Middle East News

  • Morocco ramps up security faced with 'serious terror threat'

    Morocco announced on Thursday that it is tightening security measures in response to a "serious terrorist threat" linked to the growing number of its citizens joining jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq. Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad said there was "a serious threat of a terrorist attack against…

    AFP
  • U.N. chief says de Mistura to be new Syria mediator

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday appointed veteran U.N. official Staffan de Mistura, a former U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan and Iraq, to replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international mediator seeking an end to Syria's civil…

    Reuters
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  • Militants in Lebanon seek to emulate Islamic State

    By Laila Bassam and Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - The success of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has emboldened like-minded militants in Lebanon who believe they can emulate it, the interior minister said, confirming the militant Sunni group had now appeared in Beirut for the first time. In an…

    Reuters
  • Top Asian News at 12:00 p.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — China and the United States on Thursday promised closer cooperation on climate change and North Korea, although China warned the U.S. not to take sides on its maritime disputes with Asian neighbors. The two sides discussed cyberhacking but announced no progress toward resolving U.S.…

    Associated Press
  • Top Asian News at 11:30 a.m. GMT

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A day after Indonesia's presidential elections failed to produce a clear winner, Jakarta's police chief promised to prevent violence by cracking down on anyone celebrating prematurely. With both candidates continuing to claim victory, the next leader of the world's…

    Associated Press
  • Top Asian News at 11:00 a.m. GMT

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A day after Indonesia's presidential elections failed to produce a clear winner, Jakarta's police chief promised to prevent violence by cracking down on anyone celebrating prematurely. With both candidates continuing to claim victory, the next leader of the world's…

    Associated Press
  • Top Asian News at 10:30 a.m. GMT

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A day after Indonesia's presidential elections failed to produce a clear winner, Jakarta's police chief promised to prevent violence by cracking down on anyone celebrating prematurely. With both candidates continuing to claim victory, the next leader of the world's…

    Associated Press
  • Top Asian News at 10:00 a.m. GMT

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A day after Indonesia's presidential elections failed to produce a clear winner, Jakarta's police chief promised to prevent violence by cracking down on anyone celebrating prematurely. With both candidates continuing to claim victory, the next leader of the world's…

    Associated Press
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  • Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — After Indonesia's hotly contested presidential election ended with both sides declaring victory, front-running candidate Joko Widodo called on his supporters to refrain from celebrating out of fear that it could incite violence by his rival's supporters while the nation…

    Associated Press
  • WHO: Basic hygiene can help prevent MERS spread

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A World Health Organization official on Thursday urged millions of Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to exercise basic hygiene as mass gatherings pose risks of spreading the Middle East respiratory syndrome.

    Associated Press
  • De Mistura to succeed Brahimi as Syria peace mediator

    Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura will be the new UN mediator for Syria, taking on the Herculean task of finding a political solution to the devastating civil war, diplomats say. De Mistura is set to replace Lakhdar Brahimi, who resigned in May after two rounds of peace talks yielded no…

    AFP
  • De Mistura succeeds Brahimi as U.N. Syria mediator: diplomats

    By Michelle Nichols and Tom Miles UNITED NATIONS/GENEVA (Reuters) - Veteran United Nations official Staffan de Mistura, a former U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan and Iraq, will replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international mediator seeking an end to Syria's civil war, diplomats said on Wednesday. …

    Reuters
  • Rockets and naval commandos boost Hamas arsenal

    Rockets capable of hitting deeper into Israel than ever before and naval commandos launching a beachhead assault show that Hamas has increased its capabilities with help from Iran and Syria, analysts said Wednesday. The last Israeli offensive against Gaza was meant to have degraded the Palestinian…

    AFP
  • Bahrain questions opposition leader after expelling U.S. diplomat

    By Yara Bayoumy DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain interrogated its top opposition leader on Wednesday after expelling a senior U.S. diplomat for meeting him, a remarkable slap at Washington from an ally that hosts the U.S. Navy's Middle East fleet. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human…

    Reuters
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  • U.S. calls on Israel, Palestinians to de-escalate Gaza tensions

    The United States on Wednesday urged Israel and the Palestinians to de-escalate tensions in Gaza and expressed concern for the safety of civilians on both sides as Israel pressed a campaign of air strikes and militants kept up rocket fire at Israel's heartland. State Department spokeswoman Jen…

    Reuters
  • Iran says offers ways to ease impasse over underground nuclear plant

    By Michelle Moghtader DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Wednesday it had offered ways to address foreign concerns over its underground Fordow uranium enrichment plant, hinting at flexibility on a serious obstacle to a nuclear deal with big powers as a self-imposed July 20 deadline nears. The United…

    Reuters
  • 5 things to know about Indonesia's election

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesians voted Wednesday for their next president, and unofficial results showed a narrow victory for former furniture maker Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. Prabowo Subianto, a former general, was also claiming victory, but official results won't be known for two weeks. Here are…

    Associated Press
  • Turkey's Kurds prefer peace prospects at home to perilous statehood in Iraq

    By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) - What has long been a dream for the Middle East's Kurds, an independent state, is within reach in Iraq, but Turkey's Kurds, wearied by a 30-year conflict with Ankara, see a brighter future at home, where negotiations could deliver the rights they have…

    Reuters
  • Greece rescues 77 migrants in Aegean Sea

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek Coast Guard rescued 77 migrants Wednesday in two boats trying to travel from the nearby Turkish coast to Greek islands in the eastern Aegean Sea.

    Associated Press
  • Both sides claim victory in tight Indonesia election race

    Both sides claimed victory Wednesday in Indonesia's tightest and most divisive presidential election since the end of authoritarian rule, as unofficial tallies showed Jakarta governor Joko Widodo leading ex-general Prabowo Subianto. Widodo, the first serious presidential contender without roots in…

    AFP
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