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  • BreakingTrump's Saudi embrace and Iran's disdain upend Obama's vision
    Pointedly delivering his first foreign speech in Riyadh on Sunday, Trump praised the six-state Gulf Cooperation Council, specifically Saudi Arabia, for efforts to cut off funding to extremists while lambasting Iran as the "spearhead of terrorism".Whi…
    - 6 hours ago, 23 May 17, 4:52pm -
  • BreakingDeadliest month for Syria civilians in US-led strikes
    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the civilian dead between April 23 and May 23 included 44 children and 36 women.The US-led air campaign against the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria began on September 23, 2014.
    - 11 hours ago, 23 May 17, 11:47am -
  • US-Saudi arms mega deal looks to counter Iran
    Administration officials claim the agreement -- worth $110 billion over the next decade -- is the biggest single arms deal in American history, and it will see US defense firms flow everything from ships and tanks to the latest anti-missile systems t…
    - 20 hours ago, 23 May 17, 1:56am -
  • Saudi and UAE pledge $100 million to Ivanka Trump womens' fund
    World Bank president Jim Yong Kim announced the donation from both oil-rich Gulf states on Sunday, during a meeting between Ivanka Trump and a group of Saudi women, a member of the US delegation said.The idea of a fund providing microfinance to women…
    - 1 day ago, 22 May 17, 10:41am -
  • Iran reformists take power across major cities
    The coalition now has control of the six largest Iranian cities, including Tehran, the holy city of Mashhad and tourist hotspot Isfahan -- and could capture more when final results are announced.Almost all major cities were previously in the hands of…
    - 1 day ago, 22 May 17, 10:29am -
  • Gay Lebanese scrap pride event because of threats
    It was part of Lebanon and the Arab world's first week-long festival to denounce discrimination against the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.Initially the Beirut Pride group wanted to organise a kind of gay pride rally in the n…
    - 2 days ago, 21 May 17, 8:31pm -
  • Iran's Rouhani: a moderate cleric open to the world
    The 68-year-old cleric, almost always clad in his white turban, repeated his convincing 2013 victory by bringing together moderates and reformists with his pledges to end Iran's isolation and improve civil rights at home.Born in Semnan province on No…
    - 4 days ago, 20 May 17, 9:46am -
  • Iranian President Rouhani leading in election
    Out of 25.9 million votes counted, Rouhani had 14.6 million and his hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi 10.1 million, said Ali Asghar Ahmadi on state television.A huge turnout on Friday -- estimated at more than 40 million out of 56 million registered…
    - 4 days ago, 20 May 17, 4:42am -
  • Syrian sides agree to new UN process on constitution
    Representatives of Syria's government and opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) are in Switzerland for the sixth round of UN-backed peace negotiations, but there has been no sign of progress.On Thursday, UN mediator Staffan de Mistura's office…
    - 5 days ago, 18 May 17, 4:24pm -
  • Solar power brings relief to Syrian refugees
    "Imagine life in this desert without a fan or cold water," she says, as the temperature outside her makeshift home hits 40 degrees Celsius (more than 100 Fahrenheit).But today she watches television surrounded by her children, aged from three to 14 y…
    - 6 days ago, 17 May 17, 8:19pm -

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  • Trump: Israeli, Palestinian Leaders 'Ready to Reach for Peace'
    U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday declared that both the Israeli and Palestinian leaders are “ready to reach for peace.â€� Trump made the remark alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a speech at the Israel Museum.…
    - 13 hours ago, 23 May 17, 9:45am -
  • US Kills 7 Al-Qaida Militants in Yemen Raid
    The U.S. military says it killed seven militants from al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen during a counterterrorism raid.Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said that U.S. service members were wounded in the attack, but that no troops had to be medical…
    - 18 hours ago, 23 May 17, 4:33am -
  • In Israel, Trump Touts Peace, Slams Iran
    U.S. President Donald Trump visited Israel on Monday, where he reaffirmed Washington's close ties with Israel, slammed mutual rival Iran, and spoke optimistically about the possibility of peace with the Palestinians. VOA White House correspondent St…
    - 18 hours ago, 23 May 17, 4:26am -
  • Last Mosul Neighborhoods Held by Islamic State Could be Hardest to Recapture
    The last few Iraqi neighborhoods held by Islamic State in Mosul may be the hardest to retake as the militants put up fierce resistance to hold on to what has been their main stronghold in Iraq for almost three years. Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.…
    - 18 hours ago, 23 May 17, 4:20am -
  • UN Official: Islamic State's Days Numbered in Iraq
    The United Nations' top diplomat in Iraq said the so-called Islamic State's days "are numbered" in that country and the liberation of the city of Mosul is "imminent.""The days of so-called ISIL caliphate in Iraq are numbered, thanks to the bravery…
    - 23 hours ago, 22 May 17, 11:32pm -
  • Lebanon's First Ever Pride Week Shines Light on LGBT
    The rainbow flags have once again disappeared from public view, but in a week that saw the launch of Beirut Pride, hopes are that a week of LGBTQI activism may be felt for a long time to come in Lebanon.In a country often regarded as socially liber…
    - 24 hours ago, 22 May 17, 10:27pm -
  • Iran's Rouhani Criticizes Trump, Recent Saudi Summit
    Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that Iran's relationship with the U.S. is a "curvy road," and called President Donald Trump's summit in Saudi Arabia this past weekend "just a show."Rouhani also said that stability could…
    - 1 day ago, 22 May 17, 3:40pm -
  • Trump Becomes First US President to Visit Jerusalem's Western Wall
    U.S. President Donald Trump touched the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday, the first visit at the Jewish holy site by a serving American leader, and one that is steeped in the centuries-old conflicts of the Middle East.Trump, a Christian wearing…
    - 1 day ago, 22 May 17, 3:37pm -
  • Trump Visits Israel
    US President Donald Trump is in Israel Monday for bilateral meetings with the president and prime minister. In Jerusalem, Trump, first lady Melania, daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Wester…
    - 1 day ago, 22 May 17, 3:12pm -
  • Clashes in Syrian City of Daraa Despite it Being 'Safe Zone'
    Intense clashes broke out in Syria's Daraa on Monday between government forces and insurgents with both sides shelling parts of the southern city that has been declared a safe zone under a recent Russia-sponsored deal, opposition activists and state…
    - 1 day ago, 22 May 17, 2:00pm -
  • Rouhani, a Man of the Islamic Revolution, Opens Iran to West
    As Iran's chief nuclear envoy, Hassan Rouhani earned the nickname "diplomat sheikh" when negotiators in 2004 reached a deal that saw the Islamic Republic halt all its enrichment of uranium.Over 10 years later, it would be Rouhani as president who w…
    - 1 day ago, 22 May 17, 1:10pm -
  • Trump, First Lady Visit Church of Holy Sepulchre
    US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017.
    - 1 day ago, 22 May 17, 1:06pm -
  • Boeing Co. Signs Defense, Commercial Deals with Saudi Arabia
    Boeing Co said on Sunday it had signed several defense and commercial deals with Saudi Arabia including for the sale of military and passenger aircraft during a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to the kingdom.The announcement is the latest in t…
    - 1 day ago, 22 May 17, 12:54pm -
  • Trump Hopeful US Can Help Forge Israel-Palestinian Peace
    President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is hopeful the United States can help forge peace between Israel and the Palestinians, adding that he believes such an agreement would "begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East."Speaking alongsi…
    - 1 day ago, 22 May 17, 11:32am -
  • More Than 31 Million Internally Displaced in 2016
    More than 30 million people were displaced within their own countries last year, says a new report. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Center and the Norwegian Refugee Council cite conflict, criminal violence and natural disasters as the driving…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 6:48am -
  • Trump Making His First Official Visit to Israel
    U.S. President Donald Trump arrived Monday in Israel, making his first visit there as a president who wants to revive the effort to achieve a long-sought peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.Trump's travel from Riyadh to Tel Aviv was…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 5:13am -
  • Trump to Muslim Leaders: ‘Drive Out’ Extremists
    Describing a war of “good against evil,â€� U.S. President Donald Trump called on Muslim leaders to stamp out extremism during a widely anticipated address in Saudi Arabia. Trump also laid out his plans for U.S. policy in the Middle East.…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 4:17am -
  • Many Muslims Hopeful, Some Wary After Trump’s Saudi Speech
    Many Muslims around the world reacted positively to U.S. President Donald Trump's speech Sunday to dozens of Arab and Muslim leaders at the Arab Islamic American Summit in the Saudi capital Riyadh. There, Trump called for Muslim unity in the fight ag…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 1:02am -
  • Trump Making First Official Visit to Israel
    U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday makes his first official visit to Israel, where he is determined to broker a long elusive peace between Israel and the Palestinians.Trump's schedule includes talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 12:33am -
  • In Israel, Trump to Pursue 'Ultimate Deal'
    President Donald Trump has cast the elusive pursuit of peace between Israelis and Palestinians as the “ultimate deal.â€� But he will step foot in Israel having offered few indications of how he plans to achieve what so many of his predeces…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 12:00am -