Middle East and North Africa

Middle East and North Africa coverage from Reuters.

World News27 minutes ago

Saudi Arabia dismissed a senior figure in its fast-changing entertainment sector on Monday, state-owned TV said, removing an official responsible for bringing shows, festivals and concerts to the conservative kingdom under sweeping economic and social reforms.

World Newsan hour ago

FILE PHOTO: Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) march during a military parade in Daquq, nearby Kirkuk, Iraq August 5, 2017. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed/File Photo

Syrian state media said on Monday that U.S.-led coalition aircraft had bombed a Syrian army position near the Iraqi border, causing deaths and injuries, but the U.S. military denied it was responsible.

World Newsan hour ago

Children stand behind a fence at a school to which they have been evacuated from a village near Hodeidah airport amid fighting between government forces and Houthi fighters in Hodeidah, Yemen June 17, 2018. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad

Arab coalition aircraft bombarded Houthi fighters dug in at the airport of Yemen's main port Hodeidah on Monday as a senior alliance official said he hoped U.N. diplomacy could coax the Iran-aligned movement to cede the city to "save the population".

Business News2 hours ago

FILE PHOTO: A pump jack is seen at sunrise near Bakersfield, California October 14, 2014.   REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

Oil prices rose on Monday in volatile trade as market participants lowered their expectations for how much OPEC might increase production and investors assessed the impact of a trade dispute between the United States and China.

Commodities2 hours ago

FILE PHOTO: Ecuador's Oil Minister Carlos Perez arrives for a meeting of OPEC oil ministers at OPEC's headquarters in Vienna, Austria, November 29, 2017. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

Russia and Saudi Arabia have put forward a proposal to increase production by OPEC and non-OPEC countries by 1.5 million barrels per day, Ecuador's oil minister said on Monday.

World News2 hours ago

FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, June 17, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/Pool

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman on Monday to discuss ways to advance regional peace, Netanyahu's office said in a statement.

Sports News3 hours ago

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group A - Egypt vs Uruguay - Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Russia - June 15, 2018   Egypt's Mohamed Salah and teammates on the bench during the match   REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

Egypt coach Hector Cuper is ready to gamble on Mohamed Salah and is hoping the striker comes through a final fitness test on the eve of the country's World Cup match against hosts Russia.

World News4 hours ago

FILE PHOTO: U.S. forces set up a new base in Manbij, Syria May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Rodi Said/File Photo

Turkish and U.S. soldiers have started independent patrols in northern Syria along the line separating Turkish-controlled areas from the town of Manbij where Ankara says Kurdish militia fighters are based, Turkey's military said on Monday.

World News5 hours ago

Migrants and Bosnian police are seen next to the border with Croatia in Velika Kladusa, picture taken from Maljevac, Croatia, June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

The European Commission said on Monday it was confident that EU leaders could agree at a summit next week on handling migrants and refugees, but some diplomats were much less optimistic.

World News5 hours ago

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Syrian Kurdish militia fighters were leaving northern Syria's Manbij area.

Sports News5 hours ago

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group A - Russia vs Saudi Arabia - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 14, 2018   Russia's Denis Cheryshev scores their second goal     REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

After shipping five goals against hosts Russia - the lowest-ranked team in the World Cup, Saudi Arabia could probably do with facing a rival other than South American powerhouse Uruguay and its star forward Luis Suarez.

Commodities5 hours ago

FILE PHOTO: An oil pump is seen operating in the Permian Basin near Midland, Texas, U.S., May 3, 2017.   REUTERS/Ernest Scheyder/File Photo

United Arab Emirates' Energy Minister Suhail Al- Mazrouei said on Monday that the oil market is moving closer to rebalancing, according to a statement sent by his ministry.

Politics6 hours ago

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference following a meeting with North Korea's envoy Kim Yong Chol in New York, U.S., May 31, 2018.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke by telephone on Monday and discussed Syria and problems of the Korean peninsula, the Russia's foreign ministry said.

Sports News6 hours ago

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group A - Egypt vs Uruguay - Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Russia - June 15, 2018   Uruguay's Jose Gimenez celebrates scoring their first goal with Martin Caceres and Diego Godin     REUTERS/Darren Staples

Blaming nerves for their underwhelming 1-0 opening World Cup win against Egypt, Uruguay vowed to be sharper and faster when they face Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

Sports News6 hours ago

Spain players pose for a team group photo before the match. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Spain came through a tough World Cup opener against Portugal in impressive style as the aftershocks of the sacking of their coach were still reverberating and they will need to keep the pedal firmly to the floor when they meet Iran on Wednesday.

World News6 hours ago

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during an extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey May 18, 2018. Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/Pool via Reuters

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani told Qatar's ruler on Monday that a military approach in Yemen would fail, Iranian state TV reported, after Saudi-led coalition aircraft bombarded Iran-aligned Houthi fighters holed up at the airport of the country's main port city Hodeidah.

World News7 hours ago

Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin speaks with former energy minister Gonen Segev during a conference in Jerusalem, in this file photo released by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), obtained by Reuters on June 18, 2018. REUTERS/GPO/Handout

Israel has indicted a former cabinet minister on suspicion of spying for Iran, Israel's Shin Bet internal security service said on Monday.

Business News7 hours ago

Nearly 70 percent of public sector investors plan to raise their exposure to infrastructure over the next 1-2 years, equating to potentially an extra $130 billion invested, a survey showed on Monday.

World News7 hours ago

Bosnian police briefly closed a border crossing with EU member Croatia on Monday to block a group of migrants who were trying to walk through woodland to reach the wealthy bloc, the border police said in a statement.

World News7 hours ago

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets Falak, 8, during a visit to West Mosul, Iraq June 16, 2018. UNHCR/Andrew McConnell/Handout via REUTERS

The world is failing to properly invest in the Syrian refugee crisis and families, women, and children are suffering terribly as a result, U.N. refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie said on Sunday.

World News27 minutes ago

Saudi Arabia dismissed a senior figure in its fast-changing entertainment sector on Monday, state-owned TV said, removing an official responsible for bringing shows, festivals and concerts to the conservative kingdom under sweeping economic and social reforms.

World Newsan hour ago

FILE PHOTO: Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) march during a military parade in Daquq, nearby Kirkuk, Iraq August 5, 2017. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed/File Photo

Syrian state media said on Monday that U.S.-led coalition aircraft had bombed a Syrian army position near the Iraqi border, causing deaths and injuries, but the U.S. military denied it was responsible.

World Newsan hour ago

Children stand behind a fence at a school to which they have been evacuated from a village near Hodeidah airport amid fighting between government forces and Houthi fighters in Hodeidah, Yemen June 17, 2018. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad

Arab coalition aircraft bombarded Houthi fighters dug in at the airport of Yemen's main port Hodeidah on Monday as a senior alliance official said he hoped U.N. diplomacy could coax the Iran-aligned movement to cede the city to "save the population".

Business News2 hours ago

FILE PHOTO: A pump jack is seen at sunrise near Bakersfield, California October 14, 2014.   REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

Oil prices rose on Monday in volatile trade as market participants lowered their expectations for how much OPEC might increase production and investors assessed the impact of a trade dispute between the United States and China.

Commodities2 hours ago

FILE PHOTO: Ecuador's Oil Minister Carlos Perez arrives for a meeting of OPEC oil ministers at OPEC's headquarters in Vienna, Austria, November 29, 2017. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

Russia and Saudi Arabia have put forward a proposal to increase production by OPEC and non-OPEC countries by 1.5 million barrels per day, Ecuador's oil minister said on Monday.

World News2 hours ago

FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, June 17, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/Pool

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman on Monday to discuss ways to advance regional peace, Netanyahu's office said in a statement.

Sports News3 hours ago

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group A - Egypt vs Uruguay - Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Russia - June 15, 2018   Egypt's Mohamed Salah and teammates on the bench during the match   REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

Egypt coach Hector Cuper is ready to gamble on Mohamed Salah and is hoping the striker comes through a final fitness test on the eve of the country's World Cup match against hosts Russia.

World News4 hours ago

FILE PHOTO: U.S. forces set up a new base in Manbij, Syria May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Rodi Said/File Photo

Turkish and U.S. soldiers have started independent patrols in northern Syria along the line separating Turkish-controlled areas from the town of Manbij where Ankara says Kurdish militia fighters are based, Turkey's military said on Monday.

World News5 hours ago

Migrants and Bosnian police are seen next to the border with Croatia in Velika Kladusa, picture taken from Maljevac, Croatia, June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

The European Commission said on Monday it was confident that EU leaders could agree at a summit next week on handling migrants and refugees, but some diplomats were much less optimistic.

World News5 hours ago

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Syrian Kurdish militia fighters were leaving northern Syria's Manbij area.

Sports News5 hours ago

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group A - Russia vs Saudi Arabia - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 14, 2018   Russia's Denis Cheryshev scores their second goal     REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

After shipping five goals against hosts Russia - the lowest-ranked team in the World Cup, Saudi Arabia could probably do with facing a rival other than South American powerhouse Uruguay and its star forward Luis Suarez.

Commodities5 hours ago

FILE PHOTO: An oil pump is seen operating in the Permian Basin near Midland, Texas, U.S., May 3, 2017.   REUTERS/Ernest Scheyder/File Photo

United Arab Emirates' Energy Minister Suhail Al- Mazrouei said on Monday that the oil market is moving closer to rebalancing, according to a statement sent by his ministry.

Politics6 hours ago

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference following a meeting with North Korea's envoy Kim Yong Chol in New York, U.S., May 31, 2018.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke by telephone on Monday and discussed Syria and problems of the Korean peninsula, the Russia's foreign ministry said.

Sports News6 hours ago

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group A - Egypt vs Uruguay - Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Russia - June 15, 2018   Uruguay's Jose Gimenez celebrates scoring their first goal with Martin Caceres and Diego Godin     REUTERS/Darren Staples

Blaming nerves for their underwhelming 1-0 opening World Cup win against Egypt, Uruguay vowed to be sharper and faster when they face Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

Sports News6 hours ago

Spain players pose for a team group photo before the match. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Spain came through a tough World Cup opener against Portugal in impressive style as the aftershocks of the sacking of their coach were still reverberating and they will need to keep the pedal firmly to the floor when they meet Iran on Wednesday.

World News6 hours ago

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during an extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey May 18, 2018. Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/Pool via Reuters

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani told Qatar's ruler on Monday that a military approach in Yemen would fail, Iranian state TV reported, after Saudi-led coalition aircraft bombarded Iran-aligned Houthi fighters holed up at the airport of the country's main port city Hodeidah.

World News7 hours ago

Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin speaks with former energy minister Gonen Segev during a conference in Jerusalem, in this file photo released by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), obtained by Reuters on June 18, 2018. REUTERS/GPO/Handout

Israel has indicted a former cabinet minister on suspicion of spying for Iran, Israel's Shin Bet internal security service said on Monday.

Business News7 hours ago

Nearly 70 percent of public sector investors plan to raise their exposure to infrastructure over the next 1-2 years, equating to potentially an extra $130 billion invested, a survey showed on Monday.

World News7 hours ago

Bosnian police briefly closed a border crossing with EU member Croatia on Monday to block a group of migrants who were trying to walk through woodland to reach the wealthy bloc, the border police said in a statement.

World News7 hours ago

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets Falak, 8, during a visit to West Mosul, Iraq June 16, 2018. UNHCR/Andrew McConnell/Handout via REUTERS

The world is failing to properly invest in the Syrian refugee crisis and families, women, and children are suffering terribly as a result, U.N. refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie said on Sunday.

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