Latest Middle East News

The Latest: US military denounces Iran's 'unprovoked attack'

Jun. 20, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local): 3:35 p.m. The U.S. military's Central Command has confirmed that Iranian forces shot down a U.S. drone, an RQ-4 Global Hawk, saying the downing took...

Iran Revolutionary Guard shoots down US drone amid tensions

Jun. 20, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. drone on Thursday amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over the collapsing nuclear deal with world powers, American and Iranian officials said, though they disputed the circumstances of the incident. The Guard said it shot...

World shares rise on hopes for US-China truce, Fed outlook

Jun. 20, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Global markets advanced Thursday on hopes for a trade truce between the United States and China and the Federal Reserve's hint at lower rates. The price of oil surged amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. Confirmation of a meeting between President Donald Trump and his...

Turkey launches new gas drillship amid tensions with Cyprus

Jun. 20, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey is launching a second drillship that it says will drill for gas off neighboring Cyprus despite European Union warnings to refrain from such illegal actions that could incur sanctions against Ankara. Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez was due aboard the Yavuz on Wednesday as part of...

In Lebanon, Syrian refugees face new pressure to go home

Jun. 20, 2019 7:48 AM EDT

ARSAL, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanese authorities are making their most aggressive campaign yet for Syrian refugees to return home and are taking action to ensure they can't put down roots. Mirroring the rise of anti-migrant sentiment in Europe and around the world, some in Lebanon say that after eight years of...

US military's Central Command: Iran's shooting down of US drone was 'unprovoked attack' in international airspace

Jun. 20, 2019 7:48 AM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — US military's Central Command: Iran's shooting down of US drone was 'unprovoked attack' in international airspace.

Egypt: 11 tourists safe after hot air balloon incident

Jun. 20, 2019 7:30 AM EDT

LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian officials say 11 tourists are safe after their hot air balloon drifted away, forcing them to land in the country's southern desert. The officials say the tourists — five Indians, four Chinese, a British and an Egyptian — were ballooning over ancient Egyptian...

Oil shippers boost security after attacks on tankers in Gulf

Jun. 20, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A series of attacks on oil tankers near the Persian Gulf has ratcheted up tensions between the U.S. and Iran — and raised fears over the safety of one of Asia's most vital energy trade routes, where about a fifth of the world's oil passes through its narrowest at...

Israel's Arab parties reunite for upcoming elections

Jun. 20, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Four political parties representing Israel's Arab minority have announced they will unite for the upcoming parliamentary elections. After last spring's disappointing showing, the move looks to boost turnout and improve Arab representation in parliament. The four factions first united in...

Court rules UK must reconsider arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Jun. 20, 2019 6:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British court has ruled that the U.K. government must reconsider its decision to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia for use in the Yemen war. The Court of Appeal ruled Thursday in favor of anti-weapons campaigners, who argued that the sales should not have been allowed because there was a risk...