Politics

Qatar-Gulf crisis: All the latest updates

An air, sea and land blockade imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt is now in its fourth month.

Middle East

Syrian regime traps 400,000 civilians in east Ghouta

At least two babies die of malnutrition as eastern Ghouta remains under siege by regime forces.

Syrian regime traps 400,000 civilians in east Ghouta

Opinion

Who will pay for the reconstruction of Raqqa?

Those who destroyed Raqqa seem unwilling to pay for its reconstruction.

James Denselow

by James Denselow

James Denselow

United States

Former Saudi and Israeli spymasters share NYC stage

Joint public appearance at Middle East Forum signals warming of ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Former Saudi and Israeli spymasters share NYC stage

Middle East

Tillerson: Saudis not ready for talks to end GCC crisis

Top US diplomat holds talks in Qatar after visit to Saudi Arabia as part of renewed efforts to resolve diplomatic rift.

Israel

Israel maintains robust arms trade with rogue regimes

Myanmar, which is conducting a 'textbook ethnic cleansing' of its Rohingya minority, is among the beneficiaries.

Israel maintains robust arms trade with rogue regimes

Inside Story

Can the US end the blockade of Qatar?

America's top diplomat is back in the Gulf trying again to heal the rift between Arab allies.

Middle East

SDF says it captured largest Syrian oilfield from ISIL

US-backed rebels defeat ISIL fighters 'with little damage' after a 'large-scale' push to seize Syria's biggest oilfield.

SDF says it captured al-Omar oilfield from ISIL

Middle East

Iran opens first ever rehab clinic for mothers

Clinic signifies changing government policy as some of Iran's 2.5 million documented drugs users are given help and not treated as criminals.

Middle East

Arab Christians' plight under spotlight in Qatar conference

One of the conclusions of the talks was that a new pact needs to be made to ensure social equality and peace between religious groups in the region.

Middle East

Spain plans to take control of Catalonia

In Madrid, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy appeared to have the support of the locals as he announced measures to suspend Catalonia's administration and hold new elections over its secession bid, which Madrid has said is illegal.

Egypt

Deadly attack on Egyptian forces prompts security concerns

A two-day conference has been held in Qatar to discuss the plight of Arab Christians and the threats they are facing during wars and conflicts in the Middle East, during which Christian populations are estimated to have fallen to three to four percen

Middle East

Tillerson renews Gulf crisis talks in Saudi Arabia

Top US diplomat offers little optimism as he visits Riyadh and Doha in new push to resolve Gulf diplomatic dispute.

Middle East

'Completely not true': Hamas denies rift with Qatar

Group brushes off talk of tension and praises Qatar for 'pioneering role' in improving lives of Palestinians in Gaza.

Hamas: No rift with Qatar over Fatah reconciliation

Palestine

Palestinian hunger striker's health 'deteriorating'

Hassan Showkan's case highlights the plight of administrative detainees in Israeli prisons, his family says.

Palestinian hunger striker's health 'deteriorating'