Middle East News

  • Saudi king to meet with Obama amid Gulf concerns over Iran deal

    By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi King Salman will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday to seek more support in countering Iran, as the Obama administration aims to use the visit to shore up relations after a period of tensions. The visit is the king's first…

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  • US promising help to keep Iran in check in Middle East

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is greeting King Salman of Saudi Arabia with assurances that a nuclear deal with Iran also comes with the necessary resources to help check its regional ambitions.

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  • The Latest: Canada: Syria family didn't file refugee request

    The latest Thursday on the European migrant crisis (all times GMT):

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  • Image of dead child on beach haunts and frustrates the world

    The photo of the dead 3-year-old Syrian boy on a Turkish beach is haunting.

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  • 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.

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • Father of dead boys: 'All I want is to be with my children'

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — He is one among many, far too many. But the plight of one boy, washed up like a piece of debris on a Turkish beach, has focused the world's attention on a wave of war-and-deprivation-fueled migration unmatched since World War II.

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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. …

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  • 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."

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  • 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.

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • Netanyahu defends Iran deal fight after Obama secures support

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended Thursday his high-profile campaign to defeat the Iran nuclear deal after President Barack Obama secured enough backing to keep Congress from blocking it. Netanyahu has repeatedly spoken out strongly against the agreement between Iran and six major…

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  • 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…

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