Tag: middleeast

Iran election: Ebrahim Raisi wins Iran’s presidential vote amid historically low turnout

Raisi, who has long opposed engagement with the West and is a close ally of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sailed to victory in a...

Israeli forces clash with Palestinians outside Al Aqsa mosque after Gaza ceasefire

A CNN journalist at the mosque compound said dozens of Israeli officers hit journalists with batons and tried to point rifles at them, calling them...

Israel attack: IDF launches airstrike after rockets fired from Gaza at Jerusalem

Israeli airstrikes have left at least 22 dead in Gaza, according to Palestinian health officials. The Israel Defense Forces says it killed 15 militants. Meanwhile,...

More than 200 hurt as Israeli police clash with Palestinians at Jerusalem mosque, Palestinian Red Crescent says

Eighty-eight of the injured were taken to hospital for treatment, with most suffering from wounds caused by rubber-coated bullets, the Red Crescent said. About 20...

The Taliban: What it’s like to live in a town where everything is controlled by the Taliban

Taxation, that’s sometimes fair and often on the rich but compulsory, can be prey to rival taxmen and lead to beatings and imprisonment for non-payment....

Jordan accuses former crown prince Hamzah bin Hussein of attempt to ‘destabilize’ country’s security

The move exposes a rift at the heart of the country’s royal family, and follows Hamzah’s announcement this weekend that he had been forced into...

ISIS behind brutal attack in Salah al-D province, Iraq military says

The attack took place in Albu-Dour’s predominantly Sunni village in Salah al-Din province, about 84 miles north of the Iraqi capital. The area is under...

Yemen: Famine has arrived and Saudi ships blocking fuel aren’t helping

CNN watched overstretched doctors and nurses as they tried to give oxygen to Hassan, who had arrived six days earlier but wasn’t putting on any...

Ride-hailing giant Careem is taking its place in the world of super apps

The biggest service of its kind in the Middle East, Careem was acquired by Uber for $3.1 billion in 2020. Pandemic lockdowns left its cars...

State Department enacts “Khashoggi Ban” visa restriction

Secretary of State Tony Blinken announced a new “Khashoggi Ban,” which includes visa restrictions on 76 Saudi individuals believed to be involved in “threatening dissidents...

Benjamin Netanyahu, long a supporter of LGBTQ rights, courts homophobes and racists in bid to cling to power

For the traditional Israeli supporter of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the electoral meal he now offers includes medieval fare — dishes bitter with racism and...

Dubai’s missing Princess Latifa is “being cared for at home”

“In response to media reports regarding Sheikha Latifa, we want to thank those who have expressed concern for her wellbeing, despite the coverage which certainly...

Loujain Al-Hathloul: Detained since 2018, now Saudi women’s rights activist is handed 5-year sentence

The sentence includes a two-year and 10-month suspension, in addition to time she has already served, paving the way for Hathloul to be released in...

Rockets fired at Baghdad Green Zone in ‘terrorist act,’ Iraq says

Eight rockets were fired at the heavily fortified area, with at least one Iraqi soldier injured when a rocket landed near an Iraqi security checkpoint,...

Saudi Arabia urged to release women’s rights activists by European envoys

Hathloul appeared in a Saudi court on Wednesday, as her trial was scheduled to start after 900 days in pre-trial detention. The court instead referred the...

Iran suffers more humiliation with killing of nuclear chief. But no one in the world’s most febrile region wants war

In a region as febrile and tense as this, such broad statements carry the risk that an outlier, or unexpected reaction, tips the scale into...

Iran’s supreme leader vows revenge after top nuclear scientist apparently assassinated

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who became the face of Iran’s controversial nuclear program, was killed in an apparent ambush in a district east of Tehran on Friday. Photos from...

Iran nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh assassinated, state media reports

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, considered one of the masterminds of Iran’s controversial nuclear program, died after his car was apparently ambushed in a district east of Tehran....

Israeli minister says Netanyahu met Saudi Crown Prince, but Riyadh denies it

Speaking on Israel’s Army Radio on Monday, Education Minister Yoav Gallant called the covert meeting, which reportedly took place in the Saudi city of Neom,...

Family of Saudi Arabia’s ‘most outspoken’ political prisoner calls on G20 to hold kingdom to account

G20 leaders are meeting this weekend at a virtual summit hosted by Riyadh, which currently heads the club of rich nations. The event has revived...

Palestinian prisoner ends hunger strike after making deal with Israeli authorities

Speaking to CNN, Maher Al-Akhras, a 49-year old farmer from Silat Al Dhaher in the north of the West Bank, said he had achieved “a...

What a Trump or a Biden win would mean for the Middle East

Here’s where former Vice President Joe Biden and President Trump stand on the political flashpoints. Biden has promised to undo what many consider a staple...

An Iraqi teen with autism expresses himself through color. He draws in black since his mother got coronavirus

It pains her to have to ask that question. Ussayid, 19, has autism and struggles to verbally express his thoughts, fears, and pain. He does...

How the US elections helped bring Lebanon and Iraq to the brink

These latest developments raise the specter of disaster in both these countries, according to analysts, and appear linked to the approach of US elections on...

Lebanon’s PM-designate, appointed as part of French initiative to save the country, steps down

That government was set to oversee a series of reforms that would unlock pledged international donations to Lebanon, and pave the way to an aid...