Middle East and North Africa

Middle East and North Africa coverage from Reuters.

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attend a press conference in London, January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

The United States needs to pay attention to its treasured relationship with Britain, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday just days after Donald Trump canceled a trip to London citing anger at the sale of an embassy.

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Turkish soldiers stand on tanks in a village on the Turkish-Syrian border in Gaziantep province, Turkey January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Turkey shelled targets in northwest Syria on Monday and said it would swiftly crush U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG fighters in an air and ground offensive on the Afrin region beyond its border.

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German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Monday called his Turkish counterpart to express concerns about the possible humanitarian impact on civilians of an escalation in northwest Syria.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (C) stands next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) during a formal reception ceremony at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

The U.S. Embassy in Israel will move to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech to the Israeli parliament on Monday that highlighted a policy shift that has stoked Palestinian anger and international concern.

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Sudanese authorities on Monday released a Reuters journalist and an Agence France-Presse (AFP) reporter who were detained w1hile covering protests in Khartoum on Wednesday last week.

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United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, speaks to reporters upon his arrival at Sanaa airport on a visit to Sanaa, Yemen May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

United Nations Yemen mediator Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed will step down when his current contract finishes at the end of February after nearly three years in the job, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Monday.

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Turkish police have detained 24 people for "spreading terrorist propaganda" on social media related to Ankara's military operation against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, and the capital city's governor has banned all protests.

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A Palestinian schoolboy watches a news conference by UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl at a UN-run school in Gaza City January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

The head of the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees said on Monday that U.S. plans to cut funding to the body were abrupt and harmful and risked destabilizing the Middle East.

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Chief executives are more optimistic about the economic outlook than they have been for many years although anxieties are rising about geopolitics, cyber threats and terrorism, a survey showed on the eve of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.

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FILE PHOTO: A gas station attendant pumps fuel into a customer's car at a gas station in Shanghai, China November 17, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

Oil rose on Monday as the dollar weakened, prompting investors to turn to dollar-based commodities, and to shrug off concerns that a rally that had sent prices to their highest since December 2014 had run out of steam.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Ariel Schalit/Pool

In a fresh display of Western discord over Middle East peace efforts, the United States said on Monday its Israel embassy would move to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, while its European Union allies voiced support for East Jerusalem as capital of a Palestinian state.

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attend a press conference in London, January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

The United States plans to send a diplomatic team to Europe to discuss the Iran nuclear deal and countering Iranian activities in the Middle East, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday according to a U.S. pool reporter.

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The United States needs to end its support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia if it wants to work together with Turkey in Syria, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Monday.

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European High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Brussels, Belgium, January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman

The European Union assured President Mahmoud Abbas it supported his ambition to have East Jerusalem as capital of a Palestinian state, in the bloc's latest rejection of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Turkish Deputy Prime Minister said on Monday that Turkey's operation in northwest Syria's Afrin region is continuing successfully as planned and called for international support for the military campaign.

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FILE PHOTO: An EgyptAir maintenance and engineering hangar is pictured through the window of a plane in Cairo International Airport, Egypt December 16, 2017.  REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/File Photo

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said Monday it was requiring six Middle Eastern carriers to participate in an enhanced cargo screening program as part of an effort to raise global aviation security.

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FILE PHOTO: Egypt's Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafi attends the Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) in Sharm el-Sheikh, in the South Sinai governorate, south of Cairo, Egypt March 14, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Egypt's public prosecutor has closed a case against former supply minister Khaled Hanafi for corruption in wheat buying, judicial sources said, clearing him of charges related to a high profile scandal that rocked the world's biggest grain buyer.

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FILE PHOTO: Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks during a ceremony in Najaf, Iraq January 7, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Iraq has been invited to attend the Syria peace talks due in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi at the end of the month, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a tweet on Monday.

Commodities2 hours ago

Four of the world's largest airlines - U.S. heavyweights Delta, American and United as well as Dubai-based Emirates - said on Monday they had no plans to start hedging their fuel bills despite recent rises in oil prices.

U.S.3 hours ago

U.S. authorities have banned the transport of all cargo coming from Cairo International Airport destined for the United States, other than passenger luggage, sources at Cairo airport and EgyptAir told Reuters on Monday.

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