Category Archives: Middle East

Turkey, Russia, Iran agree steps to ease tensions in Syria's Idlib despite lingering differences

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The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran meeting in Ankara on Monday agreed to try to ease tensions in northwest Syria’s Idlib region, but disagreements between the countries appeared to linger, especially over the threat from Islamic State. The summit of the three countries – all of whom have allies fighting in Syria’s ruinous eight-year-old war – aimed to find a lasting truce in Syria. “We are in a period when we need to take more responsibility for peace in Syria, when we (three countries) need to carry more weight,” Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan said, adding that all three …read more

Times faces questions all around for Kavanaugh story

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Between an offensive tweet and a significant revision, the New York Times’ handling of a new sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh attracted almost as much attention as the accusation itself. The story also gave President Donald Trump and his allies fresh ammunition in his campaign against the media, where the Times was already a favorite target. The revelation that led several Democratic presidential contenders to call for Kavanaugh’s impeachment came in the 11th paragraph of a story labeled “news analysis” that ran in the Sunday opinion section.

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What If Donald Trump Just Happened by Accident?

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(Bloomberg Opinion) — What is the role of chance in human life? If a book tops the bestseller list, if a new product takes over the market, or if people suddenly want to stem immigration, might it all be some kind of accident?Over a decade ago, a celebrated paper by sociologists Matthew Salganik, Peter Dodds and Duncan Watts tried to answer such questions. They asked: When a song turns out to be a spectacular success, is it because it’s really great, or is it just because the right number of people, at an early stage, were seen to like it?Salganik …read more

Saudi Attack Leaves Trump in a Bind on Iran

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(Bloomberg) — Want to receive this post in your inbox every day? Sign up for the Balance of Power newsletter, and follow Bloomberg Politics on Twitter and Facebook for more.Just days after President Donald Trump was discussing easing sanctions against Iran, he’s now threatening a U.S. military response if it’s proved the Islamic Republic staged yesterday’s spectacular attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.Trump said the U.S. is “locked and loaded” as he awaits word on verification of Iran’s role from Saudi Arabia, even though Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and other administration officials already blamed Tehran. The use of precision-guided …read more

Humberto to track dangerously close to Bermuda this week, possibly as a major hurricane

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Strengthening Hurricane Humberto is expected to track close enough to Bermuda to unleash heavy rain, strong winds and pounding seas this week.As of 5 a.m. EDT Monday, Humberto was moving northeast at 5 mph with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. The storm is expected to continue to strengthen early this week as it stirs rough surf along the East coast of the United States. An upper-level disturbance moving off the East coast will steer Humberto to the east on Monday, and the storm will continue on that course through much of this week, according to AccuWeather …read more

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