Middle East

MANAMA, Bahrain | US defense chief: killing of writer is threat to stability

MANAMA, Bahrain  — The killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi “undermines regional stability” and the U.S. State Department plans to take further action in response to the killing, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday at an international conference in the Middle East. In remarks prepared for delivery, Mattis never mentioned Saudi Arabia directly in connection … Continue reading MANAMA, Bahrain | US defense chief: killing of writer is threat to stability

TOKYO  | Japan awaits ID confirmation of reporter freed from Syria

TOKYO  — Japan was anxiously awaiting confirmation Wednesday that a man freed from Syria is a freelance journalist kidnapped three years ago. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters he was relieved by the news and is anxious to get the man’s identify confirmed. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has said the man is most likely … Continue reading TOKYO  | Japan awaits ID confirmation of reporter freed from Syria

ISTANBUL | Turkish president: Saudis must name masterminds of killing

ISTANBUL — Saudi Arabia must identify those who ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and turn over the suspects for trial, the Turkish president said Tuesday in remarks that carefully ratcheted up pressure on a country that is a source of investment for Turkey, but also a rival for influence in the Middle East. … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Turkish president: Saudis must name masterminds of killing

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

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

LONDON | Max Nash, AP photographer who covered war, dies at 77

LONDON — Photographer Max Nash, who covered the conflicts in Southeast Asia and the Middle East and helped nurture a new generation of female photojournalists during more than 40 years with The Associated Press, has died after collapsing at home. He was 77. Known in his youth for a mop of flaming red hair, eccentric … Continue reading LONDON | Max Nash, AP photographer who covered war, dies at 77

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. | At UN, unrepentant Trump set to rattle foes, friends alike

BRIDGEWATER, N.J.— President Donald Trump is poised to redouble his commitment to “America First” on the most global of stages this week. In the sequel to his stormy U.N. debut, Trump will stress his dedication to the primacy of U.S. interests while competing with Western allies for an advantage on trade and shining a spotlight … Continue reading BRIDGEWATER, N.J. | At UN, unrepentant Trump set to rattle foes, friends alike