Middle East News

  • How Syria policy stalled under the 'analyst in chief'

    By David Rohde and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - (In Oct. 9 story, corrects paragraph 12 to clarify that size of Obama's National Security Council staff has continued to grow, rather than "has nearly doubled", after the White House clarified numbers it had provided to Reuters. ) Throughout…

    Reuters
  • Tunisia's old regime hopes makeover can win it the election

    By Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - In the corner of his office, Tunisian presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi keeps a bust of Habib Bourguiba, who led the country in 1957 after its independence from France. It is a symbol, he says, of the kind of statesman Tunisia now needs.…

    Reuters
  • In Lebanon, Syrian newborns risk statelessness

    BEIRUT (AP) — Nearly 30,000 Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, exposing them to the risk of a life of statelessness deprived of basic rights.

    Associated Press
  • Rocket in French Guiana launches 4 satellites

    KOUROU, French Guiana (AP) — Arianespace has launched a rocket from French Guiana carrying four satellites that will expand telecommunications and Internet services in several continents.

    Associated Press
  • U.N. launches 2015 Syria appeal, focuses on helping refugees' host nations

    By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations called on Thursday for more than $8.4 billion to help nearly 18 million people in need in Syria, wrecked by civil war, and across the region in 2015. As well as calling for cash for essential humanitarian aid for millions of…

    Reuters
  • Swiss central bank imposes negative interest rates

    BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Following the fallout of the slide in the Russian ruble, Switzerland sought Thursday to prevent the Swiss franc from breaching upper limits imposed on the currency by introducing negative interest rates on commercial bank deposits.

    Associated Press
  • Two-speed labor system in Qatar for 2022 World Cup

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Men crammed together, dozens to a room, on bunk beds so close they can reach over and shake hands.

    Associated Press
  • How revived ties with Cuba came to be

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh off his 2012 re-election victory, President Barack Obama summoned senior advisers to a series of meetings, asking them to "think big" about a second-term agenda, including the possibilities of new starts with long-standing U.S. foes such as Iran and Cuba. Two years later,…

    Associated Press
  • Like Iran, secret diplomacy leads to US-Cuba thaw

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh off his 2012 re-election victory, President Barack Obama summoned senior advisers to a series of meetings, asking them to "think big" about a second-term agenda, including the possibilities of new starts with long-standing U.S. foes such as Iran and Cuba. Two years later,…

    Associated Press
  • EU insists on Hamas terror status after blacklist removal

    The European Union scrambled to set the record straight on Hamas Wednesday after an EU court ordered the removal of the Palestinian Islamist group from its terror blacklist, infuriating Israel. The ruling threatened recent Brussels attempts to play a bigger role in reviving the moribund Middle…

    AFP
  • Dubai and Abu Dhabi stocks close at lowest of year

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's main stock market and Abu Dhabi's index closed on Tuesday at their lowest points of the year amid mounting anxiety over plunging oil prices.

    Associated Press
  • Russia 'optimistic' on Syria peace talks early next year: Lavrov

    PARIS (Reuters) - Russia is optimistic at the prospect of renewed talks between opposition figures and the Syrian government early next year, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday. Moscow, an ally of the Syrian government, has pushed to restart talks that collapsed in Geneva in…

    Reuters
  • Qatar: Small country the big new player in sport

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Leaders of Qatar seem to have a simple formula for their plans over the next decade: money + sports = global fame.

    Associated Press
  • Qatar's World Cup: Not what you might expect

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Cooled, modern stadiums. Fans traveling from the Middle East and beyond, to a region anxious to prove it can put on a show and have its own brand of fun.

    Associated Press
  • France seeking support for Mideast plan

    PARIS (AP) — France on Tuesday tried to overcome resistance and rally international support for a draft U.N. plan setting a two-year deadline for peace talks on Palestinian statehood.

    Associated Press
  • 'Deluded' hostage-taker saw himself as a martyr

    SYDNEY (AP) — He wrote letters to grieving families of Australian troops killed in Afghanistan that likened them to "Hitler's soldiers." He was accused of being an accomplice in the murder of his ex-wife, who was stabbed and set on fire.

    Associated Press
  • Iraq government combats 'ghost soldier' corruption

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi government has identified and stopped payment of tens of millions of dollars in salaries previously disbursed to nonexistent troops, known here as "ghost soldiers," as part of the prime minister's vow to tackle corruption in the military and regain a foothold in the battle…

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