Middle East

The Middle East is the world’s crossroads. It encompasses the Arabian Peninsula, the mountains of Iran, the plains of Turkey and the deserts of the Levant.

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Israel swears in new coalition, ending Netanyahu’s long rule

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Israel’s parliament on Sunday narrowly approved a new coalition government, ending the historic 12-year rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and sending the polarizing leader into the opposition. Naftali Bennett,...
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Iran military vessels enter Atlantic Ocean for first time

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Two Iranian military vessels, the Sahand destroyer and the Makran forward base ship, have sailed into the Atlantic, marking the first time Iran’s Navy has reached the ocean, following...
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Syria intercepts missile over Damascus amid Israeli airstrikes

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday said that Israeli airstrikes in Syria killed at least eleven government troops even as Syria said it had intercepted an Israeli missile strike over...
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Iran’s Rouhani says problems with US ‘resolved’ in Vienna talks

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Less than two weeks away from the upcoming presidential election, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the problems with the United States regarding the nuclear negotiations being held in Vienna have mostly been resolved. Negotiators...
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Iran’s largest naval ship sinks in Gulf of Oman after being engulfed in flames

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The largest ship in the Iranian navy caught fire and later sank on Wednesday in the Gulf of Oman under unclear circumstances, semi-official news agencies reported. The Fars and Tasnim...
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Syrian President Bashar Assad wins re-election with 95.1% of votes

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President Bashar Assad has been reelected to a fourth term with over 95% of the votes cast, defeating two challengers – including a former senior official of a rebel...
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Lebanon Hezbollah chief says attacks on Jerusalem mean regional war

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Lebanon's Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Tuesday any aggression against Jerusalem or its holy sites would mean regional war. Nasrallah's comments, in a televised speech, were his first...
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Anthony Blinken: No sign yet Iran will take steps needed to remove sanctions

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday said the United States has not seen yet whether Iran will move to comply with its nuclear commitments in order to...
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Israel-Palestinian ceasefire takes hold

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A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist movement which controls the Gaza Strip, appeared to hold Friday after 11 days of deadly fighting that pounded the Palestinian enclave...
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UN Security Council Resolution demands cessation of hostilities in Israel, Gaza

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The draft UN Security Council resolution presented by France demands an immediate cessation of hostilities in Israel and the Gaza Strip, as well as free humanitarian access to Gaza,...
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US sets new Cuba sanctions as Biden meets Cuban-Americans

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The Biden administration announced new sanctions on Friday against Cuba’s national revolutionary police and its top two officials as the U.S. looks to increase...
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Ilyushin ready to modernize its IL-76 aircraft fleet from all around the world

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MOSCOW, July 30. /TASS/. OJSC Il (part of United Aircraft Corporation, UAC) is ready to offer a modernized package for upgrades to Il-76 planes...
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Nord Stream 2 is 99% complete, Fortuna barge is working at final section

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The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is by now 99% complete, the Fortuna pipe-laying barge is working at the final section, a representative with...
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Il-112V to replace Soviet-time military transport aircraft — chief designer

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MOSCOW, July 27. /TASS/. Russia’s latest military transport plane, Il-112V, will help to upgrade Russia’s fleet of military transport aircraft, currently dominated by Soviet-made...

Americans’ optimism about country’s direction over next year drops nearly 20 points since May

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As President Joe Biden completed 100 days in office, the country was optimistic about the coming year, but now, just after hitting the six-month mark, Americans' optimism about the...