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Top Israeli, UAE diplomats meet in Berlin for talks

The foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Israel met in Berlin on Tuesday for talks that Germany hopes will strengthen nascent ties between the two nations and bolster broader Middle East peace efforts.

World reacts with surprise, worry to 1st Biden-Trump debate

Many across the world looked on largely aghast as the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden devolved into a verbal slugfest short on substance but heavy with implications for America’s international image.

Kuwait ruler, longtime diplomat Sheikh Sabah, dies at age 91

Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the ruler of Kuwait who drew on his decades as the oil-rich nation’s top diplomat to push for closer ties to Iraq after the 1990 Gulf War and solutions to other regional crises, died Tuesday. He was 91.

Palestinian leader calls for new peace process in UN speech

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday called for an international conference early next year to launch a "genuine peace process” while criticizing the recent decision of two Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel.

Mueller report witness gets 10 years on child sex charges

A Lebanese American businessman who was a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's report and who helped broker the release of American hostages was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison sentence on child sex charges.

White House punts on Israel annexation; more talks planned

President Donald Trump’s top national security aides have been unable to reach a decision on whether to support an Israeli plan to annex significant parts of land the Palestinians claim for a future state, an impasse that could affect the timing of any action by Prime Minister Benjaimin Netanyahu.

Israeli forces kill unarmed autistic Palestinian man

The shooting death of an unarmed autistic Palestinian man by Israeli forces is drawing angry condemnations from Arab residents and leaders and is further raising tensions in the region as Israel prepares to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.

Iran, like wider Mideast, relies on deliveries amid pandemic

For some $15 a day, deliverymen don masks and gloves in Iran’s capital to zip across its pandemic-subdued streets to drop off groceries and food for those sheltering at home from the virus. Like the wider Mideast, from skyscraper-studded Dubai to the narrow alleyways of Cairo, Iranians in cities rely on delivery for many of their daily supplies amid one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks.

Armed men seize, release tanker off Iran by Strait of Hormuz

Armed men boarded a Hong Kong-flagged tanker ship Tuesday off the coast of Iran near the crucial Strait of Hormuz, holding the ship for a short time before releasing it amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S., authorities said.

Yemen has 1st confirmed virus case, more than 10k in Israel

Yemen’s internationally recognized government announced Friday the first confirmed case of the new coronavirus in the war-torn country, stoking fears that an outbreak could devastate its already crippled health care system.

Iran parliament speaker, Israeli health minister have virus

Iran’s parliament speaker has contracted the coronavirus, the country’s highest-ranking government figure yet to catch the disease, while in Israel, several top officials entered quarantine when the health minister tested positive on Thursday.

UN begins home food drops for Gaza’s needy to stem virus

A U.N. aid agency Tuesday began delivering food to the homes of impoverished Palestinians instead of making them pick up such parcels at crowded distribution centers – part of an attempt to prevent a mass outbreak of the new coronavirus in the densely populated Gaza Strip.

Prisoners riot in Iran; Netanyahu goes into self-quarantine

Prisoners in southern Iran broke cameras and caused other damage during a riot, state media reported Monday, the latest in a series of violent prison disturbances in the country, which is battling the most severe coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East.

Virus toll in Iran climbs as lockdowns deepen across Mideast

Iran reported another 129 fatalities from the new coronavirus on Monday, the largest one-day rise in deaths since it began battling the Middle East’s worst outbreak, which has claimed more than 850 lives and infected a number of senior officials in the country.