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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Gaza: 11 children receiving trauma counselling killed by Israeli bombings

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Eleven children who were receiving trauma counselling from the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) have been killed by Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip, the charity said on Tuesday. The NRC...
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US blocks new draft UN statement on Mideast violence

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The United States on Monday blocked -- for the third time in a week -- the adoption of a joint UN Security Council statement calling for a halt to...
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Biden administration approved $735 million arms sale to Israel

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President Joe Biden's administration approved the potential sale of $735 million in precision-guided weapons to Israel, and congressional sources said on Monday that U.S. lawmakers were not expected to...
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Israeli air force shoots down Hamas drone

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An Israeli fighter aircraft shot down an explosive-laden drone launched from the Gaza Strip on Thursday, Israel’s air force said. Video released by the Israeli military shows an F-16 targeting...
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Israel kills 42 in Gaza as Netanyahu warns war will go on

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Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City flattened three buildings and killed at least 42 people Sunday, Palestinian medics said, in the deadliest single attack in the latest round of violence....

U. S. President Biden Reiterates Support for Israel

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President Joe Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday as the conflict between Israel and Islamist terrorist group Hamas continued into its seventh day. Biden during the call reiterated his strong support for Israel’s right to defend...
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Israeli strikes kill 26, topple buildings in Gaza City

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Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City flattened three buildings and killed at least 26 people Sunday, medics said, making it the deadliest single attack since heavy fighting broke out between...

AP statement on Israeli attack on building housing AP office

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An Israeli airstrike destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets on Saturday. All AP employees and freelancers evacuated the building...
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West Bank erupts in protest amid more Israel-Hamas fighting

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Turmoil from the battle between Israel and Hamas spilled over into the West Bank on Friday, sparking the most widespread Palestinian protests in years as hundreds of young demonstrators...
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Israeli airstrike on Gaza home kills 10, mostly children

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An Israeli air raid in Gaza City killed at least 10 Palestinians, mostly children, early Saturday in the deadliest single strike since the battle with Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers...
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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...