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

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

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

Iran’s Raisi promises to pursue crackdown on protesters; cleric critical of execution

DUBAI, Dec 9 (Reuters) – A prominent dissenting Sunni cleric on Friday said the death sentence of an Iranian protester involved in anti-government unrest violated sharia law, as President Ebrahim Raisi promised to press on with a crackdown a day after the man’s execution . On Thursday, Iran hanged Mohsen Shekari, who had been convicted … Read more

China’s Xi calls for oil trade in yuan at the Gulf summit in Riyadh

Xi says summit with Gulf, Arab League is ‘milestone’ US wary of growing Chinese influence in the Arab world Arabs defy US pressure to limit China ties, cut off Russia Summits showcase Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed as key leader RIYADH, Dec 9 (Reuters) – President Xi Jinping told Gulf Arab leaders on Friday that China … Read more

Saudi Arabia signs Huawei deal, deepening China ties on Xi visit

Xi gets lavish welcome in Riyadh, a contrast with Biden trip Chinese leader heralds ‘new era’ in ties with Arab world US wary of China’s growing influence RIYADH, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia and China showcased deepening ties with a series of strategic deals on Thursday during a visit by President Xi Jinping, including … Read more

Reality ends some Qatari dreams of World Cup rental bonanza

Agency says Qatar hotel group demanded new payments Some rates reduced, but many properties empty Broker says some landlords sought unrealistic rents DOHA, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Qatar has found itself with an unexpected glut of rooms in the World Cup’s busy group stage, with online portals showing rooms in at least 42 hotels and … Read more

Iranian fans savor victory but wrangle over protests

AL RAYYAN, Qatar, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Iran’s national soccer team sang during the playing of their national anthem at their second World Cup match against Wales on Friday having refrained from doing so in their opening game earlier this week in apparent support for protesters back home. Loud jeers were heard from Iranian supporters … Read more

Exclusive: Russians, Ukrainians met in UAE to discuss prisoner swap, ammonia, sources say

RIYADH, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Representatives from Russia and Ukraine met in the United Arab Emirates last week to discuss the possibility of a prisoner-of-war swap that would be linked to a resumption of Russian ammonia exports, which go to Asia and Africa, via a Ukrainian pipeline, three sources with knowledge of the meeting said. … Read more