Fertile Crescent http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23295/all en Reuters World News Highlights 1800 GMT, Jan 4 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130104/reuters-world-news-highlights-1800-gmt-jan-4 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIRUT - <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/syria">Syria</a> on Friday said a car bomb at a crowded petrol station in Damascus on Thursday night was set off by "terrorists", a term it uses for rebels seeking to topple President Bashar al-Assad.</p> <p>- - - -</p> <p>WASHINGTON - Former U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson said on Friday he and Google executive Eric Schmidt will make a "private humanitarian visit" to North Korea, partly aimed at securing the release of an American detainee there.</p> <p>- - - -</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130104/reuters-world-news-highlights-1800-gmt-jan-4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Bashar al-Assad CDATA Fertile Crescent Iraq Levant Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Member states of the United Nations Nouri al-Maliki Person Career Quotation Syria Thomson Reuters Fri, 04 Jan 2013 18:15:37 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731160 at http://www.globalpost.com Syrians brush off Assad speech, fighting continues http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/syrians-brush-assad-speech-fighting-continues <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>By Oliver Holmes</p> <p>BEIRUT, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Syrians said on Monday they<br /> expected only war after a speech by President Bashar al-Assad<br /> that was billed as a peace plan, and fighting resumed in the<br /> capital just a few miles from where he spoke.</p> <p>Hours after Assad addressed cheering loyalists at the<br /> Damascus Opera House on Sunday, clashes raged just a few miles<br /> away near the road to the city's international airport, the<br /> Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/syrians-brush-assad-speech-fighting-continues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Armed Attack Asia Assad family Bashar al-Assad Bashar al-Assad Entertainment Fertile Crescent Golan Heights Hafez al-Assad Person Career Politics Quotation Syria Technology War Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:08:18 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731326 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Stop war in Syria before it becomes "field of ruins" -pope http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/update-2-stop-war-syria-it-becomes-field-ruins-pope <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>* Pope makes comments in yearly "state of the world" address</p> <p>* Condemns "terrorist attacks" against Christians in Nigeria</p> <p>* Links global economic crisis to "absolute" profit motive</p> <p> (Adds elements from speech, context)</p> <p>By Philip Pullella</p> <p>VATICAN CITY, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Pope Benedict urged the<br /> world on Monday to end what he called the endless slaughter in<br /> Syria before the entire country becomes a "a field of ruins".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/update-2-stop-war-syria-it-becomes-field-ruins-pope" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Levant Member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Member states of the United Nations Nigeria Person Career Pope Benedict XVI and Islam Quotation Syria War Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:08:20 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731327 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 Russian banks should beware blacklisted Syria banks -US official http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/russian-banks-should-beware-blacklisted-syria-banks-us-official <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>* Syria's central bank, state-owned bank cited</p> <p>* Official says US banks may shy away from Russians</p> <p>By Arshad Mohammed</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Major Russian banks should<br /> beware dealing with two blacklisted Syrian financial<br /> institutions, a senior U.S. Treasury official said, saying U.S.<br /> and other banks could shun them as a result.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/russian-banks-should-beware-blacklisted-syria-banks-us-official" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al-Assad family Asia Banking in the United States Diplomatic Relations Fertile Crescent International reactions to the 2011–2012 Syrian uprising Levant Person Career Quotation Syria Syrian uprising U.S. sanctions against Iran Western Asia Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:02:19 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731544 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 UPDATE 1-UN unable to get food to 1 million hungry Syrians http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/update-1-un-unable-get-food-1-million-hungry-syrians <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>* WFP reaching 1.5 mln of 2.5 mln needy Syrians</p> <p>* Wins okay from Syria to import fuel from Lebanon</p> <p>* Nearly 600,000 Syrian refugees now registered (Recasts lead, adds fuel imports)</p> <p>GENEVA, Jan 8 (Reuters) - About 1 million Syrians are going hungry due to the difficulty of getting supplies into conflict zones and the fact that the few government-approved aid agencies are stretched to the limit, the United Nations said on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/update-1-un-unable-get-food-1-million-hungry-syrians" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Entertainment Fertile Crescent Forced migration Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:08:31 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731589 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 1-Syria to swap prisoners for rebel-held Iranians- Turkish NGO http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/update-1-syria-swap-prisoners-rebel-held-iranians-turkish-ngo <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>ISTANBUL, Jan 9 (Reuters) - The Syrian government will free 2,130 civilian prisoners on Wednesday in exchange for the release of 48 Iranians held by Syrian rebels, a board member of the Turkish humanitarian aid agency IHH said.</p> <p>The Syrian rebel al-Baraa brigade seized the Iranians in early August and initially threatened to kill them.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/update-1-syria-swap-prisoners-rebel-held-iranians-turkish-ngo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Levant Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 09:30:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732014 at http://www.globalpost.com Iraq shuts Jordan border crossing over Sunni protests http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/iraq-shuts-jordan-border-crossing-over-sunni-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>BAGHDAD, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Iraq closed a border crossing with Jordan on Wednesday after Sunni Muslim demonstrators blocked a highway to Syria and Jordan as part of mass protests challenging Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's delicate power-sharing government.</p> <p>Baghdad ordered troops to shut the Traibil border post in the Sunni heartland province of Anbar, where protests erupted in late December after authorities arrested the bodyguards of a Sunni finance minister, local officials said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/iraq-shuts-jordan-border-crossing-over-sunni-protests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Levant Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 10:15:30 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732028 at http://www.globalpost.com Syrian refugees at mercy of winter storms on Lebanese coast http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/syrian-refugees-at-mercy-winter-storms-lebanese-coast <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>* Nearly 190,000 Syrians have fled to Lebanon</p> <p>* Lebanon has not set up formal camps</p> <p>* Refugees face harsh winter weather</p> <p>By Alexander Dziadosz</p> <p>QOBBAT BESHOMRA, Lebanon, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Sayyad Ali fled Syria two weeks ago and now lives with his wife and two children in a leaky tent of wood and plastic sheeting surrounded by ankle-deep mud in a lot in northern Lebanon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/syrian-refugees-at-mercy-winter-storms-lebanese-coast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Levant Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:15:35 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732069 at http://www.globalpost.com Freed Iranian hostages arrive at hotel in Damascus http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/freed-iranian-hostages-arrive-at-hotel-damascus <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>Damascus, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Forty eight Iranians released by Syrian rebels in exchange for the release of more than 2,000 civilian prisoners held by the Syrian government arrived at the Sheraton hotel in central Damascus on Wednesday, a Reuters witness said.</p> <p>The men were accompanied by the Iranian ambassador to Syria and arrived in six small buses, looking tired but in good health.</p> Asia Fertile Crescent Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:00:25 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732112 at http://www.globalpost.com Winter storm brings devastation to Syria and neighbours http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/winter-storm-brings-devastation-syria-and-neighbours <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>* Syrians living in ruins, burning chairs and doors</p> <p>* Roads in Lebanon washed away, electricity cut</p> <p>* Worst storm in 20 years - Israel Meteorological Service</p> <p>By Erika Solomon and Oliver Holmes</p> <p>BEIRUT, Jan 9 (Reuters) - The worst winter storm in two decades has hit the eastern Mediterranean this week, bringing destruction and death to Syria and its neighbours who are already dealing with a refugee crisis from the country's civil war.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/winter-storm-brings-devastation-syria-and-neighbours" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Disaster Fertile Crescent Social Issues Syria Technology War Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:30:31 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732132 at http://www.globalpost.com