Category: Middle East

Turkey Shocks Markets by Slashing Rates Despite Soaring Inflation, Currency Tumbles

The Turkish central bank is plowing ahead with more cuts to the national interest rate, even as the inflation of the Turkish lira continues to accelerate to unforeseen levels. On Thursday, Turkey shocked markets when it announced a new interest rate cut that would reduce the benchmark to only 13 percent, after seven months in…


Huge Explosion Hits Kabul Mosque, at Least 21 Dead

KABUL—A blast that tore through a Kabul mosque during evening prayers on Wednesday killed 21 people, Kabul police said on Thursday, as the United Nations expressed concern over a growing number of civilian casualties from explosions. Police spokesperson Khalid Zadran said that another 33 people had been injured in the blast, which witnesses told Reuters…


Syria Denies It Is Holding American Journalist Austin Tice

DAMASCUS, Syria—Syria denied on Wednesday it is holding U.S. journalist Austin Tice or other Americans after President Joe Biden accused the Syrian government of detaining him. The Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Damascus “denies it had kidnapped or is holding any American citizen on its territories.” “The U.S. issued last week misleading…


‘Top Chef’s’ Padma Lakshmi Hopes Ex Salman Rushdie Has ‘Swift Healing’ After Attack

Nardine Saad Los Angeles Times “Top Chef” host and judge Padma Lakshmi is “relieved” that her ex-husband, author Salman Rushdie, is on the road to recovery after being stabbed multiple times at a lecture in upstate New York last week. The “Love, Loss, and What We Ate” author tweeted Sunday that she is “relieved” that…


Heavy Rains Set Off Flash Floods, Killing 31 in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD—Heavy rains set off flash floods that killed at least 31 people and left dozens missing in northern Afghanistan, the Taliban’s state-run news agency reported Monday. The Bakhtar News Agency said the flooding took place on Sunday in northern Parwan province. The agency said that women and children were among the dead and 17 people…


Iran Denies Involvement, Blames Salman Rushdie Himself for Stabbing Attack

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—An Iranian official Monday denied Tehran was involved in the stabbing of author Salman Rushdie, though he sought to justify the attack in the Islamic Republic’s first public comments on the bloodshed. The remarks by Nasser Kanaani, the spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, came three days after Rushdie was wounded in New…


Afghanistan Marks 1 Year Since Taliban Seizure as Woes Mount

KABUL, Afghanistan—The Taliban terrorist group on Monday marked a year since they seized the Afghan capital in a rapid takeover that triggered a hasty escape of the nation’s Western-backed leaders, sent the economy into a tailspin and fundamentally transformed the country. Taliban fighters, some hoisting rifles or the white banners of their movement, staged victory…


Western Fears of Turkish Tilt Toward Moscow Overblown, Say Experts

ANKARA, Turkey—A recent meeting in Sochi between the leaders of Russia and NATO member Turkey has reportedly sparked fears among Western officials of perceived “deepening ties” between Ankara and Moscow. But experts who spoke to The Epoch Times challenge this assertion, saying the meeting—and its outcome—merely reflected Ankara’s pragmatic approach to its dealings with Russia….


Western Fears of Turkish Tilt Toward Moscow Overblown, Experts Say

ANKARA, Turkey—A recent meeting in Sochi, Russia, between the leaders of Russia and NATO member Turkey has reportedly sparked fears among Western officials of perceived “deepening ties” between Ankara and Moscow. However, experts who spoke to The Epoch Times challenge that assertion, saying the meeting—and its outcome—merely reflect Ankara’s pragmatic approach to its dealings with…


Misfired Rockets May Have Killed Over a Dozen in Gaza Battle

Close to one-third of the Palestinians who died in the latest outbreak of violence between Israel and Gaza terrorists may have been killed by errant rockets fired by the Palestinian side, according to an Israeli military assessment. Forty-nine Palestinians were killed in the three days of heavy fighting, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry. The Israeli…