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07/18/2019

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe transferred from Iranian prison to mental ward, supporters say Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian charity worker who was arrested on spying charges in Iran more than three years ago, was transferred Monday from prison to the mental ward of a hospital in Tehran, the Free Nazanin Campaign said in a sta...
03:26, 07/17/2019

UN agency helps stranded Ethiopian return home, ending ‘harrowing migration ordeal’ With the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), some 280 Ethiopians returned home on 10-11 July, after being facing traumatic experiences in Yemen.  ...
23:13, 07/16/2019

E.U. Foreign Ministers Scramble to Save Iran Deal The British foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said that there was a “small window” left to salvage the nuclear deal but that the opportunity wouldn’t last....
16:52, 07/15/2019

American Woman Loses Custody Battle for Daughter in Saudi Arabia In bitter court fight, Bethany Vierra accused her ex-husband of abuse and drug use. He fought back with pictures of her in a bikini and with her hair uncovered....
01:13, 07/15/2019

Israeli Cabinet minister suggests gay conversion therapy 'is possible' An Israeli Cabinet minister has sparked outrage from politicians, medical professionals and the country's gay community by suggesting conversion therapy "is possible" and saying he "did it" in the past....
16:52, 07/14/2019

Britain raises security level for UK ships in the Gulf to 'critical' The UK has raised the security level for British ships in the Gulf to the highest state of alert, a UK official confirmed to CNN on Friday, as tensions with Iran continue to grow....
13:52, 07/12/2019

The Jeffrey Epstein scandal has found its way into Israel's elections Jeffrey Epstein is suddenly the biggest name in Israeli politics. Six weeks into what was a quiet election campaign, the Jewish-American multi-millionaire, who was charged in New York with sex trafficking of minors on Monday, is now the focus of a wa...
07:13, 07/12/2019

Iran shows growing fury in the Gulf. It really is desperate to talk The British Heritage super tanker is owned by BP, under a British flag, and on charter to an Anglo-Dutch company, so it's unsurprising that the ship appeared to abandon suddenly its plans over the weekend as it sailed within sight of Iran....
07:13, 07/12/2019

3 Iranian Boats Tried to Block British Tanker in Persian Gulf, U.K. Says The Iranian vessels only turned away after receiving “verbal warnings” from a British Navy vessel accompanying a commercial vessel, the government said in a statement....
09:13, 07/11/2019

Europe Shut These Migrants Out, Libyan Rebels Bombed Them A Times investigation shows that the African migrants killed by a July 2 airstrike in Libya were being detained near a weapons depot — a prime target in the country’s civil war. Before the attack, the E.U. ignored calls to move the migrants....
09:13, 07/11/2019

Reporters Without Borders Urges Saudi Arabia to Free 30 Jailed Journalists The press freedom group met with the Saudi foreign minister and justice minister this year, in a visit spurred by outrage over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi....
19:00, 07/10/2019

Europeans Warn of Formal Complaint Against Iran, a Threat to Nuclear Deal The foreign ministers of France, Germany and Britain called on Iran to return to full compliance “without delay” and moved closer to filing a formal complaint, a step that could collapse the accord....
02:26, 07/10/2019

Israeli embassy in Brazil mocked for censoring photo of ambassador eating lobster The Israeli embassy in Brazil tweeted a photo of ambassador Yossi Shelley and President Jair Bolsonaro eating lunch, with what appeared to be a non-kosher lobster main course crudely censored....
19:13, 07/09/2019

Iran says its volleyball team was delayed for hours at a US airport Iran filed a diplomatic protest against the United States on Monday after its national men's volleyball team experienced a "prolonged delay" at a Chicago airport, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported....
00:26, 07/09/2019

Iran Says It Has Surpassed Critical Nuclear Enrichment Level in 2015 Deal The country said it has enriched uranium above a 3.67 percent limit laid out in the 2015 nuclear deal. China, another signatory, accused the U.S. of “bullying” Tehran with sanctions....
13:00, 07/08/2019

Iran to breach uranium enrichment limits set by landmark nuclear deal Tehran has started to increase uranium enrichment beyond the purity threshold it agreed to as part of a landmark nuclear deal, the Iranian government announced Sunday....
20:26, 07/07/2019

Official warns Tehran could seize UK oil tanker if Iranian ship not released A senior commander with Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps warned Friday that it would be Tehran's "duty" to seize a British oil tanker if the Iranian tanker being held in Gibraltar is not released....
18:39, 07/05/2019

Photos from Iraqi jail shows dire conditions of young and female prisoners Photographs from an Iraqi jail that were leaked to Human Rights Watch have revealed extreme overcrowding in cells holding juveniles, female terrorism suspects and their children....
00:00, 07/05/2019

Airstrike Kills Dozens of Migrants at Detention Center in Libya The bomb ripped through a hangar in Tripoli packed with African migrants hoping to reach Europe. A spokesman for Gen. Khalifa Hifter denied responsibility....
15:39, 07/04/2019

The injustice driving Ethiopian Israeli protests An off-duty police officer was in a playground with his family when he saw two men fighting, according to police accounts, which have been challenged by eye-witnesses. When the officer identified himself, police said the men threw stones at him. Fear...
07:26, 07/04/2019

Iran will start enriching uranium at higher levels after this weekend, Rouhani says Iran will begin enriching uranium at a higher level than what is allowed under the 2015 nuclear deal within days, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday....
20:39, 07/03/2019

UAE prince and fashion designer Khalid Al Qasimi dies in unexplained circumstances Fashion designer Khalid Al Qasimi, the 39-year-old son of the ruler of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has died in circumstances described by UK authorities as unexplained....
20:39, 07/03/2019

They escaped ISIS. Then they got sucked into Baghdad's sex trafficking underworld The decline of ISIS in Iraq has given rise to another evil: human trafficking networks that thrive on the spoils of war, the displaced and the desperate....
15:13, 07/03/2019

Five years on from ISIL ‘caliphate’ proclamation in Iraq, Security Council makes first-ever visit The Security Council has concluded a first-ever visit to Iraq on Saturday, five years on from the proclamation, by the ISIL terrorist group, of a “caliphate” in the country. The visit, which also took in a trip to Kuwait, saw the members meet senior ...
19:13, 07/01/2019

Anger as US envoys attend opening of controversial Jerusalem archaeological site The US Ambassador to Israel inaugurated a contentious archaeological dig in Jerusalem Sunday, in an act which a senior Palestinian official described as that of an "extremist Israeli settler."...
18:26, 07/01/2019

Iran exceeds uranium caps set by nuclear deal, foreign minister says Iran's enriched low-grade uranium stockpiles have exceeded the 300 kilogram limit set by the 2015 nuclear deal, marking Tehran's first major breach of the landmark accord since US President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement in 2018....
18:26, 07/01/2019

Saudi Arabia Fast Facts Read CNN's Fast Facts about Saudi Arabia and learn more about the oil-rich, Middle Eastern kingdom, home to Islam's holiest cities, Mecca and Medina....
09:00, 07/01/2019

U.S. Envoy Swings Sledgehammer in East Jerusalem, and a Metaphor Is Born The ambassador to Israel, David M. Friedman, opened an archaeological site, calling it “undeniable evidence” of Jewish historical claims to Jerusalem....
01:13, 07/01/2019

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe ends her two-week hunger strike in Iran Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe -- the British-Iranian charity worker who has been jailed in Iran for more than three years on spying charges -- has broken her hunger strike, her husband Richard Ratcliffe confirmed on Facebook....
11:26, 06/30/2019

A Breakfast Invitation Helps Rebuild a Crown Prince’s Standing Pushed to the side the last time the leaders of the Group of 20 met, the de facto Saudi leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is back in the mainstream....
05:00, 06/29/2019

Syria’s Idlib ‘on the brink’ of a nightmare urge humanitarian chiefs, launching global solidarity campaign The heads of 11 global humanitarian organizations warned on Thursday that the embattled rebel-held province of Idlib in Syria, stands on the brink of disaster, with three million civilian lives at risk, including one million children....
20:00, 06/27/2019

Russia behind GPS failures over Ben Gurion airport, Israeli officials believe: Israeli radio Israeli officials believe Russia is responsible for disturbances to the Global Positioning System (GPS) signal covering the airspace at Israel's Ben Gurion airport, Israeli radio reported Thursday....
15:00, 06/27/2019

US is 'not in a position to obliterate Iran,' Iranian foreign minister says Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has responded to President Donald Trump's recent threats to Tehran on Twitter, saying that the United States "is not in a position to obliterate Iran."...
04:00, 06/27/2019

U.N. Expert Calls for International Investigation Into Khashoggi Killing Agnes Callamard, the United Nations expert on extrajudicial killings, excoriated the world body for its “paralysis” in the killing of a journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, by Saudi agents in Istanbul....
00:13, 06/27/2019

A Rape Case and a Wedding Strain Ties Between Arab and Jewish Villages A rape case involving a 7-year-old ultra-Orthodox girl and a video of Arabs and Jews celebrating at a wedding have torn two West Bank villages apart....
19:39, 06/25/2019

US uses images of canceled aid programs to promote peace plan The Trump administration was using a picture of a program it had financially crippled just months earlier, in order to promote its own controversial economic plan for the Palestinians....
11:52, 06/25/2019

What shooting down a $110M US drone tells us about Iran While America's military is by no means threatened in the long term by Iran, instances like the downing of the drone show that Tehran can sometimes have an outsized effect with narrowly-focused efforts, and is an adversary certainly capable of keepin...
11:52, 06/25/2019

Bolton Warns Iran Not to ‘Mistake U.S. Prudence and Discretion for Weakness’ The warning by the national security adviser, John Bolton, came after President Trump called off a military strike against Iran for shooting down an American drone....
14:13, 06/23/2019

Pompeo, a Steadfast Hawk, Coaxes a Hesitant President on Iran Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has expanded his power during a vacuum in the Pentagon, but his hard-line policies on Iran are running into Trump’s isolationist instincts....
22:39, 06/22/2019

Iran is ready for any threat to its territory, the foreign ministry says Iran showed no sign of backing down Saturday in its standoff with the United States over this week's downing of a US drone, insisting it was ready to counter any threats or aggression against its territory....
22:26, 06/22/2019

With a Feast and a Prayer, Iranian Force Exults in Downing of U.S. Drone Some leaders of the Revolutionary Guards force saw the shooting down of the drone as a vindication. They resented that Americans had belittled their prowess....
20:00, 06/22/2019

Tehran tense as Iran awaits Trump's next move The prospect of US retaliatory strikes has loomed over Iranian conversation for days. But with daily problems so desperate, reactions in Tehran to escalating tensions with the US have been somewhat muted....
22:13, 06/21/2019

Syria: ‘Deplorable’ violence in Idlib against civilians, humanitarian workers must ‘stop immediately’, says senior UN envoy  Acts of violence against civilians, humanitarian workers and civilian infrastructure in Idlib are “deplorable”, the United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis said on Friday, condemning them “in the strongest terms”.    ...
18:39, 06/21/2019

UN food agency begins ‘last resort’ partial withdrawal of aid to opposition-held Yemeni capital The World Food Programme (WFP), the UN’s emergency food relief agency, confirmed on Friday in a statement that it has started a "partial suspension" of aid to areas of Yemen controlled by Houthi opposition forces, including the capital, Sana’a....
18:39, 06/21/2019

Persistent threat of war, unilateral actions, continue to erode prospects for Middle East peace, Security Council told Developments in the Middle East cannot be divorced from Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian territory and settlement-building, or Hamas’ hold over Gaza and its militant activity, a senior United Nations envoy told the Security Council on Thur...
19:52, 06/20/2019

Khashoggi's killing 'terrible' but UN report is 'flawed,' says Saudi minister The murder of Jamal Khashoggi was "gruesome" but a United Nations report into the journalist's killing is "flawed," Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Thursday....
18:26, 06/20/2019

Iran claims to have shot down US spy drone Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards claimed Thursday to have shot down an "intruding American spy drone" after it entered Iranian airspace, amid increased hostility between Washington and Tehran....
08:39, 06/20/2019

Saudi Arabia in spotlight as UN-appointed independent investigator publishes full Khashoggi findings Responsibility for the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi lies with “high-level officials” of the monarchy, a UN-appointed independent investigator said on Wednesday, in a renewed call for full State accountability for the crime. ...
18:52, 06/19/2019

U.S. Navy Says Mine Fragments Point to Iran in Tanker Attack The United States has blamed Iran for the attacks in the Gulf of Oman, and officials said that fingerprints and other evidence could be used to build a criminal case....
16:52, 06/19/2019

Khashoggi Killing Inquiry Should Look Into Saudi Prince’s Role, U.N. Expert Says A U.N. expert said that the death was “an extrajudicial killing” by the Saudi state, and that Prince Mohammed bin Salman was at least aware of the operation....
15:26, 06/19/2019

Number of People Fleeing Conflict Is Highest Since World War II, U.N. Says “We have become almost unable to make peace,” the high commissioner for refugees said, as the global population of those displaced by conflict reached 70.8 million last year....
15:26, 06/19/2019

Iranian military official claims country's missiles can take out aircraft carrier One of Iran's top military commanders reiterated longstanding claims that the country has ballistic missiles capable of taking out an aircraft carrier, as President Hassan Rouhani said the country did not seek to wage war against any nation....
13:52, 06/19/2019

Khashoggi murder: Independent investigation blames Saudi Arabia for 'extrajudicial killing' of journalist Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of a "deliberate, premeditated execution," a United Nations special rapporteur has concluded in the first independent investigation into his death....
13:52, 06/19/2019

Trump has two strategies to counter nuclear threats. Neither is working US President Donald Trump inherited an improving economy, two of America's longest wars in abeyance, and ISIS on the way out. But he failed to appreciate one of the most fragile gifts Obama handed to him: the Iran nuclear deal....
11:26, 06/19/2019

Being blamed for the oil tanker attack suits Iran just fine In the not very complicated mystery over the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, there are two prime suspects. Only one, however, stands to benefit, whoever is responsible. And despite Iran's denial, being blamed for these attacks suits it ni...
04:13, 06/19/2019

Morsy's son blames Egyptian regime for 'slow deliberate medical murdering' of ex-President Abdullah Morsy, the son of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy, has accused the country's current regime of "slow ... murdering" his father, amid wider questions from human rights groups about how the late leader was treated in prison....
04:13, 06/19/2019

Mohamed Morsy, ousted Egyptian president, dies in court Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy collapsed and died in a Cairo court Monday, soon after making a final statement in his trial on espionage charges....
05:39, 06/18/2019

Iran says it will break the uranium stockpile limit agreed under nuclear deal in 10 days Iran is ramping up enrichment of low-grade uranium and will pass the limit it is allowed to stockpile under the nuclear deal in 10 days, a spokesman for the Iranian atomic agency announced Monday....
13:26, 06/17/2019

Candidates for Istanbul Mayor Hold Rare Debate on Live TV The head-to-head, the first such event in Turkey in 17 years, pitted Ekrem Imamoglu of the opposition against Binali Yildirim, a government-backed former prime minister....
22:26, 06/16/2019

Saudi teenager arrested at 13 spared from execution, source says Murtaja Qureiris, the 18-year-old who had been facing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia, has been spared execution and sentenced to 12 years in prison, according to a source familiar with the matter....
12:52, 06/16/2019

Saudi crown prince blames Iran for Gulf of Oman tanker attacks Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is blaming Iran for last week's attack on two ships in the Gulf of Oman, calling on the international community to take a "firm stand towards an exponential regime that supports terrorism and spreads killing and...
12:52, 06/16/2019

US policy toward Iran is all stick and no carrot The motorcycle zipped past our taxi as we headed to Tyre in southern Lebanon, veering off the road onto a dirt track leading up into the hills. The passenger on the back of the motorcycle had what appeared to be long tubes, concealed by cloth, strapp...
14:39, 06/15/2019

Did Iran Attack Ships in the Gulf? What the Evidence Shows. A Times analysis of video released by the U.S. Defense Department indicates that an Iranian patrol boat removed an object from the hull of a stricken tanker in the Gulf of Oman on June 13. The object may have been a limpet mine....
03:26, 06/15/2019

How the Oman tanker attack played out The attack on two tankers in a vital Gulf of Oman waterway Thursday comes at a time of heightened tensions between the United States and Iran in the oil-rich region and raises concerns of a potential conflict in the Middle East....
00:39, 06/15/2019

With Iran, sometimes the logical explanation is the correct one Iran would like the world to think that the attacks on two tankers off its Gulf coast are shrouded in uncertainty. "Suspicious doesn't begin to describe what transpired this morning," said Iran's Foreign Minister Javid Zarif in his first tweet follow...
00:39, 06/15/2019

Yemen: maternal and newborn health ‘on the brink of total collapse’, UNICEF alerts After more than four years of grinding conflict in Yemen, healthcare for mothers and their babies is “on the brink of collapse”, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Friday, in a report that highlights the difficulties of childbirth and parentin...
21:39, 06/14/2019

Missile hits arrivals hall of Saudi Arabia airport, injuring 26, official says A missile fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen struck the arrivals hall of an airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, injuring 26 people, a Saudi official said....
01:13, 06/14/2019

Sara Netanyahu pleads guilty in illegal meals case as corruption probes loom over husband Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, agreed to a plea deal on Wednesday morning in a case concerning illegally ordered meals at the Prime Minister's residence, according to a statement released by Israel's Justice Mi...
01:13, 06/14/2019

Iran will get the blame, but the Gulf of Oman truth is likely a lot murkier As the plumes rise from a brazen attack in the Gulf of Oman, oil brokers and diplomats are panicking about another lurch toward confrontation In the Middle East. Why it happened and who did it is not easy to explain, not least because it doesn't appe...
01:13, 06/14/2019

Iran Says It Will Release U.S. Resident Charged With Spying Nizar Zakka, arrested in 2015 and convicted of spying for the United States, was to be released to Lebanese authorities, according to Iran’s semiofficial Fars news agency....
01:26, 06/11/2019

Iran Bars Times Correspondent From Reporting The correspondent, Thomas Erdbrink, has been unable to work since February, when his press credential was revoked. The Iranian authorities have offered no explanation....
23:26, 06/10/2019

One of the ISIS 'Beatles' says he's sorry Two members of the British ISIS cell known as "the Beatles" have confessed their part in ransoming Western hostages in an interview that showed them broken and pleading for news of their fate. One also offered an unprecedented apology....
07:00, 06/10/2019

In Iraq Museum, ‘Things There That Are Nowhere Else in the World’ The Iraq Museum has a majestic, world-class collection of ancient art dating back 5,000 years, but it struggles to connect with an audience of younger Iraqis....
10:00, 06/09/2019

Saudi Arabia and the arms race that you've not heard enough about It's the Middle East arms race that many people don't want to talk about. The White House may be preoccupied with Iran's past pursuit of nuclear weapons and its present strategic status in the region. But simmering nearby is another rapid militarizat...
07:39, 06/08/2019

Trump’s Twists on Confronting Iran Confound Allies in Europe President Trump has taken a middling route toward Iran, neither avidly supporting diplomacy nor wanting to be so confrontational to provoke Tehran into lashing out....
12:39, 06/07/2019

Trump Allows High-Tech U.S. Bomb Parts to Be Built in Saudi Arabia Tucked into the administration’s emergency order to sell arms to Saudi Arabia is approval for Raytheon to build key components of precision-guided bombs with Saudi partners....
12:39, 06/07/2019

Multinational investigation says 'state actor' responsible for attacks on Gulf oil tankers An international investigation into attacks on four oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in May has concluded that a "state actor" is the most likely culprit....
03:52, 06/07/2019

Here's what you need to know about Eid al-Fitr, one of Islam's biggest holidays More than one billion Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Fitr this week, as the month-long Ramadan fast ends and the festivities begin. The celebrations mark a time when communities within the Muslim world come together....
13:52, 06/04/2019

Trump Administration Says It Will Negotiate with Iran With ‘No Preconditions’ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s remarks were the second softening of U.S. policy to Iran recently, even as the U.S. ratchets up military and financial pressure....
04:26, 06/03/2019

What to Know About Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, the Arab Ruler Swaying Trump Prince Mohammed, the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, is one of the most influential Arab leaders in Washington. Here are five takeaways from a Times report....
09:39, 06/02/2019

The Most Powerful Arab Ruler Isn’t M.B.S. It’s M.B.Z. Prince Mohammed bin Zayed grew the U.A.E.’s power by following America’s lead. He now has an increasingly bellicose agenda of his own. And President Trump seems to be following him....
09:39, 06/02/2019

Saudi Arabia united the Arab world against Iran. That means conflict could be one step closer King Salman of Saudi Arabia has pulled off in Mecca what many had thought unlikely -- getting 20 or so disparate Arab nations to unite in a common position against Iran. It is a milepost on a road that may yet lead to regional conflict....
06:26, 06/01/2019

World Food Programme accesses Yemeni frontline district for first time since conflict began Amid the world’s largest humanitarian crisis still unfolding in Yemen, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has gained access to the rebel-held northern district of Nihm, for the first time since the war between Houthis and the Saudi-backed Government c...
18:13, 05/31/2019

Israel in Uncharted Territory as Netanyahu Fails to Form a Coalition The morning after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s staggering failure to form a government, recriminations flew, giving a taste of the contentious campaigning ahead....
14:13, 05/30/2019

Israel faces new elections after Netanyahu fails to build coalition Israel will hold new national elections in late summer after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to put together a coalition government from the parties elected to parliament on April 9th....
07:39, 05/30/2019

Israel Moves to Hold New Election as Netanyahu Fails to Form a Coalition After the election in April, Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to have an easy path back to power. But his efforts ran aground on a power struggle among his potential partners....
01:13, 05/30/2019

Israel Faces Prospect of New Election as Netanyahu’s Coalition Talks Stall After elections last month, Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to have an easy path back to power. But a deadlock between his potential partners shows no sign of easing....
22:52, 05/29/2019

France Hands ISIS Suspects to Iraq, Which Sentences Them to Hang For countries struggling with what to do with their citizens who joined the Islamic State, Iraq offers a solution. But does Iraqi justice meet international standards?...
22:52, 05/29/2019

Turkey Frees American NASA Scientist Imprisoned for 2 Years The scientist, Serkan Golge, 39, a Turkish-American citizen, was arrested while visiting his family in southern Turkey in 2016. His wife confirmed that he had been released....
22:52, 05/29/2019

Captured ISIS fighter says he helped imprison James Foley and Alan Henning Alexanda Kotey, a former ISIS fighter accused of forming one of the group's most notorious terror cells, admitted he was responsible for overseeing the imprisonment of western hostages James Foley, Alan Henning and John Cantlie....
09:39, 05/29/2019

Satellite images reveal strikes on Syria's Idlib province Airstrikes and fighting in Syria's last rebel-held province have left a trail of damage visible from space. In satellite images from May 20 and May 26, swathes of fields in northwestern Idlib appear blackened, the neat lines of city streets and block...
09:39, 05/29/2019

Eight years in, Syria still embroiled in conflict ‘that no longer sparks outrage’, Security Council hears After eight years of deadly air strikes and terrorist attacks that have left hundreds of thousands of Syrians dead and millions of others injured, United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller asked the Security Council on Tuesday...
19:52, 05/28/2019

How 'document hunters' spirited thousands of government files out of Syria Col. Anwar R. worked for Syria's intelligence services until he defected in 2012. He fled to abroad, but eventually his history caught up with him. He's one of the first big catches for investigators who have smuggled hundreds of thousands of governm...
15:00, 05/28/2019

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