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2,700-year-old bathroom found in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM Israeli archaeologists have found a rare ancient toilet in Jerusalem relationship back extra than 2,700 years when private bathrooms have been luxurious in the holy city, authorities said Tuesday. The Israeli Antiquities…

UN: Gaza has significant trauma, medical needs

GENEVA The World Health Organization has tallied “significant trauma needs” in Palestinian areas, where at least 243 people have been killed during 11 days of fighting between Palestinians and Israelis. WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris…

What is the future of the middle east

The economies of the Middle East are going through a period of great transition. Over the last few years, most countries in the region have sought to diversify their economies in a variety of sectors, such as financial services, travel and…

Will Beirut’s blast be a catalyst for change?

ZEINA KARAM BEIRUT:The massive explosion and devastation triggered by thousands of tons of chemicals improperly stored in Beirut’s port is the culmination of decades of corruption that has driven one of the Middle East’s most spirited…

Israel can bypass parliament on virus decisions

JERUSALEM The Israeli parliament has passed an emergency bill allowing the government to bypass it in making immediate decisions on combating a renewed outbreak of the coronavirus. Parliament voted early Tuesday to sidestep its own…

Egypt reopens airports, museums, Giza Pyramids

CAIRO Egypt has reopened its airports, the Egyptian museum and the famed Giza Pyramids in Cairo, for the first time in more than three months since the coronavirus closure. The national carrier, EgyptAir, said around 2,000 passengers left…

US envoy calls for Iran arms embargo renewal

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates An expiring United Nations weapons embargo on Iran must remain in place to prevent it from “becoming the arms dealer of choice for rogue regimes and terrorist organizations around the world,” the U.S. special…

Ethiopia to fill disputed dam, deal or no deal

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia It’s a clash over water usage that Egypt calls an existential threat and Ethiopia calls a lifeline for millions out of poverty. Just weeks remain before the filling of Africa’s most powerful hydroelectric dam might…

Erdogan cancels Turkey plans for weekend curfew

ANKARA, Turkey Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has canceled an earlier decision to impose a new, two-day weekend curfew in 15 of the country’s provinces. Erdogan said on Twitter Friday that the curfew would “lead to different…

Syrian opposition marks Houla Massacre

IDLIB, Syria The Syrian National Coalition of opposition groups, widely regarded in the West as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, marked the eighth anniversary of the Houla Massacre on Monday. On May 25, 2012, 108 people…

Iran warns US of interfering with oil tankers

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that intervention by the US against Iranian oil tankers sent to Venezuela will be met with retaliation. "Any ‘pirate-like’ action by the US Navy against the Iranian fuel shipments to Venezuela…

Khashoggi family forgives their father’s killers

Istanbul The family of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said Friday they have forgiven those who killed their father. “On this blessed night of the blessed month (of #Ramadan), we remember God’s saying: 'If a person forgives and…

Libya: Haftar militias strike hospital in Tripoli

Militias loyal to Libya’s renegade commander Khalifa Haftar launched a rocket attack Thursday on the capital Tripoli. Tripoli Central Hospital and some civilian settlements were targeted, according to a statement by the press center of the…

Iran’s death toll from coronavirus nears 6,800

Iran confirmed more 50 fatalities from coronavirus over the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide death toll to 6,783, according to the country's Health Ministry. A further 1,958 people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall…

5.1 magnitude quake jolts Iran; 1 dead, 7 injured

Tehran At least one person was killed and seven other suffered injuries in a 5.1 magnitude earthquake that struck northern Iran late on Thursday. Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur wrote on social media early on Friday that one…

Libya calls for probe of Operation IRINI

TRIPOLI Libya’s prime minister called for a comprehensive investigation Wednesday into the European Union’s military initiative to monitor a UN arms embargo on the country. Fayez al-Sarraj reiterated that his country opposes Operation…

Israeli SC allows Netanyahu to form government

Tel Aviv Israel Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a government despite having corruption charges against him. The court unanimously rejected petitions that sought to disqualify Netanyahu because…

Israel: Coronavirus death toll up to 234

JERUSALEM Israel confirmed two more fatalities from the novel coronavirus on Monday, bringing the nationwide death toll to 234. In a statement, the Health Ministry said 29 new cases were registered in the country over the past 24 hours,…

COVID-19: Death toll in Iran surges to 6,277

The death toll in Iran from the coronavirus rose to 6,277, as 74 new deaths were reported over the past 24 hours, state media said on Monday. A total of 1,223 more people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the…

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Oman, Morocco

Two Arab nations reported new deaths and cases from the coronavirus over the last 24 hours, as the region continues to struggle with the pandemic, health authorities said Wednesday. Morocco's Health Ministry confirmed two more fatalities…

Iran’s coronavirus death toll reaches 5,710

Iran reported 60 new deaths from coronavirus, bringing the toll to 5,710, state media said on Sunday. A total of 1,153 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total infections to 90,481, Iran's state…

Iran’s coronavirus death toll nears 5,400

With 94 new deaths reported in Iran, the death toll from coronavirus surged to 5,391, state media said on Wednesday. A total of 1,194 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total infections to 85,996,…

Idlib cease-fire boosts fishing, farming in Syria

IDLIB Last month’s cease-fire in Idlib, northwestern Syria, is proving to be a blessing for the country, as many civilians who returned to their homes are working and trying to earn a living. Farming and fishery activities have started to…

Libya: Government forces strike Haftar militias

TRIPOLI, Libya Libya’s UN-recognized government of National Accord (GNA) said on Monday it had targeted three airstrikes at militia of warlord Khalifa Haftar southeast of the capital Tripoli. Following the airstrikes on militia in…

Iran: Coronavirus death toll rises to 5,209

Iran reported 91 new fatalities from coronavirus, raising the death toll to 5,209, state media said on Monday. The Iranian state television reported Kianoush Jahanpour, a spokesman for the Health Ministry, as saying that 1,294 more people…

Oman, Bahrain, Libya report more COVID-19 cases

Further COVID-19 cases were confirmed in three Arab countries -- Bahrain, Oman and Libya -- in the last 24 hours, health authorities said Tuesday. In Oman, 86 new cases raised the national total to 813. At least four people have died while…

Russia, Iran discuss anti-virus cooperation

MOSCOW Russian and Iranian foreign ministers discussed cooperation in combatting the coronavirus pandemic in a phone talk on Monday, according to an official statement. Sergey Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif…

Iran: Coronavirus death toll jumps to 4,585

With 111 more deaths reported in Iran, the death toll out of coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic has increased to 4,585, a country’s health official said on Monday. Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour told the TV channels that 1,617…

23 accused of blocking burial detained in Egypt

CAIRO Egypt’s chief prosecutor late Sunday ordered 23 people to remain in detention for 15 days pending an investigation into blocking a road to a cemetery in a Nile Delta village to prevent the burial of a physician who died from the…

Turkey: 20 Saudis charged in Khashoggi killing

ISTANBUL A Turkish court on Saturday accepted an indictment on the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The 117-page indictment prepared by Istanbul prosecutors accusing 20 Saudi nationals…

UAE reduces service fees to support economy

DUBAI The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Economy said on Sunday it was cutting fees for 94 of its services to reduce the cost of business and support the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak. The decision includes fees related to…

Coronavirus cases rise in 7 Arab countries

Health authorities in Kuwait, Oman, Iraq, Palestine, Morocco, Qatar, and Lebanon reported new coronavirus cases on Wednesday. In Kuwait, the Health Ministry confirmed 112 new cases, raising the total to 855, including 105 recoveries. The…

UN sends humanitarian aid to Idlib, Syria

The United Nations on Wednesday dispatched a total of 48 truckloads of humanitarian aid to Idlib, a northwestern Syrian province where millions of people are in desperate need of help. Trucks entered the city through the Cilvegozu border…

UN official condemns shelling of prison in Yemen

The UN has condemned the Sunday’s attack on a prison in Yemen which left at least six people dead and 11 others injured. “I strongly condemn the shelling on Sunday of the Central Prison in Taiz, resulting in the deaths of five women and a…

Coronavirus cases, deaths keep rising in Israel

JERUSALEM Coronavirus cases in Israel rose to 5,591 while 21 deaths were reported so far, health officials said on Wednesday. The Health Ministry said 233 new infections were recorded and 97 patients are in critical condition. All…

Coronavirus tally rises in 5 Arab countries

Health authorities in Kuwait, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Morocco confirmed new cases and deaths from the novel coronavirus on Wednesday. The Kuwaiti Health Ministry said it recorded 28 new cases, taking the total to 317. Ministry…

Israeli warplanes strike Hamas targets in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Palestine Israel reportedly launched airstrikes targeting Palestinian resistance group Hamas two positions in the Gaza Strip late Friday. Positions belonging to the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, were hit…

Al-Aqsa mosque shut amid coronavirus outbreak

JERUSALEM Prayers have been suspended at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Muslim Waqf (Endowment) Council announced Sunday. The decision, reached…

Singapore has first 2 deaths from coronavirus

coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 275,000 people and killed more than 11,300. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing…

Iran marks somber Nowruz amid coronavirus

Iran's top leadership on Friday said the country will overcome the coronavirus pandemic through unity -- in speeches delivered on Nowruz, the Persian new year. President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei released…

Trump, Saudi crown prince talk amid oil price war

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman on Monday amid a global oil price war started by the oil-rich Kingdom last weekend. "The President and the Crown Prince discussed global energy markets and other…

New plot twists in Saudi game of thrones

Friday (March 6th) morning, international news agencies reported the arrest of prominent figures of the dynasty and a large number of military-civilian bureaucrats in Saudi Arabia, bringing the Kingdom's domestic politics back to the…

3 Iraqis killed in clashes with security forces

BAGHDAD At least three Iraqi protesters have been killed in clashes between security forces and protesters in the capital Baghdad, according to country's top human-rights watchdog. "Three protesters were killed and 44 others injured in…

Militant fighters in final battle in Syria

BEIRUT Intermingled among 3 million civilians under siege in the Syrian government’s assault on the last opposition stronghold are tens of thousands of al-Qaida-linked fighters and other militants who came from around the world to take…

14 Houthi rebels killed in Yemen clashes

ADEN, Yemen At least 14 Houthi rebels were killed and 28 more injured in clashes with Yemeni government forces, sources said Thursday. The clashes occurred in the coastal province of Al-Hudaydah, according to the sources, who requested…

Netanyahu short of majority in Israel vote

JERUSALEM Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party emerged as the largest party in the country’s third election in under a year, exit polls indicated, but it was unclear whether the embattled Israeli leader could secure a…

Saudi Arabia urges Germany to end arms export ban

RIYADH Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud has called on Germany to rescind its ban on arms exports to the kingdom. "We hope Germany understands that we need the means to defend ourselves," he told German news agency DPA in…

US seizes Iranian weapons cache in Arabian Sea

WASHINGTON The U.S. said Thursday it seized a cache of suspected Iranian-origin anti-tank weapons and other munitions in the Arabian Sea. The USS Normandy intercepted and boarded a dhow, a traditional sail boat used in the region, when it…

Israel set to increase its soft power in China

Economic ties between China and Israel have undeniably picked up in recent years. In addition to commercial links, the Israeli lobby has also been working hard to forge stronger political and cultural interaction between the two. Israel’s…

Churches for Middle East Peace warns on US plan

Jose Kalathil NEW DELHI The plan presented on Wednesday by US President Donald Trump and further fleshed out by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is nothing less than a recipe for endless oppression and injustice, said Katie…

What’s in Trump’s Middle East plan

More than two years after he first proposed a plan to revive the long-moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process, US President Donald Trump released details on Tuesday of his proposal to solve a conflict that has frustrated peacemakers for…

Libya: UN-recognized government downs UAE drone

Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) on Tuesday announced that it had downed an armed drone belonging to the United Arab Emirates. The forces of the GNA said in a statement that the armed drone was hit by ground…

Qatari ruler appoints new prime minister

Doha Qatar’s ruler on Tuesday accepted the resignation Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani and named Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani as his successor, the state news agency reported. No reason was given for…

2 pilots killed as Algerian fighter jet crashes

ALGIERS Two pilots were killed as an Algerian military fighter jet crashed early Tuesday in the country’s northeast, local media reported. Sukhoi Su-30 crashed in the Ain Zitoun town of Oum el-Bouaghi province, Ennahar TV said in a…

Thousands converge for anti-US rally in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq Thousands of Iraqis gathered in the Baghdad city center on Friday at a rally against the presence of U.S. troops in the country. The demonstrators responded to a call by Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr who called for a…

Iran open to dialog with all neighbours: Zarif

Tehran Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has reaffirmed Tehran’s readiness for talks with all its neighbours amid the ongoing tensions in the Persian Gulf region. “Iran remains open to dialogue with its neighbours, and we…

Students in northern Syria return to schools

More than 7,000 Syrian students in Syria’s Ras al-Ayn province began to return to school thanks to peace in the region, Turkish officials said Wednesday. The Governorship of Sanliurfa in southeast Turkey said 45 schools that were damaged…

Israel develops method to rejuvenate kidney

JERUSALEM Israeli researchers have discovered a method to rejuvenate the kidneys, which has the potential to eliminate the need for dialysis in the future, Israel's Sheba Medical Center said Wednesday. In a study published in the journal…

Can Berlin conference solve Libyan crisis?

Negotiations for a permanent cease-fire in Libya remained inconclusive in Moscow but now Germany is organizing a conference on Sunday to end the fight for Tripoli which has been carried out by Gen. Khalifa Haftar since April. Germany’s…

New great game in the Middle East

The old Great Game, a set of military-diplomatic confrontations, was played out between the British Empire and the Russian Empire in lower Central Asia and Afghanistan, primarily in the 19th century. The Russian Bear was suspected to be…

Standoff in the Middle East

Cynics expressed that the latest salvo from President Trump that led to stealth assassination of an Iranian military leader in Baghdad was designed to divert attention from his impending impeachment trial in the US Senate. This usually is…