Middle East News

  • Kerry says United States, Egypt return to "stronger base" in ties

    By David Brunnstrom CAIRO (Reuters) - The United States and Egypt are returning to a "stronger base" in bilateral ties despite tensions and human rights concerns, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday after talks with his Egyptian counterpart. "Egypt remains vital ... to engagement…

    Reuters
  • Saudi Arabian king leaves France after holiday controversy

    NICE/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian King Salman left the south of France for Morocco on Sunday, cutting short a planned three-week stay after a petition from some 150,000 residents over the closure of a public beach outside his villa. A Saudi source said King Salman had arrived in Morocco, saying…

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  • Iran deal can speed solutions in Syria, Yemen: Rouhani

    Iran's president said Sunday his country's nuclear deal with the West would create better prospects for faster solutions in Syria and Yemen, two of the Middle East's worst conflict zones. In a live appearance on state television, Hassan Rouhani said the July 14 agreement had shown diplomacy and…

    AFP
  • France, Britain present united front as anger soars over migrants

    France and Britain vowed Sunday that a cross-Channel migrant crisis was their "top priority" in a united front that belied simmering anger over an issue which has become a political hot potato. Heightened security has curbed the number of attempts by migrants in the port city of Calais trying to…

    AFP
  • US, Egypt resume formal security talks with Kerry visit

    CAIRO (AP) — Despite persistent human rights concerns, the United States on Sunday resumed formal security talks with Egypt that were last held six years ago and kept on hiatus until now amid the political unrest that swept the country in the wake of the Arab Spring.

    Associated Press
  • Italy coast guard rescues 1,800 sea migrants, five found dead

    Italy's coast guard said about 1,800 migrants were rescued from seven overcrowded vessels on Saturday, while five corpses were found on a large rubber boat carrying 212 others. The dead bodies were found on board at the time of the rescue, a coast guard spokeswoman said on Sunday. The…

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  • French riot police disperse migrants at Channel Tunnel

    COQUELLES, France (AP) — French riot police have sprayed migrants with a chemical irritant as they tried to storm the Channel Tunnel, and the British and French interior ministers said the nightly attempts to reach Britain are part of a "global migration crisis" that needs an international solution.

    Associated Press
  • Britain and France urge EU-wide action on Calais migrant crisis

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and France on Sunday urged other European Union states to help them tackle the growing crisis in northern France caused by thousands of migrants seeking to make illegal and dangerous crossings into England. The French port of Calais has become a focal…

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  • Kerry pledges support for Egypt in Cairo talks

    US Secretary of State John Kerry launched a strategic dialogue with his Egyptian counterpart in Cairo on Sunday, pledging Washington's support as the two countries patched up a diplomatic rift. Kerry was to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi later before travelling on to Qatar, where he…

    AFP
  • Immigration the major concern for Europeans: poll

    Immigration is the main concern of Europeans, ahead of economic problems and unemployment, according to a new opinion poll released by the European Commission. A similar poll last November had the economic situation, employment, and public deficits top of the list. Since then immigration has been…

    AFP
  • Kerry off to Mideast with Egypt, Iran deal, Syria on agenda

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry departed for the Middle East on Friday for security talks in Egypt and discussions in Qatar with Arab foreign ministers whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal struck with Iran. He will not visit Israel, America's foremost Mideast ally and the…

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  • Exclusive: Walkout at Taliban leadership meeting raises specter of split

    By Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - At the Taliban meeting this week where Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was named as the Islamist militant group's new head, several senior figures in the movement, including the son and brother of late leader Mullah Omar, walked out in protest. The…

    Reuters
  • EU urges Israel to show 'zero tolerance for settler violence'

    The EU urged Israel Friday to show "zero tolerance" for settler violence after an arson attack blamed on settlers in the occupied West Bank left a Palestinian toddler dead. "The Israeli authorities should ... take resolute measures to protect the local population. "The cold-blooded killing of…

    AFP
  • When is a jackal not a jackal? When it's really a 'golden wolf'

    Scientists said on Thursday a comprehensive genetic analysis found that these populations are made up of two entirely distinct species, with those in Africa different from the others. The scientific name for the golden jackal is Canis aureus. The researchers proposed renaming those in Africa…

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  • Man stabs several people at Jerusalem gay pride parade

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Revelers dancing and singing through the streets of Jerusalem during the holy city's annual gay pride parade were left shrieking in pain and panic Thursday night, as an anti-gay extremist lunged into a group leading the march and stabbed six people, Israeli police and witnesses said.

    Associated Press
  • Grevin's first Asian museum waxes lyrical over K-pop

    Psy, Paris Hilton and Queen Elizabeth II all made it, but South Korean President Park Geun-Hye turned down her chance of immortality in the first Asian outpost of France's famous waxwork museum, Musee Grevin, that opened in Seoul Thursday. The new museum's focus is firmly on the world of…

    AFP
  • Afghan Taliban name a new leader, but peace talks delayed

    By Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Taliban have chosen late supreme leader Mullah Omar's longtime deputy to replace him, two militant commanders said on Thursday, as Pakistan announced that peace talks between the insurgents and the Afghan government had been postponed. Pakistan…

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