Latest Middle East News

Rivals Hamas and Fatah sign a declaration to form a future government as war rages in Gaza

Jul. 23, 2024 14:52 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah agreed in Beijing to form a government together, the groups said Tuesday, in the latest attempt at resolving a longstanding rivalry that looms over any potential vision for the rule of Gaza after the war with Israel. ...

UN says nearly 40 million people had HIV in 2023, lack of treatment means someone died every minute

Jul. 23, 2024 05:53 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nearly 40 million people were living with the HIV virus that causes AIDS last year, over 9 million weren’t getting any treatment, and the result was that every minute someone died of AIDS-related causes, the U.N. said in a new report launched Monday. While...

Biden aims for more achievements despite the bane of lame-duck presidents: diminished relevance

Jul. 23, 2024 00:27 AM EDT

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden says he's “determined to get as much done" as he possibly can in his final six months in the White House as he tries to beat back a defining force that his lame-duck predecessors struggled to vanquish: diminished relevance. Biden...

Israeli government quietly sends millions to unauthorized West Bank settler outposts

Jul. 23, 2024 00:08 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government has budgeted millions of dollars to protect small, unauthorized Jewish farms in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, underwriting tiny outposts meant to grow into full-fledged settlements, according to an anti-settlement monitoring group. ...

Biden continues to recover from COVID-19, stays out of public view after ending his 2024 campaign

Jul. 22, 2024 21:00 PM EDT

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden’s “symptoms have almost resolved completely” from COVID-19, according to his physician, as the president on Monday remained out of public view for the fifth straight day. Biden called into the Wilmington, Delaware, headquarters...

Cyprus plans to build a major naval base to play a larger geopolitical role, says defense minister

Jul. 17, 2024 08:33 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' defense minister said Wednesday that plans are in motion to build a major naval base on the east Mediterranean island nation's southern coast capable of hosting large ships from European Union countries and other nations to carry out a variety of missions including...

US Navy pilots come home after months of shooting down Houthi missiles and drones

Jul. 12, 2024 17:19 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — U.S. Navy fighter pilots came home to Virginia feeling relieved Friday after months of shooting down Houthi-launched missiles and drones off Yemen's coast in the most intense running sea battle the Navy has faced since World War II. F/A-18 Super Hornets...

A look at heat records that have been broken around the world

Jul. 10, 2024 15:31 PM EDT

This year has already seen many heat records broken as the world grows hotter with more and more greenhouse gases added to the atmosphere. For many places, the highest temperatures since record-keeping began have come in just the last 10 to 15 years. That's the clearest possible...

Gaza destruction likely helped push Hamas to soften cease-fire demands, several officials say

Jul. 08, 2024 03:32 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Several officials in the Middle East and the U.S. believe the level of devastation in the Gaza Strip caused by a nine-month Israeli offensive likely has helped push Hamas to soften its demands for a cease-fire agreement. Hamas over the weekend...

A look at how settlements have grown in the West Bank over the years

Jul. 05, 2024 15:25 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has approved the largest seizure of land in the occupied West Bank in over three decades and advanced plans to build thousands of new settlement homes, according to Peace Now, an Israeli anti-settlement monitoring group. They are the latest steps by Israel’s hard-line...