Middle East News

  • From Iraq to New York, a busy week for Islamic State group

    BEIRUT (AP) — Little known to the wider world 18 months ago, the Islamic State extremist group has muscled its way into the international spotlight by carving out a self-declared caliphate in the heart of the Mideast, beheading its opponents and foreign journalists, and attracting radicalized youth…

    Associated Press
  • India unbeaten at World Cup after UAE rout

    Perth (Australia) (AFP) - India's World Cup confidence continued to climb as they thrashed the United Arab Emirates by nine wickets in their Pool B match at Perth's WACA Ground on Saturday.

    AFP
  • Dozens of Syrian and Iraqi migrants rescued off Romanian coast

    Romania's coast guard rescued 70 migrants - mostly Syrians and Iraqis - packed on to a small fishing boat that was in danger of sinking as they attempted to make the crossing to Europe in stormy seas on Saturday. The boat, which was crammed with migrants including 20 women and seven children, was…

    Reuters
  • Top Asian News at 12:30 a.m. GMT

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday. The attack Thursday night on Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen, occurred on…

    Associated Press
  • Teacher denies radicalizing Canadian teens headed to Syria

    By Andrew Soong and Jake Bleiberg MONTREAL (Reuters) - A Muslim teacher once jailed by Canada as a security threat denied on Friday he had radicalized Canadian teens believed to have headed to Syria to fight with Islamic State, saying his school had only brief contact with one of the six students.…

    Reuters
  • Italian lawmakers urge recognition of Palestinian state

    Italian lawmakers on Friday backed a non-binding resolution that encourages the government to recognize Palestine as a state, a move that underlines European frustration over stalled Middle East peace negotiations. European countries have become increasingly critical of Israel, which since the…

    Reuters
  • Saudi reports 10 MERS deaths in a week

    Ten more people in Saudi Arabia have died from MERS over the past week, health ministry figures showed on Friday, after an international mission urged extra measures to combat the virus. Saudi Arabia is the country worst-hit by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Doctor Abdul…

    AFP
  • Draft Chinese law paves way for counter-terror operations abroad

    By Michael Martina BEIJING (Reuters) - China is close to approving a law that will create a legal framework for sending troops abroad on counter-terrorism missions, as Beijing seeks to address the vulnerability of the country's growing global commercial and diplomatic interests. Experts said…

    Reuters
  • Despite spat with US, Israeli leader fighting Iran nuke deal

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads to Washington next week on a last-gasp effort to seal what he hopes will become his signature achievement: preventing Iran from attaining a nuclear weapon. But the centerpiece of the visit, a much-hyped speech to Congress arguing…

    Associated Press
  • Missing Canadian teens believed headed to fight with Islamic State: reports

    TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian authorities believe four young men and two women who disappeared from Quebec in January have traveled to the Middle East to fight with Islamic State, media reported on Thursday. The Globe and Mail newspaper said at least four of the young people studied at Montreal’s…

    Reuters
  • IS jihadists destroy ancient artefacts in Iraq: video

    Islamic State militants armed with sledgehammers and jackhammers have destroyed priceless ancient artefacts in Iraq's city of Mosul, a video released by the jihadists Thursday shows. The destruction sparked widespread consternation and alarm, with some archaeologists and heritage experts comparing…

    AFP
  • Susan Rice, Samantha Power to address AIPAC meeting

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has decided against snubbing America's leading pro-Israel lobby and will send President Barack Obama's national security adviser and U.N. ambassador to address its annual policy conference in a move that may ease — or exacerbate — spiraling tensions with Israel…

    Associated Press
  • US Christians back emerging private war on Iraq jihadists

    After fighting with rebels in Libya and embracing the revolt in Syria, Matthew VanDyke has rolled up in northern Iraq, but the celebrity American revolutionary-cum-filmmaker has traded his fatigues for a three-piece suit. VanDyke, who rose to fame as a foreign fighter backing Libyan rebels against…

    AFP
  • London's FTSE hits record closing high

    London (AFP) - London shares soared to a record closing high on Thursday, with banks Standard Chartered and RBS experiencing sharply contrasting fortunes.

    AFP
  • Management shake-up at UK's troubled StanChart bank

    Britain's troubled Standard Chartered announced Thursday the exit of its top two bosses in a radical management reshuffle, as the Asia-focused bank battles to transform its fortunes. The lender, facing sliding profits, slowing growth in emerging markets, and scandals including the alleged…

    AFP
  • Netanyahu speech risks more than Obama's ire

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the US Congress next week will shatter already poor relations with President Barack Obama and test the resilience of US-Israeli ties. Since Netanyahu and Obama came to power in 2009 they have had a testy relationship, clashing over Israeli…

    AFP
  • UAE military buys two Boeing C-17s as part of record IDEX spend

    By Stanley Carvalho ABU DHABI (Reuters) - The Middle East’s largest arms expo ended on Thursday with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announcing it had spent a record amount at the event, signaling continued spending on defense in a region where security is of rising concern. At 18.33 billion…

    Reuters