Latest Middle East News

Deadly earthquake exacerbates suffering of displaced Syrians

Feb. 06, 2023 22:01 PM EST

DARKUSH, Syria (AP) — A steady stream of injured flowed into an overwhelmed hospital in the town of Darkush, in rebel-held northwestern Syria on Monday, after a deadly earthquake struck the region. Mothers hovered over crying children. Amid the chaos, one man sat with a dazed...

Husband and wife get decade in prison for terror support

Feb. 03, 2023 17:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A husband-wife militant duo will spend about a decade in prison after each of them pleaded guilty to trying to provide material support to a terrorist organization. Prosecutors say the man told a law enforcement officer posing as a terrorism sympathizer that he...

AP Month in Pictures: Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan

Feb. 03, 2023 07:43 AM EST

JANUARY 2023 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan in January 2023. This month's selection shows scenes from across the region, including images of...

Israeli-Palestinian cauldron tests US as Blinken visits

Jan. 29, 2023 21:46 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — An alarming spike in Israeli-Palestinian violence and sharp responses by both sides are testing the Biden administration as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken plunges into a cauldron of deepening mistrust and anger on visits to Israel and the West Bank this week. ...

Palestinian gunman kills 7 near Jerusalem synagogue

Jan. 27, 2023 22:51 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian gunman opened fire outside an east Jerusalem synagogue Friday night, killing seven people, including a 70-year-old woman, and wounding three others before he was shot and killed by police, officials said. It was the deadliest attack on Israelis in years and raised...

Israel, Gaza fighters trade fire after deadly West Bank raid

Jan. 26, 2023 23:59 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Gaza militants fired rockets and Israel carried out airstrikes early Friday as tensions soared following an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank that killed nine Palestinians, including at least seven militants and a 61-year-old woman. It was the deadliest...

Blinken headed to Mideast as US alarm over violence grows

Jan. 26, 2023 18:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Egypt, Israel and the West Bank this weekend, the State Department announced Thursday, as the U.S. expressed alarm about escalating violence after Israel’s single deadliest operation in the West Bank in two decades. ...

McIlroy snubs Reed, in no mood for reconciliation in Dubai

Jan. 25, 2023 17:12 PM EST

Another battle between Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed began to take shape Wednesday. As one of the most vocal critics of the LIV Golf breakaway league, McIlroy felt mentally drained at the end of last year and decided to put his clubs away for a few weeks. “It’s...

Democrats defy McCarthy with 2 selections for Intel panel

Jan. 23, 2023 17:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are picking an early fight with the House Republican majority over committee seats, nominating two California lawmakers for the Intelligence Committee in open defiance of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's vow to block them. Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries,...

European delegation ends 1st round of questioning in Lebanon

Jan. 20, 2023 12:31 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A European legal team on Friday wrapped up the first round of questioning of Lebanese bankers and current and former Central Bank officials in Beirut, officials in Lebanon said. The questioning is part of a probe on money laundering linked to Lebanon’s Central Bank governor. ...