Middle East News

  • US rejects nuclear disarmament document over Israel concerns

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States on Friday blocked a global document aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, saying Egypt and other states tried to "cynically manipulate" the process by setting a deadline for Israel and its neighbors to meet within months on a Middle East zone free of…

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  • Proliferation talks fail over Mideast nuke plan

    Nuclear non-proliferation talks ended without agreement on Friday after the United States, Canada and Britain opposed a plan to set up a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East. More than 150 countries took part in a month-long conference reviewing the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),…

    AFP
  • Dispute over Mideast nuclear arms ban torpedoes U.N. conference

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A month-long review conference on the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty ended in failure on Friday after its members were unable to overcome disagreements on an atomic weapons ban for the Middle East. After four weeks of negotiations at the…

    Reuters
  • US officials: Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran has entered the fight to retake a major Iraqi oil refinery from Islamic State militants, contributing small numbers of troops, including some operating artillery and other heavy weapons in support of advancing Iraqi ground forces, U.S. defense officials said Friday.

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  • Hundreds march in Sudan against Mursi death sentence

    Around 800 protesters marched through Sudan's capital on Friday against a court's decision this week to seek the death penalty for Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi. Sudan's government has up to now declined to comment on the sentence in neighboring Egypt, describing it as an…

    Reuters
  • Islamic State expands its 'state'

    By Samia Nakhoul BEIRUT (Reuters) - Almost a year after Islamic State's shock capture of Mosul, Iraq's second city, the black flags of the jihadis have been raised over Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province to the west of Baghdad, seat of Iraq’s increasingly theoretical central government. Nobody…

    Reuters
  • EU to propose relocating 40,000 refugees from Italy, Greece

    By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission is set to propose next week that 40,000 asylum seekers who have arrived by boat in Italy and Greece should be relocated across the continent in response to what it considers an emergency situation in both countries. The proposal,…

    Reuters
  • Newspaper sting stops teen from traveling to Syria

    LONDON (AP) — A newspaper sting has prevented a 16-year-old girl from traveling to Syria to become a jihadi bride.

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  • Deputy Russia FM: Western Mideast policies 'short-sighted'

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — A deputy Russian foreign minister says external players cannot solve the Syria crisis and that "short-sighted'" Western policies in the Middle East have helped destabilize countries such as Syria, Iraq and Libya.

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  • US presses Israel on talks for Middle East nuclear-free zone

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States has sent a top official to Israel amid an effort to revive talks on a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons, a central issue of a landmark treaty review conference that some fear will end Friday without progress on global disarmament.

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  • U.S. official in Israel to discuss Mideast nuclear arms ban

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A senior U.S. official is in Israel to discuss the possibility of a compromise that would keep alive the idea of someday banning nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, U.S. officials and U.N. diplomats said on Thursday. …

    Reuters
  • Europe migrant terror threat overblown: experts

    The arrest in Italy of a terror suspect posing as a boat migrant has fuelled nightmare scenarios of jihadist infiltration of Europe, but experts say the threat is overblown and attacks by homegrown extremists are more likely. Right-wing parties have seized on the incident as proof that groups like…

    AFP
  • Canadians have 'no legitimate reason' for joining extremists: Harper

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper blasted would-be Canadian jihadists Thursday, saying there is "no legitimate reason" in a liberal democracy to join any extremist group. Harper announced fresh funding for border and federal police agencies, during a visit to the Montreal airport where days earlier 10…

    AFP
  • Despite Obama endorsement, U.S. concerns grow over Iraqi premier

    By Matt Spetalnick and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is publicly voicing confidence in Iraq’s prime minister in the fight against surging Islamic State militants, but privately some U.S. officials question whether he is too weak to bridge the sectarian divide. …

    Reuters
  • U.S. admits two children killed in Islamic State campaign

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two children were likely killed by a U.S. air strike in Syria in November, the U.S. military said on Thursday, the first time the Pentagon has acknowledged civilian casualties since it began an air campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria and…

    Reuters
  • Clinton emails reveal Benghazi militant fears: report

    Emails from Hillary Clinton obtained Thursday by a US daily revealed her own sources provided intelligence on a deadly 2012 attack in Libya that conflicted with White House statements. With the State Department poised to release the emails sent by Clinton during her four-year tenure as secretary…

    AFP
  • Obama cites 'personal interest' in locking down Iran deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he has a personal stake on ensuring that negotiations with Iran produce an agreement that keeps Tehran from producing a nuclear weapon over the long-term.

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