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Israeli Cabinet approves new settlement, first in two decades

Israel’s government approved the first West Bank settlement in two decades Thursday, creating the first serious test for U.S. President Donald Trump’s new foray into Middle East peacemaking.


With eye toward Trump, Arab leaders to seek consensus

With an eye toward Washington, leaders of a fractured and conflict-ridden Arab world hold their annual summit this week, seeking common positions and possible leverage as President Donald Trump weighs …


Aid group says millions of Afghan children are not in school

Nearly a third of all children in war-torn Afghanistan are unable to attend school, leaving them at increased risk of child labor, recruitment by armed groups, early marriage and other …


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017

New security measure could cause travelers to reroute trips

A new security measure banning many electronic devices on flights from 10 mostly Muslim countries is leading travelers to reconsider their plans to fly through some airports in the Middle …


Israel plans mass evacuation if war erupts again

If Islamic militants in Gaza or Lebanon go to war with Israel, they could find their usual targets empty.


UPDATED: Thu., March 9, 2017

U.S. commander signals larger, longer U.S. presence in Syria

The top U.S. commander in the Middle East signaled Thursday that there will be a larger and longer American military presence in Syria to accelerate the fight against the Islamic …


After Trump pledges ‘America First,’ the world responds with protests and dismay

If the credo of the new U.S. president is “America First,” as Donald Trump emphatically declared Friday in his strikingly nationalistic inaugural address, then where does that leave the rest …


In parting shot, Kerry tears into Israel over settlements

Secretary of State John Kerry tore into Israel on Wednesday for settlement-building, accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of dragging Israel away from democracy and forcefully rejecting the notion that America …


Kerry plans Middle East speech as Israel retaliates over UN snub

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will offer a “comprehensive vision” for how Middle East peace can be achieved in a speech Wednesday in Washington, as Israel steps up its …


Two Abu Dhabi banks to merge into largest Gulf Arab bank

Stockholders at two Abu Dhabi banks have agreed to a plan to merge the firms, which would create the biggest bank in the Gulf.


Obama’s legacy in the Muslim world

When President Barack Obama strode to the podium at Cairo University on June 4, 2009, he faced a Muslim world bursting with optimism about his middle name – Hussein! – …


Swimmers complete 7-hour crawl across shrinking Dead Sea

A multinational group of swimmers swam seven hours through the salty, soupy waters of the Dead Sea on Tuesday in a bid to draw attention to the environmental degradation of …


Trudy Rubin: Face dangers of Trump presidency

The Donald brags he will make America “strong again” but the policies he promotes would do exactly the opposite: emboldening our enemies, undercutting our allies and destroying America’s clout in …


Violations of Israel-Lebanon cease-fire could spark war, U.N. says

The U.N. Security Council is warning that violations of the cessation of hostilities between Lebanon and Israel could lead to a new conflict “that none of the parties or the …


Charles Krauthammer: The price of powerlessness

The reordering of the Middle East is proceeding apace. Where for 40 years the U.S.-Egypt alliance anchored the region, a Russia-Iran condominium is now dictating events.


U.S. poised to hit Obama’s target of 10,000 Syrian refugees

After a slow start, it appears increasingly likely that the Obama administration will hit its goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States before the end of September.


NATO boosts support for countries battling Islamic extremism

NATO allies agreed Saturday to provide increased military support to countries in the Middle East and North Africa that are targets of Islamic extremism, including using NATO surveillance planes in …


Netanyahu names hard-liner as defense minister

JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named one of Israel’s most polarizing politicians as defense minister on Wednesday, solidifying his parliamentary majority at the risk of antagonizing the international community …


Hospitals a deadly target in Middle East conflicts

Thousands of attacks in recent years on medical facilities in conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere have killed hundreds in brazen violation of humanitarian norms.


As Islamic State loses ground, fewer Americans trying to join, FBI says

The number of Americans trying to join Islamic State overseas has dropped substantially since last summer, FBI Director James B. Comey said Wednesday, as the terrorist group has come under …


CIA expands survivor benefit tied to overseas terror attacks

The CIA is expanding survivor benefits for agency employees and contractors killed in the line of duty overseas in acts of terrorism.


Defense secretary presses Gulf nations to do more in Iraq

Defense Secretary Ash Carter pressed reluctant defense ministers from six Gulf nations Wednesday to provide more economic and political support to Iraq now to help the war-torn nation in its …


Paul Ryan says he sees why Trump comments rattle Mideast allies

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday the whole world is watching American politics and that he can understand how Middle East allies would be rattled by Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s …


Trudy Rubin: Next president must avoid nation-building trap

Nation-building has failed in the Middle East, but America still needs a Plan B.


Arizona man convicted of conspiring to support Islamic State

A jury Thursday convicted an Arizona man of conspiring to support Islamic State in one of the first trials in the U.S. involving charges related to the terrorist group.


UNICEF: More than 80 percent of Syria children harmed by war

More than 80 percent of Syria’s children have been harmed by the country’s conflict, including growing numbers of those who were forced to work, join armed groups or marry young …


Looking Back: Opinions offer historical perspective

Topics: FDR’s budget, Maple Street Bridge construction, Mideast arms sales, Ruby Ridge and the Washington State Lottery.


VP Biden to meet next week with leaders in Middle East

Vice President Joe Biden plans meetings with key leaders in the Middle East when he visits the region next week.


Gulf nations declare Lebanon’s Hezbollah a terrorist group

A Saudi-led bloc of six Gulf Arab nations formally branded Hezbollah a terrorist organization on Wednesday, ramping up the pressure on the Lebanese militant group fighting on the side of …


Idaho Air Guard prepares for deployment to Middle East

Members of the Idaho Air National Guard are preparing to deploy to the Middle East this summer.