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More Victims in Iraq Demonstrations

At least two protesters were killed in clashes with Iraqi security forces in the town of Samawa on Sunday, a police official said, amid growing …

Middle East

Hadi Pledges to Clear Yemeni Army of Corruption, Fictitious Names

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi pledged on Sunday to rid the military institution of corruption and fictitious names.<p>During a meeting with …

Asharq Al-Awsat

Observatory: Strikes Blamed on Israel Kill 9 Pro-regime Fighters in Aleppo

At least nine pro-regime fighters died in a suspected Israeli missile strike overnight in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, the Syrian …

Middle East

Reports detail Mossad raid on Iranian nuclear documents

JERUSALEM (AP) — New details have been leaked of how the Israeli spy agency Mossad smuggled out Iranian nuclear documents earlier this year, but the material does not appear to provide evidence that Iran failed to abide by its 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers.<p>The information reported Sunday …

Iran Nuclear Deal

Syria war: Rebels' underground tunnel network in Douma

A complex of tunnels beneath Douma helped Syrian rebels to keep up their fight against the Assad regime for several years.<p>Government forces took back control of the area on the outskirts of capital Damascus earlier this year.<p>BBC Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen explores the now abandoned network.

Middle East

Iran eyes Asia buyers to protect oil exports from US sanctions | Financial Times

Iran is pinning its hopes on Asian oil consumers as it battles to protect crude exports and shield its economy from tough US sanctions.<p>The US has …

Middle East

Turkey says Kurdish militia hasn’t pulled out of Syrian town

Turkey says Syrian Kurdish militiamen haven't completed their withdrawal but are still pulling out of a strategic town in northern Syria.<p>Turkey and …

Middle East

A day after clashes, Israel contemplates its next move

The worst of the fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip has subsided a day after the violence threatened to escalate into war. But Israeli Cabinet officials and top military officials appeared deeply divided over how to respond to continuing low-tech attacks from across the …

Israel

UAE says sanctioned exchange houses not linked to Iran crackdown

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates' decision to punish seven currency exchange houses is unrelated to a crackdown on a network funneling illicit funds to Iran, the UAE central bank said on Sunday.<p>"The seven exchange houses had their licenses downgraded because they were found to be in …

Central Banks

Protests in southern Iraq to demand better services, jobs

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqis demanding better public services and jobs took to the streets for the sixth day on Sunday in the southern oil-rich province of Basra, as authorities put security forces on high alert and blocked the internet in the country's Shiite heartland.<p>The protests come at a sensitive …

Middle East

Aid convoy reaches southwest Syria - Syrian Arab Red Crescent | Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A humanitarian aid convoy reached government-held parts of southwest Syria on Sunday, a Syrian Arab Red Crescent statement said.<p>Sixteen trucks carrying 3,000 food parcels reached the towns of Nassib and Um al-Mayathen in Deraa province near a border crossing with Jordan.<p>The …

Middle East

Trump and Putin’s unholy alliance could lead to war with Iran | Simon Tisdall

They were right to be worried. Within hours of arriving in Europe, Donald Trump was busy insulting America’s closest friends and threatening to dismember Nato. He publicly humiliated Theresa May and did his importunate best to force regime change in Westminster, before halfheartedly apologising. …

putin's

Thousands of protesters gather against nation-state bill in Tel Aviv

The bill is expected to come to a final vote in the Knesset plenum Monday night.<p>Protests against the nation-state bill in Tel Aviv, July 14th, 2018. …

Israel

Deraa rebels prepare to leave south Syria for rebel-held north

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hundreds of Syrian rebel fighters and their families were preparing to leave Deraa city in southwest Syria on Sunday, to be taken on buses to opposition-held areas in the north, rebels told Reuters.<p>A rebel official, Abu Shaima, said at least 500 fighters were boarding …

southsyria

Netanyahu, Trump discuss Syria, Iran ahead of Helsinki summit | Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that he discussed Syria and Iran with U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of the latter’s meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin.<p>Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet …

Israel

Flydubai halts flights to Iraqi city of Najaf until July 22 - statement | Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - Flydubai has halted flights to the Iraqi city of Najaf “due to the disruption on the ground” at the airport until July 22, the Dubai state-owned airline said on Sunday.<p>Najaf airport was closed on Friday after protests there halted air traffic. Najaf is among the cities in southern …

Air Traffic

Iranian Official Urges Trump Not to Use U.S. Strategic Oil Reserve

A senior Iranian oil official urged U.S. President Donald Trump not to use the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to push prices lower, and instead …

Oil

Israel launches 'its most painful strike' on Hamas since 2014

Israel’s military carried out its largest airstrike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war on Saturday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, as Hamas militants launched more than 200 rockets and mortars before announcing a ceasefire.<p>Two Palestinian teenagers were killed in an strike in Gaza City, …

Israel

Kuwaiti Speaker Denies Travel Ban to Lebanon

Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanim said on Friday that there has never been a travel ban for Kuwaiti citizens to Lebanon, in …

ghanim

Yemen civil authorities take charges of the Al Ghaydah airport

Following months of protests, the Saudi-led alliance is handing control of a Yemen airport near Oman to civil authorities roughly a year after seizing it.<p>Yemen's civil aviation authorities are back in control of a local airport.<p>Until recently, the Al Ghaydah Airport, near Yemen's border with Oman, …

Middle East

Rouhani says U.S. isolated on Iran sanctions, even among allies

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday the United States was more isolated than ever over sanctions against Iran, even among its allies.<p>Rouhani, in remarks carried live on state television, spoke after meeting the heads of parliament and the judiciary. He appeared to be …

South Asia

Iraqi protesters storm local government building amid anger over graft

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Protesters stormed the provincial government building in the Iraqi city of Kerbala on Saturday as protests over poor public services and corruption across southern Iraq entered their sixth day.<p>Demonstrations also took place in the cities of Najaf and Basra, where security forces …

Middle East

Israel bombs Hamas positions in Gaza

Jerusalem, July 14 (IANS) The Israeli army said on Saturday that it has bombed Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip, including two tunnels, in response …

Israel

Israelis, Palestinians trade airstrikes, rockets

July 14 (UPI) -- Israel launched its largest barrage of daytime airstrikes against Gaza since the 2014 war Saturday and Palestinians responded with a …

Israel

Putin Receives Abbas in Moscow, Acknowledges ‘Difficult’ Regional Situation

Russian President Vladimir Putin received in Moscow on Saturday Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as the situation in the Gaza Strip deteriorated …

Benjamin Netanyahu

Emirati Prince Flees to Qatar, Exposing Tensions in U.A.E.

LONDON — The defection of an Emirati prince to Qatar has provided a rare glimpse into tensions among the rulers of the United Arab Emirates and added an awkward complication to its feud with Qatar, its regional rival.<p>The prince, Sheikh Rashid bin Hamad al-Sharqi, 31, is the second son of the emir …

Abu Dhabi

Iran Guards say kill three militants near Iraq border

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said they had killed three militants in a security operation conducted on Saturday in the west of the country near the border with Iraq, state media reported.<p>The "anti-revolutionary terrorists" had planned sabotage attacks after crossing the border into …

Middle East

U.S.-led coalition or partners may have hit Syrian area: spokesman | Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State said it or “partner forces” may have conducted strikes on Thursday in a Syrian area where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens of people had been killed by an air raid.<p>“The Coalition or our partner forces may have …

Middle East

US calls on European allies to take harsh line against Iran

The US appeal to EU leaders comes as some of Tehran's biggest oil customers appear to be succumbing to the US pressure.<p>The US secretary of state has called on European allies to take a harsher stance against Iran, which he accused of violating UN resolutions, as some of Tehran's biggest oil …

Middle East

Turkey puts down roots in a corner of war-torn Syria

This pocket of northwestern Syria is starting to look a lot like neighboring Turkey.<p>Many buildings bear signs in Turkish in addition to Arabic. Portraits of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan adorn public schools, where students learn Turkish as a second language instead of English or French. …

Middle East