Levant http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23296/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 5731160 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 5731327 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 5731544 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 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 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 5732069 at http://www.globalpost.com Rebels say have seized helicopter base in Syria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/rebels-say-have-seized-helicopter-base-syria <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>BEIRUT, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Rebels have seized the Taftanaz air base in northern Syria after months of fighting, activists and rebels said on Friday.</p> <p>The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airport was taken after a renewed assault was launched earlier this month.</p> <p>Rebels from the Islamic Front, an alliance of several Islamist units, said Taftanaz is the largest helicopter base in northern Syria and the second largest in the country.</p> Asia Fertile Crescent Levant Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:30:19 +0000 5733053 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Rebels say they seized helicopter base in Syria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/update-2-rebels-say-they-seized-helicopter-base-syria <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>* Islamist units claim victory at military base</p> <p>* Syrian military strikes back with air strikes</p> <p>* Videos show fighters on helicopter</p> <p>By Erika Solomon and Alexander Dziadosz</p> <p>BEIRUT, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Rebels seized a strategic air base in northern Syria on Friday after months of fighting, activists and insurgents said, further weakening President Bashar al-Assad's grip on the region.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/update-2-rebels-say-they-seized-helicopter-base-syria" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Levant Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 11:15:20 +0000 5733070 at http://www.globalpost.com Reuters World News Highlights at 1745 GMT, Jan 11 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/reuters-world-news-highlights-at-1745-gmt-jan-11 <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>Jan 11 (Reuters) - TOP STORIES</p> <p>-----------</p> <p>BEIRUT/GENEVA - Rebels seized control of one of Syria's largest helicopter bases on Friday, opposition sources said, in their first capture of a military airfield used by President Bashar al-Assad's forces.</p> <p>- - - -</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/reuters-world-news-highlights-at-1745-gmt-jan-11" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Human Interest Levant Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:15:15 +0000 5733286 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Russia opposes Syria crisis war crimes court referral http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/update-1-russia-opposes-syria-crisis-war-crimes-court-referral <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>MOSCOW, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Permanent U.N. Security Council member Russia said it opposed an effort by dozens of countries to refer the Syrian crisis to the International Criminal Court (ICC), calling the initiative "ill-timed and counterproductive".</p> <p>More than 50 countries asked the Security Council on Monday to refer the conflict in Syria to the court, which prosecutes people for genocide and war crimes, in a letter saying the move would "send a clear signal to the Syrian authorities".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/update-1-russia-opposes-syria-crisis-war-crimes-court-referral" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Levant Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:45:34 +0000 5734781 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-French journalist killed by sniper fire in Syria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/update-1-french-journalist-killed-sniper-fire-syria <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>(Adds Hollande condolences)</p> <p>ANKARA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - ANKARA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - French war reporter Yves Debay was killed by sniper fire while reporting on the crisis in Syria, a Turkish official said on Friday.</p> <p>The Belgian-born Debay was taken to Turkey, where medical staff pronounced him dead, after being shot once in the head and once in the chest on Thursday, a Turkish official said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/update-1-french-journalist-killed-sniper-fire-syria" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Entertainment Fertile Crescent Human Interest Levant Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:15:47 +0000 5736247 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Russia sending aircraft to evacuate citizens from Syria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/update-1-russia-sending-aircraft-evacuate-citizens-syria <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>* Planes to take off on Tuesday</p> <p>* Signals Moscow preparing for any possible Assad defeat (Adds details on Russian numbers, analyst comment)</p> <p>By Thomas Grove and Steve Gutterman</p> <p>MOSCOW, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Russia is sending two planes to Lebanon on Tuesday to evacuate more than 100 of its citizens from Syria, the Emergencies Ministry said, in the clearest sign yet that Moscow may be preparing for President Bashar al-Assad's possible defeat.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/update-1-russia-sending-aircraft-evacuate-citizens-syria" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Assad family Business Entertainment Fertile Crescent Labor Law Levant Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:30:25 +0000 5737386 at http://www.globalpost.com CORRECTED-Life in Lebanon "horrible" for Palestinians fleeing Syria-UN http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/life-lebanon-horrible-palestinians-fleeing-syria-un <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>(Adds "refugees" in first paragraph and full name of United Nations agency in second paragraph)</p> <p>* Palestinians living without water and electricity - UNRWA</p> <p>* UNRWA chief says Jordan blocking entry</p> <p>* Appeals to donors for aid</p> <p>By Oliver Holmes</p> <p>BEIRUT, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Palestinians who fled Syria's war to neighbouring Lebanon are living up to 20 in a room with no water, fresh air or electricity, the head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/life-lebanon-horrible-palestinians-fleeing-syria-un" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Levant Palestinian nationalism Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 17:30:25 +0000 5737860 at http://www.globalpost.com U.N. says Syria being systematically destroyed by own people http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/un-says-syria-being-systematically-destroyed-own-people U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.N.-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi were deeply disturbed by the continued bloodshed, the U.N. press office said in a statement on Monday.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/un-says-syria-being-systematically-destroyed-own-people" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Levant Politics United Nations War Conflict Zones Syria Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:30:00 +0000 5737987 at http://www.globalpost.com 20,000 Syrian refugees flee to Jordan in a week http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/blank-headline-received-20 <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>AMMAN, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Around 20,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Jordan in the last seven days due to escalating violence in southern Syria, the fastest influx since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad two years ago, Jordan's foreign minister said on Wednesday.</p> <p>"What we have seen in terms of influx of Syrian refugees coming to Jordan is ... unprecedented, larger than any other time in the last two years," Nasser Judeh told Reuters. "We have had 20,000 Syrians coming into Jordan since last Thursday."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/blank-headline-received-20" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Forced migration Levant Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 20:00:52 +0000 5738481 at http://www.globalpost.com