Category: Middle East

India orders Kashmir clampdown ahead of anniversary of militant killing

India orders Kashmir clampdown ahead of anniversary of militant killing

Indian authorities on Friday shut down the internet in disputed Kashmir and sealed off the hometown of a slain militant leader a day before the anniversary of his killing by the army, which had fuelled further unrest across the Himalayan region. Burhan Wani, a commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group best known for appearing on social media in military […]

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Qatar Airways says joins major Middle East carriers in lifting of U.S. laptop ban

Qatar Airways says joins major Middle East carriers in lifting of U.S. laptop ban

Qatar Airways said on Thursday that passengers travelling to the United States can now carry their laptops and other large electronics on board, ending a three month in-cabin ban on devices for the Doha-based airline. Qatar Airways joins Emirates [EMIRA.UL], Turkish Airlines (THYAO.IS) and Etihad Airways who have also announced this week a lifting of the U.S. ban on their […]

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Israel, India look past defense to broaden commercial ties

Israel, India look past defense to broaden commercial ties

In the months leading up to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic visit to Israel, India signed two arms deals, spending $2.6 billion on Israeli missile defense systems. Yet since Modi arrived on Tuesday, military ties — for decades the secretive bedrock of India-Israel relations — have taken a back seat. The governments have instead spent time discussing companies that […]

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Russia, Turkey, Iran fail to agree on Syria de-escalation zones

Russia, Turkey, Iran fail to agree on Syria de-escalation zones

Russia, Turkey and Iran failed in talks on Wednesday to finalize an agreement on creating four de-escalation zones in Syria after Ankara raised objections, diplomats said. Russia and Iran, which back President Bashar al-Assad’s government, and Turkey, which supports some of the rebels, aim to reach a consensus on the zones by the end of August, when their delegations are […]

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U.S. would consider no-fly zone in Syria if Russia agrees

U.S. would consider no-fly zone in Syria if Russia agrees

The United States is prepared to discuss with Russia joint efforts to stabilize war-torn Syria, including no-fly zones, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday. He added the United States wanted to discuss with Russia the use of on-the-ground ceasefire observers and the coordinated delivery of humanitarian aid to Syrians. “If our two countries work together to establish […]

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Iraqi PM congratulates troops on ‘big victory’ in Mosul

Iraqi PM congratulates troops on ‘big victory’ in Mosul

Iraq’s prime minister on Tuesday congratulated his fighters on “this big victory in Mosul” — even as fighting with Islamic State militants continued in Mosul’s Old City neighborhood where Iraqi forces are about 250 meters from the Tigris River and facing increasingly brutal resistance. Haider al-Abadi spoke during a press conference in Baghdad, less than a week after he declared […]

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Israeli opposition leader Herzog ousted as head of Labour Party

Israeli opposition leader Herzog ousted as head of Labour Party

Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog lost his bid for re-election to head the center-left Labour Party on Tuesday and the position will be filled by one of two other candidates who will contest a runoff next week. Veteran lawmaker Amir Peretz, a former defense minister, topped the vote held among Labour Party members, with Avi Gabbai, who is not a […]

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Denied U.S. visas, all-girl Afghan robotics team to watch their creation compete via Skype

Denied U.S. visas, all-girl Afghan robotics team to watch their creation compete via Skype

Two Afghan girls refused visas to the United States for a robot-building competition said on Tuesday they were mystified by the decision, as the contest’s organizers said teams from Iran and Sudan as well as a de facto Syrian team had gained visas. The unusual story of the Afghan all-girl team of robotics students emerged as the United States grapples […]

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Assailant kills police officer in Turkish court house, takes hostage – Hurriyet

Assailant kills police officer in Turkish court house, takes hostage – Hurriyet

An unidentified assailant shot dead a police officer and wounded a lawyer in a court house in Turkey’s northwestern province of Bursa on Tuesday, then took one person hostage, the Hurriyet newspaper reported. Hurriyet’s website said special police teams were sent to the building in Bursa’s Gemlik district. Police were not immediately available for comment.

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Saudi soldier killed, three wounded in explosion: state media

Saudi soldier killed, three wounded in explosion: state media

A Saudi soldier was killed and three were wounded when suspected militants attacked their convoy in eastern Saudi Arabia, the interior ministry said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of attacks in the troubled region. The town of al-Awamiya, located in the oil-producing al-Qatif province, is a flashpoint between the Sunni Muslim government and minority Shi’ites complaining of discrimination. […]

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