Latest Middle East News

Iran calls Natanz atomic site blackout 'nuclear terrorism'

Apr. 11, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran on Sunday described a blackout at its underground Natanz atomic facility an act of “nuclear terrorism,” raising regional tensions as world powers and Tehran continue to negotiate over its tattered nuclear deal. While there...

Egypt: Ex-student given 8 more years in #MeToo case

Apr. 11, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Sunday convicted a former student at an elite university of attempted rape and drug possession, sentencing him to eight years imprisonment atop a previous punishment for other sexual misconduct convictions. It was the second verdict...

Pentagon chief declares 'ironclad' US commitment to Israel

Apr. 11, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Sunday declared an “enduring and ironclad” American commitment to Israel, reinforcing support at a tense time in Israeli politics and amid questions about the Biden administration's efforts to revive nuclear negotiations...

Egypt prosecutors find gross negligence behind train crash

Apr. 11, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors said Sunday they found that gross negligence by railway employees was behind a deadly train crash that caused public outcry across the country. Drugs were allegedly also involved. The March 26 crash of two passenger trains in the...

State TV: Head of Iran civilian nuclear program calls blackout at Natanz nuclear facility sabotage, 'nuclear terrorism'

Apr. 11, 2021 11:56 AM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — State TV: Head of Iran civilian nuclear program calls blackout at Natanz nuclear facility sabotage, 'nuclear terrorism.'

The Latest: Single-day high for cases in Ontario, Canada

Apr. 11, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

TORONTO — Canada’s most populous province reported a new single-day high for new infections with nearly 4,460 cases across Ontario. The latest figures released Sunday also show a sharp rise of new confirmed cases in Toronto, which jumped by nearly 400 to over 1,350. ...

Jordanian prince makes first public appearance since arrest

Apr. 11, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's Prince Hamzah on Sunday made his first public appearance since he was placed under house arrest last week, reciting Quranic verses together with King Abdullah II at the graves of their forefathers. The gesture appeared to be an attempted show of unity on a...

Jordanian state TV: King Abdullah II and Prince Hamzah make first public appearance since palace feud

Apr. 11, 2021 07:34 AM EDT
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordanian state TV: King Abdullah II and Prince Hamzah make first public appearance since palace feud.

IMF: Vaccine inequity threatens Mideast's economic recovery

Apr. 11, 2021 07:06 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Middle East economies are recovering from the coronavirus pandemic faster than anticipated, largely due to the acceleration of mass inoculation campaigns and an increase in oil prices. But the International Monetary Fund warned Sunday that an uneven...

Official tells Iranian state TV that 'accident' strikes electrical distribution grid of Iran's Natanz nuclear facility

Apr. 11, 2021 00:42 AM EDT
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Official tells Iranian state TV that 'accident' strikes electrical distribution grid of Iran's Natanz nuclear facility.