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Egyptian Archaeologists Begin Search for Tutankhamun's Wife in the Valley of the Kings

Egyptian archaeologists have started the search for the wife of King Tutankhamun in an area known as the Valley of the Kings.<p>The 18th century Pharaoh …

Egypt

EU mum on Abbas speech because ‘we don’t comment on comments’

The European Union remained silent on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s controversial address this week in which he accused Europe of …

Israel

Syria threatens to 'destroy' Turkish warplanes

Any Turkish jets or bombers that cross into Syria will be shot down, official says, as Ankara readies Afrin operation.<p>Syria threatened on Thursday to "destroy" any Turkish warplanes that fly into its territory as Ankara prepares to launch a cross-border military operation to wipe out Kurdish …

Turkey

English-speaking immigrants can reignite Israel’s pioneering spirit

May each of us find a way to take the passion that led us to choose Israel and help influence it, infusing this country with a renewed belief in …

Israel

Housing Minister: Israel is losing the south

The Housing and Construction Ministry held a ceremony to mark the launch of a strategic plan for the construction of 40,000 housing units in the …

Israel

Hidden Void In Great Pyramid May Contain Throne Made Of Meteorite

The void, first revealed in November, could contain a throne made of iron collected from meteorites, used by pharaohs to reach the afterlife.<p>A sketch …

Egypt

Administration Accelerating Israeli Embassy Move

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is accelerating efforts to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and has decided to modify an existing property to accommodate the new mission that will open next year, U.S. officials said.<p>The U.S. won’t be building a new structure, in a …

Israel

Congress Concerned Another Obama ‘Secret Deal’ With Iran Derailed New Sanctions on Tehran

The Trump administration State Department is working to suppress new sanctions on Iran's propaganda network that were promised to be implemented by …

The threat to #Israel from #Hamas terror tunnels is reportedly diminishing - or is it? @dhalperin joins @MichelleMakori to discuss #Gaza, #UNRWA and the latest in the Israeli-#Palestinian conflict https://t.co/RvRU9rg9rv

Iran nuclear deal failure would be alarming, Russia warns

<b>The possible collapse of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal would send an "alarming" message to the world, says Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov,</b> …

Iran

Arabic press review: Saudi Arabia claims Yemeni currency saved from collapse

<b>Jordan calls for religious fatwa on Jerusalem</b><p>The Jordanian minister of Awqaf, Islamic Affairs and Holy Places, Wael Arabiyat, has said Egypt’s key …

Middle East

India-Israel 'nexus poses serious threat’ to region, says Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: A “huge arms build-up” by India poses a “serious threat” to regional peace, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammed Faisal said on …

Pakistan

Syria Responds to Tillerson's US Military Engagement Pledge

Syria's Foreign Ministry said Thursday the U.S. military's presence in Syria is an act of aggression and a violation of sovereignty. The comments …

Syria

Israel puts tunnel dug under Gaza border on display

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli military brought journalists on Thursday to film a 2 km (1.25 mile) tunnel dug by militants from the Gaza Strip to Israel, saying it was putting the construction on display to show the continuing threat it faces from the territory.<p>The Islamic Jihad militant group …

Israel

Russia, US spar on Iran, North Korea, Syria

<b>(CNN) —</b> The UN Security Council meeting was supposed to be about confidence-building in an age of widening nuclear proliferation. However, the session featured once again a big power showdown between Russia and the United States.<p>For fans of political theater, it was thought the most dramatic …

North Korea

We’re finally letting the Middle East fight its own battles

FORT POLK, La.<p>In training exercises in a mock Afghan village constructed here on a base amid swampland, the U.S. Army is applying the military lesson of the war against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq: Help your partners beat the enemy, but don’t try to do the fighting yourself.<p>Letting others …

War

Jordan: Israel apologizes for killing of Jordanians by Israeli guard

Following the incident, the embassy’s entire staff – including the guard and ambassador Einat Schlein – were returned to Israel<p>Prime Minister …

Israel

Analysis: Turkey preparing for war

<i>Yochanan Visser is an independent journalist/analyst who worked for many years as Middle East correspondent for Western Journalism.com in Arizona and</i> …

Syria

Syrian Druze wary of Hezbollah, Iranian presence

For months now, Lebanon's Hezbollah has been working on beefing up its presence in southern Syria, according to interviews with its fighters. The …

Syria

Kuwaiti Columnist: Stop Funding For Racist UNRWA Until It Dwindles And Dies

<i>In his January 10, 2018 column in the Kuwaiti daily</i> Al-Watan<i>, 'Abdallah Al-Hadlaq supported the criticism voiced by U.S. President Donald Trump about</i> …

Israel

If the Oslo Accords Are Over, the Real Work of Peace Can Begin

‘Today is the day that the Oslo Accords end,” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared Sunday. “We will not accept for the U.S. to be a mediator, because after what they have done to us”—namely, recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital—“a believer shall not be stung twice in the same …

Israel

UNRWA spokesman warns of 'severe funding crisis'

A spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugee (UNRWA) warned on Wednesday that the U.S. cut to the aid it provides …

Israel

Belgium allocates $23 million to UNRWA

Belgium on Wednesday pledged to allocate $23 million to UNRWA, the UN agency for “Palestinian refugees”, following the U.S. decision to cut by half …

Israel

Dubai’s Emirates orders 36 Airbus A380 aircraft worth $16 billion

DUBAI: Airbus A380’s aircraft program on Thursday received a much-needed shot in the arm after Dubai carrier Emirates announced a $16 billion deal …

Airlines

Iraq Signs Deal with BP to Develop Oil Fields Retaken from Kurds

Iraq signed a contract Thursday with British energy giant BP to develop oil fields in the northern province of Kirkuk that were retaken from the …

Oil

Tillerson says U.S. has no intention to build border force in Syria

ABOARD U.S. GOVERNMENT AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday denied that the United States had any intention to build a Syria-Turkey border force, saying the issue, which has incensed Ankara, had been "misportrayed."<p>Turkey has reacted angrily and warned of an …

Syrian Democratic Forces

We will not endanger the lives of Egyptians: Ethiopian PM

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn asserted on Thursday morning that his country will not put Egyptians life at risk, as the crisis …

Egypt

Terrorist eliminated in Jenin was son of senior Hamas official

PA officials identified the leader of the terror cell that murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach as 22-year-old Hamas terrorist Ahmed Jarrar. Jarrar was …

Terrorism

Nabi Saleh: A Political Portrait of a Palestinian Village

On Monday, January 15, sixteen-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi again appeared in front of an Israeli military court at Ofer prison in the …

Middle East