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UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019

Jordan stands by 2-state Israel-Palestinian solution

Jordan on Wednesday stood by a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, exposing a rift with the United States as the Trump administration tries to rally Arab support for a …


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019

Trump team faces tough audiences as it sells Mideast plan

President Donald Trump’s top Mideast advisers face skeptical audiences as they start a tour of the region to rally support for their ‘economy-first’ plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace


Iraq offers to mediate in crisis between its allies Iran, US

Iraq offered to mediate in the crisis between its two key allies, the United States and Iran, amid escalating Middle East tensions and as Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers …


Iran’s foreign minister in Pakistan amid tensions with US

Iran’s foreign minister lashed out at President Donald Trump on Friday during a critically timed visit to Pakistan amid a simmering crisis between Tehran and Washington and ahead of next …


Trump says US to send 1,500 more troops to Middle East

The U.S. will bolster its military presence in the Middle East with an additional 1,500 troops, President Donald Trump said Friday amid heightened tensions with Iran.


Senior German diplomat in Tehran for nuclear deal talks

A senior German diplomat headed Thursday to Tehran to press Iran to continue to respect the landmark nuclear deal, despite the unilateral withdrawal of the U.S. and increasing pressure from …


US officials: Plan may send up to 10,000 troops to Mideast

The officials said no final decision has been made yet, and it’s not clear if the White House would approve sending all or just some of the requested forces. Officials …


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019

Iran supreme leader criticizes politicians amid US tensions

Iran’s supreme leader publicly chastised the country’s moderate president and foreign minister, saying he disagreed with the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal they had negotiated with world powers


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019

Trump officials to Congress: Goal is deterring Iran, not war

As questions mount over President Donald Trump’s tough talk on Iran, top national security officials headed to Capitol Hill Tuesday to brief Congress. But skeptical Democrats sought out a second …


UPDATED: Mon., May 20, 2019

Iran quadruples production of enriched uranium, reports say

Iran quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity amid tensions with the U.S. over Tehran’s atomic program, nuclear officials said Monday, just after President Donald Trump and Iran’s foreign minister traded threats …


Iraqi Shiite figures warn US-Iran war could ‘burn’ Iraq

Leading Iraqi Shiite figures warned Monday against attempts to pull their country into a war between the U.S. and Iran, saying it would turn Iraq into a battlefield yet again, …


Saudi Arabia says no to war with Iran but vows strong response

Saudi Arabia does not want a war with Iran but will respond “with strength and determination” if Iran decides to start one, a top Saudi official said on Sunday.


Iran’s top diplomat presses efforts to save nuclear deal

Iran’s foreign minister traveled Friday to China on his Asian tour aimed at keeping world markets open to Tehran amid an intense sanctions campaign from the U.S. as tensions across …


Trump says Iran, too, may be confused about war signals

After two weeks of mixed signals on Iran, from high-profile U.S. military moves to administration assertions that it’s not angling for war, President Donald Trump said Friday that even the …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019

Congressional leaders get classified briefing on Iran

Congressional leaders are receiving a classified briefing on Iran as members of both parties demand more information on the White House’s claims of rising threats in the Middle East.


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019

Saudis blame Iran for drone attack amid calls for US strikes

Saudi Arabia on Thursday blamed Tehran for a drone attack by Yemen’s rebels that knocked out a key oil pipeline and a newspaper close to the palace called for the …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019

Trump’s Iran moves trigger warnings, demands from Congress

The White House’s sudden moves in the Mideast sparked alarm from Congress on Wednesday as Nancy Pelosi warned President Donald Trump off war with Iran and lawmakers in both parties …


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019

Trump’s Iran policy put to test as end to nuclear deal looms

President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Iran Wednesday, just days after the U.S. dispatched an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf over what it described as …


UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019

US sending carrier to Mideast over unspecified Iran threats

The U.S. is sending an aircraft carrier group to the Middle East ahead of schedule and warning that Iran and its proxy forces are showing “troubling and escalatory” indications of …


Trudy Rubin: Mideast peace ‘deal of century’ eludes Trump, 25 years after Oslo Accords

Twenty-five years ago this week I stood on the White House lawn and watched the famous handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, as President …


Pope denounces ‘murderous indifference’ by powers in Mideast

Pope Francis on Saturday denounced the “murderous indifference” that has allowed violence to consume the Middle East and drive tens of thousands of Christians from their homes, calling out global …


UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018

UN chief warns that Mideast ‘chaos’ threatens global peace

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Friday that the Middle East is in such “chaos” that it has become a threat to international peace and security – and Syria “represents the most …


Pence to visit Middle East this month following postponement

Vice President Mike Pence will visit Egypt, Jordan and Israel this month after postponing a trip to the Middle East in December following President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem …


Pope laments ‘winds of war’ blowing around the world

Lamenting “the winds of war” blowing around the world, Pope Francis in his traditional Christmas message on Monday called for a two-state solution to find peace in the Middle East …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 15, 2017

White House signals Western Wall has to be part of Israel

Senior Trump administration officials outlined their view Friday that Jerusalem’s Western Wall ultimately will be declared a part of Israel, in another declaration sure to enflame passions among Palestinians and …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017

Officials: Trump mulls calling Jerusalem Israel’s capital

President Donald Trump is considering recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a highly charged declaration that risks inflaming tensions across the Middle East, officials said Thursday.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017

Oil prices are up now, but surge might be short-term

Oil prices have jumped by about one-third since the summer on signs of stronger economic growth around the world and fear of instability in the Middle East.


Saudis’ bolder moves to confront Iran echo across region

Saudi Arabia is more aggressively confronting its rival Iran on multiple fronts. It’s a policy that risks sharpening several conflicts in the Middle East, even though so far it has …


Iraqi VP calls Iran-backed militias his nation’s top threat

Iraq’s highest-ranking Sunni leader said Tuesday the growing influence of Iranian-backed Shiite militias looms as the nation’s most pressing future security threat and called for bolstering U.S. military aid to …


Here, there, everywhere, Tillerson trip all about terrorism

Through seven nations across three different parts of the world, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson devoted himself to his president’s overarching foreign policy mission: Defeating terrorism. His trip concluded Thursday …