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Bloodshed blurs Middle East borders set 100 years ago by UK-French pact | Reuters

May 16, 2016

Bloodshed blurs Middle East borders set 100 years ago by UK-French pact | Reuters

JERUSALEM A century after Britain and France secretly mapped out a Middle East they would control upon defeating the Ottomans in World War One, its borders have been blurred by sectarian bloodshed - and some in the region see opportunity in the chaos. These include Israelis or Kurds who seek to carve out their own turf, and Arab nationalists or Islamists nursing rancour at Western imperialism. #India #France #Turkey #Jordan #article
Germany to help Jordan, Tunisia buy armoured vehicles | Reuters

May 07, 2016

Germany to help Jordan, Tunisia buy armoured vehicles | Reuters

BERLIN Germany plans to give Tunisia and Jordan funds to buy armoured vehicles to help defend their frontiers against Islamic State, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday. #United States #India #Europe #markets #Africa #United Kingdom #Jordan
U.N. chief urges Russia, U.S. to help stop Syria fighting | Reuters

Apr 29, 2016

U.N. chief urges Russia, U.S. to help stop Syria fighting | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged Russia and the United States to exert pressure on Syria's warring parties to stop fighting and ensure a credible investigation of air strikes that destroyed an Aleppo hospital. "Instead of bombing civilian areas, all Syrian parties must renew their focus on a political process," Ban's spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement. (Reporting by Michelle Nichols, editing by G Crosse) #United States #Syria #Islam #France #Iran #Turkey #Jordan
Air strikes on Aleppo hospital kill doctors and children | Reuters

Apr 28, 2016

Air strikes on Aleppo hospital kill doctors and children | Reuters

BEIRUT/GENEVA Air strikes destroyed a hospital and killed dozens of people in rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo including children and doctors, while the United Nations called on Moscow and Washington to salvage a "barely alive" ceasefire. #India #Syria #France #Europe #Turkey #Jordan #article
New Aleppo assault casts fresh cloud over Syria peace talks | Reuters

Apr 14, 2016

New Aleppo assault casts fresh cloud over Syria peace talks | Reuters

BEIRUT/GENEVA Syria's army backed by Russian warplanes launched an assault north of Aleppo on Thursday, threatening to block a vital rebel route into the city in fighting that has cast new clouds over Geneva peace talks. Syria's recent upsurge in fighting, particularly around the northern city of Aleppo, has proven the most acute challenge yet to a cessation of hostilities deal agreed in February and soured an already bleak mood as opposing sides gather in Geneva. Outlining its bargaining position, the opposition High Negotiating Council (HNC) told Reuters it would be willing to share equally in a transitional council with the government, but repeated its rejection of a role for President Bashar al-Assad. #United States #Russia #United Kingdom #Turkey #Jordan #graphics
Assad holds parliamentary election as Syrian peace talks resume | Reuters

Apr 14, 2016

Assad holds parliamentary election as Syrian peace talks resume | Reuters

DAMASCUS Syrians voted in a parliamentary election in government-held areas of the country on Wednesday in what they called a show of support for President Bashar al-Assad, while his opponents and Western powers denounced the poll as illegitimate. The election went ahead independently of a U.N.-led peace process aimed at ending the five-year-long war. A second round of talks began in Geneva on Wednesday but an upsurge in fighting has darkened the already bleak outlook for diplomacy. #India #France #Europe #markets #Turkey #Jordan #opinion
Jordan shuts down Muslim Brotherhood's headquarters in Amman

Apr 13, 2016

Jordan shuts down Muslim Brotherhood's headquarters in Amman

Jordan views the Muslim Brotherhood as an illegal organisation because its licence was not renewed in accordance with a law adopted in 2014. #Egypt #NewsTracker #Arab Spring #Muslim Brotherhood #Amman #Jordan #Zaki Bani Rsheid
Fearful for their future: Syrian refugee children in makeshift camps yearn for return to normalcy

Mar 20, 2016

Fearful for their future: Syrian refugee children in makeshift camps yearn for return to normalcy

About half of the 4.8 million Syrians who fled their homeland are children, and some of the most vulnerable live in dozens of makeshift tent camps, including in Jordan. They say they miss their old lives in Syria, especially going to school. #World #Syria #UN #Damascus #Hama #children #Jordan #Associated Press #Syrian refugees #FWeekend
Kerry says Syria talks should go ahead as planned - U.S. pool reporter | Reuters

Mar 12, 2016

Kerry says Syria talks should go ahead as planned - U.S. pool reporter | Reuters

HAFR AL-BATIN, Saudi Arabia U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday Washington believes that U.N.-sponsored peace talks should go ahead on Monday despite "perceived" truce violations by Syrian government forces, according to a U.S. pool reporter accompanying Kerry #United States #Syria #Middle East #Europe #Iran #Jordan #opinion
Jordanian security forces hunt suspected Islamist militants | Reuters

Mar 02, 2016

Jordanian security forces hunt suspected Islamist militants | Reuters

AMMAN Jordanian security forces killed several outlaws during a manhunt for Islamist militants on Tuesday that involved hundreds of troops in the northern city of Irbid, near the border with Syria. #India #Business #Latin America #Jordan #article