Middle East - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Middle East Talks on airplane laptop ban end with no ban, more talks BRUSSELS (AP) — Talks on a proposed U.S. ban on laptops and tablets in flights from Europe ended Wednesday with no ban — and a promise of more talks and better intelligence sharing. For days now, European Union officials have been hoping for details on the threat that prompted the proposed ban — the same details that U.S. President Donald Trump discussed with Russian diploma... Thu, 18 May 2017 05:01:00 GMT 2017-05-18T05:01:00Z The Latest: Senate panel gets some material in Russia probe WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 3:55 p.m. A Senate aide says the Senate Intelligence committee has received some material it requested from two of President Donald Trump's associates. The committee requested lists of meetings with Russian officials during the presidential camp... Thu, 18 May 2017 04:10:00 GMT 2017-05-18T04:10:00Z Report: Flynn blocked military move Turkey opposed WASHINGTON (AP) — Days before President Donald Trump took office, incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn blocked a military plan against the Islamic State group that was opposed by Turkey, a country he had been paid more than $500,000 to advocate for, the McClatchy news service reported. According to the report, Flynn declined a request from the... Thu, 18 May 2017 03:09:00 GMT 2017-05-18T03:09:00Z With waiver, US lets Iran keep getting benefits of nuke deal WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration took a key step Wednesday toward preserving the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran, coupling the move with fresh ballistic missile sanctions to show it isn't going light on the Islamic republic. The State Department said Iran would continue to enjoy relief from decades-old economic measures punishing Tehran for its... Thu, 18 May 2017 01:51:00 GMT 2017-05-18T01:51:00Z Intel spat adds to Israeli concerns about Trump visit JERUSALEM (AP) — When Donald Trump was elected president, Israeli nationalists rejoiced that a reputed strong ally would be moving into the White House. But as Trump prepares to visit the region this weekend, apprehension reigns instead. A diplomatic blowup over the status of Jerusalem, followed by revelations Trump had shared highly classified Israeli in... Thu, 18 May 2017 00:46:00 GMT 2017-05-18T00:46:00Z State Dept. criticizes Turkey for violence outside embassy WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials strongly criticized the Turkish government Wednesday as video appeared to show its president's security forces pushing past police and violently breaking up a protest outside their diplomatic residence in Washington. Attacking the small group of protesters with their fists and feet, men in dark suits and others were record... Thu, 18 May 2017 00:13:00 GMT 2017-05-18T00:13:00Z Venezuela leader: Officials treated like Jews under Nazis CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's embattled socialist president likened the sour reception many of his government's officials are receiving abroad to the harassment of Jews in Nazi Germany, provoking outrage Tuesday from the small Jewish community that remains in this troubled South American nation. In a state broadcast Tuesday night, President Nicola... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:30:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:30:00Z UN: 300,000 children migrating solo, up nearly fivefold DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Authorities have documented more than 300,000 children migrating alone worldwide over a two-year period, marking a dramatic escalation of a trend that has forced many young refugees into slavery and prostitution, the U.N. children's agency said Wednesday. UNICEF said 170,000 of those children sought asylum in Europe in 2015-2016, man... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:46:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:46:00Z GOP lawmaker demands inquiry of Turkish leader's bodyguards WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior House Republican is calling on the Trump administration to investigate whether criminal charges are warranted against members of the Turkish president's security detail. Rep. Ed Royce of California says bodyguards traveling with Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his official state visit to Washington "viciously beat multiple individuals, throwing them to the... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:37:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:37:00Z AP Top Stories May 17 P Here are the top stories for Wednesday, May 17: Mixed reaction over memo that Donald Trump tried to interfere with FBI investigation; DC and Turkey pointing... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:04:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:04:00Z Turkey, Washington Trade Blame for Embassy Clash The Turkish government and Washington local officials traded blame Wednesday for violence outside Turkey's embassy, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's... Wed, 17 May 2017 20:42:00 GMT 2017-05-17T20:42:00Z Syrian opposition seeks extension of current Geneva talks GENEVA (AP) — The Syrian opposition will seek an extension of the current round of U.N.-hosted peace talks underway in Geneva, saying Wednesday it needed more negotiating time. Salem Meslet, an opposition spokesman, said it was "not right" that this round is expected to last just four days. The opposition needed time to prepare its response to a "paper" presented by U.N. spe... Wed, 17 May 2017 17:43:00 GMT 2017-05-17T17:43:00Z NATO top brass recommend joining anti-IS coalition BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO top brass are recommending that the military alliance join the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group. U.S. President Donald Trump has demanded that NATO do more to combat terrorism. NATO Military Committee head General Petr Pavel said Wednesday that "there is a merit for NATO becoming a member of ... Wed, 17 May 2017 17:11:00 GMT 2017-05-17T17:11:00Z Putin rushes to Trump's defense, laments US infighting MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin rushed Wednesday to defend U.S. President Donald Trump from criticism over sharing classified information with Moscow, issuing a strongly worded statement that reflected the degree of the Russian leader's frustration with the Washington infighting that has thwarted Kremlin hopes for a detente. Trump's decision to divulge class... Wed, 17 May 2017 16:16:00 GMT 2017-05-17T16:16:00Z Trial for Istanbul nightclub attack suspects due in December ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court has accepted an indictment against 57 suspects allegedly involved in the deadly New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul, Turkey's official news agency reported Wednesday. The first hearing is to take place in December. Anadolu news agency said the main suspect, Abdulkadir Masharipov, an Uzbek citizen who was caught two week... Wed, 17 May 2017 14:22:00 GMT 2017-05-17T14:22:00Z The Latest: Spain: No IS links to migrant smuggling gang STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on asylum-seekers and migrants in Europe (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Spanish police say that a criminal network that smuggled migrants into Europe over a decade has no known links to Islamic extremists. European Union police agency Europol says it helped break up the gang, and that seven a... Wed, 17 May 2017 13:43:00 GMT 2017-05-17T13:43:00Z Germany granted access to journalist imprisoned in Turkey BERLIN (AP) — Germany has been granted consular access to a German-Turkish journalist arrested in Turkey for the second time since his arrest earlier this year, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said consular officials will visit Deniz Yucel, a reporter for German daily Die Welt, in an Istanbul-area prison on Thursday. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 13:04:00 GMT 2017-05-17T13:04:00Z Germany considering Jordan, Cyprus for anti-IS base BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister says her office has drafted a list of eight locations where it could move aircraft supporting the anti-IS mission if Turkey continues to block German lawmakers from visiting troops at the Incirlik base. Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday a team is already in Jordan to assess a site there for its Tornado reconnaiss... Wed, 17 May 2017 12:53:00 GMT 2017-05-17T12:53:00Z Asian soccer body to investigate claims of Kuwaiti bribery KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A new investigation into claims that Kuwaiti leaders of the Olympic Council of Asia bribed the region's soccer officials has been opened by the Asian Football Confederation. The AFC announced the internal probe Wednesday in fallout from the U.S. Department of Justice's sprawling investigation of corruption in international so... Wed, 17 May 2017 11:46:00 GMT 2017-05-17T11:46:00Z Iran receives first batch of French-made passenger planes TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state media says four ATR 72-600s are being delivered, the first installment of a deal with the French manufacturer to purchase 20 passenger planes following the lifting of sanctions under the 2015 nuclear deal. The IRNA news agency said the first plane landed in Tehran early Wednesday, with the other three expected later in th... Wed, 17 May 2017 09:37:00 GMT 2017-05-17T09:37:00Z Australia considers banning laptops from airliner cabins CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia is considering following the United States and Britain in banning laptops from inbound airliner cabins, the prime minister said, but declined to explain whether the move was related to an Islamic State group threat that President Donald Trump discussed with Russian diplomats. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull revealed Tu... Wed, 17 May 2017 06:01:00 GMT 2017-05-17T06:01:00Z Iranian Voters on Upcoming Presidential Election Iranians voice their opinions about their country ahead of the nation’s presidential election on Friday. Wed, 17 May 2017 05:21:00 GMT 2017-05-17T05:21:00Z Memo: Trump Asked Comey to Shut Down Flynn Probe The White House is disputing a report that President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to shut down an investigation into ousted national... Wed, 17 May 2017 00:17:00 GMT 2017-05-17T00:17:00Z Trump, Turkish leader hail ties despite US arming of Kurds WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidents of the United States and Turkey vowed Tuesday to repair a relationship battered by years of disputes over Syria's civil war and its various fighting groups, even as they broached a new disagreement over U.S. plans to arm Kurdish fighters. Delivering a statement alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Do... Tue, 16 May 2017 23:46:00 GMT 2017-05-16T23:46:00Z White House insists Trump's disclosures 'wholly appropriate' WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as "wholly appropriate," as Trump tried to beat back criticism from fellow Republicans and calm international allies increasingly wary about sharing their secrets with the new president. The highly classified info... Tue, 16 May 2017 23:16:00 GMT 2017-05-16T23:16:00Z Sudan's president invited by Saudi Arabia to Trump meeting RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been invited to this weekend's summit in the Saudi capital with U.S. President Donald Trump and leaders from across the Muslim world, Saudi officials close to the king said Tuesday. Al-Bashir, who has been Sudan's leader since 1989, is wanted by the International Criminal Court in the Nethe... Tue, 16 May 2017 21:03:00 GMT 2017-05-16T21:03:00Z Saudi Arabia counting down the seconds until Trump arrives DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia is literally counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until Donald Trump lands in the kingdom for his first overseas trip as U.S. president this weekend. The kingdom has launched a website in four languages with a countdown clock and details about the visit, which is packed with meetings . After me... Tue, 16 May 2017 20:41:00 GMT 2017-05-16T20:41:00Z Syria denies US allegations of mass killings, crematorium BEIRUT (AP) — Syria on Tuesday rejected U.S. accusations it carried out mass killings at a prison near Damascus and then burned the victims' bodies in a crematorium, describing the allegations as "lies" and "fabrications." The allegations are a "new Hollywood plot" to justify U.S. intervention in Syria, Syria's Foreign Ministry said, noting what it called... Tue, 16 May 2017 19:17:00 GMT 2017-05-16T19:17:00Z Iran reformist drops out of election, supports Rouhani TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A reformist candidate dropped out of Iran's presidential election on Tuesday and threw his support behind President Hassan Rouhani, in a widely expected move that will strengthen the incumbent's campaign against a hard-liner. Eshaq Jahangiri, senior vice president under Rouhani, dropped out, leaving just four candidates in the race. "I... Tue, 16 May 2017 18:26:00 GMT 2017-05-16T18:26:00Z Top Trump aide won't say if Western Wall is part of Israel WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser on Tuesday sidestepped questions about whether Jerusalem's Western Wall is part of Israel ahead of Trump's planned visit to the Old City. H.R. McMaster said Trump will say a prayer next week at the Western Wall, which is revered as the holiest site where Jews can pray. Asked if Trump thi... Tue, 16 May 2017 18:25:00 GMT 2017-05-16T18:25:00Z