Middle East News

  • Saudi announces 11 new MERS infections

    Saudi Arabia on Wednesday announced 11 new cases of MERS, including a 13-year-old child, as its acting health minister vowed to keep the public better informed about the coronavirus. The new cases bring to 272 the total number of MERS infections, including 81 deaths, registered across the kingdom…

    AFP18 mins ago
  • 3 charged with sending chemical equipment to Syria

    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) — U.S. prosecutors have charged a Pennsylvania man and two foreign citizens with conspiring to illegally export chemical warfare detection devices and laboratory equipment to Syria, authorities said in a case that was under seal for 17 months until Wednesday.

    Associated Press39 mins ago
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  • Saudi prince says Gulf states must balance threat from Iran

    A senior member of Saudi Arabia's royal family said on Wednesday that Gulf states should work on acquiring nuclear know-how to balance any threat from Iran. Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former intelligence chief, also told a security conference in the Bahraini capital Manama, that the Gulf states…

    Reuters
  • Obama opens Japan trip at famous sushi restaurant

    TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday opened a four-country Asia tour aimed at reassuring allies in the region that the U.S. remains a committed economic, military and political partner that can serve as a counterweight to China's growing influence.

    Associated Press
  • West should work with Russia against radical Islam: Blair

    Western leaders should set aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on the growing threat of Islamic extremism, former British prime minister Tony Blair said on Wednesday. In a speech in London, the Middle East envoy said the spread of extremist ideology in that region as well as…

    AFP
  • Obama opens 4-country, Asia-Pacific trip in Tokyo

    TOKYO (AP) — Opening a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region, President Barack Obama is aiming to promote the U.S. as a committed economic, military and political partner, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine threatens to cast a shadow over the president's sales mission.

    Associated Press
  • Saudi Arabia reports 11 new cases of MERS virus, first in Mecca

    Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it had discovered 11 more cases of the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), including what appeared to be the first case in the Muslim holy city of Mecca. A health ministry statement said eight of the people were in intensive care, two were…

    Reuters
  • Blair: Radicalized Islam a growing threat

    LONDON (AP) — The West should set aside its differences with Russia and China to focus on the growing threat from radical Islam, Tony Blair said Wednesday, in a speech that included a call to support Egypt's military government against its Muslim Brotherhood opponents.

    Associated Press
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  • Small French park becomes home for desperate Syrian families

    Saint-Ouen (France) (AFP) - They ended up there penniless after wandering from country to country for months. Yahya, Aziz and 150 other Syrians swapped the brutality and death of a war zone for hand-to-mouth survival in a small park in a working-class suburb of Paris, squeezed in behind a hotel…

    AFP
  • Pirates rob Singapore tanker in Malacca Strait

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Pirates stopped a Singapore-owned tanker in the Malacca Strait and stole several million liters of diesel fuel it was carrying, Malaysian marine police said Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  • Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM

    TOKYO (AP) — Toyota kept its position at the top in global vehicle sales for the first quarter of this year, outpacing rivals General Motors and Volkswagen.

    Associated Press
  • Pirates rob Japanese tanker in Malacca Strait

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Pirates raided a Japanese tanker in the Malacca Strait and pilfered several million liters of diesel fuel it was carrying, Malaysian marine police said Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  • Former AP photographer Harry Koundakjian dies

    NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Koundakjian, a former photographer and photo editor for The Associated Press in the Middle East and New York City, has died. He was 83.

    Associated Press
  • Search for MH370 reveals a military vulnerability for China

    By Greg Torode and Michael Martina HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - When Chinese naval supply vessel Qiandaohu entered Australia's Albany Port this month to replenish Chinese warships helping search for a missing Malaysian airliner, it highlighted a strategic headache for Beijing - its lack of…

    Reuters
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  • MERS death toll hits 81 in Saudi

    The MERS death toll has climbed to 81 in Saudi Arabia, which sacked its health minister as cases of infection by the coronavirus mount in the country. A 73-year-old Saudi who suffered from chronic illnesses died in Riyadh and a compatriot diagnosed with the virus, aged 54, died in the port city of…

    AFP
  • First PLO delegation since 2007 war heads to Gaza for Palestinian unity talks

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) sent a delegation to Gaza on Tuesday to negotiate unity with militant group Hamas for the first time since their 2007 conflict, potentially boosting Fatah leader and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas's position. …

    Reuters
  • Spread of MERS in Saudi Arabia accelerates with 17 new cases

    By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has discovered another 17 cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), as the total number of confirmed infections of the SARS-like disease has jumped by a third in the kingdom in the past week. King Abdullah replaced the health minister,…

    Reuters
  • Greece reports 1st MERS case, patient critical

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has recorded its first case of the potentially fatal respiratory disease known as MERS, and the patient is in critical condition.

    Associated Press
  • Saudi Arabia reports 2 more deaths from MERS virus

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's health ministry says two more patients who contracted a potentially fatal Middle East virus related to SARS have died as the kingdom detected 17 new cases of the disease.

    Associated Press
  • Saudi health minister sacked amid virus deaths

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah sacked the country's health minister on Monday amid a spike in deaths and infections from the virus known as the Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS.

    Associated Press
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