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Exclusive: U.S. glossed over Oman's human rights record during Iran talks

By Jason Szep, Matt Spetalnick and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON/MUSCAT (Reuters) - As the United States negotiated this year’s nuclear pact with Iran, the State Department quietly agreed to spare the Gulf sultanate of Oman from an embarrassing public rebuke over its human rights record, rewarding a close Arab ally that helped broker the historic deal....
Dec 21, 2015 |

Russia says black box from warplane downed by Turkey unreadable

Investigators in Moscow said on Monday they were unable to retrieve information from the damaged black box of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey last month, data the Kremlin hoped would support its version of what happened. Russia's Defence Ministry publicly opened the recorder last week, hoping its contents would confirm Moscow's...
Dec 21, 2015 |

Hezbollah buries militant Qantar, says Israel will be held accountable

Lebanon's Hezbollah group said on Monday that Israel would be held accountable for killing prominent militant Samir Qantar in an air strike in Syria, and accorded him an elaborate funeral of the kind reserved for its top commanders. Thousands of people chanted "death to Israel" as Hezbollah fighters in military uniforms carried...
Dec 21, 2015 |

U.N. sees progress in Yemen talks but urgent need for full ceasefire

By Tom Miles BERN (Reuters) - Yemen's warring parties have agreed on a broad framework for ending their war at talks in Switzerland but they first have to agree a permanent ceasefire, after a week-long truce was widely violated, the United Nations said on Sunday. U.N. Yemen envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said the two sides would meet again on...
Dec 21, 2015 |

Canadian diplomats say pastor jailed in North Korea in good spirits: church

By Hyungwon Kang TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian diplomats were allowed to meet a Canadian pastor soon after he was sentenced to life in prison in North Korea last week and found him in good spirits and health, a church spokeswoman said on Sunday. Hyeon Soo Lim, held by North Korea since February, was sentenced to hard labor for life for subversion on...
Dec 21, 2015 |

Lebanese militant leader killed in Israeli raid in Syria: Hezbollah

By Mariam Karouny and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike killed Samir Qantar, a Hezbollah militant leader, in Damascus on Saturday evening, the Lebanese group and Syrian state media said on Sunday. Israel welcomed Qantar's death, saying he had been preparing attacks on it from Syrian soil, but stopped short of...
Dec 21, 2015 |

Yemen talks end, to resume on January 14: government source

Yemeni peace talks concluded in Switzerland on Sunday without an agreement to end nine months of civil war and foreign intervention, but rival factions will resume negotiations on Jan. 14, a government delegation source told Reuters. Analysts believe the latest round of talks represented the best chance yet to end the conflict given months of...
Dec 20, 2015 |

Emergency on Air France flight a 'false alarm,' CEO says

By James Regan and Joseph Akwiri PARIS/MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - A suspicious device found on an Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris that prompted an emergency landing was harmless and caused a "false alarm", the airline's chief executive said on Sunday. Air France staff decided to land the Boeing 777 at the nearest airport --...
Dec 20, 2015 |

Turkish military offensive kills 110 Kurdish militants in six days: security sources

By Seyhmus Cakan DIYARBAKIR (Reuters) - Armed clashes persisted on Sunday across Turkey's southeast, where an operation by Turkish forces intensified on the sixth day of a campaign that security sources said had resulted in the death of 110 Kurdish militants. Protests erupted in Istanbul and in Diyarbakir, the biggest city in the...
Dec 20, 2015 |

Suspected Russian warplanes kill scores in Syrian city: rescue workers

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes believed to have been carried out by Russian warplanes killed scores of people in the center of the rebel-held city of Idlib in northwest Syria on Sunday, rescue workers and residents said. Rescue workers said they had confirmed 43 dead but that at least 30 more bodies had been retrieved that...
Dec 20, 2015 |

Lebanese militant leader killed in Israeli raid in Syria - Hezbollah

By Mariam Karouny and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike killed Samir Qantar, a Hezbollah militant leader, in Damascus on Saturday evening, the Lebanese group and Syrian state media said on Sunday. Israel welcomed Qantar's death, saying he had been preparing attacks on it from Syrian soil, but stopped short of...
Dec 20, 2015 |

Turkey's Erdogan meets Hamas leader Meshaal in Istanbul

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan met with Khaled Meshaal, leader of Palestinian militant group Hamas, on Saturday in Istanbul, Turkish presidential sources said, a day after Israel and Turkey said they were close to patching up five-year political rift. A source from Erdogan's office said Meshaal "briefed Erdogan on the latest...
Dec 20, 2015 |

Turkey says will continue to move troops from northern Iraqi province

Turkey has acknowledged a "miscommunication" with Iraq over its deployment of troops to the Bashiqa military base in northern Iraq, Turkey's foreign ministry said on Saturday. The ministry said Turkey would continue to move some of its troops out of Nineveh province, where the camp is based. Turkey deployed hundreds of troops in the...
Dec 20, 2015 |

Yemen negotiators to form ceasefire committee as U.N. peace talks resume

Yemeni negotiators taking part in U.N.-sponsored peace talks agreed on Saturday to form a committee to oversee a fragile ceasefire after fresh fighting imperiled their efforts to end Yemen's civil war, sources close to the talks told Reuters. The Houthis say they are ready to free the prisoners once a permanent ceasefire is agreed, another...
Dec 19, 2015 |

Keen to lift sanctions, Iran to ship enriched uranium to Russia within days

By Sam Wilkin DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will export most of its enriched uranium to Russia in the coming days as it rushes to implement a nuclear deal and secure relief from international sanctions, Tehran's nuclear chief was quoted as saying on Saturday. Drastically reducing its stock of enriched uranium, which can be used in nuclear weapons,...
Dec 19, 2015 |

Germany and Austria working together on EU asylum law

Germany and Austria are working on a proposal for a common European asylum law, Germany's refugee crisis coordinator said in an interview with German magazine Focus. Hundreds of thousands of migrants fleeing war and poverty in Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere have arrived in Germany this year, with many entering from neighboring Austria. Peter...
Dec 19, 2015 |

Air strike that killed Iraqi soldiers appears to have been by U.S. plane: Carter

By Yeganeh Torbati ON BOARD THE USS KEARSARGE (Reuters) - A U.S. aircraft appears to have mistakenly carried out an air strike that killed Iraqi security forces near the city of Fallujah, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday. The Iraqi Minister of Defence Khaled al-Obeidi said earlier that nine soldiers died in the strike on Friday....
Dec 19, 2015 |

Hezbollah buries militant Qantar, says Israel will be held accountable

Lebanon's Hezbollah group said on Monday that Israel would be held accountable for killing prominent militant Samir Qantar in an air strike in Syria, and accorded him an elaborate funeral of... Read More

Russia says black box from warplane downed by Turkey unreadable

Investigators in Moscow said on Monday they were unable to retrieve information from the damaged black box of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey last month, data the Kremlin hoped would support... Read More

Exclusive: U.S. glossed over Oman's human rights record during Iran talks

By Jason Szep, Matt Spetalnick and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON/MUSCAT (Reuters) - As the United States negotiated this year’s nuclear pact with Iran, the State Department quietly agreed to spare the... Read More