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Five Reasons Why Russia Fears Iranian Regime Fall

There’s a cutting-off-the-nose-to-spite-the face aspect to a Saudi plan to turn Qatar into an island by digging a 60-kilometre ocean channel through …

Kerry warns Congress against rejecting Iran deal

Former Secretary of State says it would be "extraordinarily dangerous" to reject the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

7 Amazing International Vacations That Won't Cost a Fortune

1 of 8<p>Best in Travel<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 8<p>1. Oaxaca, Mexico<p>3 of 8<p>2. Xi'an, China<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 8<p>3. Hoi An, Vietnam<p>Advertisement<p>5 of 8<p>4. Siem Reap, …

Rights group: Saudi Arabia used U.S. cluster bombs on civilians

<b>(CNN) —</b> A new report from Human Rights Watch accuses the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen of using American-made cluster bombs in civilian areas.<p>That action, if it took place, not only violates U.S. export laws but also raises further questions related to why lawmakers and military officials …

How Europe's call for a Saudi arms embargo exposes America’s hypocrisy

On Thursday, the European Parliament overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution calling on the European Union to impose an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia.<p>The non-binding resolution encourages EU governments to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, which is accused of targeting civilians in …

Saudi Arabians Still Love Iranian Food Despite Bitter Conflict

Iran and Saudi Arabia have been embroiled in conflict for years as each country vies for dominance over the Middle East, and things have grown worse in recent months. In January, Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Iran and also announced a travel ban and a trade embargo. But despite all …

Middle East

Would you book a beach holiday in Saudi Arabia?

It's certainly not the first destination to spring to mind when planning a beach holiday, but Saudi Arabia is preparing to develop its unspoiled islands into resorts in an attempt to boost visitor numbers.<p>Tourism authorities in the country have announced that 66 islands along the country’s Red Sea …

Lebanon and Saudi Arabia's love and hate relationship | Middle East

After five years of self-imposed exile, Saad Hariri's return to Lebanon has been met with mixed feelings, both by his own supporters and his enemies - in this tiny, troubled country, which awkwardly straddles regional superpowers Iran and Saudi Arabia.<p>For years many have argued that something has …

The Latest: Protesters enter Saudi embassy in Iran

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The latest developments following Saudi Arabia's execution of 47 people, including a prominent opposition Shiite cleric …

As U.S. closed in, Osama bin Laden wondered: Could a dentist have planted a tracking device in his wife?

WASHINGTON — U.S. drones were decimating the upper ranks of al-Qaida, his men were killing suspected spies, and Osama bin Laden wondered: Could an …

Cruz: Rubio has no viable path to beat Trump

Tweets from https://twitter.com/politico/lists/team-politico<p>Ted Cruz is calling on Marco Rubio to suspend his campaign after Super Tuesday, contending that the Florida senator will have no realistic path to the nomination after roughly a dozen states vote Tuesday.<p>“He is a very talented individual, …

Republicans

The State(s) of Ideology in Iran

Iranian policymakers understand the failure of their effort to export the Islamic Revolution, and acknowledge the more feasible path to hegemony …

Were women the big winners in Iran's election?

A record number of women are expected to enter Iran’s parliament, with the latest election results suggesting more than 20 could gain seats – the …

World Economic Forum

Rafsanjani and Iran’s ‘House of Cards’

The unequivocal victory of Iran’s “moderate” camp in Friday’s elections to the Majlis (parliament) and the Assembly of Experts is a resounding …

Iran's reformists won a huge victory in the country's elections, but there's a big catch

Final election tallies showed that candidates on the reformist ticket — who espouse a political movement aimed at changing Iran's system to include more freedom and democracy — won 27% of the overall vote and gained roughly 30 parliamentary seats in the Tehran constituency, Reuters …

Saudis pulling money from Lebanon is a sign the country is lost to Hezbollah

The next thing to watch for is whether the Saudis will push for certain political steps from their allies.<p>><p>HEZBOLLAH LEADER Hassan Nasrallah …

Iran election: Female voters 'failed' by women MPs 'more interested in new fashions than politics'

When Dolce & Gabbana unveiled its new hijab range for the Middle East “in a neutral colour palette of luxe black and sandy beige” last month, it no …

South Asia

US

The Saudis are 'drawing lines in the sand' — and showing they are serious about confronting Iran

The move, which followed the Kingdom's decision last week to halt $4 billion in funding for Lebanese security forces, shows that the Saudis "appear to have had enough," said Tony Badran, a researcher at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies specializing in the military and political affairs of …

Beautiful DIY Candle Stick Holders and Votives

There’s something about candles that we just love. Is it the radiating low light, the subtle fragrance, or the beautiful illuminated containers they come in? Whatever the magic, we are happy that we don’t have to drop big bucks on fleeting pleasures of a little wax, scent and glass. The glass jar …

Decorations

What If Oil Prices Stay Low for the Next Five Years?

There are two problems that directly spin off from this possibility. First, the capital investments of the energy industry will be severely hurt …

Oil

A Whole New Type of Crazy at London Fashion Week

The more outlandish designs of Fall/Winter 2016 came from overseas and could be found in the off-catwalk showrooms and exhibitions, presented with …

Will lifting of nuclear sanctions on Iran help cash-strapped Hezbollah?

Any Iranian relief for Hezbollah will only partly address its client's needs. The militia's support for Syria's Assad is costly, and the US is trying …

Here’s Iran’s Best Option Following an Oil Freeze

The recent accord between Russia and Saudi Arabia, which is a preliminary agreement to freeze oil production, has been widely acknowledged as an …

25 years later, Gulf War stills shapes tiny, oil-rich Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — The scene U.S. forces encountered as they pushed into Kuwait in 1991 to end the Iraqi occupation could only be described as a hellscape.<p>Hundreds of burning oil wells set ablaze by Iraq's army had left sand sodden in an oily sludge and the skies overhead choked with thick black …

Will Saudi Arabia be sucked into Syria?

<b>(CNN) —</b> To understand Northern Thunder, the biggest war games exercise in the Middle East, which is taking place this month, you have to start much further north -- above the Arctic Circle. So dangerous has the Syrian civil war become, and so desperate the millions of people displaced by it, that …

Iran elections: Five things to know

<b>Iranians go to the polls on 26 February in key elections: one for a new parliament, and the other for the top clerical body that appoints the country's most powerful official, the Supreme Leader.</b><b>The ballots, which are the first in Iran since the nuclear deal and the lifting of sanctions, will test</b> …

The 6 Most Delightful Lemon-Scented Perfumes

by KF<p><i>(GIF: Tumblr)</i><p>Is there any scent more cheerful and uplifting than that of a freshly cut lemon? I can’t think of any, which is why I try to …

This Is the It Bag Everyone Will Be Wearing This Spring

There’s no denying it. Bucket bags and stylish backpacks are fab, but their time in the spotlight is over. The must-have bags are taking a back seat this spring to two new silhouettes that actually aren’t that new at all: the saddle bag and the half moon. In the midst of throwback fever, their …

Clothing