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05/26/2019

Trump dances with danger in Middle East by deploying aircraft carrier and a peace plan In the Persian Gulf, a US aircraft carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, lurks off the Iranian coast, sending out a message of aggression. Meanwhile, in the Levant, the administration of US President Donald Trump starts to roll out his version of a widel...
06:26, 05/26/2019

Iran Slams U.S. After Middle East Troop Buildup Is Announced Tehran responded with a threat of “two new secret weapons” after the Trump administration pushed ahead with arms sales and promised to deploy extra forces....
16:13, 05/25/2019

Iranian police arrest 30 people during yoga class Authorities in Iran arrested 30 people as they took part in a private yoga class in Gorgan, a city in the north of the country, according to an official news agency, the Young Journalists Club....
03:13, 05/25/2019

Trump Approves Modest Increase of About 1,500 Troops in the Middle East President Trump decided to deploy about 1,500 additional American troops to the Middle East to provide protection for American service members already there, officials said Friday....
18:26, 05/24/2019

The Kabul Bureau’s Accidental Gardener The garden is not often the first thing on our minds, as we cover Afghanistan’s long war. I didn’t notice what was going on until I looked out the window in front of my desk on the second floor and saw a hollyhock at eye level....
14:52, 05/24/2019

Trump Considering Sending More Troops to Middle East to Protect U.S. Forces There The acting defense secretary, who briefed White House officials on the military options, gave no indication of how many troops were under consideration....
00:26, 05/24/2019

Saudi Warplanes, Most Made in America, Still Bomb Civilians in Yemen U.S. efforts to reduce civilian casualties have failed to stop allied warplanes with the Saudi coalition from bombing homes and killing families in Yemen....
05:39, 05/23/2019

How U.S. Weapons Ended Up Hitting Hospitals in Yemen A former senior State Department official sent to monitor the Saudi-led war in Yemen told us he saw firsthand how the Saudis failed to avoid civilian casualties — and how the U.S. chose to look the other way....
05:39, 05/23/2019

U.S. Officials Work to Convince Divided Congress of Iran Threat American officials said Iran had threatened to target missiles at Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure to drive up oil prices and disrupt international trade....
02:39, 05/22/2019

Syrian Government Documents Show Widespread Abuses, Rights Center Says In a report, the Syria Justice and Accountability Center said that documents from President Bashar al-Assad’s government detailed systematic human rights violations by the nation’s security agencies....
02:39, 05/22/2019

Iraq needs support to ‘leave violent past behind’, says UN envoy as Security Council extends UN mission for one year Iraq’s democratic transition – weighed down by political infighting, weak institutions, corruption, and the constant threat of ISIL – needs more international support, “lots of time and lots of hard work,” the top United Nations official in the count...
02:13, 05/22/2019

Libya on verge of civil war, threatening ‘permanent division’, top UN official warns Security Council The damage done to Libya will already take “years to mend” but unless fighting around the capital Tripoli stops, the country risks “descending into a civil war which could lead to the permanent division of the country”....
20:52, 05/21/2019

Children of ISIL terrorists likely held in ‘secret detention facilities’, UN human rights office warns In Syria, it is suspected that children whose fathers fought for terrorist group ISIL are being held in unidentified “settlements” and “secret detention facilities” away from their mothers, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday....
20:52, 05/21/2019

Palestinian Business Leaders Reject Trump’s Economic Overture The Trump administration is organizing a conference to show Palestinian business leaders the economic benefits of its Mideast peace plan. The Palestinians are saying no thanks....
03:00, 05/21/2019

UN threatens to suspend food aid in Yemen after CNN investigation The United Nations is threatening to suspend aid that helps thousands of destitute Yemenis following a CNN investigation that exposed the theft or "diversion" of food aid by Houthi rebels....
23:39, 05/20/2019

Hunger in Yemen: WFP considers aid suspension in face of repeated interference by some Houthi leaders The UN emergency food relief agency said on Monday that without full access and “freedom to decide” who receives lifesaving aid, in Houthi rebel-controlled areas of Yemen, it could be forced to implement a “phased suspension”....
21:26, 05/20/2019

CNN exposes systematic abuse of aid in Yemen Tens of thousands of people are going hungry in Houthi-controlled Yemen as desperately needed food aid is diverted away from them, a CNN investigation finds....
14:52, 05/20/2019

Saudi Oil Infrastructure at Risk as Small Attacks Raise Potential for Big Disruption Saudi Arabia spent heavily to protect its oil production lines but rapid changes in technology may mean ports and pipelines are increasingly exposed in the turbulent region....
23:13, 05/17/2019

In Tehran, specter of war met with more defiance than fear People in Tehran speak in hushed tones about what the coming days may bring. As geopolitical tensions crank up, talk of imminent conflict with the United States is widespread on the streets of Iran's capital....
08:00, 05/17/2019

‘Starvation’ now a reality for displaced Syrians stranded in camp near Jordanian border Starvation “is already starting” in a camp for displaced people in south-east Syria, a senior UN official said on Thursday, while condemning ongoing airstrikes and retaliatory shelling in opposition-held territories in the north-west....
18:39, 05/16/2019

At War: To Stay or to Flee: A Syrian Mother’s Impossible Choice Suhair had to decide whether leaving Syria was worth risking her children’s lives. Now she is coming to terms with the opportunities and costs of her decision....
13:00, 05/16/2019

Lebanon Dispatch: Basketball Is ‘War, Minus the Shooting’ in Sectarian Lebanon The professional basketball season resembles an election campaign, with party colors adorning team jerseys and banners of political patrons hanging in stadiums. Then there are the insults and riots....
13:00, 05/16/2019

Iran Threat Debate Is Set Off by Images of Missiles at Sea The photographs fueled fears that Iran would fire missiles at U.S. naval ships in the Persian Gulf. But some said the moves could be defensive acts against Washington provocations....
05:00, 05/16/2019

Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir, 98, a Voice for Lebanese Christians, Dies Cardinal Sfeir, the Maronite Catholic patriarch, supported a compromise that ended Lebanon’s 15-year civil war but resulted in 15 years of Syrian occupation....
00:39, 05/16/2019

Despite Troubling Echoes of 2003, Iraqis Think U.S.-Iran War Is Unlikely American warnings and threats parallel those before the invasion of Iraq, but people on Baghdad’s streets and its halls of power think the result will be different....
21:39, 05/15/2019

Yemen war ‘a test of our humanity’, and we’re ‘badly failing’ warns UN Children’s Fund chief “Fifteen million children in Yemen are asking you to save their lives” the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) told the 15 members of the Security Council on Wednesday, in an impassioned plea for action to end four years of fighting which has lef...
20:52, 05/15/2019

U.S. Orders Partial Evacuation of Embassy in Baghdad The decision came after the Trump administration warned of an increased threat linked to Iran. Officials in Iraq and elsewhere doubted that such a threat existed....
13:39, 05/15/2019

Saudi Arabia Says Drones Hit Oil Pipeline, After Reports of Tanker Attacks The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed to have carried out a drone attack on Saudi facilities. The incidents stoked rising fears of a military clash with Iran....
16:52, 05/14/2019

Four commercial ships 'sabotaged' near UAE waters, foreign ministry says The United Arab Emirates has said that four commercial cargo ships were targeted by "sabotage operations" off its eastern coast, just hours after the country's government denied media reports of explosions at a nearby port....
06:00, 05/13/2019

They Were ‘Comrades in Arms’ Against ISIS. Now the U.S. Is Eyeing the Exit. The commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces hopes U.S. forces will stay in Syria. But if they don’t, he is prepared to defend his militia’s hard-fought gains....
23:39, 05/12/2019

Syrian army 'kills terrorists' in Idlib countryside The Syrian army is launching "intensive strikes on dens of Jabhat al-Nusra," a group formerly affiliated with al Qaeda, in a village in southwestern Idlib province Sunday, Syrian state media is reporting....
17:39, 05/12/2019

China's persecuted Uyghurs live 'freely' in Turkey Members of the Uyghur community in Turkey say they escaped a brutal crackdown in China and now continue to rally for missing relatives believed to be held in camps....
08:00, 05/12/2019

Only 17 Days in Office, Opposition Candidate Saw Spending to ‘Spoil a Mayor’ Before President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey forced a do-over of the Istanbul election, the opposition leader Ekrem Imamoglu found evidence of wasteful spending by Mr. Erdogan’s allies, he said....
04:26, 05/10/2019

The world just got a bit more dangerous after Iran's nuclear deal announcement The unraveling of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is now accelerating with Iran's announcement Wednesday that it will stop complying with some parts of the agreement....
21:52, 05/09/2019

Four questions about Iran's nuclear deal announcement Iran has announced it will no longer fully comply with the landmark nuclear deal it signed with the United States and five other nations in 2015, following Washington's own reneging on the agreement and increased diplomatic and military pressure on T...
09:13, 05/08/2019

Iranian leader announces partial withdrawal from nuclear deal Iran will partially withdraw from a landmark nuclear deal signed with six other nations in 2015, amid heightened pressure from the United States in recent weeks....
09:13, 05/08/2019

Turkey's President Erdogan refuses to give up Istanbul without a fight There's an old saying in Turkish politics: "Who wins Istanbul, wins Turkey." The country's biggest city and commercial heart is undoubtedly its biggest political prize and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan isn't about to give it up without a fight....
21:00, 05/07/2019

Turkey orders revote for Istanbul mayor Turkey's election board has ruled in favor of a rerun of the election for Istanbul mayor, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency, weeks after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party, known as AKP, suffered a set...
15:26, 05/07/2019

News Analysis: A Strange Symbiosis: Why Israel and Gaza Keep Fighting Brief Battles Israel and Gaza have fought eight short battles in the past year. Despite the loss of life, analysts say the clashes work in the interest of both sides’ leaders....
03:39, 05/07/2019

Iran Appears Ready to Reduce Compliance With Nuclear Deal The Iranians hinted that they would reduce their compliance with the Iranian nuclear agreement on the eve of the anniversary of President Trump’s repudiation of the deal....
19:26, 05/06/2019

U.S. Officials Raise Alarm of Iranian Threat Targeting American Troops in Iraq The White House and Pentagon made the decision after seeing intelligence that showed new activity on the part of Iranian forces since Friday, officials said....
16:52, 05/06/2019

Fragile Cease-Fire Takes Hold Between Israel and Gaza After Weekend Attacks Two days of rocket attacks and airstrikes left 22 Palestinians and four Israelis dead, in the worst violence between the two sides since the 2014 war....
15:39, 05/06/2019

Ceasefire appears to take hold in Gaza, ending deadly weekend of hostilities Israel and militant factions in Gaza appear to have reached a ceasefire after a violent weekend that saw the some of the worst fighting between the two sides since 2014, when full-blown war broke out....
11:00, 05/06/2019

Clashes Between Israel and Gaza Intensify as Death Toll Rises Three Israelis were killed, the first civilians to die in clashes with Gaza since the 2014 war. Gaza health officials say 15 Palestinians have been killed since Friday....
22:00, 05/05/2019

Deadly violence at Israel-Gaza border escalates dangerously: UN chief condemns in strongest terms The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, is following with “deep concern” the latest developments across the Gaza-Israeli border and urges all parties to exercise maximum restraint. Over the weekend, hundreds of rockets were launched f...
21:26, 05/05/2019

430 rockets fired from Gaza, Israel responds with airstrikes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "massive attacks against terrorist elements" in Gaza will continue after militants in the coastal enclave fired approximately 430 rockets towards Israel....
15:13, 05/05/2019

90 rockets fired from Gaza towards Israel: IDF Approximately 90 rockets have been fired by Gaza militants towards Israel in the space of an hour Saturday morning, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)....
14:52, 05/04/2019

Is the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Group? President Trump wants to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. The group says it isn’t, an assessment that many experts share....
02:52, 05/01/2019

Iran secretly executed teenage boys, human rights group says Iran secretly executed two 17-year-old teenagers, said the rights group Amnesty International, which criticized the country for its "utter disdain for international law and the rights of children."...
17:13, 04/30/2019

Alleged UAE spy kills himself in Istanbul prison, Turkish state media says A man arrested on suspicion of spying for the United Arab Emirates has allegedly died by suicide while imprisoned in Turkey, the country's state prosecutor and its state-run news agency Anadolu said Monday....
22:26, 04/29/2019

Netanyahu's re-election plans in limbo as election too close to call Benjamin Netanyahu's hopes of securing a record fifth term as Israeli Prime Minister are on hold for the moment after early results showed a tight election race with his main rival on Tuesday....
01:52, 04/29/2019

The activist in that iconic photo says she climbed on a car to declare, 'Sudan is for all' When she climbed atop a car this week during a mass sit-in in Sudan, a 22-year-old activist aimed to rouse a crowd already intent on forcing the nation's President to step down, she told CNN....
01:52, 04/29/2019

Khashoggi's son denies settlement reached over father's murder Salah Khashoggi, the son of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has denied reports that a settlement has been reached between his family and the Saudi government over his father's murder....
01:52, 04/29/2019

Netanyahu set for fifth term as Israel's leader as rival concedes defeat Benjamin Netanyahu was on course to secure a record fifth term as Israeli Prime Minister after his main election rival conceded defeat on Wednesday evening....
01:52, 04/29/2019

Israel's final vote count is in With vote counting completed, Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party has finished ahead in Israel's general election, with 36 seats. Contender Benny Gantz's Blue and White Party trailed by one seat, with 35....
01:52, 04/29/2019

A technical glitch led to Israeli spacecraft crash Beresheet, an unmanned Israeli spacecraft, crashed during an attempt to land on the moon due to a technical glitch, said SpaceIL, the Israeli nonprofit that launched it, citing preliminary data....
01:52, 04/29/2019

'Arab Spring 2.0' is a reboot full of bugs The acts of hope and courage shown in Algeria and Sudan over the past weeks felt ever so fleetingly like a reprise of 2011's broad social awakening across the Arab world. But "Arab Spring 2.0," as it has been called, is a reboot full of bugs that man...
01:52, 04/29/2019

The case of a Saudi prince illustrates a pattern of arbitrary detention Human rights groups say Salman bin Abdulaziz bin Salman's imprisonment illustrates a pattern that's emerged in Saudi Arabia over the last two years, where individuals are detained if they ask questions about a friend or family member who is under arr...
01:52, 04/29/2019

New Zealand nurse kidnapped by ISIS in 2013 may still be alive, ICRC says The International Committee of the Red Cross has issued a plea for help in locating three aid workers who were kidnapped by ISIS militants over five years ago, the humanitarian group said in a statement Sunday....
01:52, 04/29/2019

Egypt's parliament votes to expand Sisi's powers Egypt's Parliament has approved constitutional changes that will allow President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to tighten his grip on government and stay in power until 2030, as authorities block a growing online petition against the changes....
01:52, 04/29/2019

Erdogan's party calls for new elections in Istanbul Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party, known as AKP, is asking the country's election council for a redo of the mayoral election in Istanbul, the country's financial capital and its largest city....
01:52, 04/29/2019

Israeli soldiers shoot blindfolded, handcuffed Palestinian as he tried to flee Israeli soldiers shot a blindfolded, handcuffed Palestinian teenager who had been arrested on suspicion of taking part in disturbances as he tried to flee....
01:52, 04/29/2019

Saudi Arabia said they confessed. But court filings show some executed men protested their innocence Leaked documents obtained by CNN reveal that some of the men who were recently executed in Saudia Arabia claimed that their confessions were false and had been obtained through torture....
01:52, 04/29/2019

Critic’s Notebook: In Soccer, Power’s Always in Play A new exhibition at the Arab World Institute in Paris explores how the game embodies political and social changes in Africa, the Middle East and beyond....
18:39, 04/28/2019

Can a Greek Tragedy Help Heal a Scarred City? On the ground with the provocative stage director Milo Rau, who brought together European and Iraqi actors for a take on “The Oresteia” set in Mosul....
18:39, 04/28/2019

After Social Media Bans, Militant Groups Found Ways to Remain Hezbollah and other groups classified as terrorist organizations by the United States have changed their social media strategies to stay on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter....
18:39, 04/28/2019

Trump Endorses an Aspiring Libyan Strongman, Reversing Policy The United States had condemned the Libyan militia leader Khalifa Hifter for trying to depose a U.N.-backed government. Now President Trump has backed him....
18:39, 04/28/2019

Australian Fights to Save Her Grandchildren From Syrian Refugee Camp Karen Nettleton spent the past five years searching for her grandchildren, whose father was an ISIS fighter. Now their fate has become a political football....
18:39, 04/28/2019

Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Parties Embrace Technology and Emerge Stronger The rabbis’ instructions ruled the day in the country’s recent parliamentary elections. Now, the politicians are preparing for a clash over state and religion....
18:39, 04/28/2019

In Egypt Referendum, Only the Turnout Seems in Doubt The country began three days of voting on constitutional amendments that will effectively extend President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s hold on power until 2030....
18:39, 04/28/2019

For Palestinian Families, ‘No Light at the End of the Tunnel’ The re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu, shortly after he vowed to apply Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank, was the latest blow to Palestinian aspirations for a state....
18:39, 04/28/2019

U.S. Moves to Stop All Nations From Buying Iranian Oil, but China Is Defiant Oil prices rose to their highest levels since October in anticipation of Monday’s announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Trump administration officials had debated the move....
18:39, 04/28/2019

Egypt Approves New Muscle for el-Sisi, Its Strongman Leader Voters approve constitutional amendments giving President el-Sisi new powers, reversing gains of the Arab Spring and allowing him to rule until 2030....
18:39, 04/28/2019

Iran’s Foreign Minister Proposes Prisoner Exchange With U.S. The foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said he had the authority to negotiate a prisoner exchange, in what seemed like an overture in a worsening relationship....
18:39, 04/28/2019

Syrians ‘exposed to brutality every day’ as thousands continue fleeing ISIL’s last stand In eastern Syria, 13,000 people have arrived at a protection camp in just the last week, after fleeing fighting in the last ISIL extremist stronghold in Deir-Ez-Zor governorate, the UN’s emergency coordination office, OCHA, said on Friday....
15:52, 04/28/2019

Children are still dying in Yemen war, despite partial ceasefire, says UNICEF chief Responding to the violent deaths of five children in the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah on Thursday, Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said that Yemen’s civil war continues to take a “horrific toll” on c...
15:52, 04/28/2019

Israeli security forces’ response to Gaza protests ‘a recipe for more bloodshed’, says UN expert Since the beginning of the year, Israeli security forces have responded to protests along Gaza’s border fence with tear gas, rubber coated bullets and live ammunition that have caused death, injury and fear, which the UN’s independent human rights ex...
15:52, 04/28/2019

Security Council discusses chemical weapons use in Syria following latest global watchdog report The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Wednesday, to discuss the latest findings of the global chemical weapons watchdog in Syria, which concluded that there were “reasonable grounds” that a chemical attack took place during the crucial b...
15:52, 04/28/2019

FROM THE FIELD: Rebuilding Yemen’s future from the ground up The ongoing conflict in Yemen has had a devastating impact on the Gulf country and while UN agencies continue to meet the immediate humanitarian needs of the Yemeni people, at least one UN agency has already begun planning for a future without war....
15:52, 04/28/2019

Dozens killed and injured by new attacks in western Yemen, UN coordinator condemns ‘outrageous’ toll Reports from Yemen’s Hajjah Governorate indicate that scores of civilians have been killed following attacks on residential areas over the past two days. Medical sources suggest that at least 22 have died, with more than 30 injured during the bombard...
15:52, 04/28/2019

UN welcomes 'record' Brussels conference pledge of nearly $7 billion to support Syrians Foreign ministers from more than 50 countries gathered on Thursday at a joint European Union-UN pledging conference, and pledged to provide a record $6.97 billion, to support millions of Syrians in need both inside the country, and sheltering in host...
15:52, 04/28/2019

‘Moral obligation and political imperative’ to support Syria on path to peace: Guterres Governments across the world have a “moral obligation” to help Syrians “unite around a vision for their common future”, finally bringing an end to eight years of brutal conflict, said the UN Secretary-General on Friday....
15:52, 04/28/2019

UN Middle East Coordinator strongly condemns ‘arrests and violence’ by Hamas security forces during Gaza protests The UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has strongly condemned the violent response by security forces in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip during the past three days, towards Palestinian protests over the deteriorating economic ...
15:52, 04/28/2019

Gaza investigators call on Israel to review ‘rules of engagement’ as Gaza protest anniversary looms Human Rights Council-appointed investigators urged Israel on Monday to revise its military rules of engagement, shortly before the one-year anniversary of the start of mass demonstrations at the country’s border fence with Gaza, that have left hundre...
15:52, 04/28/2019

Gender equality, justice in law and practice: Essential for sustainable development Fundamentally linked to human development, gender justice requires ending inequality and redressing existing disparities between women and men, according to a high-level United Nations forum on the situation in Arab States....
15:52, 04/28/2019

UN urges ‘maximum restraint’ as Israel-Hamas tensions rise over rocket attack The UN Secretary-General said he was “gravely concerned” by the firing of a rocket from Gaza deep into Israel on Monday which reportedly injured seven people, including three children, north of the capital Tel Aviv....
15:52, 04/28/2019

‘Provocative actions and inflammatory rhetoric’ destabilizing Middle East, warns top UN official Against a backdrop of rising tensions in Israel and Palestine, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East, painted a bleak picture once again in the Security Council on Tuesday, cataloguing further terrorist acts, attacks against civilians, repri...
15:52, 04/28/2019

Attempt to defy international law over Golan sovereignty ‘doomed to failure’ Security Council hears A majority of Security Council members on Wednesday stressed the importance of upholding international law regarding the occupied Golan , in the face of the unilateral move by the United States to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over them....
15:52, 04/28/2019

Khashoggi murder trials must be public and meet international standards, UN expert urges A United Nations human rights expert said on Thursday that Saudi Arabia’s closed-door trials of those it accuses of assassinating the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, have fallen short of international standards, calling instead for ...
15:52, 04/28/2019

On eve of Gaza border protest anniversary, UN’s top humanitarian official for Palestine calls for calm With a large protest planned on Saturday in Gaza, and border shootings by Israeli security forces which have left nearly 200 Palestinians dead over the past year, the UN’s top humanitarian official in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt), Jamie...
15:52, 04/28/2019

In Libya, Guterres ‘deeply concerned’ by risk of fresh military confrontation, urges restraint The UN chief has expressed his deep concern by the reported advance of forces based in the east, towards the Libyan capital, Tripoli, declaring that “there is no military solution” to restoring peace and stability to the country....
15:52, 04/28/2019

UN chief reaffirms commitment to untying ‘Gordian knot’ of Middle East conflict and instability Underlining the “enormous” opportunities for sustainable development and investment in the Middle East, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has reaffirmed the Organization’s deep engagement in a “surge of diplomacy for peace,” to “untie the Gordian...
15:52, 04/28/2019