their lightning takeover in June, flag-waving Islamic State militants paraded through the captured Iraqi city of Mosul in…

    Reuters
  • Kenyan commandos on frontline of poaching war

    With camouflage uniforms, assault rifles, night vision goggles, thermal imaging devices and radios, wildlife rangers in Kenya's Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary prepare for night patrol in the "war" against poaching. As the late afternoon sun creeps towards the horizon and shadows lengthen on the sweeping…

    AFP
  • Britain 'deplores' Israel decision to claim West Bank land

    The British government said on Monday it deplored an Israeli decision to appropriate a large swathe of land inside the occupied West Bank, saying the move would seriously damage Israel's international reputation. On Sunday, Israel announced the appropriation of land in the Etzion Jewish settlement…

    Reuters
  • London shares slip as supermarkets weigh

    London (AFP) - London shares edged slightly lower on Monday, with troubled supermarket giants Tesco and WM Morrison weighing on the FTSE.

    AFP
  • Islamic State group becomes target of Arab satire

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The bumbling young militant first drops the rocket launcher on the toes of his boss before taking aim and firing toward a military checkpoint outside of an Iraqi town — not realizing he's fired it backward at his leader.

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