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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 …


UPDATED: Wed., April 22, 2020

Iran-U.S. tensions rise on Trump threat, Iran satellite launch

Tensions are escalating between Washington and Tehran over an Iranian space launch and a tweeted threat by President Donald Trump


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 …


UPDATED: Fri., April 10, 2020

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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Tue., March 24, 2020

Libya sees 1st virus case as more curfews called in Mideast

Libya has recorded its first confirmed case of the coronavirus, stoking concern that an outbreak could overwhelm the war-torn country’s already weakened health care system.


Iran’s leaders take upbeat tone even as virus deaths climb

Iran’s leaders are vowing to overcome the coronavirus outbreak in upbeat messages marking the Persian New Year


UPDATED: Wed., March 18, 2020

Virus death toll spikes in Iran, with total now at 1,135

Iran on Wednesday reported its single biggest jump in fatalities from the coronavirus as another 147 people died, raising the country’s overall death toll to 1,135.


UPDATED: Mon., March 16, 2020

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 …


Iraq officials: Rocket attack hits base housing U.S. troops

Iraqi security officials say a barrage of rockets has hit a base housing U.S.-led coalition troops north of Baghdad.


UPDATED: Fri., March 13, 2020

U.S. general: U.S. strikes destroy weapons depots, more remain

The U.S. retaliatory airstrikes against militants in Iraq destroyed five weapons depots, but the top U.S commander for the Middle East acknowledged Friday that there are many similar sites that …


UPDATED: Sun., March 1, 2020

Turkey shoots down two Syrian warplanes

BEIRUT – Turkey shot down two warplanes and inflicted heavy losses on ground forces in northwestern Syria on Sunday as the two countries edged closer to an all-out war. The …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

An increasingly isolated Iran tries to control virus crisis

Iran girded Wednesday for a long battle against the coronavirus that is spreading rapidly across the country and the wider Middle East, even though officials in the Islamic Republic had …


Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s autocrat ousted in uprising, dies at 91

Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian leader who was the autocratic face of stability in the Middle East for nearly 30 years before being forced from power in an Arab Spring uprising, …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 1, 2020

Iraqi blocs select new PM-designate after weeks of jockeying

Three Iraqi officials say former communications minister Mohammed Allawi has been named prime minister-designate by rival factions after weeks of political deadlock


Trudy Rubin: Trump’s Mideast peace plan is about reelection – his own and Benjamin Netanyahu’s

If anyone doubts President Trump’s long awaited Israel-Palestine peace plan was mainly an election-oriented political document, he shattered those doubts Tuesday.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 28, 2020

Palestinians angrily reject Trump Mideast peace plan

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said “a thousand no’s” to the Mideast peace plan announced Tuesday by President Donald Trump, which strongly favors Israel.


Politics weigh heavily in Trump’s Mideast peace plan

A blueprint the White House is rolling out to resolve the decades-long conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is as much about politics as it is about peace


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 25, 2020

4 dead, tents ablaze after Iraq cleric pulls protest support

Iraqi officials and activists say security forces have cracked down on anti-government protesters, leaving four dead


US allies fear Mideast strategy vacuum that Putin can fill

Russian President Vladimir Putin has had a busy week, stepping into the aftermath of the American drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Putin’s visit Tuesday to Syria was …


Asian countries brace to evacuate workers in Iraq, Iran

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military to prepare to deploy its aircraft and ships “at any moment’s notice” to evacuate thousands of Filipino workers in Iraq and Iran should …


Trudy Rubin: After Qassem Soleimani’s killing, how does this Iran war end?

The verdict is out as to whether the White House has any strategy to deal with the repercussions of killing Iran’s second-most powerful leader, who combined the powers of top …


Esper says Iran may be planning more attacks on US interests

Iran or its proxy forces may be planning further strikes on American interests in the Middle East, and the U.S. is prepared to take preemptive military action if it gets …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Saudi stock offering creates world’s most valuable company

Saudi Arabian oil company Aramco surpassed Apple to become the world’s most valuable company Wednesday, when its shares jumped 10% in a stock market debut that’s part of an ambitious …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

OPEC countries, Russia to cut oil output, pushing up prices

The OPEC oil-producing countries and ally Russia said Friday they have agreed to cut crude production, prompting a surge in global crude prices that they hope to sustain into next …


Iran supports European plan to bolster nuclear deal

President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Iran supports a plan by European countries to bolster a nuclear deal that Tehran reached with the West in 2015 and from which the …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019

U.S. to send troops to Saudi Arabia, hold off on striking Iran

The Pentagon on Friday announced it will deploy additional U.S. troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as President Donald Trump has at least …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019

Saudis show media scorched, shrapnel-blasted oil facility

The heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry remained wrapped in scaffolding Friday as workers sought to repair the charred innards and shrapnel-blasted arteries caused by drone-and-cruise-missile attacks that raised tensions …