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 […]

Turkey wedding blast: 30 dead and 90 hurt in Gaziantep – BBC News

Media captionFootage shows bodies laid out in the street after the blast, as Greg Dawson reports A blast at an outdoor wedding party in the south Turkish city of Gaziantep has killed at least 30 people and injured 94 more, the authorities say. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said so-called Islamic State (IS) was likely to […]

Decline in banks, miners adds pressure to markets; oil slips – CNBC

European markets fell further into the red on Friday afternoon, on the back of weak trade in the U.S., as investors overseas digested the hawkish rhetoric from Federal Reserve officials. This week, several Fed officials have commented on when might be the best time for the central bank to raise interest rates, especially as the […]