Latest Middle East News

The Latest: Germany says more refugees getting jobs

Aug. 21, 2018 7:32 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on migrants and refugees in Europe (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Germany's labor agency says efforts to integrate refugees in the country's labor market are progressing well, with more than 300,000 people from eight main countries of origin in work by this spring. Federal Labor...

Israeli military to probe deadly shootings along Gaza border

Aug. 21, 2018 7:24 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it is investigating two recent cases of lethal fire along the Gaza border that killed Palestinian teen protesters. The Military Advocate General, Maj. Gen. Sharon Afek, announced Tuesday that he instructed military police to probe the deadly shootings of Abed...

Iranian media: Sandstorm in Iran sends 95 people to hospital

Aug. 21, 2018 6:46 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency says 95 people were taken to hospitals after suffering breathing problems during a sand-and-dust storm in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan. Tuesday's report quotes Abdolrahman Shahnavazi, the provincial director general of...

Iran inaugurates new, all-Iranian-made twin-seat fighter jet

Aug. 21, 2018 4:39 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran displayed a new twin-seat fighter jet Tuesday, saying it's all Iranian-made and with advanced avionics and fire control systems. The country's president said it would enhance Tehran's deterrence capabilities in confronting Washington. State television showed President Hassan...

Syria's Assad attends holiday prayers at Damascus mosque

Aug. 21, 2018 3:14 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has attended prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha in Damascus, the seat of his power. State-run television showed Assad saluting worshippers as he arrived Tuesday at the al-Rawda mosque and various footage of him praying and talking to people...

Movie star's lifestyle reversal sparks a debate in Egypt

Aug. 21, 2018 2:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Hala Shiha quit the glamorous film industry a decade ago to embrace a more religious lifestyle, adopting the traditional Muslim headscarf, or hijab, along with loose, long-sleeved clothes. The Egyptian movie star later was seen wearing the even more conservative face veil, or niqab. Islamists...

Melania Trump planning solo international swing to Africa

Aug. 20, 2018 4:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump is planning her first big solo international swing with a trip through several African countries in October. The first lady told The Associated Press in a written statement Monday that she's looking forward to learning about the issues that children living on the continent...

2 detained after shots are fired at US Embassy in Turkey

Aug. 20, 2018 2:59 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Shots were fired from a moving car at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey before dawn Monday, an attack that came during heightened tensions between the two NATO allies. Officials said two people with criminal records were detained. There were no casualties in the fleeting attack, in which three of...

UN rights chief warns UN could 'collapse' without change

Aug. 20, 2018 2:53 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The outgoing U.N. human rights chief said Monday that the Security Council's five permanent members wield too much power at the United Nations, warning the imbalance must change to avert possible "collapse" of the world body "at great cost to the international community." Zeid Ra'ad...

UN calls for funding to fuel essential facilities in Gaza

Aug. 20, 2018 1:39 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.N. is making an urgent appeal for funds to provide emergency fuel for essential services in the Gaza Strip. The appeal Monday by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs called for donors to provide at least $4.5 million in order to keep about 250 hospitals, water...