Middle East
  • Alarmed over speculations that the U.S. could designate Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Palestinian president is drumming up support to persuade Washington from making the announcement.

    President Donald Trump met Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas earlier in May.
    LAST UPDATE : Dec 04, 2017, 5:56 AM EST
  • The loss of Deir al-Zour deals a big blow to IS, which took over huge swathes of the city in 2014.

    Last month, IS fighters were pushed back from its de facto headquarters in the city of Raqqa while a series of defeats against the Iraqi forces on another front has also deteriorated the outfit’s grip in the region.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 03, 2017, 6:58 AM EDT
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    The U.S. on Tuesday voiced concern over reports of violence around the city of Kirkuk as the Iraqi forces took full control of the disputed province in less a day after launching a major military operation.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 17, 2017, 5:59 AM EDT
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    The action in the Kurdish-held sites in Kirkuk province comes as Baghdad seeks to “secure bases” and “federal installations” following a contentious independence referendum in the region last month.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 16, 2017, 5:27 AM EDT
  • A Palestinian man carries a child outside the Dome of Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

    In the wake of deadly clashes, Israel's security cabinet agreed to replace the metal detectors, installed recently at entry points to Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, with a less obtrusive surveillance system.

    LAST UPDATE : Jul 25, 2017, 7:40 AM EDT
  • Saudi Arabia and three Gulf allies have called on Qatar to shut down the Al Jazeera news network.

    Four Arab countries, which handed Qatar a list of 13 demands to end an ongoing diplomatic boycott, extended the deadline for Doha by two more days, warning of more sanctions if the isolated nation fails to comply.

    LAST UPDATE : Jul 03, 2017, 9:55 AM EDT
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    Suspecting a potential "chemical weapons attack" by Syria, the U.S. on Monday warned the regime of "a heavy price" if President Bashar al-Assad and his military conduct another “mass murder strike.”

    LAST UPDATE : Jun 27, 2017, 7:24 AM EDT
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    In a departure from decades of U.S. policy, President Donald Trump is set to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday, a decision that could thwart the complex peace process in the Middle East.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2017, 5:28 AM EST
  • President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas has warned U.S. against recognizing Jerusalem as Israeli capital.

    Amid warnings from world leaders, President Donald Trump has missed the deadline to shift the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the disputed city that both Israelis and Palestinians claim as their capital.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 05, 2017, 3:54 AM EST