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Palestinian leader reportedly says he can't figure out Trump's Mideast peace plan

Palestinian leaders are hoping that a meeting this week with a high-level team from the White House will provide some clarity about President Trump’s plan to get peace talks started again between Israelis and Palestinians. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told a visiting delegation...

Lebanese town looks for relief after three tough years tied to Syrian civil war

Ayman Hujairi’s stone quarry in the barren hills outside the town of Arsal on Lebanon’s northeast border closed its doors after fighting broke out between Syrian militant groups and the Lebanese army three years ago. Then his stone-cutting factory, also shuttered, was looted of all its machines...

79-year-old Iranian opposition leader is hospitalized after beginning hunger strike

One of Iran’s leading opposition politicians was hospitalized Thursday, hours after beginning a hunger strike to protest his prolonged house arrest. Mehdi Karroubi, a 79-year-old who suffers from heart disease and was recently outfitted with a pacemaker, had stopped eating in a bid to force authorities...

In direct challenge to Trump, Iran's president says it could restart its nuclear program 'within hours'

Iran’s president on Tuesday warned it could restart its nuclear program “within hours or days” if the Trump administration continued its confrontational policies toward the Islamic Republic. President Hassan Rouhani’s remarks were a direct response to Trump’s increasingly bellicose rhetoric toward...

Another grim milestone for Yemen: Cholera infections jump to half a million

The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen this year hit 500,000 on Sunday, marking a grim milestone in the spread of the disease across this war-ravaged country. Almost 2,000 people have died since April, when the virus’ spread began to accelerate, according to the World Health Organization....

For Israel’s Netanyahu, a legal net tightens and talk turns to an agile political survivor’s possible demise

It has all the hallmarks of a classic political scandal: a combative leader’s forceful denials, family members and intimates caught up in burgeoning but slow-moving investigations, prosecutors leaning on a tarnished former aide with tales to tell, arcane legal arguments over power and its limits....

Jordan's King Abdullah II makes rare visit to West Bank after Jerusalem shrine crisis

Jordan’s king and the Palestinian Authority president held a short meeting in the West Bank on Monday, a move seen by some observers as an act of unity during a time of heightened tension with Israel. King Abdullah II met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah during the king’s first...

Rouhani faces growing threats as he begins a second term as Iran's president

In most democracies, a resounding win at the ballot box would put a president in a strong position to deliver promised changes. But Iran is only partly a democracy. President Hassan Rouhani, who was officially sworn in for a a second term Saturday, must contend with mounting opposition from religious...

Celebration, sorrow and arrests at annual gay pride march in Jerusalem

At Jerusalem’s Liberty Bell Park, a nine-acre green space created in 1976 in tribute to the American people, “bears” gathered around a flag of variegated earth tones stamped with a bear paw and distributed fliers that posed the question, “Who are we?” A pamphlet in Hebrew and English explained...

'We just need a paper to get out of here, even if we're going to hell': The dismal world of Syria's displaced

For more than a month, thousands of people who fled Islamic State in southern Syria have lived on the sandy banks of a lake full of water they cannot safely drink. Families with small children are surviving on the single box of canned food they were issued when they arrived, and going to the bathroom...

An airstrike on a Syrian prison killed captives of the Islamic State: 'I think 100% those people were innocent'

The stench grew unbearable as Abdul Aziz Ali walked closer to the heap of shattered concrete and twisted metal beams that was once a prison. Pulling his scarf over his nose, he pointed out a decomposing leg protruding from the rubble. Perhaps an inmate, or a guard. “No one recognized him,” said...

Revered Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat awaits life-saving lung transplant

Saeb Erekat, the legendary Palestinian leader and chief negotiator with Israel for the past two decades, is renowned for his persistence against all odds and for a steel-trap legal mind. But the challenge he faces today may be his most daunting. At 62, Erekar is suffering from advanced pulmonary...

Relations between Israel and Jordan have become 'very dangerous'

Relations between Israel and Jordan, neighboring states that signed a peace treaty in 1994, have hit rock bottom after twin decisions by the Israeli government that have been widely seen as an affront to Jordan’s King Abdullah II. The first was Israel’s order, since rescinded, to install metal...

Lebanon's Hezbollah group insists: We're not the 'menace' Trump says we are

Hajj Abu Ahmad, a grizzled senior commander with Hezbollah, flashed his laser pointer authoritatively on a large map as he described the intensity of the battle the militant group had waged to neutralize Al Qaeda-affiliated Syrian fighters bunkered in this mountainous area along the border between...

Women's rights in Saudi Arabia? There's an app for that

A female lawyer in the desert kingdom create a free app to help women look out for their own rights.

Syrian comedy troupe's brand of satire fails to amuse Assad government

Every time he gets the chance, Ayham Hilal, an Internet cafe proprietor in the Syrian city of Saraqeb, squeezes into a small community center with about 200 fellow theatergoers and loses himself in a comedy show. The sketches are productions of an all-volunteer performance troupe known as the Saraqeb...

A tense peace reigns at Jerusalem holy site claimed by Muslims and Jews

Jerusalem was braced for bloodshed following traditional Muslim prayers Friday, but for the first time in two weeks, the city did not to yield to violence. At about 12:15 p.m. local time, as the midday ritual approached, thousands of men gathered on East Jerusalem’s main artery — Salah a Din Street...

Despite agreement, clashes erupt at Jerusalem shrine as Muslims return to pray

At least 50 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli police Thursday as violence continued at a contested holy site, even after an agreement to ease tensions was announced by the site’s governing religious authority. Into the evening, Palestinian protesters threw rocks and Molotov cocktails...

Trump administration intensifies demands for Iran to release U.S. prisoners

Since his brother and father were arrested and imprisoned while visiting Iran nearly two years ago, Babak Namazi has been trying to persuade the U.S. government to step up its fight for their freedom. Both inmates — 45-year-old Siamak Namazi and 81-year-old Baquer Namazi — are Iranian American...

Jordan releases video to tamp down support for Green Berets' killer

When a military court sentenced a Jordanian soldier to life imprisonment this month for killing three U.S. Special Forces soldiers in November, many in the country saw the verdict as a capitulation to the demands of U.S. authorities. They insisted the soldier, 1st Sgt. Maarek Abu Tayeh (also known...

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