Latest Middle East News

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...

Israel approves plans for nearly 5,300 new homes in West Bank settlements

Jul. 04, 2024 16:32 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government has approved plans to build nearly 5,300 new homes in settlements in the occupied West Bank, a monitoring group said Thursday, the latest in a campaign to accelerate settlement expansion, aimed at cementing Israeli control over the territory and preventing...

Biden at 81: Often sharp and focused but sometimes confused and forgetful

Jul. 03, 2024 22:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's conduct behind closed doors, in the Oval Office, on Air Force One and in meetings around the world is described in the same dual way by those who regularly see him in action. He is often sharp and focused. But he also has moments,...

Egypt swears in a new Cabinet as mounting economic challenges fuel public discontent

Jul. 03, 2024 13:12 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s new Cabinet was sworn in Wednesday with major changes in the defense, foreign ministry and economy portfolios as the country faces mounting public discontent and conflicts in neighboring nations. Years of economic mismanagement, the coronavirus pandemic and...

US military heightens the security alert at European bases due to a combination of threats

Jul. 01, 2024 12:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has raised the security protection measures it is taking at its bases throughout Europe, asking service members to be more vigilant and keep a lower profile due to a combination of threats it is seeing across the region. U.S. European Command...

France is facing an election like no other. Here's how it works and what comes next

Jun. 30, 2024 00:02 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French voters are being called to the polls on Sunday for an exceptional moment in their political history: the first round of snap parliamentary elections that could see the country’s first far-right government since the World War II Nazi occupation — or no majority emerging at...

US and Europe warn Lebanon's Hezbollah to ease strikes on Israel and back off from wider Mideast war

Jun. 29, 2024 20:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S., European and Arab mediators are pressing to keep stepped-up cross-border attacks between Israel and Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah militants from spiraling into a wider Middle East war that the world has feared for months. Iran and Israel traded threats Saturday of what...