ISTANBUL | Saudi writer saw Turkey as base for a new Middle East

ISTANBUL — Friends say Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a proud Arab who wanted to set up a base in his ancestral homeland of Turkey, contributing to the growing community of exiled Arabs who have taken refuge there. For Khashoggi, a history lover, the growing Arabic community and Turkey’s power in the region echoed aspects … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Saudi writer saw Turkey as base for a new Middle East

ISTANBUL | Saudi Khashoggi saw Turkey as base for a new Middle East

ISTANBUL — Friends say Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a proud Arab who wanted to set up a base in his ancestral homeland of Turkey, contributing to the growing community of exiled Arabs who have taken refuge there. For Khashoggi, a history lover, the growing Arabic community and Turkey’s power in the region echoed aspects … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Saudi Khashoggi saw Turkey as base for a new Middle East

BEIRUT | UN chief asks for halt to ‘all hostile acts’ in Middle East

BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Guterres is urging an immediate halt to “all hostile acts” to avoid “a new conflagration” in the Middle East after Israeli forces bombed Iranian targets inside Syria. Israel says the strikes were retaliation for an Iranian rocket barrage on its positions in the Golan Heights and has called on the … Continue reading BEIRUT | UN chief asks for halt to ‘all hostile acts’ in Middle East

The Latest: VP Pence takes off on trip to Middle East

WASHINGTON /January 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to the Middle East (all times local): 7:55 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence has departed for the Middle East, despite the looming threat of a government shutdown. Pence took off Friday night on a trip that will take him to Egypt, Jordan … Continue reading The Latest: VP Pence takes off on trip to Middle East

U.S. Department of State News: TechGirls From the Middle East and North Africa Invest in STEM Futures

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: Twenty-eight teenage girls from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia will participate in the U.S. Department of State’s TechGirls exchange program from July 8–August 1, 2018.  During their three weeks in the United States, participants will strengthen and develop technical skills, … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: TechGirls From the Middle East and North Africa Invest in STEM Futures

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s inflated claim on costs of war

WASHINGTON /February 13, 2018(AP)(STL.News) — President Donald Trump is bemoaning the loss of trillions of dollars “stupidly” spent by the U.S. in the Middle East — money he said could have been used to rebuild American roads and bridges. But that same pot of money he calls a “mistake” financed the military effort he brags … Continue reading AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s inflated claim on costs of war

Intelligence agencies expect Russia to target midterms

WASHINGTON/February 13, 2018(AP)(STL.News) —The Trump administration predicts Russia will meddle in U.S. elections this year as it pursues bolder cyber operations and false information campaigns against America and its allies, U.S. intelligence agencies said Tuesday. In this year’s global threats assessment, they also described the risk of conflict, especially with North Korea, as higher today … Continue reading Intelligence agencies expect Russia to target midterms

AL-TANF, Syria | US general visits troops fighting Islamic State in Syria

AL-TANF, Syria  — The top U.S. commander for the Middle East has flown into a key outpost in Southern Syria where troops are fighting remnants of the Islamic State and trying to block Iranian-backed forces from gaining a foothold. Army Gen. Joseph Votel was making an unannounced visit to the al-Tanf garrison near the borders … Continue reading AL-TANF, Syria | US general visits troops fighting Islamic State in Syria