Turkey shells Syria’s Afrin region, minister says opera…

SUGEDIGI, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkish artillery fired into Syria’s Afrin region on Friday in what Ankara said was the start of a military campaign against the Kurdish-controlled area. The cross-border bombardment took place after days of threats from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to crush the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in Afrin in response to growing Kurdish strength across a wide stretch of north Syria. “The operation has actually de facto started with cross-border shelling,” Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said, adding that no troops had crossed into Afrin. Direct militaryRead More

Sleet and freezing rain possible in the D.C. region int…

This story will be updated through the evening commute. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. for the entire D.C. metro, northern suburbs and Baltimore. It does not include Charles, Calvert or St. Mary’s counties. 3:30 p.m. update: The second wave of precipitation is moving into northern Montgomery County. Side streets and sidewalks are “messy and slippery” according to readers in Germantown and Gaithersburg. I-270 will probably be okay through the duration of the evening commute since it’s already treated and has so many cars on it. The good newsRead More

UN says 17 World Heritage sites in Arab region are in d…

UNITED NATIONS –  The new head of the U.N. cultural agency says 17 of the 82 World Heritage sites in the Arab region are on its “danger” list because of conflicts. Audrey Azoulay took the helm of the educational, scientific and cultural agency this month. She says over 100 sites across Iraq have been damaged. She spoke at U.N. Security Council meeting Thursday on the destruction and trafficking of cultural heritage by terrorists and during conflicts. She said all six World Heritage sites in Syria have been “severely affected,” includingRead More

Rare Powerful Earthquake Strikes South Korea in Region …

South Korea experienced the second most powerful earthquake in its history on Wednesday afternoon. The Korea Meteorological Administration initially recorded a 5.5 magnitude earthquake occurring at 14.29 p.m. local time (12.29 a.m. ET) on the southeastern coast of the country, near Pohang, a city 230 miles away from Seoul. The earthquake’s magnitude was later revised to 5.4, but was felt across the country, including in the capital, as South Korean news agency Yonhap reported. The weather agency said aftershocks are to be expected in the next few months but itRead More

Iran-Iraq earthquake: Deadly tremor hits border region

Image copyright Reuters/Tasnim News Agency Image caption Most of the deaths were reported in Iran’s Kermanshah province A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has shaken the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 348 people and injuring thousands more. One Iranian aid agency said 70,000 people needed shelter after the quake, one of the largest this year. The majority of those who died were in Iran’s western Kermanshah province. Nearly 5,660 were said to be injured. Seven people died in Iraq, where people fled into the streets in the capital,Read More

7.2-magnitude earthquake jolts Iran-Iraq border region

Last Updated Nov 12, 2017 3:02 PM EST TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian state TV says a 7.2-magnitude earthquake has jolted the region near the border between Iran and Iraq.  The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the quake on its website, placing its epicenter at around 19 miles outside the Iraqi city of Halabja, and issuing an “orange” alert for “shaking-related fatalities and economic losses.” The semi-official Iranian ILNA news agency reported that at least 14 provinces had been impacted by the earthquake. Iranian social media was abuzz with posts of people evacuatingRead More

Strong quake hits Iraq-Iran border region

An earthquake of magnitude 7.2 has hit the border region between Iran and Iraq, the US Geological Survey (USGS) says. It struck 32km (20mi) south-west of the Iraqi town of Halabja, the USGS said. Iranian state media said it was felt in several provinces, with eight villages damaged and electricity cut. Kurdish TV also said many people in Iraqi Kurdistan fled their homes when it struck but there were no initial reports of casualties. Source link قالب وردپرس

Iran and Saudi Arabia: Friends and foes in the region

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Iran and Saudi Arabia have long been regional rivals, but tensions between the two have recently soared.Each has its own powerful allies, and enemies, in the region. Here is where the key players stand: Saudi Arabia The Sunni-dominated kingdom is home to the birthplace of Islam and contains the most important sites in the Islamic world. It is one of the world’s top oil exporters and among its wealthiest countries.  Saudi Arabia fears Iran wantsRead More

Region may stay under pressure from Saudi crackdown

Reuters DUBAI, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Stock markets in Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Gulf may stay under pressure on Wednesday as investors worry that the Saudi crackdown on corruption could force wealthy tycoons to dump equities and dry up Saudi investment flows in the region. The Saudi stock index fell only 0.7 percent on Tuesday but asset managers said government-linked funds were apparently buying shares to support the market. Trading volume was heavy as wealthy Saudi individuals sold stocks to get their money out, andRead More

Iraqi troops storm autonomous region occupied by Kurds

Iraqi state media say federal troops have entered disputed territories occupied by the nation’s Kurds. The move comes three years after Kurdish militias seized the areas outside their autonomous region to defend against an advance by the Islamic State extremist group. Al-Iraqiya TV says the military, anti-terrorist units and federal police have taken control of some areas around the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. It says they advanced without firing a shot. The maneuver comes three weeks after Kurds voted for independence in a controversial but symbolic referendum that Baghdad hasRead More