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Lebanon PM says new cabinet faces ‘catastrophe’

Lebanon faces a ‘catastrophe’, Prime Minister Hassan Diab said Wednesday after his newly unveiled cabinet held its first meeting to tackle

22 January 2020 11:08 PM

More U.S. troops leave Iraq over potential injuries as Trump downplays brain risk

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he did not consider the brain injuries suffered by 11 U.S. service members in Iran’s recent

22 January 2020 11:02 PM

Algeria to host foreign ministers on Libya crisis

Algeria will on Thursday host foreign affairs ministers from countries bordering Libya to discuss the conflict there, its Foreign Ministry

22 January 2020 10:58 PM

Trump says injuries in Iraq attack merely 'headaches'

President Donald Trump said injuries sustained by U.S. service members after Iran’s missile strike on a military base in Iraq, saying he did not consider them to be "very serious injuries."

22 January 2020 09:22 PM

Iraq Sunni leaders frightened by possible US troop pullout

Sunni Iraqi leaders who spearheaded a bloody insurgency against the 2003 US-led invasion are now the most nervous about a possible withdrawal of American troops, considered a counterweight to Iran.

22 January 2020 09:18 PM

Saudi calls on US to remove Sudan from 'terror list'

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday called on the United States to remove Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, in a meeting with a visiting envoy.

22 January 2020 09:01 PM

Saudi foreign minister calls claim that Crown Prince hacked Bezos phone 'absurd'

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said on Wednesday that an allegation the kingdom's crown prince had been involved in a plot to hack the phone of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was "absurd".

22 January 2020 08:53 PM

Macron says Iran must not acquire nuclear weapons

President Emmanuel Macron said France was determined Iran would never gain a nuclear weapon but it wanted to avoid any military escalation in the Middle East, after he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday.

22 January 2020 08:50 PM

Trump says Iraq happy with US troops

Iraq likes what U.S. troops are doing there, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday at talks with the Iraqi president about the future of the mission, which has been in doubt since a U.S. drone strike killed an Iranian commander in Baghdad.

22 January 2020 08:47 PM

Trump threatens big tariffs on car imports from EU

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to impose high tariffs on imports of cars from the European Union if the bloc doesn’t agree to a trade deal.

22 January 2020 08:42 PM

UK ambassador to Iraq condemns killing, wounding of protesters

UK Ambassador to Baghdad Stephen Hickey has condemned the killing and injury of more Iraqi protesters. In a tweet on Wednesday, Hickey said

22 January 2020 07:47 PM

Iraq activist shot dead as protesters block roads again

An Iraqi anti-government activist was gunned down in the southern port city of Basra, a police source told AFP on Wednesday, amid resurgent rallies demanding authorities implement long-awaited reforms.

22 January 2020 06:12 PM

Barzani Receives Delegation from Iraqi Parliament

Prominent Kurdish leader and the president of ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Masoud Barzani, on Wednesday received a group of Iraqi lawmakers from Nineveh province.

22 January 2020 06:10 PM

UN chief will work with new Lebanon government on reforms

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres welcomed the formation of a new Lebanese government on Tuesday and will work with the new premier

22 January 2020 06:06 PM

Kurdistan President Meets with Trump in Davos

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani met with US counterpart Donald Trump on Wednesday in Davos.

22 January 2020 06:06 PM

US grants GE license to help investigate Ukrainian plane downed by Iran

General Electric Co has received a license from the US Treasury Department to help in the investigation of a Ukrainian passenger plane accidentally shot down by Iranian forces, a GE spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday.

22 January 2020 03:09 PM

Trump meets Iraqi president on sidelines of Davos economic conference

US President Donald Trump held a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart, Barham Salih, on the sidelines of the Davos economic conference in Switzerland.

22 January 2020 03:04 PM

Hashd al-Shaabi Appoints Successor of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis

Iran-backed IMIS militia group has appointed a successor for Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis who was killed in a US airstrike earlier this month.

22 January 2020 02:32 PM

US’ Kushner heads to Israel to discuss announcing ‘deal of the century’

US President Donald Trump’s special adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner is due to arrive in Israel today to attend the Fifth World Holocaust Forum and discuss announcing the “deal of the century”, Axios reported.

22 January 2020 02:27 PM

Seven Nigerian troops killed in militants attack

Seven soldiers were killed on Tuesday when Daesh-affiliated militants attacked a military position in northeastern Nigeria, two military sources told the media.

22 January 2020 02:21 PM

Greece Elects A Woman for President

Greek lawmakers approved overwhelmingly on Wednesday the nomination of top judge Katerina Sakellaropoulou as new President of the Hellenic Republic.

22 January 2020 02:07 PM

Russia Deploys S-400 Air System near Iraqi Border

The Russian Military has deployed its S-400 air defense system to an area close to the Qamishli Airport, near the Iraqi-Syrian border.

22 January 2020 03:31 AM

Ten Iraqi Protesters Killed in 24 Hours

Iraq's High Commission of Human Rights revealed on Wednesday that ten protesters had been killed in 24 hours .

22 January 2020 03:22 AM

Davos braces for Trump-Greta showdown as climate change tops agenda

It's the first time the two are attending the same event since the teenager famously stared down Trump at the UN last year. The annual jamboree is taking place against the backdrop of Australia's worst ever bushfires.

22 January 2020 02:39 AM

BP pulls out of Iraq’s Kirkuk field as expansion plans stall

BP (BP.L) has pulled out of Iraq’s giant Kirkuk oilfield after its $100 million exploration contract expired with no agreement on the field’s expansion, dealing a fresh blow to Iraq’s hopes to increase its oil output, three sources told Reuters.

22 January 2020 02:34 AM

Shi'ite militias threaten to expel Iraqi President if he meets with Trump

leaders of the Iraqi Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) threatened to expel Iraqi President Barham Saleh from Baghdad, if he meet with U.S. President Donald Trump, or any of his aides, during the upcoming World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

22 January 2020 02:26 AM

Iraq Protests Morph Amid Iran-US Crisis

“Militias kidnapped my son,” shouts Umm Mohammad, a 43-year-old mother of two, under a tent awning in central Baghdad.

22 January 2020 02:20 AM

Britain’s blacklisting of Hezbollah: What about Iranian militias in Iraq?

Many people worldwide have hailed the British government’s step to add the entire Hezbollah political and military movement to its list of terrorist groups, while some Arab countries have so far failed to take such step.

22 January 2020 01:55 AM

Lebanon government to be announced on Tuesday: sources, reports

Lebanon’s new government will be announced late on Tuesday, political sources and local media said, after the powerful Shi’ite Hezbollah group

21 January 2020 11:43 PM

BP pulls out of Iraq's Kirkuk as exploration contract expires

BP has pulled out of Iraq’s giant Kirkuk oilfield after its $100 million exploration contract expired with no agreement on the field’s expansion

21 January 2020 05:57 PM

Iran’s wounded rulers bring region to the boil

Despite the ayatollahs blood-thirstily demanding vengeance, the consequences of Qassem Soleimani’s killing aren’t particularly impacting the

21 January 2020 05:49 PM

South Korea to deploy anti-piracy unit to the Strait of Hormuz

South Korea’s military said on Tuesday it plans to expand the deployment of an anti-piracy unit now operating off the coast of Africa to the area around

21 January 2020 05:44 PM