Middle East News

  • Arabs vow to pound Yemen rebels until they surrender

    Saudi-led warplanes bombed Yemen's main international airport and a renegade troop base in the capital Sunday, as Arab leaders vowed to pummel Iranian-backed rebels until they surrender. Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi has urged his Arab allies to keep bombing until the Huthi Shiite…

    AFP
  • Saudi response to Swedish criticism tests Europe's reach

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sweden's foreign minister is hardly the first diplomat to raise concerns about Saudi Arabia's human rights record, but when she used the word "dictatorship" in a speech last month she crossed a red line for the kingdom at a time of intense regional turmoil,…

    Associated Press
  • Officials: Iran nuke talks solving some issues, not others

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran is considering demands for further cuts to its uranium enrichment program but is pushing back on how long it must limit technology it could use to make atomic arms, Western officials involved in the nuclear talks said Sunday.

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  • Arab leaders agree joint military force

    Arab leaders agreed on Sunday to form a joint military force after a summit dominated by a Saudi-led offensive on Shiite rebels in Yemen and the threat from Islamist extremism. "Assuming the great responsibility imposed by the great challenges facing our Arab nation and threatening its…

    AFP
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  • UN staff flee war-torn Yemen, Russia voices concern

    The United Nations evacuated staff from war-torn Yemen as Russia warned Saudi-led air strikes on Iranian-backed rebels were affecting crunch nuclear talks between world powers and Tehran. Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi urged his Arab allies to keep up the bombing raids in his country…

    AFP
  • World's huddled masses use 4 key land, sea routes to Europe

    DUBLIN (AP) — Most migrants who live illegally in the European Union fly to the 28-nation bloc on valid visas and simply overstay their welcome. But for the poorest and most desperate travelers of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the journey often takes months by sea or land, with payments to…

    Associated Press
  • Migrants' newest route to Europe means an epic Balkans trek

    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East take many routes to cross illegally into the European Union, and all are fraught with likely disappointment and occasional danger. The newest path, through the EU's Balkans back door, comes with a cruel twist: an epic…

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  • Malaysia poised to sign new F1 hosting deal

    SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Grand Prix organizers are poised to sign a new three-year contract to host Formula One at the Sepang International Circuit, with a final agreement expected next month.

    Associated Press
  • After the fight, US eyes Netanyahu's next move

    Barack Obama's sustained public criticism of Netanyahu's election rhetoric has led to allegations of a personal vendetta and even a touch of presidential petulance. Obama has steadfastly rebuffed Netanyahu's efforts to row back his election-time opposition to a Palestinian state. "It's has been a…

    AFP
  • Saudi ground troops would face Yemen 'quagmire': experts

    Saudi-led airstrikes alone are unlikely to crush Iranian-backed Yemeni rebels but a ground incursion would risk a bloody "quagmire" and escalating tensions with Tehran, experts say. Saudi Arabia pledged to do "whatever it takes" to defend its ally President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi after launching…

    AFP
  • Warships move in key strait as airstrikes widen in Yemen

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — As airstrikes in Yemen intensified on their second day Friday, Egypt and Saudi Arabia were considering an intervention on the ground, aimed at giving the president a secure foothold to return to the country, while backing Sunni tribesmen to fight against Shiite rebels and their…

    Associated Press
  • Yemen's Aden a key battleground in conflict

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Yemen's city of Aden, a vital Arabian Sea port for centuries, is emerging as a key battleground in the fight between a Saudi-led Arab coalition backing the country's president and Shiite rebels and their allies.

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  • A look at America's complicated collage of a Mideast policy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States' engagement in the volatile and unpredictable Middle East got more complicated this week, as American and Iranian negotiators sought a historic nuclear agreement while the U.S. provided intelligence for a Saudi-led air campaign against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen.

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  • French FM warns Middle East minorities could 'disappear entirely'

    Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities under attack in the Middle East could "disappear entirely" unless the world takes action to protect them, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday. Fabius told a UN Security Council debate that an "action charter" was needed to address…

    AFP
  • Israel says to release Palestinian tax funds, US welcomes

    Israel said Friday it will release hundreds of millions of dollars in tax funds it has withheld from the Palestinian Authority as a punitive measure. The United States swiftly welcomed the move, which could help disarm tensions with Washington and the international community after a polarising…

    AFP
  • Israel to stop withholding Palestinian tax revenues

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Friday that it will transfer Palestinian tax revenues it has been withholding as punishment for the Palestinians' application to join the International Criminal Court.

    Associated Press
  • Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer dies at 83

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish poet and Nobel Literature Prize winner Tomas Transtromer has died at age 83, Swedish publisher Bonniers said Friday.

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