Middle East News

  • Turkey mulls joining anti-IS coalition as jihadists near border

    Damascus (AFP) - Islamic State fighters have closed to within a few kilometres of a key Kurdish town on Syria's border with Turkey, as Ankara mulls joining the anti-IS coalition.

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  • Australian police charge man over funding 'terrorist organization' after raids

    By Lincoln Feast SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police raided homes in Melbourne on Tuesday and charged one man with funding a terrorist organization in a crackdown on radical Islamists who authorities believe are supporting Middle East militants or planning attacks at home. The operation, following…

  • Israel PM tries to shift focus from Islamic State to Iran at U.N

    By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday tried to shift the spotlight away from the Islamic State militant group and back to Iran, warning the United Nations that a nuclear-armed Tehran would pose a far greater threat…

  • Qatar's foreign minister denies paying ransoms to militant groups

    By Daniel Bases PRINCETON N.J. (Reuters) - Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiya defended on Monday his government's connections with armed militant groups in the Middle East and its involvement in negotiating the release of hostages but denied ever paying ransoms to secure their freedom. "No,…

  • Australian counter-terrorism police raid Melbourne properties

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police said they had raided a number of properties around the southern city of Melbourne on Tuesday, part of a security crackdown on radical Islamists authorities believe are planning attacks in the country. Australia, which is backing the United States and its…

  • Turkey deploys tanks to border as lawmakers to consider anti-IS action

    Mursitpinar (Turkey) (AFP) - Turkey on Monday deployed tanks and armoured vehicles to reinforce its border with Syria amid escalating violence by the Islamic State group, as parliament was set to consider whether to authorise military action against the jihadists.

  • Obama efforts to oust Assad pushed to back burner

    WASHINGTON (AP) — By President Barack Obama's own admission, U.S. efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad have been pushed to the back burner by a bombing campaign against Islamic State militants that could ultimately help him stay in power.

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  • U.S., Kurds strike at Islamic State in Syria

    By Mariam Karouny and Jonny Hogg BEIRUT/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - U.S. warplanes attacked Islamic State targets in Syria overnight, in raids that a group monitoring the war said killed civilians as well as jihadist fighters. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the…

  • With wheelchairs, walking sticks, pilgrims throng Mecca for hajj

    Mecca (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) - Their backs hunched, elderly Muslim pilgrims lean on walking sticks as others in wheelchairs nudge their way into Mecca's Grand Mosque where scores of people are encircling the holy Kaaba.

  • Man United exploring friendlies during season

    LONDON (AP) — Manchester United is looking at playing lucrative friendlies overseas to fill the midweek void left by the absence of European football this season and the early League Cup exit.

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  • Obama: US 'underestimated' Islamic State threat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is acknowledging that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants in the Middle East and overestimated the ability and will of Iraq's army to fight such extremists.

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  • Israel's shadowy Mossad looks to recruit online

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — It used to be that if you wanted to join one of the world's most secretive espionage organizations you had to sneak into a foreign embassy, answer a cryptic newspaper ad or show up in a nondescript building in Tel Aviv to meet a shadowy recruiter. Now all it takes to apply…

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  • Solar energy could dominate electricity by 2050: IEA

    LONDON (Reuters) - Solar energy could be the top source of electricity by 2050, aided by plummeting costs of the equipment to generate it, a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), the West's energy watchdog, said on Monday. IEA Reports said solar photovoltaic (PV) systems could generate…

  • Russian suspicions of U.S. motives in Syria make cooperation unlikely

    By Lesley Wroughton and Matt Spetalnick NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Russia see Islamic State as a common enemy but are failing to overcome deep mutual distrust and agree on how to tackle the threat together, making any role for Moscow in the U.S.-led campaign unlikely,…

  • Saudi foreign minister: War on terror needs years

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said Saturday that the war against extremists in the Middle East may take years and must not stop before all terrorist organizations are eliminated.

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  • World leaders give their annual speeches at the UN

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — World leaders gathered Saturday for the fourth day of the annual ministerial meeting of the U.N. General Assembly to address the state of their countries and the world. Here are highlights from some of the newsworthy speakers:

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  • Far-right groups protest immigration at British port

    Dover (United Kingdom) (AFP) - British far-right groups demonstrated against immigrants entering the country from France on Saturday, in a protest at the southern English port of Dover.