Two decades after Saddam’s fall, Iraqis still haunted by disappearances

Iraq has one of the highest missing persons rates in the world – ICRC After Saddam’s fall, violence fueled more disappearances Doctors and archivists match evidence from graves and documents Work is slow and some atrocities remain unexplored, families say BAGHDAD, March 13 (Reuters) – When he first learned that U.S. troops had overthrown Saddam … Read more

Global markets brace for aftershocks as SVB collapse reverberates

SYDNEY, March 13 (Reuters) – Markets were set for a bumpy ride this week as the fallout from the collapse of startup lender Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), the biggest U.S. bank failure since the crisis fiscal 2008, coincide with key economic data and political meetings. S&P500 futures rose 1.4% after US authorities assured SVB customers … Read more

Saudi-Iranian détente: a setback for Israel and a wake-up call for US relations

JERUSALEM, March 12 (Reuters) – The Saudi-Iranian détente is setting back Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to isolate Tehran, but time will tell if it is also hampering his opening up to Riyadh or the planning of a possible military strike against Iranian nuclear sites. The most pressing concern for Israel, some experts say, … Read more

Saudi Arabia launches new national airline

March 12 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday officially announced the creation of a new national airline, Riyadh Air, with industry veteran Tony Douglas as chief executive, as the kingdom is poised to compete with regional transport and travel hubs. . Riyadh Air will serve more than 100 destinations worldwide … Read more

Iran says deal reached with US for prisoner swap

DUBAI, March 12 (Reuters) – Iran and the United States have reached an agreement on a prisoner swap, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian told state television on Sunday, adding that he would hoped that the exchange would take place soon. “Regarding the issue of prisoner exchanges between Iran and the United States, we have reached … Read more