Middle East News

  • Japan condemns 'despicable' IS hostage beheading claim

    Tokyo (AFP) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday denounced as "heinous and despicable" the apparent beheading of a second Japanese hostage by the Islamic State group, as global leaders denounced the jihadists.

    AFP
  • Japan to debate rescue missions after Islamic State executions

    By Linda Sieg and Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - The beheading of two Japanese citizens by Islamic State militants is fanning calls to allow Japan's long-constrained military to conduct overseas rescue missions as part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push for a more muscular security posture. …

    Reuters
  • Japan mourns Kenji Goto as caring and courageous reporter

    TOKYO (AP) — Whether in tsunami-stricken northeastern Japan or conflict-ridden Sierra Leone, the stories of the vulnerable, the children and the poor drove the work of journalist Kenji Goto.

    Associated Press
  • Obama condemns killing of Japanese journalist by IS

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling the killing of a Japanese journalist by an Islamic State militant a "heinous murder" and declaring that the United States stands in solidarity with the Japanese people in denouncing a "barbaric act."

    Associated Press
  • Framing ties with Russia in a 'post' post-Cold War era

    Whatever happened to that reset button Hillary Clinton gave her Russian counterpart in 2009 as a sign of renewed ties? No doubt gathering dust, while the West figures out how to handle Moscow now. As the war in Ukraine goes from bad to worse, with more than 5,100 dead in nine months, the United…

    AFP
  • Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian in the West Bank

    Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian on Saturday in the occupied West Bank, the military and a Palestinian security official said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said soldiers saw two Palestinians throwing a fire bomb towards a road near the Palestinian city of Nablus and "identifying an…

    Reuters
  • Outspoken prince to launch pan-Arab news channel

    An outspoken, billionaire Saudi prince will on Sunday launch a pan-Arab satellite news channel aimed at challenging established networks in the region. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is a nephew of King Abdullah, who died on January 23. Broadcasting from 1300 GMT on Sunday, his Bahrain-based Alarab…

    AFP
  • Saudi postpones flogging of blogger for third week

    Saudi Arabia postponed Friday for a third week in a row the flogging of a blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, his wife said. Raef Badawi "was not flogged" on Friday, Ensaf Haidar told AFP, adding that the reason was unclear. Badawi's case has already prompted worldwide outrage…

    AFP
  • Myanmar opens deep sea port for Chinese oil pipeline

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar has officially opened a deep sea port off its western coast, part of a $2.45 billion port and pipeline project that will carry crude oil from the Middle East to China.

    Associated Press
  • Saudi blogger Badawi, a fighter for free speech

    Saudi Arabian blogger Raef Badawi, who could face another round of flogging on Friday for "insulting Islam", is a fighter for free speech whose health is worsening, his wife says. Badawi, born on January 13, 1984, is the father of two girls aged 11 and seven with his wife Ensaf Haidar, his teenage…

    AFP
  • Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade

    TOKYO (AP) — A deadline of sunset Thursday for a possible prisoner swap purportedly set by the Islamic State group holding a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian military pilot passed with no sign of whether the two men were still alive.

    Associated Press
  • Factbox: Under-reported conflicts in 2015

    By Alex Whiting LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The wars in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine are getting wide coverage in Western media, but there are at least 30 other conflicts in the world that are likely to go largely unnoticed this year and keep millions of people in crisis. Here are a few of…

    Reuters
  • Nokia turns to fourth quarter profit buoyed by strong growth

    HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia made a net profit of 443 million euros ($502 million) in the fourth quarter and sales grew nearly 10 percent, but its share price fell Thursday as the results were offset by a poor performance in some regions, higher costs and a low dividend.

    Associated Press
  • Rights group blasts IS for atrocities

    BEIRUT (AP) — Human Rights Watch on Thursday blasted Islamic State militants over their atrocities, but also criticized the "sectarian and abusive" policies of the Syrian and Iraqi governments, saying they fuel extremism.

    Associated Press
  • Egyptian prosperity, not protests, could define Sisi rule

    By Maggie Fick CAIRO (Reuters) - A crackdown on protests in Egypt is not expected to provoke widespread unrest that threatens President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's rule, as most Egyptians crave an end to years of political turmoil that have hammered their hopes of prosperity. More than 25 people were…

    Reuters
  • Turkey, Lebanon restart Baghdad flights after shooting, Gulf waits

    Turkish Airlines and Lebanon's Middle East Airlines (MEA) resumed flights to Baghdad on Thursday after halting them earlier in the week when bullets hit a plane as it was landing in the Iraqi capital. Samir Kubba, the head of Iraq's civil aviation authority, told Reuters a flight from Istanbul had…

    Reuters
  • Romney, mulling 2016 run, jabs Clinton and Obama

    Mitt Romney, considering another presidential run, took swipes at potential 2016 rival Hillary Clinton on Wednesday for "cluelessly" conducting foreign policy, and said Barack Obama's brand of economics is hurting Americans. The 2012 Republican nominee, who lost to Obama, has returned to the…

    AFP