Dominic Evans

Lebanon's economic collapse bites hard in neglected north

Jun 28 2021

TRIPOLI, Lebanon Taha Riz has worked just three days in more than a month at his Tripoli bakery, in Lebanon's neglected north where economic meltdown has hit hardest and plunged thousands like him into precarious poverty.

EU warns Lebanon's leaders of sanctions over 'home-made' crisis

Jun 19 2021

BEIRUT The European Union's foreign policy chief told Lebanon's leaders on Saturday they were to blame for the country's political and economic crisis and some could face sanctions if they continue to obstruct steps to form a new government and implement reform.

Erdogan's summit with Biden clouded by bitter disputes

Jun 11 2021

ANKARA No stranger to rocky relations with Washington, President Tayyip Erdogan holds his first meeting with President Joe Biden next week overshadowed by bitter disputes and by the new U.S. president's cool tone towards Turkey.

As Assad tightens grip on Syria, many refugees lose hope

May 25 2021

AMMAN (Reuters) -When Syrian refugee Lara Shahin fled Damascus at the start of Syria's conflict she thought her family would be back within months to help rebuild the country. | Video

Analysis: Vexed but vulnerable, Erdogan avoids escalating genocide dispute with Biden

Apr 29 2021

ANKARA Despite its fury with the United States for calling the Ottoman massacre of Armenians a genocide, Turkey is for now avoiding a showdown which could hurt its fragile economy and scupper hopes of better ties with U.S.-allied Arab states.

Turkey says better ties with Cairo could boost Libya peace efforts

Apr 26 2021

ISTANBUL Turkish talks with Egypt next week could forge renewed cooperation between the estranged regional powers and help efforts to end the war in Libya, President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said.

Turkey says it will respond in time to 'outrageous' U.S. genocide statement

Apr 25 2021

ISTANBUL (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden's declaration that massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire constituted genocide is "simply outrageous" and Turkey will respond over coming months, Turkey's presidential spokesman said on Sunday.

German firms outline plans for Beirut port reconstruction

Apr 09 2021

BEIRUT German companies set out ambitious multi-billion-dollar plans on Friday to rebuild Beirut's port and neighbouring districts shattered by an explosion last year which deepened the country's already dire economic crisis.

As global markets and allies reel, Turkey's Erdogan looks inward

Mar 22 2021

ISTANBUL With twin shocks announced in the dead of night, President Tayyip Erdogan sacked Turkey's central bank chief and pulled out of a treaty to protect women, stunning financial markets and Western allies.

Sanctioned Turkish defence industry chief expects U.S. ties to survive

Dec 15 2020

ISTANBUL Turkey's defence industries chief said U.S. sanctions against him and his agency for buying Russian missile systems would not have a big impact on ties and may boost domestic development, though the defence minister said the move had "shaken" their alliance.

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France's Macron changes phone in light of Pegasus case

PARIS (Reuters) -French President Emmanuel Macron has changed his mobile phone and phone number in light of the Pegasus spyware case, a presidency official said on Thursday, in one of the first concrete actions announced in relation to the scandal.