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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 offic...
20:12, 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 wi...
16:36, 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 are under consideratio...
22:48, 05/23/2019

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...
03:24, 05/23/2019

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 a...
20:24, 05/22/2019

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...
20:24, 05/22/2019

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...
20:24, 05/22/2019

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 ...
20:24, 05/22/2019

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....
20:24, 05/22/2019

U.S. Says Syria’s President May Be Using Chemical Weapons Again The State Department cited an attack on Sunday in which the Syrian military might have used chemical weapons as part of a broader offensive in the Id...
03:48, 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 ri...
02:36, 05/22/2019

Iran refuses Trump's offer of talks unless US shows 'respect' Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has said his country won't negotiate with President Donald Trump unless the US shows Tehran "respect" ...
18:48, 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 Palesti...
05:00, 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 "d...
22:12, 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-cont...
21:12, 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 investigatio...
13:00, 05/20/2019

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-...
01:12, 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 ...
22:12, 05/17/2019

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...
14:24, 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 Un...
06:48, 05/17/2019

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...
03:36, 05/17/2019

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...
19:48, 05/16/2019

‘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 ...
18:36, 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...
11:36, 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 i...
11:36, 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 occ...
03:48, 05/16/2019

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 th...
11:48, 05/15/2019

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...
04:24, 05/15/2019

UN monitoring team in Yemen verifies pullout of armed forces from crucial port zones The UN team set up to monitor the ceasefire agreement between warring parties in Yemen has formally verified the pullout of armed Ansar Allah, or Hou...
19:48, 05/14/2019

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 mili...
19:12, 05/14/2019

New Report Shows How a Pro-Iran Group Spread Fake News Online A research group at the University of Toronto has untangled look-alike websites and bogus news stories that appear to echo the Iranian government’s p...
06:24, 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...
06:36, 05/13/2019

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 ...
15:12, 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...
06:24, 05/12/2019

Inside Syria’s Secret Torture Prisons: How al-Assad Crushed Dissent Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been locked away in filthy prisons where thousands were tortured to death — and the pace of arrests and executi...
12:00, 05/11/2019

UN monitoring chief welcomes Houthi offer to unilaterally withdraw from key Yemeni port of Hudaydah As Yemenis continue to finalize redeployment procedures in line with the UN-brokered Hudaydah Agreement, under which Government coalition and rebel l...
22:24, 05/10/2019

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 was...
02:36, 05/10/2019

‘Abhorrent’ ambulance attack in Libyan capital imperils life-saving work, warns UN An attack on an ambulance in Tripoli on Wednesday that has critically injured the head of emergency services in Libya’s war-torn capital, along with ...
20:24, 05/09/2019

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...
21:48, 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 r...
11:24, 05/08/2019

Four questions ahead of Iran's nuclear deal announcement Iran is expected to partially withdraw from the landmark nuclear deal it signed with the United States and five other nations in 2015, following Wash...
08:00, 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 bigge...
23:48, 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...
05:12, 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 sid...
03:00, 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 rep...
19:24, 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, officia...
17:36, 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 t...
17:12, 05/06/2019

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 u...
22:24, 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 encl...
13:36, 05/05/2019

'Grave consequences' await if new deadly escalation of violence in Gaza continues - top UN official The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, is “deeply concerned by yet another dangerous escalation...
23:36, 05/04/2019

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 F...
13:24, 05/04/2019

The Saturday Profile: Khashoggi’s Fiancée Seeks Answers and Justice: ‘It Is a Moral Duty’ Hatice Cengiz was preparing to marry the Saudi dissident when he was murdered in Istanbul. Six months later, she is fighting to keep his case in the ...
17:24, 05/03/2019

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 fo...
17:12, 04/30/2019

A Holocaust Story for the Social Media Generation Eva Heyman kept a diary until she was sent to Auschwitz in 1944. An Instagram version of her story goes live this week, but some Israelis say it triv...
16:00, 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 pros...
21:24, 04/29/2019

ISIS Releases Video Said to Be of Leader The video is said to show the reclusive leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. If confirmed, it would be the first time he has been seen ...
20:12, 04/29/2019

Where ISIS Ruled in Syria, Fear and Uncertainty Reign The Islamic State lost control of eastern Syria, but a visit there found cities in shambles, an uncertain future and ISIS still carrying out deadly a...
17:24, 04/29/2019

El-Sisi Could Stay in Power Until 2030 Under Egypt Plan The vote was seen by critics as another step back to authoritarianism, eight years after a pro-democracy uprising ended Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade ...
17:36, 04/28/2019

Israel Invokes Anti-Boycott Law to Order Human Rights Worker Deported The case, involving a Human Rights Watch worker, tests the boundaries of criticism and protest in Israel. The advocacy group will appeal to Israel’s ...
14:41, 04/28/2019

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 beyo...
14:41, 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....
14:41, 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,...
14:41, 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 backe...
14:41, 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 fo...
14:41, 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...
14:41, 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...
14:41, 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 asp...
14:41, 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 administratio...
14:41, 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....
14:41, 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 worsenin...
14:41, 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...
14:39, 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 N...
14:39, 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 an...
14:39, 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 ...
14:39, 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 d...
14:39, 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 ...
14:39, 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 ei...
14:39, 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...
14:39, 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 anniversa...
14:39, 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 seve...
14:39, 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 ...
14:39, 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...
14:39, 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 t...
14:39, 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 ...
14:39, 04/28/2019

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 el...
14:38, 04/28/2019

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 nati...
14:38, 04/28/2019

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 ...
14:38, 04/28/2019

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 e...
14:38, 04/28/2019

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'...
14:38, 04/28/2019

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 nonprof...
14:38, 04/28/2019

'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 a...
14:38, 04/28/2019

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, ...
14:38, 04/28/2019

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 ...
14:38, 04/28/2019

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 p...
14:38, 04/28/2019

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 mayo...
14:38, 04/28/2019

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...
14:38, 04/28/2019

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 an...
14:38, 04/28/2019