N.J.’s Booker, visiting Mideast, says U.S. must do more to help … – NJ.com

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, touring a refugee camp in the Middle East, called on the U.S. to do more to help those fleeing the Syrian civil war and address “a humanitarian crisis of a scale rarely witnessed in the last 50 years.” Booker (D-N.J.) in a telephone interview with NJ Advance Media, called for both more […]

MIDEAST STOCKS – Factors to watch – Aug 21 | Reuters – Reuters

Aug 21 Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Sunday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy. INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL * GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks fall in light trading as dollar rises on Fed hike bets * MIDEAST STOCKS-Petchems support Saudi, Qatar retreats after surge on FTSE […]

MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf set to consolidate, supported by oil – Reuters

DUBAI Aug 21 Gulf stock markets look set to consolidate on Sunday, supported by last week’s rebound in oil prices but lacking other positive factors to spur buying of individual stocks. Brent crude oil closed above $50 a barrel on Thursday and Friday for the first time since July 4. This may continue to encourage […]

U.S. Vision for Mideast Stability Runs Through Gas Pipelines – Bloomberg

The potential to benefit from new gas discoveries has created a rare opportunity for eastern Mediterranean countries including Israel and Turkey to forge closer ties, according to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s envoy on energy affairs. Countries in the region must work together if they hope to unlock multibillion dollar gas discoveries in Israel […]

FACT CHECK: Trump gets his Mideast history wrong – Fox News

WASHINGTON –  Donald Trump on Monday painted the Middle East as an oasis of stability before Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, arguing that she and President Barack Obama “launched” the Islamic State group onto the world. In trying to outline how he would defeat the threat, Trump himself launched several other false […]

Charles Krauthammer: Russia, Iran now run Mideast – East Bay Times

This week Russian bombers flew out of Iranian air bases to attack rebel positions in Syria. The State Department pretended not to be surprised. It should be. It should be alarmed. Iran’s intensely nationalistic revolutionary regime had never permitted foreign forces to operate from its soil. Until now. The reordering of the Middle East is […]

MIDEAST STOCKS-Petchems boost Saudi but markets mostly sluggish – Reuters

DUBAI Aug 21 Petrochemical shares boosted Saudi Arabia’s stock market early on Sunday on the back of strong oil prices but most share markets in the Gulf were barely changed. The main Saudi equities index edged up 0.2 percent in the first half-hour as petrochemical blue chip Saudi Basic Industries climbed 1.2 percent to 84.50 […]

VP Biden Meets With Jordan’s King Abdullah, Key Mideast Ally – ABC News

Vice President Joe Biden held talks Thursday with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, a key U.S. military ally in the region, including in the battle against Islamic State extremists. Washington has scaled up military aid to Jordan in recent months in line with the kingdom’s central role in the fight against IS, which controls large areas […]