In Gaza, parkour brings youngsters a taste of freedom

GAZA, (AFP):- Using crutches, Palestinian Mohamed Aliwa leaps from one concrete slab to another, determined that his missing leg won't

Israel to close airport to bring outbreak under control

JERUSALEM (AP):- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said Israel will be closing its international airport to nearly flights as

Top Lebanese hospitals fight exhausting battle against virus

By FAY ABUELGASIM, BEIRUT (AP):- Death stalks the corridors of Beirut’s Rafik Hariri University Hospital, where losing multiple patients in

Iran, pressured by blackouts and pollution, targets Bitcoin

By NASSER KARIMI and ISABEL DEBRE, TEHRAN, Iran (AP):- Iran’s capital and major cities plunged into darkness in recent weeks

Twin suicide blasts in Baghdad leave nearly 30 dead

BAGHDAD, (AFP):- A rare twin suicide bombing killed nearly 30 in central Baghdad on Thursday, Iraqi state media said, the

Netanyahu courts Arab voters in election-year turnabout

By JOSEPH KRAUSS, JERUSALEM (AP):- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has spent much of his long career casting Israel’s Arab

Iran’s Rouhani hails departure of ‘tyrant’ Trump

TEHRAN, (AFP):- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday hailed the departure of "tyrant" US counterpart Donald Trump, who is due

Saudi reports sharp drop in executions in 2020

RIYADH, (AFP):- Saudi Arabia on Monday reported a sharp drop in executions in 2020, as the kingdom seeks to blunt

Israel trades Pfizer doses for medical data in vaccine blitz

By ILAN BEN ZION, JERUSALEM (AP):- After sprinting ahead in the race to inoculate its population against the coronavirus, Israel

Iran deal architect among veterans named for Biden State Department

WASHINGTON, (AFP):- The lead US negotiator of the Iran nuclear accord and a battle-tested hawk on Russia were named Saturday

At virus tipping point, Lebanon imposes all-day curfew

By ZEINA KARAM, BEIRUT (AP):- It was a choice between containing a spiraling virus outbreak and resuscitating a dying economy

Amid Nile dam tensions, Egypt recalls Aswan 50 years on

ASWAN, EGYPT, (AFP):- Half a century since Egypt's ground-breaking Aswan dam was inaugurated with much fanfare, harnessing the Nile for

Aid agencies fear impact in Yemen after US terror decision

By MAGGIE MICHAEL and SAMY MAGDY, CAIRO (AP):- Aid agencies were thrown into confusion Monday over the Trump administration’s out-the-door

Omanis revive memory of village swallowed by desert

WADI AL-MURR, OMAN, (AFP):- Encroaching sands have left little evidence that the Omani village of Wadi al-Murr ever existed, but

Qatar emerges from Gulf spat resolute and largely unscathed

AYA BATRAWY, Emirates, (AP):-Qataris awoke to a surprise blockade and boycott by Gulf Arab neighbors 3 1/2 years ago, and

Netanyahu court date postponed amid virus lockdown

JERUSALEM, (AFP):- A planned court appearance next week by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his long-waited trial for corruption

Iran in no rush to see US return to nuclear…

TEHRAN, (AFP):- Iran is in no hurry to see the US return to a 2015 nuclear deal with major powers

Saudi crown prince greets Qatar emir for reconciliation summit

AL-ULA, Saudi Arabia, (AFP):- Qatar's leader arrived in Saudi Arabia Tuesday, greeted by de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin

Iran starts 20% uranium enrichment, seizes South Korean ship

By JON GAMBRELL and ISABEL DEBRE, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP):- Iran began enriching uranium Monday to levels unseen since

Saudi Arabia reopens borders closed due to Covid-19

RIYADH, (AFP):- Saudi Arabia on Sunday announced the reopening of borders and the resumption of international flights after a two-week