middle east

Thirty migrants, 24 of them Bangladeshis, were killed on Wednesday while crossing the Libyan desert in search of work. The 30 migrants killed by traffickers in Libya on Wednesday were abducted while crossing...

Experts say tweets claiming coup attempt are part of a long-running campaign attempting to discredit Qatari leadership. High-profile Saudi Twitter users and media outlets have again touted rumours of...

Iraq condemns UK-based news agency’s story that claimed number of new infections much higher than official figures. Iraq has revoked Reuters news agency’s reporting licence for three months...

United Arab Emirates eases ban on shipping of goods between it and Qatar enforced under a June 2017 boycott of Doha. The United Arab Emirates has eased a ban on the shipping of goods between it and...

Regional response to Qatar’s run at the Asian football Cup in UAE has deepened split within the Gulf, analysts say. Qatar’s remarkable Asian Cup victory may have been a sporting triumph...

Israel, which views Iran as its biggest security threat, has repeatedly attacked Iranian targets in Syria. Iran has warned Israel of a “firm and appropriate” response if it continued attacking...

ISIL armed group claims responsibility for the deadly attack south of the provincial capital Arish. Funeral prayers were held in Cairo and Sharqiya on Sunday to mourn the deaths of an officer and soldiers...

Lab monkeys have been infected with a deadly strain of coronavirus in a bid to find a vaccine to halt the disease's path. Rhesus macaques have been infected with the Middle East respiratory syndrome...

Plan to change constitution would see President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s mandate extended past 2022. Egypt will consider extending the presidential term to six years from four, a senior legislator...

At least six killed, 22 injured after riot in Baghdad’s women shelter causes fire, says official. A fire at a women’s shelter in Iraq’s capital has killed several lodgers, according...

Human Rights Watch report says teenage boys falsely confessed to joining ISIL while under torture by the authorities. Security forces in the Kurdish regions of Iraq have been “torturing children”...

The $15m fund was the third of six planned tranches to pay salaries of Hamas employees and support impoverished Gazans. Gaza’s rulers Hamas have rejected a fresh tranche of Qatari funds, accusing...

Protest organisers vow to stage new demonstrations, including for the first time in the region of war-torn Darfur. Police have fired tear gas at protesters in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, and the...

Energy minister is set to attend a regional forum on natural gas, a major issue of cooperation between the two nations. A senior Israeli minister has arrived in Cairo to attend an energy conference after...

A brief tour of some of the best literature from the Middle East and North Africa in 2019. It has been a big year for Arabic fiction in English translation. Two Arabic books were longlisted for the 2019...

Kingmaker Avigdor Lieberman of far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party has refused to back Israeli PM Netanyahu or Benny Gantz. Israel moved closer towards a new election on Wednesday after kingmaker Avigdor...