Western Asia http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23802/all en 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 REFILE-Israeli minister warms to choice of Hagel for Pentagon http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/refile-israeli-minister-warms-choice-hagel-pentagon <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>* Former Republican senator's record on Iran worries Jewish<br /> state</p> <p>* Obama seen setting tone for relations with Netanyahu<br /> government</p> <p>By Dan Williams</p> <p>JERUSALEM, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A senior Israeli diplomat has<br /> given a positive view of Chuck Hagel's nomination as U.S.<br /> defense secretary, though some commentators in the Jewish state<br /> expressed worries that the choice could open a new fissure in<br /> bedrock ties with Washington.</p> </p/><p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/refile-israeli-minister-warms-choice-hagel-pentagon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ashkenazi Jews Asia Barack Obama Benjamin Netanyahu Business Candidate Position Chuck Hagel Chuck Hagel Diplomatic Relations Ehud Barak Entertainment Environment Government Health Israel Israeli Jews Person Career Person Communication Person Party Politics Prime Ministers of Israel Quotation War Western Asia Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:54:11 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731501 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 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 Police suspect criminal motive in Tel Aviv car blast http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/police-suspect-criminal-motive-tel-aviv-car-blast <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>JERUSALEM, Jan 10 (Reuters) - A car exploded near a bus in Tel Aviv on Thursday, injuring several people in what police suspect was an attempt to kill an alleged criminal kingpin.</p> <p>Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said "the main direction of suspicion is it was criminal". Israel Radio said the car belonged to the head of an alleged organised crime family.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/police-suspect-criminal-motive-tel-aviv-car-blast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Western Asia Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:45:25 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732563 at http://www.globalpost.com FEATURE-Israeli women soldiers have "right stuff" for border watch http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/feature-israeli-women-soldiers-have-right-stuff-border-watch <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>* Spotters keep out militants, migrants along frontier with Egypt</p> <p>* Female conscripts seen ideal for desert surveillance</p> <p>By Dan Williams</p> <p>ISRAELI-EGYPTIAN BORDER, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Breaking cover from a lookout point disguised as a dune, four soldiers storm into the open, ploughing through the sand with rifles aloft. Their battle cries are like seagull calls, and from under their helmets, ponytails flap.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/feature-israeli-women-soldiers-have-right-stuff-border-watch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Entertainment Israeli people Social Issues Technology War Western Asia Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 11:15:44 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733077 at http://www.globalpost.com Fire in Bahrain labour camp kills at least 13 people http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/fire-bahrain-labour-camp-kills-at-least-13-people <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>DUBAI, Jan 11 (Reuters) - At least 13 people were killed in a fire that broke out in a labour camp in the Bahraini capital Manama on Friday, the civil defence department said.</p> <p>Hundreds of thousands of foreign labourers, mainly from the Asian subcontinent, work in the island kingdom, one of six oil-producing Gulf Arab states that rely heavily on foreign labour.</p> <p>The Bahrain News Agency quoted the acting head of civil defence as saying that firefighters had found the bodies of 13 people inside the three-storey building.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/fire-bahrain-labour-camp-kills-at-least-13-people" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Bahrain Western Asia Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 22:30:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733431 at http://www.globalpost.com Israel seeks to remove Palestinian tent outpost in West Bank http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/israel-seeks-remove-palestinian-tent-outpost-west-bank <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 Ali Sawafta</p> <p>E1, West Bank, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday he was seeking court approval to remove an outpost of Palestinian tents pitched in an area of the occupied West Bank that Israel has earmarked for a new settlement.</p> <p>Israel's Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Palestinian outpost, built in the geographically sensitive area known as E1, could remain for six days while the issue of its removal was being discussed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/israel-seeks-remove-palestinian-tent-outpost-west-bank" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Hospitality Israeli–Palestinian conflict Law Politics War Western Asia Thomson Reuters Sat, 12 Jan 2013 19:30:26 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733643 at http://www.globalpost.com Israel evacuates Palestinians from tent outpost in West Bank http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/israel-evacuates-palestinians-tent-outpost-west-bank <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 Ali Sawafta</p> <p>E1, West Bank, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Israeli security forces evacuated about 100 Palestinians early on Sunday from an outpost of tents pitched in an area of the occupied West Bank that Israel has earmarked for a new settlement.</p> <p>Israel's Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Palestinian outpost, built in the geographically sensitive area known as E1, could remain for six days while the issue of the removal of the tents was being discussed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/israel-evacuates-palestinians-tent-outpost-west-bank" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Hospitality Israeli–Palestinian conflict Law Politics War Western Asia Thomson Reuters Sun, 13 Jan 2013 03:15:27 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733706 at http://www.globalpost.com "Homeland" co-creator says TV thriller could run for years http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/homeland-co-creator-says-tv-thriller-could-run-years <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>JERUSALEM, Jan 14 (Reuters) - "Homeland", the post-9/11 American psychological thriller which has swept television awards including at Sunday's Golden Globes, could run for years more, one of its Israeli co-creators said.</p> <p>Now two seasons old, "Homeland" won the Golden Globe for best drama and best actor honors for Damian Lewis, who plays a returning Iraq veteran turned by al Qaeda, as well as a best actress award for Claire Danes in her role as a bipolar CIA officer.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/homeland-co-creator-says-tv-thriller-could-run-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Serial drama television series Television Western Asia Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:30:56 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734274 at http://www.globalpost.com France seeks Gulf Arab help for Mali anti-rebel push http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/france-seeks-gulf-arab-help-mali-anti-rebel-push <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>ABU DHABI, Jan 15 (Reuters) - France expects Gulf Arab states will help an African campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali, possibly with materials or financing, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday.</p> <p>In response to questions from reporters on a visit to the United Arab Emirates, Fabius added that the presence of French troops on the ground in the Muslim Afican state would not galvanise al Qaeda recruitment in the region.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/france-seeks-gulf-arab-help-mali-anti-rebel-push" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Middle East Western Asia Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 07:15:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734555 at http://www.globalpost.com REFILE-Disaffected Israeli Arabs shrug at elections in Jewish state http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/refile-disaffected-israeli-arabs-shrug-at-elections-jewish-stat <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>(Refiles to fix reference to "she" in 28th paragraph)</p> <p>* Barely half of Arabs in Israel are expected to vote</p> <p>* Jewish state's minority Arabs disillusioned by leaders</p> <p>* Peace deal no longer top concern for Israeli-Arabs</p> <p>By Jihan Abdalla</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/refile-disaffected-israeli-arabs-shrug-at-elections-jewish-stat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christian Arabs Israeli–Palestinian conflict Politics Religion Social Issues War Western Asia Zionism Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:00:39 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734759 at http://www.globalpost.com CORRECTED-Saudis will give $100 million to Palestinians http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/saudis-will-give-100-million-palestinians <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>(Corrects paragraph 10 to read Arabs gave "much" not "most" of foreign aid in 2012)</p> <p>RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will give the Palestinian government in the Israeli-occupied West Bank $100 million to help alleviate a worsening budget crisis, the Palestinian president's office said on Wednesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/saudis-will-give-100-million-palestinians" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Palestinian nationalism Palestinian territories USD War Western Asia Thomson Reuters Wed, 16 Jan 2013 19:22:45 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735123 at http://www.globalpost.com Jewish settler convicted of killing 2 Palestinians http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/jewish-settler-convicted-killing-2-palestinians <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>JERUSALEM, Jan 16 (Reuters) - A West Bank settler dubbed "The Jewish Terrorist" by the Israeli media was convicted on Wednesday of killing two Palestinians in 1997.</p> <p>Yaakov "Jack" Tytell, a U.S. immigrant to a settlement in the occupied West Bank, confessed to the killings. Efforts by his lawyers, one whom quoted him as saying he had been on a "mission from God", to have him declared insane failed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/jewish-settler-convicted-killing-2-palestinians" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Israeli-occupied territories War Western Asia Thomson Reuters Wed, 16 Jan 2013 19:29:42 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735199 at http://www.globalpost.com Voting begins in Israel's parliamentary election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/voting-begins-israels-parliamentary-election <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>JERUSALEM, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Israelis began voting on Tuesday in a parliamentary election widely expected to win Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a third term in office and cement power for rightists opposed to Palestinian statehood.</p> <p>Polling stations opened at 7 a.m. (0500 GMT) and will close at 10 p.m. Full official results were due by Wednesday morning, opening the way for coalition talks between party leaders which could last for more than a month. (Writing by Dan Williams; editing by Crispian Balmer)</p> Asia Middle East Western Asia Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 05:30:29 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737575 at http://www.globalpost.com