Middle East News

  • Jordan hangs 11 men after eight-year death penalty moratorium

    Human rights groups took Jordan to task on Sunday as the country ended an eight-year moratorium on the death penalty by hanging 11 men convicted of murder. Jordan's last previous executions were in June 2006, and 122 people have since been sentenced to death. Interior Minister Hussein Majali had…

    AFP
  • Jordan hangs 11 after eight-year death penalty freeze

    AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan executed 11 citizens on Sunday, ending an eight-year moratorium on capital punishment, judicial sources said. The hanged men were among 120 Jordanians convicted of capital crimes in the last 10 years, according to the sources. Jordan halted executions in 2006, but a recent…

    Reuters
  • 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
  • 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
  • Palestinians seek UN resolution to end Israeli occupation

    The Palestinians are to push on Wednesday with a draft UN resolution demanding an end to Israeli occupation despite what they call warnings the United States is ready to veto the measure. An Arab-backed text setting November 2016 as the deadline for an Israeli withdrawal was to be formally…

    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
  • 66 journalists killed in past year as attacks grow more barbaric: report

    Attacks on journalists have grown more barbaric and kidnappings have soared, Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday, after a year when violence against the media took centre stage and 66 reporters were killed. "Rarely have reporters been murdered with such a barbaric sense of propaganda, shocking…

    AFP
  • 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