Germany’s Merkel worried about Iran’s influence on the Middle East

AMMAN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said European countries shared concerns over Iran's ballistic missile programme and called for solutions to its "aggressive tendencies" in the Middle East. "Iran's aggressive tendencies must not only be discussed but rather we need solutions urgently," she said after meeting Jordan's King

Iran not satisfied with E.U. efforts to save nuclear deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran's nuclear chief said on Tuesday that Europe's proposals to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal after the U.S. withdrawal from the pact were not satisfying for Tehran, warning that all sides would lose if Iran is sidelined by the West, the IRNA state news agency said. IRNA reported

E.U. freezes assets of President Assad’s cousin

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's top court on Thursday upheld an asset freeze for a cousin of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying the European Union had shown him to be linked to the government. In 2011, the EU included businessman Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of the Syrian president, on a

Qatar stands no chance of being a NATO member

By Middle East Affairs The U.N. told Qatar that membership for the Western military defense alliance was only for Europe and the United States. This came in response to a comment that Qatar’s defense minister made on Tuesday, that the country's long-term strategic “ambition” was to join NATO. A U.N. official for the 29 country

Tunisian PM fires Interior Minister after worst migrant boat accident

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on Wednesday fired Interior Minister Lotfi Brahem, a government statement said, after one of the worst migrant boat accidents in recent years. The boat packed with some 180 migrants sank on Sunday off Tunisia's coast. The death toll has risen to at least