Middle East News

  • Citizen care: Europeans reach out to refugees

    Even before the harrowing image of a drowned Syrian toddler sent shockwaves around the world, EU citizens were launching initiatives on the Internet and social media to provide help and pressure governments into action. By Wednesday, more than 14,000 people had backed her initiative.

    AFP
  • Hungary opens door to trains for migrants, but only to camps

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Thousands of people desperate to reach Western Europe rushed into a Budapest train station Thursday after police ended a two-day blockade, setting off a wave of anger and confusion as hundreds shoved their way onto a waiting train. But when it tried to drop them off at a…

    Associated Press
  • Britain's Labour leader candidates clash over Europe

    Candidates to head Britain's Labour party clashed over how to approach a referendum on membership of the European Union on Thursday, in the final debate to decide who should be the country's new opposition leader. The surprise frontrunner in the contest, anti-austerity candidate Jeremy Corbyn, has…

    AFP
  • Migrants scuffle with Hungary police; dead toddler's image shocks Europe

    By Marton Dunai and Ece Toksabay BICSKE, Hungary/MUGLA, Turkey (Reuters) - Migrants forced from a train in Hungary scuffled with helmeted riot police and some clung to railway tracks on Thursday, as politicians across Europe struggled to respond to public opinion appalled by images of a drowned…

    Reuters
  • NJ Sen. Booker adds to support for Iran nuclear deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker announced his support for the Iran nuclear deal on Thursday, siding with President Barack Obama and bucking home-state pressures to say "no."

    Associated Press
  • Pope meets Israel's Rivlin amid tensions

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin was received by Pope Francis for the first time Thursday in what could be seen as a bid to ease tensions raised this year by the signing of a historic first accord between the Vatican and Palestine. The Vatican said the "cordial discussions" addressed "the political…

    AFP
  • Iran's Khamenei backs parliamentary vote on nuclear deal with powers - state TV

    By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader said on Thursday he favored a parliamentary vote on its nuclear deal reached with world powers and called for sanctions against Tehran to be lifted completely rather than suspended, state television reported. President Hassan Rouhani, a…

    Reuters
  • Migrants cling to Hungarian train west, lawmakers debate sealing border

    By Marton Dunai BICSKE, Hungary (Reuters) - Migrants threw themselves onto railway lines and scuffled with helmeted riot police trying to take them to a reception center in Hungary on Thursday, forced from a train in desperate scenes symbolic of a European asylum system brought to breaking point. …

    Reuters
  • Renzi to Ecclestone on Italian GP: 'Leave Monza alone'

    MONZA, Italy (AP) — Italian Premier Matteo Renzi has a message for Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone: "Leave Monza alone."

    Associated Press
  • Palestinians: We have enough votes for UN flag-raising move

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians say "you bet we have the votes" to approve a draft resolution that seeks to raise the flags of the United Nations' two non-member observer states outside U.N. headquarters. The other state is the Holy See.

    Associated Press
  • Split over migrant crisis could damage 'idea of Europe', German minister says

    By Jonny Hogg ANKARA (Reuters) - Divisions over how to handle the continent's biggest refugee crisis since World War Two could damage the "idea of Europe" Germany's labor minister said on Thursday, calling for a fairer distribution of refugees within the EU. Andrea Nahles said Europe had "come to…

    Reuters
  • Turkey frees two British reporters held court on terror charges

    Turkish authorities on Thursday released two British reporters working for US-based media outlet Vice News who were being held on terror charges in a case that amplified concerns over press freedom in the country. The three, along with their driver, were detained late on August 27 in the centre of…

    AFP
  • Image of dead boy piles pressure on UK's Cameron over Syrian refugees

    By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron came under pressure on Thursday to take in more refugees after the image of a dead Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkish beach raised the emotional temperature of the debate. Cameron said on Wednesday that he did not think…

    Reuters
  • New approach to old alliance for Saudi King and Obama

    By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman will meet U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday, aiming to push him for more support in Riyadh's efforts to counter Iran after it agreed to a nuclear deal that will relieve Tehran of some international pressure. Despite…

    Reuters
  • Exclusive: Migrant crisis spurs European interest in Israeli border barriers

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Faced with a surge in migration from the Middle East and North Africa, two European countries are exploring the possibility of erecting towering steel security fences along parts of their borders, similar to Israel's barrier with Egypt. Hungary and Bulgaria…

    Reuters
  • Half of Germans worried by refugee crisis: survey

    By Michelle Martin BERLIN (Reuters) - Half of Germans are concerned the surging number of asylum seekers in the country is overwhelming them and authorities, a survey showed on Thursday, underlining widespread unease about the country's ability to cope with an unprecedented influx. Germany is the…

    Reuters
  • Immigration into Germany in 2014 at highest level for two decades

    Net immigration into Germany last year hit its highest level since 1992 and the number of people claiming asylum benefits jumped by 61 percent, the Statistics Office said on Thursday, with expectations that figure will rise this year to 800,000. Roughly 550,000 more people moved to Germany last…

    Reuters