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The International Monetary Fund projects 2019 economic growth for the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan would be 1%, its worst since the IMF put them in one group in 2009
Jared Kushner promises to put out the political plan at 'the right time' and says the Palestinian Authority could help its people by embracing the US recommendations
For now, its plan will open over cocktails and dinner Tuesday evening in Bahrain at an intimate two-day 'economic workshop' at a luxury hotel overlooking the Gulf
The Peace to Prosperity economic workshop that begins June 25 is billed as the start of a new approach that will later include political solutions to the long intractable Middle East conflict
The attack on two cargo ships in the Gulf of Oman on June 13 poses a grave problem for President Duterte, as the country risks getting entangled in a larger power play that could result in a major regional conflict
'If the enemy – especially America and its allies in the region – make the military mistake of shooting the powder keg on which America's interests lie, the region will be set on fire,' says Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi, Iran military spokesman
Washington is gearing up to roll out economic aspects of its long-awaited plan for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians at a conference in Bahrain
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi pleads for the 'stability of the region and the upholding of the nuclear deal,' referring to a 2015 agreement between Iran and major powers
The escalation of the US military presence follows a decision in early May to send an aircraft carrier strike force and B-52 bombers in a show of force in the region
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to name a new settlement in the occupied Golan after US President Donald Trump in appreciation of his recognition of Israel's claim of sovereignty there
Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law, says he would present his long-awaited Middle East peace proposal around June and that it would include a 'robust business plan' for the Palestinians
The prime minister says Israel is prepared for a widespread military campaign in Gaza as tensions simmered following the latest flare-up – but only after all other options were exhausted
The US secretary of state kicks off his regional tour in Kuwait where he meets Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah on the first stop of a trip that will also take him to Israel and Lebanon
'Is it acceptable for activists to undergo arbitrary detention, torture, sexual harassment ... and even enforced disappearances simply for expressing their opinions in a peaceful way,' says rights watchdog
DOH Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo Janairo says the patient is still under observation to determine the cause of pneumonia
DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo says they are still waiting for the results of lab tests to confirm if the patient has the viral respiratory disease
'Protocol errors are the responsibility of the organizers, as is always the case in international conferences,' Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani writes on Twitter
The countries that are sending top officials to Warsaw are pushing for a tough line on Iran
'It is time for old rivalries to end for the sake of the greater good of the region,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
In another turbulent year for the tinderbox region, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad appear ever more powerful and Washington's promised Israeli-Palestinian peace plan seem ever more elusive
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas says Donald Trump has forfeited his right to be regarded as a neutral broker
'Authorities have traced and separated 20 people who have come in close contact with the infected person,' says the head of Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This year's parade, the 17th annual Jerusalem march, is being held under the banner of 'Pride and Tolerance'
(3rd UPDATE) The new legislation, which serves as a de facto constitution, provokes fears of discrimination against Arab citizens of Israel
Prince William's plane from Jordan landed on the tarmac at Ben Gurion Airport between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
Mohammed Abed al-Baba, who has worked for Agence France-Presse in Gaza since 2000, says he was shot in the leg while wearing a clearly identified press vest and helmet
'This will inflame another religious war – this time a religious war inside Syria and the consequences will be many, many more refugees and you know where exactly they will come,' says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Russian President Vladimir Putin says: 'The US president is not closing the door on negotiations. I think that all is not yet lost.'
Calling the plane by its Hebrew name, an Israeli general says: 'The Adir aircraft are already operational and flying combat missions'
Calling for 'dialogue, justice and peace,' Francis says violence 'has never led to peace. War incites war, violence incites violence'
As dawn broke, plumes of smoke can be seen rising from the city's north and east
'You don't rush decisions like this, says US Ambassador Nikki Haley about plan to launch military action on Syria
(UPDATED) Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas declares Saturday a day of national mourning. In a speech, he holds Israel fully responsible for the deaths.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is asked if she was aware of any decision for the US to pull out of Syria. 'I am not, no. No,' she says.
'The Islamic State has shrunk in the physical space, but in the cyberspace, it is still very capable,' says terrorism analyst Rohan Gunaratna on Rappler Talk
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Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says an expanded deployment ban may be enforced if other Arab countries fail to strengthen protection for Filipino workers
If cases of abuse against OFWs continue, President Rodrigo Duterte says he may impose a ban on OFW deployment to the Middle East
Kuwait expresses its 'regret and bewilderment' on the president’s decision to suspend the dispatch of workers to Kuwait
Recruitment and migration expert Emmanuel Geslani urges the Department of Health to seek the intervention of the Department of Foreign Affairs
'This online registration scheme has all the makings of a scam and is being perpetrated by foreigners allegedly representing Gulf countries,' says Susan Ople of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center
Palestinian foreign minister Riad al-Malki recalls PLO envoy to Washington Husam Zomlot
'We see Jesus in the children of the Middle East who continue to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians,' Pope Francis says in his 5th Urbi et Orbi message
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The trip to Egypt and Israel was pushed back to mid-January, allowing Pence to remain in Washington in case he needs to cast the deciding vote in the Senate over President Donald Trump's tax reforms
Jordan's King Abdullah greets Pope Francis as 'my dear friend and brother,' presenting him a painting of Jerusalem's Old City, featuring the Islamic Dome of the Rock and the Christian Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Unrest in Palestinian Territories spreads since US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Palestinian, Coptic and other leaders have said Pence is not welcome and have publicly rebuffed requests for a meeting
(UPDATED) Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas warns that the United States no longer has a role to play in the peace process