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Having devastated Yemen in bombing campaign, Saudi Arabia pledges $1.5 billion in humanitarian aid

In a gesture inspiring both praise and scorn, Saudi Arabia announced Monday that it would donate $1.5 billion in new humanitarian aid to Yemen, where almost three years of war has devastated the country’s infrastructure, tanked the economy and caused widespread hunger and disease. The money will...

A long simmering factor in Iran protests: climate change

In the mountains of western Iran, the province of Chaharmahal Bakhtiari is known for mile-high lagoons, flowing rivers and wetlands that attract thousands of species of migratory birds. But years of diminishing rainfall have shriveled water sources. Conditions worsened, residents say, after Iranian...

Turkey says U.S. 'stabbed us in the back' by aligning with Kurds on Syrian border

In the ever-shifting landscape of the Syrian civil war, the line between allies and enemies is rarely clear. It was further muddied this week when the U.S.-led coalition revealed plans for a 30,000-strong security force to police Syria’s northeast borders with Turkey and Iran. The plan instantly...

Palestinian leaders threaten to withdraw formal recognition of Israel

It was a historic day for the Middle East and a U.S.-backed effort to bring peace. On Sept. 9, 1993, the Palestine Liberation Organization recognized “the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace and security.” Now, more than two decades later — as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence prepares...

Iran suspends death penalty for some drug crimes, potentially sparing thousands on death row

Iran has lifted the death penalty for certain nonviolent drug offenses, relaxing some of the world’s harshest laws on drug crimes and potentially sparing the lives of thousands of death row inmates. An amended narcotics law directs judges to suspend executions for 5,000 people convicted of drug-related...

Tens of thousands flee before a chance of fresh violence in Syria's Idlib province

Before civil war devastated Syria, the northwestern province of Idlib was known for its olive groves and the abandoned but well-preserved archaeological remains of the so-called Dead Cities. In the years since fighting erupted in 2011, Idlib became the largest rebel-held territory in the northern...

Two suicides, 3,700 arrested: Questions mount over protesters jailed in Iran unrest

As many as 3,700 people were arrested during the recent unrest in Iran, a lawmaker said Tuesday, offering a glimpse into the scale of the crackdown on the most significant anti-government protests here in nearly a decade. Mahmoud Sadeghi, a reformist member of parliament, cited the figure in his...

Iran tried to block the internet to disrupt protests. It wound up disrupting daily life

When Iranian authorities cracked down on the internet this month in an attempt to suppress unrest, tech entrepreneur Milad Nouri did what he has grown accustomed to doing: He found a way around the censors. Like other Iranians dependent on the web, Nouri was at first set back when the Supreme...

In Palestinian territories — and in Israel — jitters over Trump's threat to cut aid to Palestinians

In the Gaza Strip’s impoverished refugee camps, the United Nations’ blue-and-white flag is ubiquitous, fluttering over schools, clinics and food distribution centers. It is in these teeming streets and alleys that President Trump’s threat to block millions of dollars in funding for Palestinians...

Organizations that promote a boycott of Israel are no longer welcome there

Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry on Sunday published a list of 20 organizations it says advocate the boycott of Israel, and it announced that, in cooperation with the Interior Ministry, it will block their entry to Israel. Israel accused the organizations of belonging to the Boycott, Divestment...

U.S. fails to make payment to U.N. agency that helps Palestinians

After threatening to cut off aid, the Trump administration has failed to make a scheduled payment to the United Nations refugee agency that works with Palestinians, a person familiar with the matter said Friday. A disbursement of about $120 million was scheduled to be made on Tuesday, and all the...

Southern California's Iranian diaspora watches protests from the edge of their seats

Samira Damavandi was visiting her family in Palos Verdes when protesters began marching through the streets of Iran demanding economic and social change. Curious about what sparked the outbursts, she looked to social media, and her mother, for answers. As Damavandi scrolled through Persian language...

After days of unrest in Iran, pro-government demonstrators take to the streets

Iranian state media broadcast video of pro-government demonstrations in several cities on Wednesday, after a week of unrest sparked by economic grievances has left 21 dead. The rallies were an opportunity for Iranians “to renew their allegiance to the Islamic establishment and condemn the recent...

U.S. declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital has sparked worldwide anger. But there's been plenty of precedent

President Donald Trump's Dec. 7th announcement that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move its embassy here broke a 70-year diplomatic precedent, kept a campaign promise, and provoked worldwide outrage. What it didn't do was

Young, working-class and fed up: Iran's deadly protests driven by a new crop of dissenters

The 28-year-old university graduate stood in front of a bookstore window in central Tehran, pretending to browse the titles on the shelves. He really was looking out for Iranian security forces sent to quash anti-government protesters. Kambiz, who gave only his first name, earned a physics degree...

Iran's supreme leader blames foreign 'enemies' for protests as death toll rises to 20

Iran’s supreme leader broke his silence Tuesday on the antigovernment protests erupting across the country, blaming the deadly unrest on foreign “enemies.” “During the escapades of the past several days, Iran’s enemies, using the various tools at their disposal, including money, weapons, politics...

Palestinian Authority recalls its envoy to the United States

In an escalation of tension with the Trump administration, the Palestinian Authority has temporarily recalled its envoy to Washington. The move Sunday came three weeks after President Trump angered Palestinians by declaring that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and would move...

Iran is seeing the biggest antigovernment protests in years. What's driving the unrest?

For four days, Iranians nationwide have taken to the streets in a remarkable show of anger, demanding the resignations of the country’s top leaders. Demonstrators in multiple cities have confronted police and torn down pictures of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani...

'Death to the dictator!' is new rallying cry in Iran as anti-government protests spread to capital

Iranian police and plainclothes security officers mobilized Saturday to quell a third straight day of nationwide anti-government demonstrations that for the first time reached the capital, where the chants among protesters included: “Death to the dictator!” The bold reference to Supreme Leader...

More than 3,000 Yazidis still missing after collapse of Islamic State's self-styled caliphate

Kept as a slave by Islamic State militants, the mother prayed for her rescue and made a promise to God: If she ever saw her 10 children again, she would fast for three months to demonstrate her gratitude. Her prayers were partially answered. In September, as the militants were being driven from...

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