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2019-08-18, 19:37

Houthis in Yemen Claim Drone Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities A Houthi spokesman called it the “biggest attack in the depths” of the kingdom, the world’s top oil exporter, but a Saudi official said the attack ha...
2019-08-17, 17:32

In Tlaib’s Ancestral Village, Grandmother Weathers a Global Political Storm Suddenly pulled into an international uproar, the 90-year-old grandmother of Representative Rashida Tlaib has barely kept up with the dizzying drama....
2019-08-17, 10:00

Gibraltar defies US and releases seized Iranian tanker Grace 1 Gibraltar's Supreme Court on Thursday approved the immediate release of Grace 1, an Iranian oil tanker seized off the country's coast last month, des...
2019-08-16, 21:32

The cancer survivor on a mission to help women win Rana Nawas built her career on solving problems. As an Oxford-educated engineer she forged a highly successful career, plying her trade with companie...
2019-08-16, 21:32

Jailed Saudi activist rejects deal to deny torture for release, says family Jailed Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul has rejected a release deal that would have granted her freedom in exchange for denying repo...
2019-08-14, 18:32

Yemen separatists say they've seized the key port of Aden Yemeni separatists have taken control of the strategic city of Aden after days of fighting with forces backing the internationally recognized governm...
2019-08-11, 23:32

They survived the Christchurch attacks. In Mecca, they're finding peace as Hajj pilgrims Two hundred Christchurch mosque attack survivors and relatives of those slain have arrived in Mecca at the invitation of Saudi King Salman. They say ...
2019-08-10, 16:00

U.N. Sounds Alarm Over Killings in Idlib as Syria Cease-Fire Collapses A cease-fire agreement signed in Kazakhstan had produced a flicker of hope. But it lasted all of three days, with air force jets hitting targets in t...
2019-08-10, 02:00

Canadian released from Syria says 'I thought I was going to be there forever' A Canadian national who was detained by the Syrian government for months has been released and appeared at a press conference in Beirut on Friday. "I...
2019-08-09, 20:00

UN food aid to Yemen will fully resume after two-month break, as Houthis ‘guarantee’ delivery Life-saving food aid distribution is set to resume to 850,000 people in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, following guarantees by Houthi opposition forces ...
2019-08-09, 19:00

UN food aid to Yemen will resume after two-month break, as Houthis ‘guarantee’ delivery Life-saving food aid distribution is set to resume to 850,000 people in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, following guarantees by Houthi opposition forces ...
2019-08-09, 17:32

In wake of ‘collapsed’ agreement, new wave of violence threatens millions in Syria’s Idlib Following the collapse of the latest truce in Idlib at the start of this week, the Senior Humanitarian Adviser to the UN’s Syria Envoy urged Member S...
2019-08-09, 03:00

Millions of Syrians call Turkey home. An economic crisis is turning them into scapegoats Syrians say they're living in fear amid a crackdown on refugees who are not registered to live in Istanbul. As Turkey struggles with a sputtering eco...
2019-08-08, 20:32

Newspaper devotes entire issue to 'wake-up call' for the country Lebanon's leading English daily newspaper published a blank issue on Thursday with a list of political and economic woes that have gripped the countr...
2019-08-08, 20:32

14 dead and 145 people injured in Taliban bomb attack in Afghanistan Fourteen people were killed and 145 injured by a Taliban suicide attack in Afghanistan on Wednesday, a spokesman for the country's ministry of interi...
2019-08-08, 09:32

UN Security Council ‘utterly failed’ Syrian detainees; a victim voices her plea to ‘end impunity and stop this horror’  The Security Council has “utterly failed Syrian detainees and their families”, Amina Khoulani, Co-founder of Families for Freedom, told the Security ...
2019-08-07, 23:32

UN Afghan Mission ‘outraged’ by deadly Taliban attack in Kabul, as hardline group threatens election violence The UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has expressed outrage at a Taliban attack in Kabul, that killed “scores” of civilians on Wednesday. In a Tweet,...
2019-08-07, 18:00

Intensified Al Qaeda and ISIL activity in Yemen ‘deeply worrying’, says UN Human Rights Office Armed groups affiliated with the Al Qaeda and ISIL terror groups, appear to have intensified their activities in Yemen, Ravina Shamdasani, a spokespe...
2019-08-06, 21:32

U.K. Joins U.S.-Led Effort to Protect Ships in Strait of Hormuz Tensions between Britain and Iran have risen since Iran seized a tanker in July. Monday’s decision was an acknowledgment that British efforts to crea...
2019-08-06, 07:32

A campaign to silence this Lebanese band has galvanized the country's extreme Christian right A rock concert has been canceled after Lebanese Christian groups mounted a virulent campaign against local music group, Mashrou' Leila. Now rights ac...
2019-08-05, 09:48

Tensions soar after Iran seizes tanker Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said its navy has captured a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. Follow here for the latest....
2019-08-04, 06:48

UK vows 'robust' action if Iran doesn't release British-flagged oil tanker Britain reiterated warnings Saturday that it would take "robust" action if Iran did not release a UK-flagged oil tanker it seized in the Strait of Ho...
2019-08-04, 06:48

Iran's president hints at tanker exchange Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appeared to signal Wednesday that his country might be willing to release a British-flagged oil tanker it seized—in ...
2019-08-04, 06:48

Dozens Killed in Yemen in Attacks on Military Parade and Police Station The Houthi movement said it had struck the parade in Aden, the seat of Saudi-backed forces, with an air assault. Separately, police officers were kil...
2019-08-03, 23:16

Saudi Arabia Extends New Rights to Women in Blow to Oppressive System Saudi women will be able to travel without a man’s permission and receive equal treatment in the workplace, eroding the a system that made women seco...
2019-08-03, 23:16

ISIS, Eyeing Europe, Could Launch Attacks This Year, U.N. Warns Less than five months after its military defeat in Syria, the group is considering attacks designed to “exacerbate existing dissent and unrest” in Eu...
2019-08-03, 23:16

Persistent threat of war erodes 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...
2019-08-03, 22:32

Khashoggi murder ‘an international crime’, says UN-appointed rights investigator: Special in-depth UN News interview In an interview with UN News, Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard recounted her nearly week-long mission to Turkey searching for the truth surrounding...
2019-08-03, 22:32

Syria: ‘Deplorable’ violence in Idlib against civilians, humanitarian workers must ‘stop immediately’: UN Coordinator Acts of violence against civilians, humanitarian workers and civilian infrastructure in Idlib are “deplorable”, the United Nations Regional Humanitar...
2019-08-03, 22:32

Syria’s Idlib ‘on the brink’ of a nightmare, humanitarian chiefs warn, 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...
2019-08-03, 22:32

UN agency helps stranded Ethiopians 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...
2019-08-03, 22:32

Saudi Arabia Chips Away at Oppressive System by Granting Women Travel Rights Saudi women hailed the new rights as a major step in a long-term social evolution. But they called on the kingdom to allow women to marry, live on th...
2019-08-02, 20:16

Israelis Brace for a New Election. The Real Contest May Come Later. With polls showing the major parties deadlocked, Israelis already seem to be looking past the Sept. 17 election to the bruising coalition negotiation...
2019-08-02, 02:01

At Least 32 Killed in Attacks on Yemen Military Parade and Police Station The Houthi movement said it had struck the parade in Aden, the seat of the government, with drones and missiles, and an explosives-laden car blew up ...
2019-08-01, 12:16

Lebanese Band’s Concert Is Canceled After It’s Accused of Blasphemy Critics denounced Mashrou’ Leila, and a festival canceled an upcoming concert by the group, raising concerns about freedom of expression in the relat...
2019-08-01, 00:32

Trump Administration Imposes Sanctions on Iran’s Top Diplomat Officials described the foreign minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who worked closely with the Obama administration, as part of a “propaganda ar...
2019-08-01, 00:32

About 150 Migrants Drown in Shipwreck Off Libya The United Nations High Commission for Refugees said those who drowned were probably trying to reach Italy, whose anti-immigrant government has sough...
2019-07-31, 21:16

In Escalation, Iran Tests Medium-Range Missile, U.S. Official Says A military official said on Thursday that Iran had fired a Shahab-3 medium-range missile on Wednesday, but added that the test did not pose a threat ...
2019-07-31, 21:16

She’s 14, Disabled From a Bomb Blast and One of Iraq’s Top Table Tennis Players Najla Imad Lafta survived a bomb placed under her father’s car but was missing three limbs and saw little point in life. Then she discovered a sport ...
2019-07-31, 21:16

Is B.D.S. Anti-Semitic? A Closer Look at the Boycott Israel Campaign The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement aims to press Israel to change its policies toward the Palestinians. It has generated heated debate an...
2019-07-31, 21:16

Bahrain Executes 3 Men, Including 2 Shiite Activists on ‘Terrorism Crimes’ The two activists were convicted in a mass terrorism trial in connection with the killing a police officer. Amnesty International says they were tort...
2019-07-31, 21:16

Cyprus Rape Case That Roiled Israel Falls Apart, With 12 Suspects Freed A dozen Israeli teenagers accused of raping a British tourist in a Cyprus resort have been freed, and the accuser was arrested on charges of making a...
2019-07-31, 21:16

U.N. Agency for Palestinian Refugees Faces Accusations of Misconduct An internal ethics report alleges that an “inner circle” in the agency’s top management engaged in abuses of authority for personal gain and for supp...
2019-07-31, 21:16

MBS once sought advice from this cleric. Now Saudi prosecutors want him executed Before he rose to political prominence, Prince Mohammed bin Salman went to high-profile Muslim cleric Sheikh Salman al-Awda for advice on inclusive g...
2019-07-31, 19:48

UK Navy to escort tankers through Strait of Hormuz amid Iran crisis The UK Royal Navy will now accompany British-flagged oil tankers through the Strait of Hormuz, the British Ministry of Defense said in a statement Th...
2019-07-31, 19:48

Iran releases 9 Indian crew members from Panamanian-flagged tanker Iran has released nine of the 12 Indian crew members who were on board a Panamanian-flagged oil tanker it seized after claiming the vessel was carryi...
2019-07-31, 19:48

Syrian girl dies after saving sister's life in heart-stopping airstrike photo The desperate moment is captured in a grainy image taken on Wednesday in the Syrian town of Ariha, Idlib province, by local media activist group SY24...
2019-07-31, 19:48

Iran crisis sheds light on murky shipping rules A British-flagged ship owned by a Swedish company was seized by Iran last week. Caught in the middle are 23 seamen who have nothing to do with any of...
2019-07-31, 19:48

Four children killed in attack on Yemen market Four children were among 14 civilians killed in an airstrike on Al-Thabet market in Yemen's northern Saada province on Monday, according to Houthi au...
2019-07-31, 19:48

Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila's show canceled to 'prevent bloodshed' The band's performance at the Byblos International Festival on August 9 has been canceled "to prevent bloodshed and maintain peace and security," eve...
2019-07-31, 19:48

Iran's president hints at seized tanker swap Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appeared to signal Wednesday that his country might be willing to release a British-flagged oil tanker it seized—in ...
2019-07-24, 23:48

‘Tangible steps’ needed to alleviate crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, keep two-State solution alive: DiCarlo The “dangerous paralysis” that prevails in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is fuelling extremism and exacerbating tensions, leading to a “loss of ho...
2019-07-23, 22:16

Decaying tanker near Yemeni coast threatens 'catastrophic explosion' An abandoned tanker loaded with oil is threatening a major environmental disaster near the coast of Yemen, the United Nations has said, amid expert w...
2019-07-23, 18:16

Israel Begins Tearing Down Palestinian Housing on Edge of East Jerusalem The first of 10 mostly unfinished apartment buildings in a Palestinian area was razed, an act that Palestinian officials condemned as “ethnic cleansi...
2019-07-23, 12:01

US woman in Syria pleads with Trump to stop civilian deaths An American woman in Syria has released a video appealing to US President Donald Trump to take action against the Syrian regime, after an airstrike M...
2019-07-23, 00:00

Iran releases footage of captured tanker's crew Iran has released a short video of what it says is the crew of the Stena Impero, the British-flagged tanker that was seized by Iranian forces in the ...
2019-07-23, 00:00

Iran Claims to Have Arrested and Sentenced to Death U.S. Spies Tehran often makes similar unverified statements, but the latest announcement comes at a time of acute tension. President Trump said the claims had “...
2019-07-22, 21:01

Iran detains 17 citizens accused of spying for the CIA Iran has detained 17 Iranian citizens accused of acting as spies for the United States Central Intelligence Agency, according to the country's Minist...
2019-07-22, 15:32

Saudi Guardianship Laws Could Be Set to Change. Here’s How Women Are Reacting. The government is said to be considering a revision to laws that require women to get the permission of a male guardian to marry, apply for a passpor...
2019-07-21, 22:48

'Alter your course,' Iranians warned before seizing UK-flagged ship An audio recording of British and Iranian naval authorities radioing instructions to a UK-flagged oil tanker just moments before it was seized in the...
2019-07-21, 19:32

Iran's gamble on a tanker seizure will end its credit -- even among friends Steadily increasing its bets in an international game of bluff, Iran has gone almost all in with a gamble that its hard liners must believe is worth ...
2019-07-20, 11:16

UK vows 'serious consequences' if Iran doesn't release British-flagged oil tanker Britain warned Friday there would be "serious consequences" if Iran did not release a UK-flagged oil tanker it seized in the Strait of Hormuz Friday,...
2019-07-20, 09:16

Iran announces capture of British-flagged oil tanker; US officials say two ships seized Iran announced the capture of one British-flagged ship in the narrow Strait of Hormuz on Friday, and US officials said that a second had also been se...
2019-07-20, 05:01

Iran says it has captured a British oil tanker Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said its navy has captured a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. Follow here for the latest....
2019-07-19, 22:32

On the ship that downed a military drone, one small mistake could cause a war with Iran With short incendiary shrieks Harrier jump jets race across the USS Boxer's deck and are soon gray dots in the sky. Seahawk and Super Stallion helico...
2019-07-19, 16:32

Iran says it aided an oil tanker in distress After US intelligence raised fears that a foreign tanker was forced into Iranian waters over the weekend, Iran said it assisted a vessel suffering a ...
2019-07-18, 03:00

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 M...
2019-07-17, 04:32

Survivors of ISIL terror in Iraq want justice, not revenge, says head of UN investigation team The scale and barbarity of the crimes committed by ISIL have ultimately served not to divide but to unify, Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, head of the UN Inve...
2019-07-16, 02:16

After a Police Shooting, Ethiopian Israelis Seek a ‘Black Lives Matter’ Reckoning The fatal shooting of a black teenager by the Israeli police has set off angry protests in a community that has faced a long history of discriminatio...
2019-07-14, 04:16

UK raises threat level and sends second warship to Persian Gulf as Iran tensions simmer The UK has raised the security level for British ships in the Persian Gulf to the highest state of alert and is sending a second warship to the regio...
2019-07-12, 18:32

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 ...
2019-07-12, 08:32

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-millio...
2019-07-11, 20:16

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-k...
2019-07-09, 20:32

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 Chi...
2019-07-08, 21:32

West Bank Grows Calmer as Pocketbook Issues Take Priority Over Protests A lull in protests appears to bolster the Trump administration’s belief that economic growth will produce peace. But Palestinians say the calm is a s...
2019-07-08, 21:32

Iran Announces New Breach of Nuclear Deal Limits, and Threatens Further Violations The country’s deputy foreign minister said Iran would take additional steps over the limits of the accord in 60-day intervals unless it receives sanc...
2019-07-07, 15:48

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...
2019-07-07, 15:48

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 ...
2019-07-05, 22:48

Israel’s Energy Dilemma: More Natural Gas Than It Can Use or Export After years of relying on imports, the country has discovered huge gas reserves offshore. But it cannot easily use or sell the fuel to other countrie...
2019-07-05, 17:48

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 responsib...
2019-07-04, 16:32

Gibraltar Seizes Syria-Bound Tanker Thought to Be Carrying Iranian Oil Officials said the tanker was detained under European Union sanctions on Syria. Shipping monitors said it was also trying to skirt United States sanc...
2019-07-04, 16:32

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...
2019-07-04, 15:32

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...
2019-07-04, 12:32

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...
2019-07-03, 19:48

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 sa...
2019-07-03, 18:00

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 desper...
2019-07-03, 13:16

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 “ca...
2019-07-01, 20:48

New UN-Syrian Action Plan signals an 'important day' for child protection, says UN envoy The top UN official charged with representing the interests of children caught up in armed conflict, has signed a landmark new agreement on child pro...
2019-07-01, 20:48

Iran exceeds uranium caps set by nuclear deal, agency reports 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 o...
2019-07-01, 14:32

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...
2019-07-01, 14:32

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....
2019-07-01, 07:16

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...
2019-06-29, 14:16

Iran Greets Latest U.S. Sanctions With Mockery Both hard-liners and reformers argued that the new sanctions would have little practical impact. One Iranian joked on Twitter: “The only people left ...
2019-06-27, 20:48

In Bahrain, U.S. Tries to Promote Mideast Peace Through Prosperity A conference organized by the White House was meant to show the economic benefits of its peace plan to Palestinians and Israelis. But major players w...
2019-06-27, 20:48

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....
2019-06-27, 20:48

Iran’s Supreme Leader Vows Never to Capitulate to U.S. Sanctions Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the remarks as Iranian officials reiterated Iran was moving toward noncompliance with some parts of the 2015 nuclear deal...
2019-06-27, 20:48

Iran Says It Is Verging on Passing a Uranium Cap. What Happens Next? Responding to American sanctions, Iran said it would break a 300-kilogram limit on its uranium stockpile under the 2015 nuclear accord, a significant...
2019-06-27, 20:48

UN chief praises impact of Palestine refugee agency as ‘our common success’, at key pledging conference The work of the UN body responsible for assisting Palestine refugees, UNRWA, which has allowed millions of children to receive an education that prom...
2019-06-27, 18:48

Syria: Ease suffering, save lives, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator tells Security Council “Week after week, month after month, year after year”, the Security Council has been briefed on Syria’s humanitarian suffering, and on Tuesday, the U...
2019-06-27, 18:48

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 ...
2019-06-27, 18:48

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 h...
2019-06-27, 18:48

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...
2019-06-27, 18:48

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 ...
2019-06-22, 21:32

Iran is ready for any threat to territory, says foreign ministry Iran showed no sign of backing down Saturday in the standoff with the United States over the downing of a drone, insisting that it was ready to count...
2019-06-22, 14:48

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 es...
2019-06-21, 21:32

In Trump’s Iran Response, Some See a Dangerous Ambiguity As diplomats try to ratchet down tensions, some of them worry that hard-liners in Iran could be emboldened to further test President Trump’s resolve....
2019-06-21, 20:00

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" ...
2019-06-21, 18:48

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder ‘an international crime’, says UN-appointed rights investigator In an interview with UN News, Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard recounted her nearly week-long mission to Turkey searching for the truth surrounding...
2019-06-21, 01:00

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...
2019-06-20, 21:00

After Iran’s Drone Attack, Trump Says This Country ‘Will Not Stand for It’ Iran’s destruction of the high-altitude American drone surprised some American Defense Department officials, who say it was in international airspace...
2019-06-20, 20:16

Hamas Leader Says Israel Isn’t Upholding Cease-Fire Terms Ismail Haniya said Israel was delaying the easing of restrictions on border-crossers and arbitrarily modifying fishing zones as a “form of blackmail....
2019-06-20, 20:16

Iran shoots down US drone aircraft Iran shot down a United States military drone on Thursday, further escalating the already volatile situation playing out between Washington and Tehra...
2019-06-20, 20:00

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 ...
2019-06-20, 20:00

She’s on a Hunger Strike in an Iranian Jail. He’s Joining In, From London. The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been held in Iran since 2016, has camped out in front of the Iranian Embassy to demand her release....
2019-06-19, 18:16

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 apprec...
2019-06-19, 15:48

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 carrie...
2019-06-19, 15:48

Khashoggi killing: 'Credible evidence' Saudi crown prince responsible, UN expert says There is "sufficient credible evidence" Saudi Arabia's crown prince bears responsibility for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and he should ...
2019-06-19, 15:48

Egypt Quietly Buries Former President Morsi, Muting Coverage of Death The country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was buried at dawn in a furtive and closely guarded ceremony. Reporters were bar...
2019-06-19, 13:16

U.N. Report Calls for Investigation of Saudi Crown Prince in Khashoggi Killing 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 op...
2019-06-19, 13:16

Syria: Humanitarian disaster in Idlib ‘unfolding before our eyes’ says top UN relief official Unabating violence, destruction and a downward sprial in overall conditions for the desperate people trapped in north-western Syria’s Idlib were in t...
2019-06-19, 01:32

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 b...
2019-06-19, 01:00

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...
2019-06-19, 01:00

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 cha...
2019-06-18, 06:32

Iran Threatens to Violate Nuclear Deal’s Limits on Uranium Enrichment Unless Europe helps Iran sidestep sanctions imposed by the United States, which pulled out of the deal, Iran will also stop complying, its atomic ene...
2019-06-17, 13:00

Iran will ramp up low-grade uranium enrichment, exceed stockpile limit in 10 days Iran says it will surpass the limit of low enriched uranium it is allowed to stockpile under the nuclear deal in 10 days, in the latest blow to the p...
2019-06-17, 12:16

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 fo...
2019-06-16, 23:32

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 priso...
2019-06-16, 13:16

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 communit...
2019-06-16, 13:16

British-Iranian Woman Jailed in Tehran Begins New Hunger Strike, Husband Says Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was convicted of sedition after her arrest in 2016. Richard Ratcliffe said he would fast outside the country’s embassy in L...
2019-06-16, 12:00

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 p...
2019-06-15, 11:48

Why Tanker Blasts in the Gulf of Oman Have Put the World on Edge Unexplained explosions that crippled two tankers have raised alarms about potential military conflagration in the Middle East. How has that happened?...
2019-06-15, 01:16

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 descr...
2019-06-14, 19:00

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 ...
2019-06-14, 13:32

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 ...
2019-06-13, 19:48

Shelling Breaks Syria Cease-Fire Negotiated by Russia and Turkey The cease-fire briefly ended more than six weeks of fighting and bombing. But intermittent shelling erupted in Idlib Province, the last piece of rebe...
2019-06-13, 12:32

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 orde...
2019-06-12, 20:32

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 Sau...
2019-06-12, 14:16

Sara Netanyahu Cuts Plea Deal in Catering Case The wife of Israel’s prime minister was accused of misusing about $100,000 in public funds. The prime minister’s own corruption case still looms over...
2019-06-12, 12:16

Why does the Strait of Hormuz matter? With relations between US and Iran deteriorating, Iran has threatened that if its oil exports are stopped, then no oil can pass this crucial stretch ...
2019-06-11, 01:32

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 semioffi...
2019-06-10, 23:32

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 offer...
2019-06-10, 20:48

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 ...
2019-06-10, 11:48

Saudi Teenager Faces Death Sentence for Acts When He was 10 The execution of the teenager, Murtaja Qureiris, now 18, would be what rights groups called one of the most egregious violations of international law...
2019-06-09, 23:32

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 weap...
2019-06-08, 08:32

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" i...
2019-06-07, 06:48

An American Family Detained in Syria Is Sent Back to the U.S. A family of two women and six children were among some 12,000 foreigners affiliated with the Islamic State who are being held in detention camps acro...
2019-06-05, 21:16

French ISIS Supporters on Death Row in Iraq Ask for Mercy France is facing criticism from rights advocates that 11 of its citizens and one resident will hang in Iraq for supporting ISIS. Will it try to save ...
2019-06-04, 03:32

Here's what you need to know about Eid al-Fitr, Islam's biggest holiday 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. T...
2019-06-03, 15:00

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 po...
2019-05-31, 22:48

For residents of Syria's last rebel-held province, no place is safe The Syrian government's Idlib campaign has killed at least 160 civilians in recent weeks, according to the UN. No place is considered safe by the res...
2019-05-31, 15:16

What You Need to Know About Israel’s New Elections Just seven weeks after one nationwide vote, Israel is preparing for a second election. It's the first time in the country’s history that a newly elec...
2019-05-30, 18:00

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...
2019-05-30, 15:00

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...
2019-05-30, 02:48

Punching Iran Over Its Foreign Policy Could Lead to a Faster Path to War Wrestling with Iran’s diplomacy and military activity could prompt a confrontation between Washington and Tehran well before any showdown over a nucl...
2019-05-30, 02:01

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 ...
2019-05-30, 00:16

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 t...
2019-05-29, 08:32

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 2...
2019-05-29, 08:32

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. H...
2019-05-28, 16:16

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 ...
2019-05-26, 09:00

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 offic...
2019-05-25, 04:48

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 are under consideratio...
2019-05-23, 22:16

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...
2019-05-23, 06:48

‘When I Sleep, I Dream of War’: A View Inside Iran as U.S. Escalates Rhetoric Over the past month, the U.S. ramped up pressure on Iran. We spoke with Iranians to see how they feel about the threat of war and U.S.-Iran relations...
2019-05-23, 04:48

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 Y...
2019-05-23, 04:48

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...
2019-05-22, 18:00

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 i...
2019-05-22, 18:00

U.S. Says Assad May Be Using Chemical Weapons in Syria Again The State Department cited an attack in which the military might have used the weapons in an offensive on the Idlib area, the final rebel stronghold....
2019-05-22, 18:00

Qatari Executive Is Charged With Corruption in I.A.A.F Scandal Yousef al-Obaidly, chief of the beIN Media Group, was accused of making a payoff to secure hosting rights for the track and field world championships...
2019-05-22, 18:00

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 ri...
2019-05-22, 11:32

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 pros...
2019-05-22, 04:00

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 fo...
2019-05-22, 04:00

250 rockets fired from Gaza at Israel; 1-year-old child among those killed in retaliatory airstrikes Approximately 250 rockets have been fired by Gaza militants towards Israel over the course of a few hours on Saturday, according to the Israel Defens...
2019-05-22, 04:00

600 rockets fired from Gaza, Israel responds with airstrikes Twenty-three people have died in Gaza as a result of the fighting between Israel and Gaza militants since Saturday morning, according to the Palestin...
2019-05-22, 04:00

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 t...
2019-05-22, 04:00

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...
2019-05-22, 04:00

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 bigge...
2019-05-22, 04:00

5 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, fol...
2019-05-22, 04:00

Iranian leader announces partial withdrawal from nuclear deal Iran announced Wednesday it was partially withdrawing from a landmark nuclear deal, marking a serious escalation in Tehran's faceoff with the United ...
2019-05-22, 04:00

The world is more dangerous after Iran's nuclear deal announcement All the ingredients are in place for a confrontation that could be the most significant outbreak of warfare since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, w...
2019-05-22, 04:00

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...
2019-05-22, 04:00

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 ...
2019-05-22, 04:00

Mysterious "attack" on four ships, says UAE Four ships were targeted on Sunday near the strategic Emirati port of Fujairah, in what the UAE described as a "sabotage attack." One was flying a UA...
2019-05-22, 04:00

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 Un...
2019-05-22, 04:00

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 "d...
2019-05-22, 04:00

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 investigatio...
2019-05-22, 04:00

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 inte...
2019-05-22, 02:16

As Syria conflict enters ninth year, humanitarian crisis ‘far from over’, Security Council hears Eight years ago this month, the Syria conflict began, leading to a humanitarian crisis that remains “far from over”, the UN Security Council heard on...
2019-05-21, 15:16

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...
2019-05-21, 15:16

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 t...
2019-05-21, 15:16

UN chief pays tribute to Egypt’s role in avoiding ‘dramatic’ escalation in conflict across the Gaza-Israel border UN Secretary-General António Guterres has paid tribute to the role played by Egypt in helping to avoid a “dramatic” escalation of violence in Gaza ov...
2019-05-21, 15:16

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 ...
2019-05-21, 15:16

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 rea...
2019-05-21, 15:16

Yemen: 11 more ‘terrible, senseless’ civilian deaths reported, following attack in Sana’a - top UN official The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande, has expressed her outrage at the ‘terrible, senseless deaths’ of 11 civilians in t...
2019-05-21, 15:16

UPDATED: Thousands flee fighting around Libyan capital as Guterres condemns escalation, urges 'immediate halt' to all military operations The UN chief António Guterres strongly condemned  on Monday night the military escalation and ongoing fighting in and around the Libyan capital, Trip...
2019-05-21, 15:16

Yemen blast kills 14 children, leaves others fighting for their lives in Sana’a Further details have emerged of an attack on a school in the Yemeni capital Sana’a at the weekend which killed 14 youngsters and critically injured 1...
2019-05-21, 15:16

‘Still time' to stop a ‘bloody battle’ for Libya’s capital, insists Guterres Speaking to reporters outside the Security Council in New York on Wednesday night, UN chief António Guterres said there was still time for a “bloody ...
2019-05-21, 15:16

Plan for troop pullback ‘now accepted’ by rival forces around key Yemen port, but fighting intensifying elsewhere, Security Council warned A plan to withdraw forces from front lines in and around the key Yemeni port of Hudaydah has been accepted by pro-Government forces and Houthi rebels...
2019-05-21, 15:16

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 u...
2019-05-21, 15:16

Skeptical U.S. Allies Resist Trump’s New Claims of Threats From Iran The Trump administration is laying the groundwork for major military action against Iran, but it may have a hard time rallying domestic and internati...
2019-05-21, 14:48

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 th...
2019-05-21, 14:48

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 occ...
2019-05-21, 14:48

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 a...
2019-05-21, 14:48

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...
2019-05-21, 14:48

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 i...
2019-05-21, 14:48

Iran Crisis or ‘Circus’? A Weary Middle East Wonders A sudden profusion of incidents and warnings has stirred fears that the Trump administration is trying to gin up a flawed case for war, like the Bush...
2019-05-21, 14:48

Trump Tells Pentagon Chief He Does Not Want War With Iran The president’s statement came during a briefing on the rising tensions with Tehran, and officials said he was firm in saying he did not want a milit...
2019-05-21, 14:48

Israel Presses the Case Against Iran, but Not for War Israel has quietly played an instrumental role in the escalating tensions in the Middle East. But analysts say it wants to pressure Iran, not start a...
2019-05-21, 14:48

Questions and Answers About Syria’s Secret Torture Prisons Anne Barnard, our former Beirut bureau chief, took to Reddit to share additional insights into her Times investigation of the cruel tactics President...
2019-05-21, 14:48

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 ...
2019-05-21, 14:48

U.S. Officials Say Iran Has Removed Missile Threat From Some Boats Missiles have been unloaded from at least two small boats in Iranian waters, a move that American officials said could help defuse a brewing confront...
2019-05-21, 14:48

F.A.A. Urges Commercial Flights to ‘Exercise Caution’ Over Persian Gulf Amid escalating tensions between the United States and Iran, the agency alerted airliners to a growing risk of “misidentification” when flying in the...
2019-05-21, 14:48

Attack on Tourist Bus Near Egyptian Pyramids Wounds at Least 14 The blast, close to a giant museum under construction, suggested that militants were seeking to undermine the authority of President Abdel Fattah el-...
2019-05-21, 14:48

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 Palesti...
2019-05-21, 14:48