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Moscow Relishes Revamped Role in Mideast as Israel Seeks … – Foreign Policy (blog)

The last time Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went to Moscow was in 2013 for a two-pronged mission: to lobby against a nuclear deal with Iran and convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to cancel the planned sale of advanced Russian air defense systems to Tehran. Netanyahu was unable to change Putin’s mind on the Iran […]

Oman, a crucial mediator in the Mideast, helps free hostages held by Yemen’s … – Fox News

FILE – In this undated file photo made available on Monday, March 23, 2015, by Oman News Agency, Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman arrives in Muscat, Oman. Oman’s announcement on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, that it negotiated the release of foreign hostages held by Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels is the most recent example of […]

German Vice Chancellor Calls for More Refugee Aid in Mideast – ABC News

Germany’s vice chancellor is urging the international community to increase aid to Mideast countries hosting millions of Syrian refugees, saying this is key to slowing migration to Europe. Sigmar Gabriel says wealthy Gulf states “aren’t paying” and suggested the U.S. could contribute more. He spoke ahead of a visit to Jordan that starts Monday. More […]

Putin meets Netanyahu, says Russia’s actions in Mideast will always be … – Jerusalem Post Israel News

The Syrian army is in no position to open up an additional front, and Moscow’s main goal in its involvement in Syria is to defend that country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the outset of his meeting on the outskirts of Moscow Monday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Putin’s comments, issued […]

Additional low oil prices keep Mideast on edge – Albany Times Union

U.S. airlines step up campaign against Mideast rivals – The Seattle Times

The CEOs of American Airlines and Delta Air Lines met with Secretary of State John Kerry as they stepped up their fight against what they say is unfair competition from the three biggest Middle East airlines. It remains unclear, however, whether the Obama administration will accept the CEOs’ argument that the Middle East carriers are […]

In a Mideast upset by cheap oil, more crude may enter market – U.S. News & World Report

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Across a Mideast fueled by oil production, low global prices have some countries running on empty and scrambling to cover shortfalls, even as more regional crude is on tap to enter the market. While some Gulf nations rest on ample reserve funds, embattled Iraq […]

Faith Groups Stand in the Gap for Mideast Refugees – Christian Broadcasting Network

The massive wave of illegal migrants entering Europe is creating a humanitarian crisis. Thousands of families continue to flee from war and religious persecution in the Middle East. Now Christian relief agencies are on the ground, doing what they can to help the refugees. Samaritan’s Purse  is working with churches to distribute […]

Bloc Quebecois hails Canada’s role in Mideast war – World Socialist Web Site

  Bloc Quebecois hails Canada’s role in Mideast war By Keith Jones 18 September 2015 The pro-Quebec independence Bloc Québécois (BQ) is trumpeting its support for Canada’s leading role in the latest Mideast war by the United States, as it seeks to muster votes for the October 19 federal election. BQ leader […]

Jerusalem’s holiest site, a raw nerve in Mideast conflict – U.S. News & World Report

By DANIEL ESTRIN, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — A rectangular hilltop compound in Jerusalem is ground zero of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, it is Islam’s third holiest spot and is home to an iconic golden-domed shrine. But to Jews it is the Temple Mount, their holiest place, and the […]