Turkey’s push into Iraq risks deeper conflict

SARARO, Iraq, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Looming over the deserted village of Sararo in northern Iraq, three Turkish military outposts break the skyline, part of an incursion that forced the residents to flee last year after days of shelling. The outposts are just some of the dozens of new military bases Turkey has established on … Read more

Israel promises swift response to synagogue shooting

Shootings follow Israeli West Bank raid, Gaza strikes Israel boosts West Bank forces Abbas blames Israel for escalation JERUSALEM, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged on Saturday a “strong, swift and precise” response to a deadly Palestinian shooting attack near a synagogue on Jerusalem’s outskirts, as its military sent more troops … Read more

Israeli troops kill 7 Palestinian gunmen, 2 civilians in Jenin clash, Palestinians say

JENIN, West Bank, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Israeli commandos killed seven gunmen and two civilians in a raid on a flashpoint town in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, Palestinian officials said, stirring fear of further flare-ups after the largest single death toll in years of fighting. The Palestinian Authority said it was ending its … Read more

Explainer: Why is Turkey blocking Swedish and Finnish NATO membership?

STOCKHOLM, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Swedish and Finnish hopes of quickly joining NATO have run into an obstacle in the form of objections by Turkey, which holds veto powers over accession to the military alliance. The three nations reached an agreement on how to proceed in Madrid last June, but Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has … Read more

Iranian oil exports end 2022 at a high, despite no nuclear deal

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Iranian oil exports hit new highs in the last two months of 2022 and are making a strong start to 2023 despite US sanctions, according to companies that track the flows, on higher shipments to China and Venezuela. Tehran’s oil exports have been limited since former US President Donald Trump … Read more

Iran executes British-Iranian accused of spying

Alireza Akbari was a former Iranian deputy defense minister Arrested in 2019, he was accused of spying for Britain UK’s Sunak calls it ‘a callous and cowardly act’ Britain had said Iran must not follow through with the sentence DUBAI/LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Iran has executed a British-Iranian national who once served as its … Read more

Exclusive: Children among 547 detained Syrians declared dead – rights monitor

Rights group gathers list of 547 death certificates Says certificates obtained from whistleblowers Many certificates issued long after date of death BEIRUT, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Ever since Yehya Hijazi and his two sons were detained in 2012 by the Syrian government, their relatives had clung onto the hope that they were still alive and … Read more

Exclusive: Crimea showers Syria with wheat, Ukraine cries foul

More than 500,000 tons of wheat shipped from Crimea to Syria Cargoes moved on sanctioned Syrian ships Ukraine says Russia stole grain from occupied territory Russian-installed authorities say farmers are paid Syria’s wheat imports now almost all from Russian sources LONDON/DUBAI/BEIRUT, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Using a low-profile fleet of ships under US sanctions, Syria … Read more

Gun-loving Bolsonaristas challenge Lula’s pledge to disarm Brazil

COMENDADOR LEVY GASPARIAN, Brazil, Dec 13 (Reuters) – When four federal police officers came to arrest Roberto Jefferson, a close ally of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the veteran politician made it clear he was going nowhere. “Run,” he told them. “You’re going to get hurt.” The former federal lawmaker then threw three adulterated stun grenades … Read more

Iran carries out second execution linked to wave of popular protests

Protester, 23, is second to be executed within a week Activists say executions are aimed at discouraging dissent Call for added nationwide protests over Rahnavard’s hanging European Union to impose more sanctions on Iran, backs protests Tehran accuses the West of meddling, targets it with sanctions DUBAI, Dec 12 (Reuters) – The Islamic Republic on … Read more