Latest Middle East News

Israelis march in east Jerusalem in test for new government

Jun. 15, 2021 12:17 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Israeli ultranationalists paraded through east Jerusalem on Tuesday in a show of force that threatened to spark renewed violence just weeks after a war with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. Palestinians in Gaza responded by launching incendiary balloons that...

Poll finds dramatic rise in Palestinian support for Hamas

Jun. 15, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A new poll released Tuesday finds a dramatic surge in Palestinian support for Hamas following last month's Gaza war, with around three quarters viewing the Islamic militants as victors in a battle against Israel to defend Jerusalem and its holy sites. ...

The Latest: Blood sample study: Virus in US by December 2019

Jun. 15, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK — A new analysis of blood samples from 24,000 Americans taken in early 2020 is the latest and largest study to suggest the coronavirus arrived in the U.S. in December 2019. That’s weeks before cases were first recognized by health officials. The analysis is...

Saudi Arabia executes young Shiite man for violent rebellion

Jun. 15, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia executed a young man Tuesday who was convicted on charges stemming from his participation in an anti-government rebellion by minority Shiites. A leading rights group said his trial, however, was “deeply flawed.” It was...

Officials: Sudan, main rebel group fail to reach peace deal

Jun. 15, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s transitional government and the country's main rebel group failed to reach a peace deal to end a decades-long conflict in the East African country, officials said Tuesday. The latest round of talks between the Sudanese government and the Sudan...

Iran presidential candidate urges better ties with West

Jun. 15, 2021 08:47 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A prominent contender in Iran’s presidential election appealed Tuesday for better economic and political relations with the West, his most extensive attempt yet to attract reformist voters just days ahead of the poll. Former Iranian Central Bank...

In Oman, fungal infection detected in some COVID-19 patients

Jun. 15, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oman announced Tuesday that its doctors have detected a potentially fatal fungal infection afflicting some coronavirus patients, the first such known cases on the Arabian Peninsula as the sultanate faces a surge in COVID-19 infections that has swamped its...

UAE-backed Yemen leader says his troops at island air base

Jun. 15, 2021 07:39 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A militia leader and nephew of Yemen's late strongman president has acknowledged that his Emirati-backed troops are stationed on an island in a crucial maritime chokepoint where a mysterious air base is now under construction. The...

Emirates Air posts $5.5B loss as virus disrupts travel

Jun. 15, 2021 05:56 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East's largest airline, Emirates, announced on Tuesday a net loss of $5.5 billion over the past year as revenue fell by more than 66% due to global travel restrictions sparked by the coronavirus pandemic. It marks the first...

Rights groups urge UN probe mission for Beirut port blast

Jun. 15, 2021 05:47 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A group of international and regional rights groups on Tuesday urged member states of the U.N. Human Rights Council to establish an investigative mission into last year’s massive deadly blast at Beirut’s port. Human Rights Watch said the call was made...