Middle East News

  • US stocks recover early losses, oil gains on Yemen tensions

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were little changed in afternoon trading Thursday, having recovered their losses from earlier in the day. Investors continued to watch the Middle East, where Saudi Arabia has launched strikes on key military installations in Yemen. The price of oil rose.

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  • After US airstrikes, Iraq troops start final push for Tikrit

    TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi troops started the final phase of an offensive to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit on Thursday, a military official said, just hours after the United States launched airstrikes on the Islamic State-held city.

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  • US general: No decision to shield US-trained rebels in Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander in the Middle East says he'd like his forces to protect the Syrian rebels the U.S. is training to fight the Islamic State group.

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  • Factbox: Middle East oil, gas shipping risks; alternative routes

    Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck Shi'ite Muslim rebels fighting to oust Yemen's president on Thursday, in a push by the world's top oil exporter to check Iranian influence in its backyard. Most of the crude exported from Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait…

    Reuters
  • Saudi Arabia, allies open air campaign against Yemen rebels

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi Arabia bombed key military installations in Yemen on Thursday, leading a regional coalition in a campaign against Shiite rebels who have taken over much of the country and drove out the president. The dramatic military assault turns impoverished, fragmented Yemen into a…

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  • U.S. ruled out Shi'ite militias before joining Tikrit strikes: U.S. general

    The United States conditioned its entry into Iraq's battle to retake Tikrit from Islamic State on the withdrawal of Iran-backed Shi'ite militias from the clearing operation, and they are no longer there, a senior U.S. general told Congress on Thursday. The remarks by General Lloyd Austin, who as…

    Reuters
  • US general: Iran-backed Shiite militia not in Tikrit fight

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Iranian-backed Shiite militias have left the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, a key condition the U.S. demanded before it agreed to begin launching airstrikes Wednesday to support Iraqi forces and try to retake the city from the Islamic State group, the top U.S. general for the…

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  • Gulf equities slide as Saudi launches airstrikes on Yemen

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Stock markets across the Gulf Arab region and other parts of the Middle East closed slightly lower on Thursday, an expected tumble after Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes overnight on neighboring Yemen.

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  • World's huddled masses use 4 key land, sea routes to Europe

    DUBLIN (AP) — Most migrants who live illegally in the European Union fly to the 28-nation bloc on valid visas and simply overstay their welcome. But for the poorest and most desperate travelers of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the journey often takes months by sea or land, with payments to…

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  • U.S. special envoy says coalition 'seriously degrading' Islamic State

    Retired General John Allen, President Barack Obama's special envoy to the coalition fighting Islamic State, said on Thursday the U.S.-led effort is weakening the militant group. "We're clearly degrading its capabilities," Allen told a U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee hearing…

    Reuters
  • Syrian Islamist insurgents advance around Idlib city: monitor

    An alliance of Syrian Islamist rebels including al Qaeda's Nusra Front have overrun 17 defense posts around Idlib in an offensive to take the city from the army and allied militia, a monitoring group said on Thursday. Idlib, which is close to the main strategic highway linking Damascus to Aleppo,…

    Reuters
  • Yemen conflict hits stocks hard but sends oil price surging

    LONDON (AP) — Saudi Arabian strikes on key military installations in Yemen hit stock markets hard Thursday and sent oil prices surging.

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  • Iran demands immediate halt to military actions in Yemen

    By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran demanded an immediate halt to Saudi-led military operations in Yemen on Thursday and said it would make all necessary efforts to control the crisis there, Iranian news agencies reported. Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies on Thursday struck…

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  • Hammond warns of nuclear arms race if Iran deal fails

    Failure to secure a deal with Iran could mean a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, the foreign secretary warned in comments released on Thursday. His comments came as US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Switzerland for down-to-the-wire talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad…

    AFP
  • China says deeply concerned about Yemen situation

    China's foreign ministry said on Thursday it was deeply concerned about the worsening situation in Yemen, after Saudi Arabia announced it had launched military operations in that country with Gulf region allies. Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that China urges all parties to act in…

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  • US sees 'path' to long-elusive Iran deal

    A nuclear deal with Iran capping over a decade of talks is in sight by a March 31 deadline, US officials said, but they remained cautious as top diplomat John Kerry prepared Thursday for down-to-the-wire negotiations. Kerry will push Iran to agree by Tuesday on the outlines of the long-elusive…

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  • Instant View: Saudi Arabia coalition air strikes in Yemen risks wider conflict

    (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday it had launched military operations in Yemen, carrying out air strikes in coordination with a 10-country coalition seeking to beat back Houthi militia forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the country's president had taken refuge. With the…

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