Middle East

Women wear masks to protect themselves against the coronavirus, as they cross a street in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 25, 2020.
Islamic Republic's currency takes a hit as fears grow of a deepening economic slump
Edward Yeranian
Thu, 02/27/2020 - 13:17
In this picture taken with slow shutter speed, Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, durning the hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 13, 2019.
The decision showed the growing worry across the Mideast about the virus as Iran confirmed that infections spiked by over 100, to 254, although health officials believe the true numbers to be higher
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Thu, 02/27/2020 - 12:12
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife, Sara, arrives in court for a hearing on a plea deal over the misuse of public funds, in Jerusalem, June 16, 2019.
The housekeeper's attorney says his client is demanding $190,000 in damages for the abuse from Sara Netanyahu.
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Thu, 02/27/2020 - 11:59
Netanuyahu's Fate Hinges on Israel's Third Election in Year
Observers see the election as a referendum on Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister whose political future is at stake as anger and frustration grows over the country's unending political deadlock
Linda Gradstein
Thu, 02/27/2020 - 10:14
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a session of the Human Rights Council at the United…
In an impassioned speech, UN High Commissioner Michele Bachelet said millions are repressed by their leaders and split by hatred, xenophobia and discrimination
Lisa Schlein
Thu, 02/27/2020 - 08:21
Turkish-backed Syrian rebels enter the town of Saraqeb in Idlib province, Syria, Feb. 27, 2020.
The retaking of Saraqeb, which sits on the M5 highway, is a setback for President Bashar Assad's forces who have scored major gains in a weekslong Russian-backed campaign in the last rebel stronghold in Idlib province
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Thu, 02/27/2020 - 05:44
Workers in protective suits spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus, in a commercial district in Najaf, Iraq, Feb. 26, 2020.
Order includes suspension of schools and universities, and closure of cinemas, cafes, clubs, and other public gathering spots nationwide from Feb. 27 to March 7
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Wed, 02/26/2020 - 18:12
Turkish army artillery arrives in the east of Idlib, Syria, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu…
The new push by Russian-backed Syrian troops could worsen the humanitarian crisis that has displaced nearly a million people and left more than 300 civilians dead since the beginning of December
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Wed, 02/26/2020 - 11:18
FILE - Israel's acting foreign minister Israel Katz, who also serves as intelligence and transport minister, attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Feb. 24, 2019.
At a contentious Democratic debate on Tuesday night, Sanders labeled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a 'reactionary racist' and said he'd consider reversing President Donald Trump's move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
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Wed, 02/26/2020 - 11:01
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam is seen as it undergoes construction work on the river Nile in Guba Woreda,…
Ethiopia says it will skip the latest round of US-brokered talks this week on a disputed Nile dam project with Egypt and Sudan
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Wed, 02/26/2020 - 10:27
FILE - A general view of the Corniche Towers is seen in Doha, Qatar, Feb. 5, 2019.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt moved this week to restore mail service to Qatar in another sign that embargo imposed by four Sunni Arab states nearly three years ago is starting to crumble
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Wed, 02/26/2020 - 11:22
Supporters of ousted President Hosni Mubarak hold posters with his photograph near the cemetery where he will be buried, in the…
The funeral, replete with cannon fire and a horse-drawn carriage carrying his coffin, highlighted the wartime achievements of Mubarak
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Wed, 02/26/2020 - 11:06
Iran's top nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi and Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmit attend a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria, June 28, 2019.
The talks come as the signatories try to rescue the landmark 2015 accord, which has been faltering since US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from it in 2018 and enforced crippling sanctions on Iran
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Wed, 02/26/2020 - 09:33
Mobile medical screening unit and cargo trucks park at the closed Pakistan-Iran border crossing,  Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in…
5,000 Pakistanis have been stranded in Iran since Pakistan closed its border Sunday, while Iranian dissidents’ relatives have raised alarm about virus contagion risk in prisons
Michael Lipin
Wed, 02/26/2020 - 08:00
FILE - A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen at Baharestan Square in Tehran, Iran, Sept. 27, 2017.
Chinese, Iraqi, Russian and Turkish entities and individuals targeted
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Tue, 02/25/2020 - 21:40

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