Member states of the Arab League http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23297/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 Tunisia frees man held over attack on US consulate in Libya http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/tunisia-frees-man-held-over-attack-us-consulate-libya <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>Tunis, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Tunisia has freed, for lack of<br /> evidence, a Tunisian man who had been suspected of involvement<br /> in an Islamist militant attack in Libya last year in which the<br /> U.S. ambassador was killed, his lawyer said on Tuesday.</p> <p>Ali Harzi was one of two Tunisians named in October by the<br /> Daily Beast website as having been detained in Turkey over the<br /> violence in which Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to<br /> Libya, and three other American officials were killed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/tunisia-frees-man-held-over-attack-us-consulate-libya" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa International relations Libya Member states of the African Union Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Member states of the United Nations North Africa Person Career Person Travel Political geography Quotation Technology Tunisia Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:08:41 +0000 5731591 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 5731665 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Saudi says negotiated Syria settlement "inconceivable" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/update-1-saudi-says-negotiated-syria-settlement-inconceivable <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>* More than 60,000 dead in Syrian conflict</p> <p>* Saudi prince urges U.N. Security Council to act (Adds quotes)</p> <p>RIYADH, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Tuesday the scale of violence used by Syria's government when fighting rebels meant a negotiated settlement of the country's crisis was unthinkable.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/update-1-saudi-says-negotiated-syria-settlement-inconceivable" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Member states of the Arab League Middle East Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 14:00:12 +0000 5737738 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 5-Jordan votes, but main Islamist party boycotts poll http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/update-2-jordan-votes-poll-boycotted-main-islamist-party <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>* Muslim Brotherhood boycotts parliamentary election</p> <p>* Tribal areas resist calls for political reforms</p> <p>* Economic worries weigh more than political demands (Adds turnout figures after polls close)</p> <p>By Suleiman Al-Khalidi</p> <p>AMMAN, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Jordanians voted in their first parliamentary election since the Arab uprisings on Wednesday without the participation of the main Islamist party which is demanding an end to official corruption and a louder voice for the urban poor.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/update-2-jordan-votes-poll-boycotted-main-islamist-party" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Egyptian revolution Fertile Crescent Jordan Labor Law Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Social Issues Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:45:13 +0000 5738241 at http://www.globalpost.com Saudi prince calls for Syrian rebels to be armed http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/saudi-prince-calls-syrian-rebels-be-armed <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>DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 25 (Reuters) - A senior member of Saudi Arabia's monarchy called on Friday for Syrian rebels to be given anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons to "level the playing field" in their battle against President Bashar al-Assad.</p> <p>Insurgents in Syria have seized territory in the north of the country and control suburbs to the east and south of the capital, but Assad's air power and continued army strength have limited their advances 22 months into the conflict.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/saudi-prince-calls-syrian-rebels-be-armed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation War Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 14:30:56 +0000 5739396 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Saudi prince calls for Syrian rebels to be armed http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/update-1-saudi-prince-calls-syrian-rebels-be-armed <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 Jordanian king on Syria)</p> <p>By Paul Taylor</p> <p>DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 25 (Reuters) - A senior member of Saudi Arabia's monarchy called on Friday for Syrian rebels to be given anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons to "level the playing field" in their battle against President Bashar al-Assad.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/update-1-saudi-prince-calls-syrian-rebels-be-armed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation War Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:00:14 +0000 5739438 at http://www.globalpost.com Tunisia deploys special combat units to protect oil and gas fields http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/tunisia-deploys-special-combat-units-protect-oil-and-gas-fields <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>TUNIS, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Tunisia has sent special combat units to its borders with Algeria and Libya to protect its oil and gas installations against potential attacks from Islamist militants, the state news agency said on Tuesday.</p> <p>The move follows the al Qaeda-linked attack and hostage-taking at an Algerian gas plant earlier this month, and comes as French and local troops fight against Islamist rebels in Mali.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/tunisia-deploys-special-combat-units-protect-oil-and-gas-fields" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Member states of the African Union Member states of the Arab League Political geography War Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:00:14 +0000 5740960 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Kuwait pledges $300 mln in Syria aid at donor meeting http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/update-1-kuwait-pledges-300-mln-syria-aid-at-donor-meeting <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 background)</p> <p>KUWAIT, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Kuwait's emir pledged on Wednesday to give $300 million to help fund humanitarian efforts for millions of Syrians affected by nearly two years of conflict.</p> <p>Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah told a meeting targeting potential donors that "horrifying reports" of violence had raised questions over the future of Syria and aid efforts had to be redoubled.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/update-1-kuwait-pledges-300-mln-syria-aid-at-donor-meeting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Member states of the Arab League USD Thomson Reuters Wed, 30 Jan 2013 08:45:28 +0000 5741398 at http://www.globalpost.com Twitter popularity tests conservative Gulf http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/twitter-popularity-tests-conservative-gulf <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Twitter's unmatched platform for public opinion is emboldening Gulf Arabs to exchange views on delicate issues in the deeply conservative region, despite strict censorship that controls old media.</p> <p>The authorities have been attempting to limit the damage by handing out jail terms to some whose tweets have been deemed offensive in the Muslim states, including in Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/twitter-popularity-tests-conservative-gulf" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Religion Technology Twitter AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 04:00:28 +0000 5742516 at http://www.globalpost.com Gulf states hand Morocco first chunk of $2.5 bln aid package http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/gulf-states-hand-morocco-first-chunk-25-bln-aid-package <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>RABAT, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Morocco has received the first slice of a $2.5 billion aid package promised by wealthy Gulf Arab states, a Moroccan official said on Friday, part of pledge designed to cement ties between Arab monarchies in the wake of regional uprisings.</p> <p>Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait agreed in Dec. 2011 to distribute $2.5 billion to both Morocco and Jordan, the only two Arab states outside the Gulf with monarchies.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/gulf-states-hand-morocco-first-chunk-25-bln-aid-package" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Technology USD Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 19:31:51 +0000 5743475 at http://www.globalpost.com Kuwait says backs free speech but must protect ruling emir http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/kuwait-says-backs-free-speech-must-protect-ruling-emir <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>KUWAIT, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Kuwait supports free speech but must act against illegal comments made about the Gulf state's ruler, the government said on Monday, after a Twitter user was jailed for five years.</p> <p>A Kuwaiti court sentenced a man to prison on Sunday for insulting the emir on the social networking site, a rights lawyer and news websites said, in the latest prosecution for criticism of authorities via social media.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/kuwait-says-backs-free-speech-must-protect-ruling-emir" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Constitutional monarchies Law Member states of the Arab League Religion Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 04 Feb 2013 15:45:15 +0000 5745473 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria, Mali crises tops Islamic summit agenda in Cairo http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/syria-mali-crises-tops-islamic-summit-agenda-cairo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Heads of state from across the Islamic world meet in Cairo Wednesday to tackle crises ranging from Syria's civil war to the battle against Islamist militants in Mali, with their sharp differences expected to be laid bare.</p> <p>Syria will not be represented at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit even though much of the debate is expected to be focused on the conflict that has ravaged that country for almost 23 months, leaving tens of thousands dead.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/syria-mali-crises-tops-islamic-summit-agenda-cairo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Politics Social Issues War AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 10:45:48 +0000 5747343 at http://www.globalpost.com World must allow Syrians to 'defend themselves': Saudi FM http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/world-must-allow-syrians-defend-themselves-saudi-fm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Tuesday said the international community should allow Syrians to "defend themselves" against President Bashar al-Assad's regime if it is unable to intervene on their behalf.</p> <p>"If the international community is not willing to do anything, then they must allow Syrians to defend themselves," Prince Saud al-Faisal told reporters. "The (Syrian) regime's savage aggression demands allowing the people to do so."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/world-must-allow-syrians-defend-themselves-saudi-fm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Entertainment Environment Health Member states of the Arab League Middle East Politics AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:00:30 +0000 5753557 at http://www.globalpost.com Iraqi Airways to resume Kuwait flights after 22 years http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/iraqi-airways-resume-kuwait-flights-after-22-years <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Iraqi Airways will resume direct flights to Kuwait from February 16 after a 22-year stoppage due to the Iraqi invasion of the Gulf state, a top Kuwaiti civil aviation official said on Tuesday.</p> <p>"Iraqi Airways will resume flights to Kuwait on February 16 ... after the civil aviation authority approved a request" by its Iraqi counterpart, Fawwaz al-Farah, head of Kuwait's civil aviation authority, was quoted as saying by the official KUNA news agency.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/iraqi-airways-resume-kuwait-flights-after-22-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Member states of OPEC Member states of the Arab League Politics AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:45:24 +0000 5753620 at http://www.globalpost.com