Turkey’s push into Iraq risks deeper conflict

SARARO, Iraq, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Looming over the deserted village of Sararo in northern Iraq, three Turkish military outposts break the skyline, part of an incursion that forced the residents to flee last year after days of shelling. The outposts are just some of the dozens of new military bases Turkey has established on … Read more

EU wants to send more people back to Africa, Middle East, Asia

STOCKHOLM, Jan 26 (Reuters) – European Union migration ministers meet on Thursday to discuss visa restrictions and better coordination inside the bloc to be able to send more people with no right to asylum in Europe back to their home countries including Iraq. Three years after the 27-nation EU agreed to restrict visas for countries … Read more

Finland says time-out needed in talks with Turkey over NATO bid

HELSINKI, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Finland’s foreign minister said on Tuesday a time-out of a few weeks was needed in Finland and Sweden’s talks with Turkey on their application to join the NATO military alliance. Turkey’s president said on Monday that Sweden should not expect his country’s support after a protest near the Turkish embassy … Read more

‘Angry Birds’ maker Rovio gets sweetened $738 mln offer from Playtika

Jan 19 (Reuters) – Playtika Holding Corp (8II.F), on Thursday sweetened its offer for Finnish game maker Rovio (ROVIO.HE), best known for its “Angry Birds” franchise, to 683 million euros ($737.50 million), as a consolidation in the industry gathers pace. The offer values each share of Rovio at 9.05 euros, about 60% higher than the … Read more

Cargo ship from Ukraine grounded in Bosphorus strait, traffic halted

ISTANBUL, Jan 16 (Reuters) – The cargo ship MKK 1, travelling from Ukraine to Turkey, was grounded in Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait on Monday and traffic in the strait was suspended but no damage was reported, shipping agents Tribeca said. Several tugs were among vessels sent to provide assistance to the ship, the coastguard authority said. … Read more

Iranian oil exports end 2022 at a high, despite no nuclear deal

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Iranian oil exports hit new highs in the last two months of 2022 and are making a strong start to 2023 despite U.S. sanctions, according to companies that track the flows, on higher shipments to China and Venezuela. Tehran’s oil exports have been limited since former U.S. President Donald Trump … Read more

Iran executes British-Iranian national, UK condemns ‘barbaric’ act

Alireza Akbari was a former Iranian deputy defence minister Arrested in 2019, he was accused of spying for Britain UK’s Sunak calls it ‘a callous and cowardly act’ Britain had said Iran must not follow through with sentence DUBAI/LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Iran has executed a British-Iranian national who once served as its deputy … Read more

Traffic in Suez Canal normal after ship breakdown dealt with, SCA says

CAIRO, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Shipping traffic in the Suez Canal was proceeding normally on Monday after tugs towed a cargo vessel that broke down during its passage through the waterway, the Canal Authority said. The breakdown was expected to cause only minor delays, with convoys of ships resuming regular transit by 11:00 local time … Read more

Syria says Israel strike puts Damascus airport briefly out of service

AMMAN, Jan 2 (Reuters) – The Syrian army said on Monday an Israeli missile strike had briefly put the Damascus International Airport out of service, the latest in a string of strikes targeting Iran-linked assets. A volley of air-launched missiles had hit the airport at 2 a.m., the army said in a statement. They had … Read more

Iran reroutes plane carrying soccer star’s wife, blames UK over unrest

DUBAI, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Iranian authorities rerouted a flight bound for Dubai on Monday and prevented the wife and daughter of former national soccer team captain Ali Daei, who has supported anti-government protests, from leaving the country, state media reported. Amid a concerted clampdown, Tehran also said the arrests in Iran of citizens linked … Read more