Latest Middle East News

Norway, Ireland and Spain say they will recognize a Palestinian state, deepening Israel's isolation

May. 23, 2024 00:08 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Norway, Ireland and Spain said Wednesday they would recognize a Palestinian state, a historic but largely symbolic move that further deepens Israel’s isolation more than seven months into its grinding war against Hamas in Gaza. Israel denounced the decisions and recalled...

Trump allies face skepticism as they try appealing to disaffected Arab Americans in Michigan

May. 22, 2024 21:47 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Facing a room of Arab American activists from across the country angry at President Joe Biden's response to the Israel-Hamas war, a well-known adviser to Donald Trump was asked this week what the former president would have done differently had he been in office. ...

$100 million for equity: MacArthur Foundation's new big bet and mandate

May. 22, 2024 15:29 PM EDT

The MacArthur Foundation will let loose another $100 million to a single project in the third installation of its global 100&Change competition, which for the first time requires applicants to address diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, the foundation announced Wednesday. ...

PEN America, facing criticism over its response to the Mideast war, gathers for annual gala

May. 17, 2024 00:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Like a political convention held amidst an intra-party rift, Thursday night's PEN America gala was a call for unity, dialogue and a renewed sense of mission at a time when PEN's priorities have been called into question. “Our assembly is disassembling,” PEN...

As countries tighten anti-gay laws, more and more LGBTQ+ migrants seek safety and asylum in Europe

May. 16, 2024 03:37 AM EDT

RIETI, Italy (AP) — Ella Anthony knew it was time to leave her native Nigeria when she escaped an abusive, forced marriage only to face angry relatives who threatened to turn her in to police because she was gay. Since Nigeria criminalizes same-sex relationships, Anthony fled a...

Yemen's Houthi rebels acknowledge attacking a US destroyer that shot down missile in the Red Sea

May. 15, 2024 08:43 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels on Wednesday claimed targeting a U.S. Navy destroyer and a commercial ship in the Red Sea. However, the attack on the warship apparently happened nearly two days earlier and saw the vessel intercept the missile targeting it. ...

Harvard students end protest as university agrees to discuss Middle East conflict

May. 14, 2024 23:15 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Protesters against the war between Israel and Hamas were voluntarily taking down their tents in Harvard Yard on Tuesday after university officials agreed to discuss their questions about the endowment, bringing a peaceful end to the kinds of demonstrations that were broken...

Sweltering heat across Asia was 45 times more likely because of climate change, study finds

May. 14, 2024 17:34 PM EDT

BENGALURU, India (AP) — Sizzling heat across Asia and the Middle East in late April that echoed last year's destructive swelter was made 45 times more likely in some parts of the continent because of human-caused climate change, a study Tuesday found. Scorching temperatures were...

Migration tracking group says 76 million people were displaced within their countries in 2023

May. 14, 2024 07:46 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Conflicts and natural disasters left a record nearly 76 million people displaced within their countries last year, with violence in Sudan, Congo and the Middle East driving two-thirds of new movement, a top migration monitoring group said Tuesday. The Internal...

Joe Biden wants to remind 2024 voters of a record and an agenda. Often it's Donald Trump's

May. 11, 2024 16:48 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — President Joe Biden is running for reelection on a record and an agenda -- often Donald Trump’s. In a hotel ballroom in Seattle, at fancy homes in California and at stops in Illinois and Wisconsin over the past week, Biden has been betting that reminding voters...