Middle East News

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

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

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  • Kerry, Iran FM in new nuclear talks

    The US and Iran ignored a passionate plea from the Israeli prime minister to ditch their nuclear negotiations and launched a third straight day of talks Wednesday seeking a framework deal in a few weeks. US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif were back at…

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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…

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  • 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:

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  • Iran denounces Netanyahu 'lie-spreading' in US speech

    Iran denounced as "lie-spreading" a speech Tuesday in which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the US Congress a nuclear deal being negotiated with Tehran would threaten the world. In a rousing address to Congress, Netanyahu warned Iran was bent on subjugating and terrorising the…

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  • Iraqi forces try to seal off Islamic State around Tikrit

    By Ahmed Rasheed and Dominic Evans BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and Shi'ite militiamen sought to seal off Islamic State fighters in Tikrit and nearby towns on Tuesday, the second day of Iraq's biggest offensive yet against a stronghold of the Sunni militants. Iranian military…

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  • DNA study backs theory of massive steppe migration to Europe

    BERLIN (AP) — A wave of migrants from the eastern fringes of Europe some 4,500 years ago left their trace in the DNA — and possibly the languages — of modern Europeans, according to a new study.

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  • Nigeria's Boko Haram releases beheading video echoing Islamic State

    By Isaac Abrak and Julia Payne ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram released a video purporting to show it beheading two men, its first online posting using advanced graphics and editing techniques similar to footage from Islamic State. The footage will raise concerns that Boko…

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  • Amid nuclear dispute, Israel and Iran face off over past oil ties

    By Ari Rabinovitch and Tova Cohen TEL AVIV (Reuters) - As Israel loudly and publicly denounces Iran and its nuclear program this week, the two countries are quietly tussling in a decades-old dispute over a secretive oil pipeline company that could be worth billions of dollars to Tehran. In a…

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  • Budget carrier flydubai posts profit of $68M for 2014

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' budget carrier flydubai, in its fifth year of operation, has turned a profit of $68 million out of total revenue of $1.2 billion last year.

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  • Australia to send 300 more troops to Iraq on training mission

    Australia will send an additional 300 soldiers to help train Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Tuesday, following a request from the United States to contribute to an international training coalition. Australia last year committed a 600-strong force…

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  • Bolivia seizes 27 tons of coca disguised as yerba mate tea

    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian authorities say they've seized 27 metric tons of shredded coca leaves that were to have been shipped to Lebanon for processing into cocaine.

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  • Kerry cautions Israel not to undercut Iran diplomacy as talks resume

    By Arshad Mohammed MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry quietly cautioned Israel not to undercut nuclear negotiations with Iran that resumed on Monday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepared to make the case in Washington against the diplomacy. Kerry…

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  • Russia's Lavrov says crimes against Mideast Christians 'genocide'

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday crimes committed against Christians in the Middle East were tantamount to "genocide", joining other high-ranking diplomats in calling for action. Like other minorities, Christians have been the target of brutal violence waged by jihadists in…

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  • West needs 'soul-searching' on home-grown extremists: Iran

    Western democracies should ask themselves some tough questions about why they have produced some of the extremists wreaking havoc in the world today, Iran's foreign minister said Monday. In a speech before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the West of "selectivity…

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