Politics

U.S. Denies Conducting Helicopter Raids in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Jan 10 – The U.S. ambassador to Iraq has denied reports that the United States has been carrying out helicopter raids against Daesh militants in northern Iraq. “There have recently been reports of U.S. helicopter raids in Hawija and Kirkuk. As Defense Minister Obaidi and numerous other Iraqi officials have stated, reports of these raids

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Saudi Arabia May Take More Measures Against Iran: Foreign Minister

ABU DHABI, Jan 10 – Saudi Arabia may take further measures against Iran after cutting ties with its regional rival this week, the Saudi foreign minister said on Saturday, in a major row over the kingdom’s execution of a Shiite Muslim cleric. Adel Al Jubeir’s comments came in a press conference after an extraordinary meeting

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Iraq Offers to Mediate Between Saudi and Iran

By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, Jan 6 – Iraq offered to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran to end their dispute triggered by Riyadh’s execution of a prominent Shi’ite cleric, saying on Wednesday it could spill over into the rest of the region. Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, speaking in Tehran with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad

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Je Suis Charlie: One Year On, A Divided France Struggles

By Ingrid Melander PARIS, Jan – One year on, an anxious, fragmented France is paying tribute to the victims of the killings at Charlie Hebdo magazine, with old divisions made worse by what President Francois Hollande has called “a terrible year”. After the Islamist attacks that killed 17 on January 7-9 last year at the

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Yemen War Intensifies Amid Mounting Regional Tension

DUBAI, Jan 5 – Saudi-led air strikes targeting Iranian-allied Houthi forces intensified in Yemen on Tuesday, residents said, an escalation of a nine-month-old war that follows a rise in tensions between the kingdom and arch foe Tehran. After weeks of a relative lull, large air strikes targeted military positions linked to Yemen’s ascendant Houthis in

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Saudi Rift with Iran Likely to Hinder U.S. Peace Effort in Syria

By Arshad Mohammed and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON, Jan 5 – Beneath this weekend’s rupture in Iranian-Saudi relations lies a deeper fault line between the United States and Saudi Arabia that may hamper U.S. President Barack Obama’s efforts to end Syria’s civil war, current and former U.S. officials said. The Saudi government’s decision to execute Shiite

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‘Enough is Enough,’ Source Familiar With Saudi Thinking Says

WASHINGTON, Jan 4 – Saudi Arabia’s position toward Iran is that “enough is enough,” a source familiar with the Saudi government’s thinking said on Sunday after protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran over the execution of a Shiite Muslim cleric and Riyadh cut diplomatic ties with Tehran. The source, who spoke on condition of

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At Issue in U.N. Syria Ceasefire Plan: Who Is a Terrorist?

By Arshad Mohammed and Louis Charbonneau WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS, Dec 31 – A U.N. plan to suspend Syria’s nearly five-year-old civil war calls for listing which militant groups may be fought despite an eventual ceasefire, one of the toughest issues vexing diplomats trying to end the conflict. A U.N. draft discussion paper obtained by Reuters includes

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Israeli Court Cuts Ex-PM Olmert’s Jail Term, Clears Main Charge

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Dec 29 – Israel’s top court slashed former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s prison sentence to 18 months from six years on Tuesday after overturning the main count in his 2014 bribery conviction. Olmert, 70, will begin serving his term on Feb. 15, according to live reports from the Jerusalem courtroom, making

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