Middle East News

  • Facebook posts about job land US contractor in Emirates jail

    A hallmark of American life — griping about work — has landed a U.S. man in a Middle East jail.

    Associated Press24 mins ago
  • At least 10 dead as migrant boat capsizes off Sicily

    A boat capsized off Sicily when the migrants aboard rushed to meet rescuers, killing at least 10 people, the Italian coastguard said Wednesday. "The migrants, as they frequently do, all rushed to one side of the boat which then capsized," Italian coast guard spokesman Filippo Marini told TV…

    AFP36 mins ago
  • Concern grows for civilians as noose tightens around Tikrit

    Concern mounted Wednesday over the fate of civilians in Tikrit where Iraqi forces were trying to trap Islamic State group jihadists on the third day of a huge offensive to retake the city. Around 30,000 security forces and allied fighters launched Monday the biggest anti-IS ground operation yet in…

    AFP
  • Iranian president says Israel 'greatest danger'

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday said Israel creates the "greatest danger" in the region, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned against a nuclear deal with the Islamic republic. In a speech on Capitol Hill, Netanyahu said Tuesday the nuclear agreement US President…

    AFP
  • Rejecting criticism, Netanyahu says Iran deal 'deeply flawed'

    By Dan Williams TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Pushing back against President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday he had presented a practical alternative in Washington to a "deeply flawed" nuclear accord being negotiated with Iran. Returning to Israel after addressing…

    Reuters
  • French warrants for 3 suspects in 1982 Jewish restaurant attack

    France has issued international arrest warrants for three men suspected of involvement in a deadly attack on a Jewish restaurant in Paris in 1982, a judicial source told AFP on Wednesday. The naming of the three suspects, who now live in Jordan, Norway and the West Bank, marks the first…

    AFP
  • Police arrest suspected German IS member at Duesseldorf airport

    German police on Wednesday arrested a 22-year-old man suspected of joining Islamic State and fighting with the militants in Syria, the Federal Public Prosecutor said. He is suspected of undergoing weapons training with IS and planning attacks, after traveling through Turkey to Syria in March 2013…

    Reuters
  • Israel says doubling water supplies to Gaza

    Israel is to double the amount of water it channels annually to Palestinians in the blockaded Gaza Strip, a defence ministry body said Wednesday. A humanitarian crisis has gripped Gaza since a July-August war with Israel, which controls most of the territory's resources, its imports and exports as…

    AFP
  • Ukraine crisis prompts EU to shake up stance on neighbors

    By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union launched a review of the way it handles neighboring nations on Wednesday after its policy of offering closer ties to former Soviet republics led it unwittingly into confrontation with Russia. The EU's executive Commission also began work on…

    Reuters
  • AP Analysis: Speech fallout could determine Netanyahu's fate

    JERUSALEM (AP) — With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing a tough re-election fight in two weeks, the U.S. Congress has handed him an unprecedented boost with its effusive welcome to a message that resonates at home: Iran cannot be trusted as a threshold nuclear state.

    Associated Press
  • Civilians at risk in Iraq offensive, rights groups say

    Rights groups expressed concern Wednesday that civilians were at great risk in the huge military operation the Iraqi government launched to retake the jihadist stronghold of Tikrit. On Monday, some 30,000 Iraqi security forces, volunteers, Shiite militia and Sunni tribal fighters launched…

    AFP
  • Insight: From eastern flank, Iran-backed force advances on Tikrit

    By Thaier al-Sudani UDHAIM DAM, Iraq (Reuters) - Wearing military fatigues and a white turban, the Shi'ite cleric gave an eve-of-battle address to Iran-backed fighters preparing to attack Islamic State militants in Tikrit, praising them for defending their faith and urging them to fight honorably.…

    Reuters
  • British citizen fighting with Kurds killed in Syria

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — A British citizen fighting alongside Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria, a Kurdish commander said Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  • EU to adapt its foreign policy to new realities, crises

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is rethinking its foreign policy to better adapt to crises like the ones it faces in Ukraine, Russia and Syria without having to be overly dependent on allies like the United States.

    Associated Press
  • Honey, we shrank the SUV _ and Europe loves it

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — In Europe, SUV now stands for: Shrinking Utility Vehicle.

    Associated Press
  • FACT CHECK: Did Netanyahu go too far in US speech?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu overstated Iran's domination of the Middle East and understated the timespan of the nuclear deal taking shape with Tehran, while neglecting the role of Congress in lifting Iranian sanctions, in his speech to U.S. lawmakers Tuesday.

    Associated Press
  • Israel's Netanyahu draws rebuke from Obama over Iran speech to Congress

    By Dan Williams and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Tuesday that it was negotiating a bad deal with Iran that could spark a "nuclear nightmare," drawing a rebuke from President Barack Obama and exposing a deepening…

    Reuters
  • Excerpts from Israeli leader Netanyahu's speech to Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Excerpts from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday warning against making a deal that could leave Iran on the path toward nuclear weapons:

    Associated Press