Middle East

Six Palestinians are killed in the Israeli military’s latest West Bank raid, health officials say

Palestinian health officials say Israeli forces stormed into a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank to arrest Palestinian militants and unleashed fighting with local gunmen in which six Palestinians were killed.

Observers see OPEC ‘panicking’ as COP28 climate talks focus on possible fossil fuel phase-out

Veteran climate negotiation observers say the oil industry is starting to sweat as United Nations climate talks heat up and threaten to plug fossil fuel-belching wells for good.

A rocket attack targets the US Embassy in Baghdad, causing minor damage but no casualties

U.S. and Iraqi officials say a rocket attack at the sprawling U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has caused minor damage but no casualties.

Protests during UN climate talks have “shocking level of censorship”

Protesters at the United Nations’ COP28 climate summit are demonstrating for several causes, but all are limited in what they can say, where they can go and what their signs can portray.

On sidelines of COP28, Emirati ‘green city’ falls short of ambitions, but still delivers lessons

A bold, innovative project begun nearly a generation ago to erect a “green-city” in the United Arab Emirates has run into realities and largely missed its mark.

2023 in books: Protests, bannings and the rise of AI helped shape the story of publishing

The publishing world made plenty of news in 2023, but not only because of the books themselves. Bannings continued to soar in the U.S., the Middle East war impacted everything from authors events to the National Book Awards and numerous authors took legal action in the hopes of containing AI.

Israeli troops round up Palestinian men in northern Gaza as UN warns aid operation is ‘in tatters’

Desperate Palestinians fleeing Israel’s expanding ground offensive crowded into an ever-shrinking area of the Gaza Strip as the Israel-Hamas war entered its third month.

Saudi Royal Air Force F-15SA fighter jet crashes, killing 2 crew members aboard

A Saudi Royal Air Force F-15SA fighter jet has crashed, killing its two crew members on board. The state-run Saudi Press Agency, quoting military spokesperson Brig. Gen.

Journalists’ rights group counts 94 media workers killed this year, most of them in Gaza

The International Federation of Journalists says 2023 has been an unprecedented year for the number of media workers killed on the job.

Families had long dialogue after Pittsburgh synagogue attack. Now they’ve unveiled a memorial design

Preliminary designs are being released for an outdoor memorial to the 11 victims of the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue attack.

Putin continues his blitz round of Mideast diplomacy by hosting the Iranian president

Russian President Vladimir Putin has hosted Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in the Kremlin. That meetings continues a blitz round of Middle East diplomacy a day after he visited the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Rights groups file legal challenge with UK court, urging a halt on British arms exports to Israel

Legal and human rights groups have filed a legal challenge with Britain’s High Court, calling for the U.K. to stop granting licenses for weapons exports to Israel.

A Danish court orders a British financier to remain in pre-trial custody on tax fraud

A British hedge fund trader extradited from the United Arab Emirates to Denmark where he was wanted for allegedly orchestrating a more than 9 billion kroner ($1.3 billion) tax fraud has been ordered to remain in custody until his Jan. 3 trial.

Rights groups say Israeli strikes on journalists in Lebanon were likely deliberate

Two international human rights groups say two Israeli strikes that killed a Reuters videographer and wounded six other journalists in south Lebanon nearly two months ago were apparently deliberate and a direct attack on civilians.

Live updates | Widening Israeli offensive in southern Gaza worsens dire humanitarian conditions

The Israeli military hit Rafah in southern Gaza overnight, residents say, as United Nations officials warn there are no safe places left in the besieged territory.

Desperation grows among Palestinians trapped with little aid as Israel battles Hamas in Gaza

Israeli forces struck the southern Gaza town of Rafah twice overnight, sowing fear in one of the last places where civilians can seek refuge.

Who are the Houthis and why hasn’t the US retaliated for their attacks on ships in the Middle East?

When Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen launched missiles and hit three commercial ships in the Red Sea, it triggered an immediate question: Will the U.S. military strike back?

Climate talks shift into high gear. Now words and definitions matter at COP28

The mood is about to shift, the hours grow longer and the already high sense of urgency somehow amp up even more as United Nations climate talks head into its final week.

In 2023, calamities of war and disaster were unleashed again on an unsettled Middle East

War and natural disasters ravaged an increasingly unsettled Middle East throughout 2023, further straining countries already hit by worsening economic conditions and affected by extreme weather fueled by climate change.

UN chief uses rare power to warn Security Council of impending ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ in Gaza

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has used a rarely exercised power to warn the Security Council of an impending “humanitarian catastrophe” in Gaza and urged its members to demand an immediate cease-fire.

Senior UN official denounces ‘blatant disregard’ in Israel-Hamas war after many UN sites are hit

The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees says there’s no safe haven in Gaza for civilians — not even U.N. shelters and “safe zones” designated by Israel.

The Justice Department is investigating the deaths and kidnappings of Americans in the Hamas attack

Attorney General Merrick Garland says the Justice Department is investigating the deaths and kidnappings of Americans during the Hamas attack against Israel on Oct. 7.

Cargo ship breaks down in Egypt’s Suez Canal and crashes into a bridge. Traffic is not disrupted

Egyptian authorities say a cargo ship broke down in the Suez Canal and crashes into a bridge over the crucial waterway.

Hanukkah message of light in darkness feels uniquely relevant to US Jews amid war and antisemitism

Preparing for Hanukkah feels uniquely somber yet defiant this year for the Jewish communities in and around Miami Beach.

Activists say their voices are stifled by increasing rules and restrictions at COP28 climate talks

This year’s United Nations climate talks may have seen record numbers registered to attend, but activists who have spent years demonstrating at the annual event say their space to voice their demands is shrinking year on year.

Iran arrests a popular singer after he was handed over by police in Turkey

Iranian media say authorities have arrested a popular singer who had criticized the government after he was handed over by police in Turkey.

Iran says it sent a capsule capable of carrying animals into orbit as it prepares for human missions

Iran says it sent a capsule into orbit capable of carrying animals as it prepares for human missions in coming years.

Fighting between Israel and Hamas rages in Gaza’s second-largest city, blocking aid from population

Israeli troops say they are battling Hamas militants in the center of the Gaza Strip’s second-largest city, Khan Younis.

After a fast start, COP28 climate talks now in murky middle of hope, roadblocks

After a first-day blur of rare quick action and agreement, negotiators at a critical United Nations climate conference Wednesday are finishing up their first week in a more familiar place for them: the murky middle where momentum and roadblocks intertwine.

Russia’s Putin is visiting the UAE and Saudi Arabia, seeking to bolster Moscow’s Mideast clout

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in a one-day lightning tour intended to raise Russia’s profile as a Middle East power broker, even as his war Ukraine grinds on.

UN food agency stops deliveries to millions in Yemen areas controlled by Houthi rebels

The United Nations food agency says it’s stopping food distribution in areas of war-torn Yemen controlled by the Houthi rebels, a move that will impact millions of people.

In a rare action against Israel, US says extremist West Bank settlers will be barred from America

In a rare punitive move against Israel, the State Department says it will impose travel bans on extremist Jewish settlers implicated in a rash of attacks on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

At COP28 summit, activists and officials voice concern over Gaza’s environment, devastated by war

As leaders, officials and activists descend on Dubai for United Nations climate talks to discuss saving Earth, another environmental crisis is nearby.

Streisand talks acting, music and destiny after release of her memoir ‘My Name is Barbra’

Her book is called ‘My Name is Barbra’ and it runs nearly 1,000 pages. You expected less from Barbra Streisand?

Senior EU official warns of huge security risk in Europe over Christmas as Israel-Hamas war rages

European Union Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson is warning that Europe faces “a huge risk of terrorist attacks” over the Christmas holiday period.