MIDDLE EAST

  • Oil drops below $59 for first time since 2009 5 days ago

    London: Oil fell below $59 a barrel for the first time since May 2009 on Tuesday, extending a six-month sell off as slowing Chinese factory activity and weakening emerging-market currencies added to concerns about demand. International benchmark Brent crude has almost halved since reaching a 2014 high of $115 a barrel...
  • Israeli military says shot down Syrian warplane over Golan Heights September 23, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israel's military said it shot down a Syrian warplane over the Golan Heights on Tuesday. A Patriot missile intercepted the aircraft after it flew into Israeli-controlled airspace over the Golan, a military spokesman said. Israeli media reports identified the aircraft as a MiG-21. The spokesman said it was a "fighter...
  • Delay in Gaza rebuilding could threaten truce: Quartet September 18, 2014

    Jerusalem: The Middle East Quartet of peacemakers joined calls for a quick start to the rebuilding of warravaged Gaza before the current truce with Israel ends in renewed violence. "The precarious situation in Gaza and southern Israel, the danger that violence could flare up again at any point, are precisely...
  • US sees Middle East help fighting IS, Britain cautious after beheading September 15, 2014

    Washington: Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another. US Secretary of State John Kerry has been touring...
  • John Kerry says some nations offer ground troops to fight Islamic State September 14, 2014

    Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry said that he was "extremely encouraged" by pledges of military assistance against Islamic State militants by countries inside and outside the Middle East and that some nations had offered ground troops. Kerry has been touring the Middle East to try to secure backing for...
  • News 18 India: Reaches the shores of US August 3, 2014

    After the United Kingdom, Middle East and Singapore News 18 India has now reached the shores of US. Now America will wake up to the latest news, views , exclusives from India. ...
  • 30 minutes: Story of the Indian blue collar workers August 2, 2014

    The Indian blue collar workers have been working in the Middle East as domestic help with no one to listen to their grievances. Popularly known as 3D workers they work as truck drivers, construction workers and so on. According to the report presented by the Reserve Bank of India 70...
  • Israeli criticism of John Kerry 'offensive, absurd': US July 31, 2014

    Washington: Israeli attacks against US Secretary of State John Kerry accusing him being of a supporter of Islamic militants are "offensive and absurd," a senior US diplomat said on Thursday. In a sharp exchange with reporters, deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf hit out against a torrent of abuse from...
  • Palestinian death toll rises to 74 as Israel hits Gaza over rocket fire July 10, 2014

    Gaza/Jerusalem: At least 74 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in Israel's Gaza offensive, Palestinian officials said on Thursday, and militants kept up rocket attacks on Tel Aviv and other cities in warfare showing no signs of ending soon. Eight Palestinian family members, including five children, were killed in...
  • US reports third case of deadly MERS virus May 18, 2014

    Washington: A third case of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus infection has been found in the US, the country's Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Saturday. The patient is an Illinois man who had close contact with the country's first confirmed case of MERS virus infection...
  • Paul Danahar's 'The New Middle East' is an outcome of Aclass research May 12, 2014

    Many countries of the Middle East have been on world radar since 2011. Dictators like Hosni Mubarak, Saddam Hussain, Gaddafi and Basharalassad have been dethroned by their people and what they've left behind are countries in chaos, having millions of people who are constantly looking for their lost identities and...
  • Over 50,000 women cleared to work as domestic maids February 26, 2014

    A total of 53,616 women have been granted emigration clearance to work as domestic workers in the Middle East in the last three years, the government said on Wednesday. The clearances were given by the ministry of overseas Indian affairs. On receiving complaints from women workers, Indian missions abroad are immediately taking...
  • SAARC members should put aside differences, says Manish Tewari September 7, 2013

    Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari Saturday said members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) should put aside their "little differences" to reap dividends. He said the members would benefit politically and also strengthen their economies if they could leave their differences behind for they had demographic...
  • Iranian MPs call for support to Syria September 4, 2013

    Around 170 Iranian MPs in a statement on Wednesday called for support to the Syrian people in view of the looming US threat. The statement reads that the Iranian parliament representatives are ready to sacrifice their lives to support the resistance movement to Israeli occupation in Syria, IRNA reported. The religious tenets...
  • As US remains defiant on attacking Syria, MEA advises Indians to leave the country August 31, 2013

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs has advised all Indians to leave Syria after the US hinted on a possible military attack on the Middle East country. US President Barack Obama has maintained that the US was contemplating a military intervention to punish Syria's President Bashar al-Assad for a...
  • Syria to respond to any aggression: Minister August 27, 2013

    Damascus: Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad has said that his country would respond to any attack in case of foreign intervention. Mekdad made the remarks during an interview with Western media, whose excerpts were published in Arabic language by the state-run SANA news agency Monday, Xinhua reported. According to SANA, Mekdad...
  • Iran's Khamenei blames outsiders for Middle East's woes August 27, 2013

    Dubai: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed countries outside the Middle East on Monday for the region's turmoil and the Shi'ite cleric said regional states backing radical Sunni Islamists would be damaged by conflict. Khamenei, the most powerful man in Iran, made the comments in a meeting with Oman's Sultan...
  • Britain operates secret monitoring station in Middle East: Report August 24, 2013

    Britain runs a secret monitoring station in the Middle East to intercept large numbers of telephone calls, emails and internet traffic that it shares with intelligence agencies in the United States, the Independent newspaper reported on Friday. The station is part of a 1 billion poundglobal eavesdropping project run by Britain...
  • Egypt clashes kill 235 as sitins dispersed August 15, 2013

    Cairo: Clashes between security forces and supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi killed 235 people across the country on Wednesday, the state news agency MENA said. The report quoted Mohamed Sultan, head of Egypt's emergency services, as saying another 2,001 people were wounded in clashes that broke out after security...
  • US evacuating its citizens from Yemen amid Qaeda threat August 6, 2013

    Washington: The US on Tuesday began evacuating its nationals from Yemen amid a worldwide alert linked to electronic intercepts from alQaeda leader Ayman alZawahiri, ordering one of the most serious attacks since 9/11. The State Department said it had pulled all nonessential personnel from Yemen, and the Pentagon said the...
  • Iran, US signal will to engage as new president sworn in August 5, 2013

    Dubai: Iran and the United States signalled a fresh will on Sunday to seek to end the dispute over Tehran's nuclear programme after Hassan Rouhani was sworn in as president and called for dialogue to reduce "antagonism and aggression". Hopes for a diplomatic resolution increased with Rouhani's win over conservative rivals...
  • Barcelona kick off twoday 'Peace Tour' August 4, 2013

    Hebron, West Bank: Barcelona have kicked off their twoday 'Peace Tour' of the Middle East with a clinic for local Palestinian children. The Spanish club arrived in the region on Saturday with superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar touching down in Tel Aviv. They then headed to Bethlehem, where they visited Jesus'...
  • Interpol issues global security alert after prison breaks August 3, 2013

    Paris: Interpol issued a global security alert on Saturday advising its members to increase their vigilance against attacks after a series of prison breaks in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan that the agency is investigating to determine if they were linked. The Lyon, Francebased Interpol said given that al Qaeda was suspected...
  • Britain to close Yemen embassy over terror threat August 3, 2013

    London: The British embassy in Yemen is to shut temporarily as part of a global antiterror alert while several other embassies in the Middle East have been put on vigil. The embassy in Sana'a, already operating with reduced staff, will be closed on Sunday and Monday as "a precautionary measure",...
  • In raging Middle East, Israel wins time with Palestinian peace talks August 1, 2013

    Jerusalem: Pressured by Washington, worried about its international standing and perturbed by Middle East turmoil, Israel had many reasons to return to peace talks with the Palestinians this week after a three year hiatus. On the surface, Israelis saw little reason to jump back into negotiations. The status quo in the...
  • Abbas convenes key Palestinians to moot new talks with Israel July 18, 2013

    Ramallah: President Mahmoud Abbas will confer with key Palestinian leaders on Thursday about a possible resumption of peace negotiations with Israel after an almost threeyear freeze, officials said. They gave no details on what Abbas's terms might be, should he announce a breakthrough after meeting in Jordan with US Secretary of...
  • Libyan protesters call for armed militias to be disbanded July 8, 2013

    Tripoli: Libyan protesters took to the streets on Sunday calling for the disbanding of militias that have plagued Tripoli since the end of the 2011 war. The government said it was working on taking back control of the interior ministry besieged by an armed group that entered the building on...
  • Cautious towards Middle East, Obama gets second chance in Egypt July 5, 2013

    Washington: When President Barack Obama sat down with his top national security aides this week to determine how to react to a military takeover in Egypt, he had a tough choice to make. He could denounce what had taken place as a coup launched against a legitimately elected president in...
  • Assad's forces battle to tighten control of central Syria July 1, 2013

    Amman: President Bashar alAssad's forces pounded Sunni Muslim rebels in the city of Homs with artillery and from the air on Sunday, the second day of an offensive to expand loyalist control over Syria's strategic centre, activists said. They said rebels defending the old centre of Homs and five adjacent Sunni...
  • 'Assad says Syria received Russian missile shipment' May 31, 2013

    Beirut: Syria has received the first shipment of a sophisticated air defence system from Russia, President Bashar alAssad was quoted as saying, sending a signal of military strength days before an EU arms embargo on the country lapses. Russia had promised delivery of the S300 missile system to the Syrian government...