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Turkish Attempt to Close Gap With the West Seems to Widen It

ANKARA, Turkey — American reporters got an intriguing glimpse into the political mind-set in Turkey last week, when the mayor of Ankara lured a group of us with promises of an interview with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.<p>When it became clear that that was never part of the plan, interviews were …

South Asia

Iran To Counter Drone Threat With Jamming Device That Can Cut Electronic Ties

Iran deployed a jamming tool that is capable of cutting electronic connection of a drone from its command pilot and use the unmanned aerial vehicle …

Israel 'Directly Supports' Terrorists in Syria

Syrian President Bashar Assad just made his position on Israel crystal clear: Iran is fighting ISIS, while Israel is "directly" supporting terrorists.<p>…

Egypt-Iran: A possible thaw in relations?

The time is ripe for a rapprochement between Cairo and Tehran, say Iranian analysts.<p><b>Tehran -</b> Despite recent backstage talks, Egypt and Iran are unlikely to re-establish full diplomatic relations any time soon, Iranian analysts said.<p>A recent string of diplomatic overtures has suggested a thaw in the …

Diplomatic strides as Iran's Rouhani sends Kuwait's ruler a letter | Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani sent a letter on Monday to Kuwait’s ruler, Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, state media reported, a further sign that the two might be trying to defuse tensions between the Islamic Republic and the Gulf Arab states.<p>FILE PHOTO: Iranian President …

South Asia

Saudi Arabia's Failed Oil War

Saudi King Salman’s ongoing visit to Asia, through which he hopes to attract Japanese and Chinese investment in Saudi Arabia, is another indication …

Iran and Iraq are making it harder for Saudi Arabia to prop up oil prices

Saudi Arabia is in a catch 22 situation. As the defacto leader of OPEC, it is left to implement most of the production cuts to ensure a high level of overall group compliance. Saudis know that OPEC might not get another chance if it doesn't adhere to its production cuts.<p>Another reason is the …

Iran's New Tank Makes Lofty Claims It Hasn't Backed Up

The Iranians unveiled their <b></b>Karrar tank Sunday, which they’ve claimed can compete with Russia’s T-90 in terms of lethality. Defense Minister Brigadier …

Iran 'saved the Jews three times' fumes foreign minister in face of Netanyahu 'bigoted lies'

Row comes after Israeli PM claims Tehran is attempting "to destroy the state of the Jews".<p>Iran's foreign minister rebuked Israeli Prime Minister …

Iran deploys jamming device to counter drones

Iran has deployed a new counter-drone weapon — a rifle-shaped jamming device that the regime says can electronically separate a remotely piloted …

Middle East

Russia, Turkey, Iran to press ahead with Syria talks: Kazakhstan | Reuters

ASTANA (Reuters) - Russia, Turkey and Iran are pressing ahead with a fresh round of Syria talks in Kazakhstan, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said on Monday, despite a request from Syrian rebels to delay the meeting.<p>Smoke rises after strikes on rebel-held Deraa city, Syria March 10, …

Middle East

Mosul: citizens flee for their lives

Hundreds of displaced Iraqi civilians poured out of Mosul following advances by Iraqi troops against the militant Islamic State group.<p>The fight to rout IS from western Mosul – the last urban IS bastion in Iraq – is causing higher numbers of displaced people than previously seen in the …

Why Trump won't tear up Iran nuclear deal

<b>(CNN) —</b> One of Donald Trump's most vocal riffs during his campaign was "rip it up."<p>He was referring, of course, to the Iran agreement that is meant to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of the ayatollahs for at least a decade.<p>Candidate Trump boasted he would rip up the agreement, then …

Middle East

Walls, drones and mines: Turkey tightens border as Syria incursion deepens | Reuters

HOYUK MILITARY OUTPOST, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey is steadily sealing its frontier with Syria, long infiltrated in both directions by fighters and smugglers, with fences, minefields, ditches and a wall that will snake even through the most mountainous regions.<p>A Turkish soldier on an armoured …

Middle East

Egypt's Coptic Christians flee Sinai after deadly attacks

<b>Dozens of Coptic Christian families in Egypt have fled North Sinai province after a number of killings in recent weeks by suspected Islamist militants.</b><p>Many have now taken refuge in the Evangelical Church in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya.<p>The Coptic Church has condemned the attacks, saying they …

Extremism

UN report indicates Iran is honoring nuke deal

VIENNA — The U.N. agency tasked with monitoring Iran’s nuclear deal with six world powers has issued a report that indicates Tehran is honoring its …

Iran's enriched uranium stock halves after flirting with limit: IAEA | Reuters

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran’s official stock of enriched uranium has fallen by half after large amounts stuck in pipes have been recategorized as unrecoverable under a process agreed with major powers, the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Friday.<p>The flag of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) …

South Asia

Egypt's Christians flee Sinai amid Islamic State killing spree | Reuters

By Ahmed Aboulenein<br>| ISMAILIA, Egypt<p>ISMAILIA, Egypt Christian families and students fled Egypt's North Sinai province in droves on Friday after …

Islam

Egyptians bear down under worst inflation in a decade

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians are bearing down under their worst inflation in a decade, cutting spending as much as possible as prices surge on basic food …

Profit

Saudi Arabia's Oil Wealth Is About to Get a Reality Check

Saudi Arabia has said oil giant Saudi Aramco is worth more than $2 trillion, enough to consume Apple Inc. twice, and still have room for Google …

Saudi Arabia Says Aramco Is Worth More Than $2 Trillion

Saudi Arabia has said oil giant Saudi Aramco is worth more than $2 trillion, enough to consume Apple twice, and still have room for Google parent …

Suicide bomber kills 29 near Syria town taken from ISIS

A suicide bomber killed 29 people, most of them rebels, on Friday near the Syrian town of Al-Bab, which they had taken from the Islamic State group just hours earlier, a monitor said.<p>The bomber blew up a vehicle packed with explosives in Susian, eight kilometres (five miles) northeast of the …

What the Hell Is Going on in Syria?

Pause the CPAC lunacy for a sec to address this.<p>ATLANTA—So the shebeen food truck has rolled in down here to see if the Democratic National Committee can get a two-car funeral from the church to the boneyard without killing a busload of nuns along the way. (Current Odds: 6-5 against.) But, those …

Middle East

Head of U.N. nuclear watchdog says Iran continuing commitment to deal | Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is implementing the deal on its nuclear program agreed with world powers, the head of the U.N. atomic energy watchdog said on Tuesday, amid concerns the United States will try to alter the terms.<p>Iranian workers stand in front of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, about 1,200 km …

South Asia

Iran Announces New Military Drills Despite U.S. Warnings

Iran says its elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) will conduct massive military drills next week in eastern and northeastern parts of the …

Turkey's prime minister campaigns in Germany for Turkish constitutional referendum

Turkish Prime Minister Yildirim told a crowd in Germany that Turkey will not be intimidated by the West. His speech came as Ankara rallies support …

North Africa

Assad says US troops welcome in Syria to fight 'terrorism'

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview released on Friday that the United States is welcome to join the battle against …

Middle East

Iranians Rally Against Trump, But Some Thank America

TEHRAN – Hundreds of thousands of Iranians heeded the call of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to demonstrate Friday against U.S. "threats” — but some had words of support for Americans.<p>There was a notable absence of burning U.S. flags during the march along Revolutionary Road that leads to …

South Asia