Middle East News

  • Europeans debate common stand on Palestine

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Members of the European Parliament have begun debating a common approach among the European Union's 28 member states to recognition of a Palestinian state.

    Associated Press15 mins ago
  • Obama to hold talks with Jordan's King Abdullah

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will hold talks at the White House next week with Jordan's King Abdullah, a key U.S. ally in the Middle East.

    Associated Press35 mins ago
  • Lebanese FM: Cyprus may be jihadi transit point

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Lebanon's foreign minister says more attention should be paid to the possibility of Cyprus becoming a gateway for aspiring foreign jihadis to transit in and out of the Middle East.

    Associated Press35 mins ago
  • Palestinian president against Jewish state bill

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that he supports Israeli members of parliament who oppose the plan to formalize Israel's status as a Jewish state.

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  • Brazen, beloved Lebanese singer Sabah dies at 87

    BEIRUT (AP) — Beloved for her powerful voice and brazen in the conservative Arab world for her multiple marriages, Lebanese singer, actress and entertainer Sabah never seemed far from the limelight during her six-decade career.

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  • Once maligned, Iran's Jews find greater acceptance

    YAZD, Iran (AP) — More than a thousand people trekked across Iran this past week to visit a shrine in this ancient Persian city, a pilgrimage like many others in the Islamic Republic — until you notice men there wearing yarmulkes.

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  • Saudi Arabia: Deaths from MERS virus reach 348

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry says that a total of 348 people have died in the kingdom after contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS.

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  • As OPEC faces tough test, lower oil prices loom

    NEW YORK (AP) — These are the moments OPEC exists for: A sharp drop in global oil prices has reduced the amount of money OPEC countries take in by nearly $1 billion a day.

    Associated Press
  • A look at US military action across the Mideast

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Here's a look at U.S. military action across the Middle East:

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  • Emirates jails man over social media posts

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The son of a jailed activist in the United Arab Emirates was himself sentenced to prison and fined Tuesday after being convicted over messages sent on social media and of joining an illegal group.

    Associated Press
  • Iran nuclear talks extended seven months after failing to meet deadline

    By Louis Charbonneau and Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and six powers failed on Monday for a second time this year to resolve their 12-year stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, and gave themselves seven more months to clinch an historic deal. Western officials said they were aiming to…

  • Academics vote to be forum on Israel boycotts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A key U.S. organization of Middle East scholars voted Monday to protect the rights of members who support a longstanding Palestinian call for academic boycotts of Israeli institutions but stopped short of taking a stand for or against such activities.

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  • Egyptian leader meets pope, Italian premier

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis and the Egyptian president exchanged warm greetings during a private meeting Monday in which the pontiff emphasized Egypt's role in establishing peace in the Middle East.

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  • Islamic State group recruits, exploits children

    BEIRUT (AP) — Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police.

    Associated Press
  • Francis meets Egyptian president on European trip

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis emphasized Egypt's role in establishing Middle East peace during a meeting with the country's president.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

    Tensions soared in Jerusalem this week after a grisly attack on a synagogue, an Egyptian doctor was acquitted in the country's first female genital mutilation trial, and Lebanese demanded the release of family members captured by militants.

    Associated Press
  • Report claims Jordan deporting Syrian refugees

    BEIRUT (AP) — Jordanian authorities have deported "vulnerable Syrian refugees," including wounded men and unaccompanied children, an international human rights group said Monday, adding that a Jordanian government spokesman denied the claim.

    Associated Press