German minister to discuss Iran's role in Syria during visit: Spiegel
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel plans to raise concerns about Iran's role in the war in Syria and its human rights record during his upcoming visit to Tehran, weekly news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Friday. The magazine quoted Gabriel, Germany's vice chancellor, as saying Iran could have normal, friendly relations with Germany only when it accepted Israel's right to exist. Gabriel, who will travel to Iran for two days from Sunday, said he planned to use his meeting with Iranian officials to address not only economic ties, but also growing horror about the situation in Syria, as he did during a recent visit to Russia.
AP Explains: What does OPEC's tentative deal mean for oil?
OPEC nations have agreed in theory that they need to reduce their production to help boost global oil prices during a meeting in Algeria, but a major disagreement between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and ...
Oil prices rise despite doubts over OPEC output deal
Oil prices added Thursday to steep gains fuelled by OPEC's deal to cut crude output, but analysts doubted the cartel's ability to seriously tackle a supply glut. Following a meeting that included Russia, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries stunned markets Wednesday by saying it planned to trim total production by some 750,000 barrels per day. The cartel's announcement of a first official reduction in eight years sent crude prices surging six percent Wednesday, while energy firms across the globe have seen their share prices soar.
Activists cry foul as U.N. decides against Yemen rights probe
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday declined to set up an independent inquiry into abuses in Yemen, instead calling on a national inquiry to investigate violations by all sides, including the killing of civilians and attacks on hospitals. The move disappointed activists, who, along with the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, had called for an independent probe, especially into air strikes by a Saudi-led Arab coalition backing the Yemeni government. The United Nations blames the coalition strikes for 60 percent of some 3,800 civilian deaths since March 2015.
Obama flies to Israel for Shimon Peres memorial service
WASHINGTON (AP) — Both were Nobel Prize laureates who labored for peace in the Middle East but failed to achieve it. Now, their joint efforts are at an end as President Barack Obama prepares to pay a final tribute to Shimon Peres in Jerusalem.