Middle East

Yemen war: Aid agencies await Saudi clearance to reach rebel ports

<b>Humanitarian groups are waiting to see if aid flights and shipments to rebel-held Yemen can resume after a Saudi-led coalition eased its blockade.</b><p>UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator Jamie McGoldrick told the BBC that he hoped to receive clearance within hours.<p>The coalition closed Yemen's borders two weeks …

News

Saudi Arabia has become an 'irrational actor in the Middle East,’ says analyst

Saudi Arabia has become much more aggressive in the Middle East as the United States has pulled back from its traditional role in the region, …

Saudi Arabia

Iran army chief vows next war will see 'eradication' of Israel

Jafari said that Iran and other groups will come to the aid of Hezbollah should they be attacked by Israel.<p>Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the …

Iran

The laws you need to know if you are going to Dubai

These are the laws and customs you need to know about ahead of your trip to Dubai.<p>A UK tourist allegedly gang raped in Dubai is reportedly facing …

Birmingham, UK

The Saudis and Israel--Again

There have been many signs that Saudi official attitudes toward Israel are changing, and today brought one of the strongest. As a headline in the …

International Relations

How Trump Burned Turkey

The Turks thought the president would be their friend. Instead, ties with Washington have only gotten worse.<p>Every year, the day before Thanksgiving, the fire department in the Washington, D.C., suburb where I live posts a “Keep Your Family Safe this Thanksgiving” bulletin on its website, offering …

Turkey

Sadat to Salman: Israel at the expense of Palestine

Normalisation has failed before and will fail again.<p>Israel and Saudi Arabia have been the hot subject of speculation and gossip in recent weeks. Not a day goes by without us hearing about their latest rendezvous, their winks and whims, their flirtations and fantasies.<p>I'm not sure Saudi Crown Prince …

Israel

Revealed: The secretive Israeli raid in Syria Trump bragged about to Russian diplomats

The intelligence that President Donald Trump leaked to top Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting in May concerned a highly sensitive Israeli …

Israel

Hamas member nabbed entering Israel spills info on Gaza tunnels

A member of Hamas’s military wing, captured after he entered Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip, has provided Israeli investigators with a wealth …

Israel

Arabic press review: Saudi prince arrested over schoolyard brawl

Saudi Prince arrested over a school brawl<p>Saudi police arrested Prince Mashhour bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz for being involved in a fight in a school …

Extremism

Saudi Trade-Off: More Social Freedom, No Political Dissent

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—In asserting himself over Saudi Arabia, 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is imposing a trade-off that appeals to many fellow young Saudis.<p>The prince, in essence, is broadening social liberties in exchange for closing off the limited political freedoms that existed …

World News

Israeli blogger sparks outrage after posing for picture at holy Saudi mosque

The 31-year-old blogger has travelled extensively across the Middle East.<p>An Israeli blogger has provoked outrage across the Middle East by posing for …

Islam

After Syria, the Saudis’ and Iranians’ next battlefield: Baghdad

A new love story is evolving between two countries that were at odds for 14 years. Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of King...<p>Want to enjoy 'Zen' …

Baghdad

Gülen receives bill for damage to Turkish Parliament during coup attempt

ANKARA<p>An Ankara court has served a notice of debt amounting to 19 million Turkish Liras to U.S.-based Fethullah Gülen upon a complaint from the …

Turkey

Inside Saudi Arabia's gilded prison at Riyadh Ritz-Carlton

Dozens of prominent Saudi figures are being held at Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton hotel. Many names are still secret, but the list is said to comprise at least 11 princes. It is part of an anti-corruption drive by the young Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.<p>The BBC's Lyse Doucet was the first journalist to …

Mohammed bin Salman

U.S. Jews don't understand Judaism because they aren't attacked by rockets, says Israeli leader

Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely, said that Jews living in the United States live a “quite convenient life.” For that reason, that …

Israel

Putin Is Working To Build Alliances With Leaders The U.S. Often Distances Itself From

Russia's president has had a flurry of meetings with leaders from the Middle East and beyond. Critics say he's trying to exploit what the Kremlin sees as inattention from the Trump administration.

Russia

Iran declares armed Hezbollah will stay to counter enemy Israel

Chief commander of Iran's supreme Revolutionary Guards, Mohammad Ali Jafari declared its twofold intention to keep Hezbollah armed to protect against …

Hezbollah

Arab nations blockading Qatar add two entities, 11 individuals to terrorism list, say Doha funded them

<b>Riyadh:</b> Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt on Thursday added two entities and 11 individuals to their terror …

Saudi Arabia

Airstrikes destroy a dozen vehicles loaded with explosives in Western Sahara

Egyptian airstrikes destroyed a dozen four-wheel vehicles loaded with vast quantities of weaponry and explosives on Wednesday, in an air-assault on …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – why would anyone go to Iran on holiday? I’ll tell you why

It has been 600 days since British Iranian dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was separated from her baby daughter Gabriella and thrown in …

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

A tale of two photos: The Iranians in Sochi, Trump in Riyadh

“No need for empty words or gimmicks, including glowing orbs, when you’re busy actually working for peace and against terror.”<p>Iranian Foreign …

Saad Hariri

Divorcing the Diaspora: How Netanyahu is finally writing off U.S. Jews

Until not long ago, Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky was the go-to guy for anyone seeking assurance that Israel did, indeed, value its …

Israel

How graffiti artists turned former warring areas into a giant artwork for peace

<b>(CNN) —</b> Lebanese graffiti artists Mohamed and Omar Kabbani were born during the dark years of their country's civil war, which raged between 1975 and 1990.<p>In recent weeks, fears of a return to violence have surfaced in the wake of Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri's shock resignation and …

Street Art

UN nuclear agency says inspectors given access to all Iranian sites

"As of today, the agency has had access to all the locations that we needed to visit," International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano …

Iran

Besieged Syrians Are Eating Trash To Survive

Children are dying of starvation in the rebel-held region of eastern Ghouta.<p>Desperate Syrians trapped in eastern Ghouta have started eating garbage to survive as a government-imposed siege tightens around the dilapidated Damascus suburb like a noose. Many famished children in the region have …

Syria

Iran's Earthquake Victims Suffer As Government Spends Billions On Terrorism

They say a news event has a three-day lifespan. The regime in Tehran is counting on such a theory to have the international community move on after the recent earthquake that shook western Iran. Each passing day further reveals the scope of this vast catastrophe.<p>“More than 1,000 people have lost …

Opinion

Rutgers president defends anti-Semitic professors

The president of Rutgers University in New Jersey has come under fire after he publicly defended several professors accused of anti-Semitism, and …

Israel

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to appear in Iranian court next month

<b>London (CNN) —</b> Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe will appear in an Iranian court on December 10 to face charges of "spreading propaganda," her husband told CNN Thursday.<p>The dual British-Iranian citizen has been in jail in Iran for the past 19 months after being given a five-year sentence on espionage …

Iran

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel trade end-of-term F1 barbs in Abu Dhabi

• ‘I passed you,’ Hamilton reminds Vettel after backhanded praise for Mercedes • ‘Sebastian won the last race and I don’t want to give him this one,’ Briton adds<p>With Lewis Hamilton having already secured the Formula One world championship, the Briton could afford to be relaxed in the buildup to the …

Auto Racing