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07/21/2019

'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 ...
07:24, 07/21/2019

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 t...
04:12, 07/20/2019

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, ...
22:48, 07/19/2019

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 sei...
17:24, 07/19/2019

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....
17:24, 07/19/2019

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 helicop...
08:24, 07/19/2019

Iran Says It Seized Foreign Tanker, Escalating Regional Tensions A video released by the Revolutionary Guards showed the ship’s name as the Riah — the same as a missing Emirati tanker — and said it was smuggling fue...
13:12, 07/18/2019

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 t...
18:48, 07/17/2019

Gunmen Attack Turkish Diplomats in Kurdish Region of Iraq At least one consulate employee was killed in the shooting at a restaurant, the authorities said. It was not immediately clear who was behind the assa...
08:12, 07/17/2019

British-Iranian Woman Is Moved From Tehran Jail to Psychiatric Hospital Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been detained since 2016, was transferred this week. Her family said they were concerned as she had been out of con...
08:12, 07/17/2019

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 Mo...
17:48, 07/16/2019

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 ...
19:00, 07/14/2019

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 thera...
14:48, 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 tension...
04:00, 07/12/2019

U.A.E. Pulls Most Forces From Yemen in Blow to Saudi War Effort The major reduction in troops by the Emiratis, the military linchpin of the Saudi-led war in Yemen, is a belated recognition that the war is no longer...
19:48, 07/11/2019

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-million...
16:00, 07/11/2019

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 a...
16:00, 07/11/2019

Iranian Boats Tried to Block British Tanker in Persian Gulf, U.K. Says The Iranian vessels only turned away after receiving warnings from a British Navy ship accompanying a commercial tanker, the government said in a stat...
05:36, 07/11/2019

Europe Shut These Migrants Out, Then Libyan Rebels Bombed Them A Times investigation shows that the migrants and refugees killed by a July 2 airstrike near Tripoli were being detained next to a weapons depot — a p...
05:36, 07/11/2019

Touring the Israeli Occupation: Young U.S. Jews Get an Unflinching View Birthright Israel, which takes young Jews to Israel, has been criticized for ignoring the Palestinians. A Times reporter joins an alternative tour set...
01:00, 07/10/2019

U.S. Missiles Found in Libyan Rebel Camp Were First Sold to France The discovery of the Javelin missiles confirmed longstanding fears that foreign sponsorship on all sides of Libya’s conflict is amplifying the fightin...
11:12, 07/09/2019

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-ko...
09:36, 07/09/2019

Iran says its volleyball team was delayed for four hours at a US airport Iran filed a diplomatic protest against the United States on Monday after its national men's volleyball team suffered a "prolonged delay" at a Chicago...
11:12, 07/08/2019

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 “...
06:48, 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 ...
02:48, 07/08/2019

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 t...
09:36, 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 ...
12:12, 07/04/2019

Gibraltar Detains 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 sanct...
05:24, 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 ...
23:48, 07/03/2019

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 sai...
14:12, 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 ...
14:12, 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 despera...
06:12, 07/03/2019

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....
15:12, 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 ...
15:12, 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...
15:12, 07/01/2019

Palestinian Who Attended Trump-Backed Bahrain Conference Is Arrested Intelligence officers in the West Bank detained, then freed, a Hebron businessman who had defied an official Palestinian boycott of the Trump administ...
03:48, 06/30/2019

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 ...
04:36, 06/29/2019

Europeans Race to Establish Trade With Iran With Tehran threatening to breach limits set in the nuclear deal, Europeans are scrambling to restore some of the economic benefits Iran was promised....
07:12, 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 ...
18:48, 06/26/2019

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....
16:36, 06/26/2019

Iran Says It Will Pass a Uranium Cap. Is It a Threat? 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 ...
16:36, 06/26/2019

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, Ja...
16:36, 06/26/2019

Ehud Barak, Ex-Leader of Israel, Announces Comeback Amid Political Disarray The longtime critic of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he was forming a new political party as the country braced for a second electi...
09:36, 06/26/2019

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 promo...
10:00, 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 ha...
09:12, 06/25/2019

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 we...
09:12, 06/25/2019

Iranians Greet Latest Sanctions Imposed by U.S. 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 t...
23:24, 06/24/2019

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 e...
19:00, 06/24/2019

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 A...
05:12, 06/23/2019

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 counte...
04:12, 06/22/2019

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....
14:48, 06/21/2019

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 esc...
12:24, 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 Humanitari...
09:36, 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" o...
09:36, 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 ...
13:24, 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 f...
11:36, 06/20/2019

Iran shoots down US drone aircraft Iranian forces have shot down a United States military drone, a move that appears to have escalated the volatile situation playing out between Washing...
06:48, 06/20/2019

Presidential election: ‘Key moment’ to reaffirm Afghanistan’s democratic political structure, UN mission chief tells Security Council  The presidential election scheduled for 28 September will be a “key moment to reaffirm the legitimacy of Afghanistan’s democratic political structure”...
16:24, 06/19/2019

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 independ...
12:12, 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 ope...
06:48, 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 appreci...
05:12, 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...
05:12, 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 i...
05:12, 06/19/2019

Michel Platini released after being questioned over awarding of World Cup to Qatar Former Uefa president Michel Platini is released by French anti-corruption investigators after being questioned over the awarding of the 2022 World Cu...
03:48, 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 ...
12:36, 06/18/2019

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 be...
04:48, 06/18/2019

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 char...
21:48, 06/17/2019

Yemeni children ‘dying right now’ due to food aid diversions Beasley warns Security Council Food continues to be taken “from the mouths of hungry little boys and little girls” in many areas of Yemen controlled by Houthi rebels, warned the hea...
14:24, 06/17/2019

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 f...
11:48, 06/17/2019

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...
03:00, 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...
03:00, 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 pa...
04:12, 06/15/2019

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?...
17:36, 06/14/2019

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 ...
17:36, 06/14/2019

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 descri...
10:24, 06/14/2019

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 o...
06:24, 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 M...
07:24, 06/13/2019

Tankers Attacked Again in Gulf of Oman, Raising Fears of Wider Conflict At least two tankers have been hit near where four tankers were damaged last month, according the Iranian news media and a shipping industry official....
01:00, 06/13/2019

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 Saud...
00:24, 06/13/2019

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 order...
00:24, 06/13/2019

Houthis Strike Airport in Saudi Arabia, Injuring Travelers The Houthis, fighting a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s civil war, fired a projectile that they called a cruise missile. The Saudis said 26 people were...
07:00, 06/12/2019

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 ...
02:36, 06/12/2019

Shinzo Abe’s Latest Diplomatic Long Shot: Peacemaking in Iran Japan’s prime minister arrives Wednesday in Tehran, placing himself directly in the middle of a tense confrontation between the United States and Iran...
22:48, 06/11/2019

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 semioffic...
19:00, 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 b...
14:00, 06/10/2019

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 offere...
12:36, 06/10/2019

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 weapo...
04:36, 06/08/2019

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...
19:00, 06/06/2019

Syria: Urgent, concrete actions needed, to protect children too young to ‘make sense of this senseless war’ New firsthand reporting by UN staff in Syria reveals “increasingly horrific brutality” by all parties in the de-escalation area of the country’s north...
14:12, 06/06/2019

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 t...
19:12, 06/03/2019

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. Th...
13:36, 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 fr...
00:48, 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 T...
00:48, 06/02/2019

Is Netanyahu Toast? Benjamin Netanyahu has rebounded from so many political defeats that he is called a magician. This time, the Israeli prime minister may not have anoth...
04:12, 06/01/2019

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 resi...
14:36, 05/31/2019

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 pos...
14:36, 05/31/2019

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 elect...
21:36, 05/30/2019

Huge Wave of Syrians Flee Intensified Bombing on Last Rebel-Held Province An escalated bombing campaign on Idlib, the last rebel-held province in Syria, has driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, alarming a...
21:36, 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 ...
21:00, 05/29/2019

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 p...
16:00, 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 th...
14:00, 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...
14:00, 05/29/2019

Bolton Says Iran Is Likely Responsible for Oil Tanker Attacks John R. Bolton, President Trump’s national security adviser, accused Iran on Wednesday of being behind reported attacks on ships off the coast of the ...
02:00, 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, Uni...
10:00, 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...
09:24, 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 t...
23:48, 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 offici...
16:48, 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 consideratio...
19:24, 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 ag...
14:48, 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 ...
14:48, 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 in...
14:48, 05/22/2019

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 confronta...
14:48, 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 inter...
23:12, 05/21/2019

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 Idl...
19:48, 05/21/2019

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 rig...
18:12, 05/21/2019

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" b...
16:48, 05/21/2019

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 ...
09:48, 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 Palestin...
22:24, 05/20/2019

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 "di...
16:48, 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...
16:48, 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-contr...
15:48, 05/20/2019

F.A.A. Warns U.S. Aircraft of ‘Increasing’ Risk Over Persian Gulf Amid escalating tensions between the United States and Iran, the agency directed airliners to exercise caution when flying in the region to avoid “mis...
10:24, 05/18/2019

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 ...
05:36, 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 Uni...
23:24, 05/16/2019

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 ...
17:00, 05/16/2019

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 ...
17:00, 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 ...
07:36, 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 occu...
19:48, 05/15/2019

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...
11:00, 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 milit...
11:24, 05/14/2019

White House Reviews Military Plans Against Iran, in Echoes of Iraq War The plans call for up to 120,000 American troops but not a land invasion of Iran. They were updated at the request of John R. Bolton, the national sec...
19:36, 05/13/2019

Saudi Arabia Says 2 Oil Tankers Damaged in Sabotage Attacks The United Arab Emirates said a total of four ships had been targeted. Tensions with Iran are running high, but Emirati and Saudi officials did not sa...
09:24, 05/13/2019

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 ...
22:00, 05/12/2019

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-fou...
20:00, 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 I...
06:00, 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 ...
22:24, 05/11/2019

Inside Syria’s Secret Torture Prisons: How 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 executio...
05:12, 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 le...
13:12, 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 t...
10:36, 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, wi...
15:48, 05/08/2019

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, foll...
09:24, 05/08/2019

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 S...
09:24, 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 bigges...
10:24, 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 ...
20:48, 05/06/2019

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 side...
20:00, 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, official...
07:36, 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 tw...
04:24, 05/06/2019

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 encla...
04:48, 05/05/2019

Gaza Militants Fire Nearly 100 Rockets and Israel Responds With Airstrikes Palestinian militants launched the rockets into southern Israel from Gaza on Saturday and one Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire, bringing the dea...
07:12, 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 Fo...
05:12, 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 p...
07:36, 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 for...
09:24, 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 prose...
15:12, 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 i...
10:48, 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 ele...
07:12, 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 natio...
07:12, 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 S...
07:12, 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 ev...
07:12, 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's...
07:12, 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 nonprofi...
07:12, 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 ac...
07:12, 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, w...
07:12, 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 y...
07:12, 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 po...
07:12, 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 mayor...
07:12, 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 ...
07:12, 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 and...
07:12, 04/28/2019

Trump Accuses Saudis of Giving U.S. a Bad Deal. Is That True? President Trump said that although the kingdom had spent $450 billion in the United States, Washington still subsidized the Saudi military. We checked...
06:36, 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 ...
05:51, 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 Na...
05:51, 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...
05:51, 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 c...
05:51, 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 da...
05:51, 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 $...
05:51, 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 eig...
05:51, 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 ...
05:51, 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 anniversar...
05:51, 04/28/2019

Ferry capsizes near Mosul, UN chief offers solidarity, support ‘as needed’  As many Iraqis across the country celebrated Norwuz, the first day of spring, a passenger ferry in the Tigris River capsized on Thursday, prompting Se...
05:51, 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...
05:51, 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 t...
05:51, 04/28/2019

Yemen hospital airstrike under investigation amid resurgence of deadly cholera UN human rights staff in Yemen are investigating an apparent airstrike on a hospital in opposition-held territory which reportedly killed at least sev...
05:51, 04/28/2019

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 ...
05:51, 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 ...
05:51, 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 journa...
05:51, 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 th...
05:51, 04/28/2019

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 ove...
05:51, 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 “...
05:51, 04/28/2019

‘The welfare of the Libyan people’ the UN’s sole agenda for the country, says Guterres in Tripoli Helping to promote a “Libyan-led and Libyan owned political solution” to resolve years of instability and insecurity there that puts the “welfare of t...
05:51, 04/28/2019

UN committed ‘to support the Libyan people’ as Guterres departs ‘with deep concern and a heavy heart’ The United Nations Secretary-General left Libya on Friday voicing his hope that the divided country can “avoid a bloody confrontation” in and around t...
05:51, 04/28/2019

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 th...
05:51, 04/28/2019

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, Tripo...
05:51, 04/28/2019

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 16...
05:51, 04/28/2019

‘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 b...
05:51, 04/28/2019

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,...
05:51, 04/28/2019

UN rights chief ‘strongly’ condemns ‘shocking’ mass executions in Saudi Arabia Despite repeated appeals by the United Nations human rights system, Saudi Arabia’s decision to go ahead with the beheading of 37 men, drew strong cond...
05:51, 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 S...
05:50, 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 beyon...
05:50, 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....
05:50, 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, ...
05:50, 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...
05:50, 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 foo...
05:50, 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 ...
05:50, 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 ...
05:50, 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 aspi...
05:50, 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...
05:50, 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....
05:50, 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...
05:50, 04/28/2019

Sri Lanka Attack Signals ISIS’ Widening Reach A month after losing the last of its territory in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State is believed to have pulled off one of its deadliest attacks. It ma...
05:50, 04/28/2019