Middle East News

  • Oil gains further on concerns over Ukraine, Gaza

    The price of oil rose above $103 a barrel Tuesday on persisting jitters over the situation in Gaza and the standoff over the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine.

    Associated Press
  • Britain, UN host 1st summit to end child marriages

    LONDON (AP) — More than 700 million women alive today were married before they turned 18, the United Nations' children agency said Tuesday, as it co-hosts a London summit calling for more progress to end child marriages and the practice of female genital mutilation.

    Associated Press
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  • Kerry, in Cairo, presses for Gaza cease-fire

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began a diplomatic push on Monday to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, but senior U.S. officials acknowledged this would be difficult. More than 500 people have died in the Gaza Strip fighting, the vast majority of them Palestinians, as Israel has…

    Reuters
  • Malaysia Airlines flight over Syria reflects war zone challenge

    Malaysia Airlines rerouted a flight over Syria on Sunday after its usual path over Ukraine was closed, reflecting the challenges airlines face in finding conflict-free routes between Asia and Europe. After Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down Thursday by a ground-to-air missile in eastern…

    Reuters
  • Ebola outbreak not hurting investment in Sierra Leone: foreign minister

    By Carolyn Cohn and Chris Vellacott LONDON (Reuters) - The Ebola outbreak has not hurt foreign investment in Sierra Leone but will inevitably require more spending to fight it, the country's foreign minister said on Monday. Sierra Leone is among a group of West African countries suffering the…

    Reuters
  • Obama voices concern about casualties in Mideast

    CAIRO (AP) — President Barack Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Middle East with low expectations but still making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

    Associated Press
  • Insurgent threat shatters Iraq Christians' uneasy peace

    Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul were wrong-footed by its new jihadist masters, who initially left them in relative peace but later forced them to flee for their lives. The turnaround in the attitude of Islamic State insurgents who overran Mosul last month could indicate the group is now…

    AFP
  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict echoes loudly in tense France

    The Israeli-Palestinian conflict stirs up passions the world over and France -- where large Muslim and Jewish communities, a colonial past and divisions in society create an explosive mix -- is no exception. Like many European countries, France has been the scene of protests against the Jewish…

    AFP
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  • Correction: AP Cuba Appointments story

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story July 17 about the appointments of a new bureau chief and head of TV news in Cuba, The Associated Press erroneously reported the year of Haiti's devastating earthquake. The earthquake occurred in early 2010, not 2009.

    Associated Press
  • World stocks slide as pressure on Russia grows

    LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets fell again on Monday as tensions grew between Russia and the West over the downing of an airliner in eastern Ukraine.

    Associated Press
  • Egypt may be flexible on its Gaza proposal to accommodate Hamas - officials

    Egypt might be willing to amend its truce initiative to end the fighting in Gaza in order to accommodate the Palestinian militant movement Hamas, which had rejected its terms, three Egyptian officials told Reuters. "Egypt does not mind adding some of Hamas' conditions provided that all involved…

    Reuters
  • Philippine worker beheaded in Libya: govt

    Suspected militiamen have beheaded a Philippine worker in Libya after singling him out because he was not a Muslim, the Philippine Foreign Department said Monday. Department spokesman Charles Jose said this reinforced the government's order to all Filipinos to evacuate the country because of the…

    AFP
  • French government slams 'anti-Semitic' violence at pro-Palestinian rally

    France's interior minister promised on Monday to crack down on anti-Semitism after violence marred pro-Palestinian rallies in and around Paris to protest against Israel's role in the two-week-old Middle East conflict. France has both the largest Jewish and Muslim populations in Europe and…

    Reuters
  • Oil prices ease but remain elevated

    Oil prices fell further Monday as concern about Ukraine eased but still were elevated on anxiety about the Middle East.

    Associated Press
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  • Kerry heads to Mideast in bid for cease-fire

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back to the Middle East as the Obama administration attempts to bolster regional efforts to reach a cease-fire and sharpens its criticism of Hamas in its conflict with Israel.

    Associated Press
  • Scores dead in first major ground battle in Gaza

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price Sunday: It killed 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers and forced thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee their neighborhood, reportedly used to launch rockets at…

    Associated Press
  • AP Interview: US teen beaten in Mideast speaks

    TAMPA, Florida (AP) — A Palestinian-American teen left with stitches and bruises from his detention by Israeli security forces said Sunday he was beaten, kicked and blindfolded on a family trip to the Middle East after a cousin there was abducted and killed.

    Associated Press
  • Kerry heads to Cairo; sharpens criticism of Hamas

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is stepping up efforts to forge a truce between Israel and the militant Hamas movement by sending Secretary of State John Kerry to the Middle East to bolster regional efforts to reach a cease-fire.

    Associated Press
  • U.N., Qatar condemn Gaza killings, call for immediate ceasefire

    By Amena Bakr DOHA (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned as an "atrocious action" the killing of dozens of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by Israeli shelling on Sunday and called for an immediate end to almost two weeks of fighting. Ban, in Doha on the first leg of a Middle…

    Reuters
  • UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Gaza

    The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting late Sunday on the situation in Gaza, where the Palestinian death toll passed 100 in a single day. Diplomats said the meeting, open to the public and set for 9:30 pm (0130 GMT Monday), was requested by council member Jordan,…

    AFP
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