Middle East http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/22945/all en Egypt's Brotherhood says UAE arrests unfounded http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130102/egypts-brotherhood-says-uae-arrests-unfounded <p>* Claim is "devoid of truth", Brotherhood says</p> <p>* UAE-<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/egypt">Egypt</a> relations since Mubarak ouster</p> <p>By Shaimaa Fayed and Tamim Elyan</p> <p>CAIRO, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said on Wednesday some of its members had been wrongfully arrested in United Arab Emirates (UAE) on allegations of helping to train local Islamists in subversion tactics.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130102/egypts-brotherhood-says-uae-arrests-unfounded" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Arab world Arab–Israeli conflict Egypt Egypt Egyptian people Egyptian revolution Family Relation Hosni Mubarak Islam in Egypt Middle East Muslim Brotherhood Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt Person Career Person Location Politics of Egypt Quotation Tamim Elyan United Arab Emirates Thomson Reuters Wed, 02 Jan 2013 20:15:31 +0000 5730920 at http://www.globalpost.com Al Jazeera buys Current TV, terms undisclosed http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130103/al-jazeera-buys-current-tv-terms-undisclosed <p>LOS ANGELES, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Qatar-based Al Jazeera news channel said on Wednesday it will buy Current TV, the cable channel founded by Al Gore and business partner Joel Hyatt in 2005, for undisclosed terms.</p> <p>Current, which has battled low viewership, is now distributed in about 60 million of the 100 million homes in the <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/united-states">United States</a> with cable or satellite service.</p> Al Gore Al Jazeera Arab Spring Asia CDATA Current TV Joel Hyatt Middle East Qatar Television Thomson Reuters Thu, 03 Jan 2013 15:59:14 +0000 5730981 at http://www.globalpost.com Kuwait sentences second man to jail for insulting emir -lawyer http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/kuwait-sentences-second-man-jail-insulting-emir-lawyer <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>DUBAI, Jan 7 (Reuters) - A Kuwaiti court sentenced a man to<br /> two years in prison on Monday for insulting the country's ruler<br /> on Twitter, his lawyer said, the second to be jailed for the<br /> offence in as many days.</p> <p>The U.S.-allied Gulf Arab state has clamped down in recent<br /> months on political activists who have been using social media<br /> websites to criticise the government and the ruling family.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/kuwait-sentences-second-man-jail-insulting-emir-lawyer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al-Sabah Arrest Asia Conviction Employment Relation House of Al-Sabah House of Sabah Kuwait Middle East Person Career Politics Quotation Religion Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Sabah II Al-Sabah Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:08:37 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731328 at http://www.globalpost.com Heavy rain disrupts road, train access to Tel Aviv http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/heavy-rain-disrupts-road-train-access-tel-aviv <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>TEL AVIV, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Unusually heavy winter rains<br /> forced the closure of main access routes to Tel Aviv on Tuesday,<br /> causing gridlock in and around Israel's commercial capital,<br /> authorities said.</p> <p>Traffic backed up for hours as highways into Tel Aviv were<br /> flooded, police said. Rail operator asked commuters to avoid<br /> stations in the city and train schedules were disrupted.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/heavy-rain-disrupts-road-train-access-tel-aviv" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia CDATA Israel Middle East Natural Disaster Person Career Quotation Ron Huldai Tel Aviv Western Asia Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:52:28 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731483 at http://www.globalpost.com Syrian refugees in Turkish camp to vote in taste of democracy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/syrian-refugees-turkish-camp-vote-taste-democracy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>ANKARA, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Thousands of Syrians living in a<br /> refugee camp in southern Turkey will hold elections this month<br /> to select camp leaders and an administrative council in an<br /> exercise Turkey said was aimed at introducing democracy to<br /> Syrian citizens.</p> <p>Turkey, which is sheltering tens of thousands of Syrians<br /> fleeing violence in their homeland, is an outspoken critic of<br /> Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is battling rebels trying<br /> to overthrow his government.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/syrian-refugees-turkish-camp-vote-taste-democracy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab diaspora Asia Assad family Bashar al-Assad Fertile Crescent Forced migration Kilis Middle East Persecution Person Career Politics Quotation Refugee Refugees of the 2011–2012 Syrian uprising Syria Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:53:11 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731497 at http://www.globalpost.com Iraqi Sunnis, Kurds boycott cabinet session to back protests http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/iraqi-sunnis-kurds-boycott-cabinet-session-back-protests <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>BAGHDAD, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Iraqi Sunni Muslim and Kurdish<br /> ministers boycotted a cabinet session on Tuesday to show support<br /> for protests that threaten Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri<br /> al-Maliki's fragile cross-sectarian government, lawmakers and a<br /> government source said.</p> <p>Thousands of protesters have demonstrated and blocked a key<br /> highway in Iraq's Sunni provinces for more than two weeks to<br /> challenge Maliki, a leader many Sunnis feel has marginalised<br /> their community a year after the last U.S. troops pulled out.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/iraqi-sunnis-kurds-boycott-cabinet-session-back-protests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al Maliki I Government Asia Fertile Crescent Iraq Iraqi parliamentary election Jalal Talabani Kurdish people Middle East Nouri al-Maliki Person Career Quotation Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:00:15 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731526 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-UN chief 'disappointed' by Assad's speech on Syria crisis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/update-2-un-chief-disappointed-assads-speech-syria-crisis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p/> <p>UNITED NATIONS, Jan 7 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban<br /> Ki-moon voiced disappointment on Monday with Syrian President<br /> Bashar al-Assad's rejection of peace talks in a defiant weekend<br /> speech that anti-government rebels described as a renewed<br /> declaration of war.</p> </p/><p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/update-2-un-chief-disappointed-assads-speech-syria-crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al-Assad family Asia Assad family Bashar al Assad Bashar al-Assad Fertile Crescent Lakhdar Brahimi Middle East Person Career Quotation Syria Syrian uprising War Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:02:52 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731553 at http://www.globalpost.com INTERVIEW-World ignoring Syria's systematic ruin -Jumblatt http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/interview-world-ignoring-syrias-systematic-ruin-jumblatt <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>* Lebanese Druze leader blames "indifference or conspiracy"</p> <p>* Jumblatt, former ally of Assad, has turned against him</p> <p>* Urges fellow-Druze in Syria to join revolt</p> <p>By Dominic Evans and Mariam Karouny</p> <p>MUKHTARA, Lebanon, Jan 8 (Reuters) - World powers are<br /> abandoning Syria to be "systematically destroyed" by a civil war<br /> which has already wrecked whole cities in a once-great Arab<br /> nation, Lebanon's Druze leader Walid Jumblatt said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/interview-world-ignoring-syrias-systematic-ruin-jumblatt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al-Assad family Asia Assad family Bashar al-Assad Druze Fertile Crescent Hafez al-Assad Human Interest Jumblatt family Middle East Person Attributes Person Career Politics Progressive Socialist Party Quotation Social Issues Syria Walid Jumblatt Walid Jumblatt War Warlords Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:15:12 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731601 at http://www.globalpost.com Kuwait's parliament approves decree curbing popular vote http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/kuwaits-parliament-approves-decree-curbing-popular-vote <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>KUWAIT, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Kuwait's parliament on Tuesday<br /> approved a royal decree amending voting rules that sparked mass<br /> protests and an opposition boycott of elections last month in<br /> the U.S.-allied Gulf Arab country, the official news agency KUNA<br /> said.</p> <p>The emergency decree issued by Kuwait's emir in October - a<br /> week after he dissolved parliament - reduced the number of votes<br /> per citizen to one from four.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/kuwaits-parliament-approves-decree-curbing-popular-vote" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Al-Sabah Middle East Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 15:30:33 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731630 at http://www.globalpost.com Qatar throws Egypt $2.5 billion lifeline to prop up pound http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/qatar-throws-egypt-25-billion-lifeline-prop-pound <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>* Egypt convulsed by dollar rush after political turmoil</p> <p>* Qatar seen as seeking influence in post-Mubarak Egypt</p> <p>* IMF team expected in 2-3 weeks for talks on $4.8 bln loan</p> <p>By Yasmine Saleh and Patrick Werr</p> <p>CAIRO, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Qatar tossed Egypt an economic<br /> lifeline on Tuesday, announcing it had lent Egypt another $2<br /> billion and given it an extra $500 million outright to help<br /> control a currency crisis.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/qatar-throws-egypt-25-billion-lifeline-prop-pound" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab world Asia Egypt Hosni Mubarak International Monetary Fund Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Member states of the United Nations Middle East Middle Eastern countries Qatar USD Western Asia Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:00:27 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731665 at http://www.globalpost.com INTERVIEW-Israeli ex-security chief sees risk of Palestinian uprising http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/interview-israeli-ex-security-chief-sees-risk-palestinian-upris <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>* Spy-chief-turned-politician says peace talks a priority</p> <p>* A settlement still seen possible despite numerous hurdles</p> <p>* Other Israeli parties seen sidelining issue ahead of vote</p> <p>By Crispian Balmer</p> <p>JERUSALEM, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Israel faces the prospect of a<br /> new Palestinian uprising because of despair over the gridlock in<br /> peacemaking, a former head of the Israeli internal intelligence<br /> agency who is standing in the Jan. 22 election said on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/interview-israeli-ex-security-chief-sees-risk-palestinian-upris" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Israeli–Palestinian conflict Middle East War Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:15:36 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731708 at http://www.globalpost.com INSIGHT-Aleppo misery eats at Syrian rebel support http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/insight-aleppo-misery-eats-at-syrian-rebel-support <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Yara Bayoumy</p> <p>ALEPPO, Syria, Jan 8 (Reuters) - At a crowded market stall in Syria, a middle-aged couple, well dressed, shuffle over to press a folded note, furtively, into the hand of a foreign reporter.</p> <p>It is the kind of silent cry for help against a reign of fear that has been familiar to journalists visiting Syria over the past two years. Only this is not the Damascus of President Bashar al-Assad but rebel-held Aleppo; the note laments misrule under the revolution and hopes Assad can defeat its "terrorism".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/insight-aleppo-misery-eats-at-syrian-rebel-support" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Middle East Politics Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 19:30:15 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731788 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Qatar throws Egypt $2.5 bln lifeline to prop up pound http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/update-2-qatar-throws-egypt-25-bln-lifeline-prop-pound <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Egypt rocked by rush for dollars after political turmoil</p> <p>* Qatar seen as seeking influence in post-Mubarak Egypt</p> <p>* IMF team expected in 2-3 weeks for talks on $4.8 bln loan</p> <p>* Funds give government breathing space ahead of election</p> <p>* Egypt, Qatar agree to speed up $18 bln in delayed projects</p> <p>By Yasmine Saleh and Patrick Werr</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/update-2-qatar-throws-egypt-25-bln-lifeline-prop-pound" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia International relations Middle East Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:30:39 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731755 at http://www.globalpost.com Exhausted Egyptians count cost of political turmoil http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/exhausted-egyptians-count-cost-political-turmoil <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Shaimaa Fayed and Maria Golovnina</p> <p>ZAGAZIG, Egypt, Jan 9 (Reuters) - These days, craftsmen, shopkeepers and other inhabitants of the Egyptian Delta town of Zagazig are often too busy making ends meet to ponder why life seems to be getting harder every day.</p> <p>But when, exhausted, they finally come home and sit down to their evening meal, conversations inevitably turn to growing hardship and the frightening prospect of cuts in food subsidies as the economy slides further into crisis.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/exhausted-egyptians-count-cost-political-turmoil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Arab world Middle East Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 07:45:18 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731991 at http://www.globalpost.com UAE militant cell linked to Yemen's al Qaeda-Dubai police chief http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/uae-militant-cell-linked-yemens-al-qaeda-dubai-police-chief <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* UAE militant cell linked to al Qaeda in Yemen</p> <p>* Iran, Muslim Brotherhood a threat to Gulf states</p> <p>* Qaeda's Yemen-based wing remains a potent threat</p> <p>By Mahmoud Habboush</p> <p>DUBAI, Jan 9 (Reuters) - A suspected militant cell detained in the United Arab Emirates had links to al Qaeda, Dubai's police chief has said, including the Yemen-based wing that is widely regarded as one of the its most effective affiliates.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/uae-militant-cell-linked-yemens-al-qaeda-dubai-police-chief" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Islamic terrorism Middle East War Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 11:30:16 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732049 at http://www.globalpost.com