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Palestinian dies of wounds from Gaza-Israel border clashes

Aug 31, 2019 - 8:54 PM

At least 306 Palestinians have been killed since March 2018 by Israeli fire

BORDER CLASHES. Palestinian protesters flee from tear gas canisters fired by Israeli forces during clashes following a demonstration along the border with Israel near Bureij in the central Gaza Strip on August 30, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP

IMF slashes Mideast growth projections over Iran sanctions

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:35 PM

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

Kushner holds open door to wary Palestinians in Bahrain peace push

Jun 27, 2019 - 12:05 AM

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

OPEN DOOR. A handout picture released by Bahrain's official news agency (BNA) shows White House adviser Jared Kushner speaking during a US-sponsored Middle East economic conference in Manama on June 25, 2019. AFP PHOTO / HO / BNA

U.S. kicks off Mideast plan, with Palestinians boycotting

Jun 25, 2019 - 4:41 PM

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

DENOUNCING THE PLAN. A picture taken on June 16, 2019, shows a poster in Gaza City denouncing the US Middle East peace plan dubbed the "deal of the century". Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Palestinians reject U.S.-Bahrain peace plan as Israel advises 'surrender'

Jun 24, 2019 - 11:38 PM

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

PROTEST. Palestinian demonstrators carry caricatures, during a protest against the US-led Peace to Prosperity conference that opens tomorrow in Bahrain, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on June 24, 2019. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Is Duterte ready to handle a looming Middle East crisis?

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:38 PM

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

Iran warns U.S. attack would imperil interests across Middle East

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:41 PM

'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

PROTEST. The Organization of Iranian American Communities march to urge "recognition of the Iranian people's right for regime change," in front of the White House in Washington DC, on June 21, 2019. Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Iran leader condemns U.S. Mideast plan as 'great betrayal'

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:13 PM

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

IRAN LEADER. A handout picture provided by the Iranian supreme leader office on June 5, 2019 shows the Islamic republic's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, holding a rifle as he delivers the Eid al-Fitr sermon during prayers at the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum in Tehran to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. AFP PHOTO / HO / KHAMENEI.IR

Iraq warns of 'danger of war' as Iranian foreign minister visits

May 26, 2019 - 5:53 PM

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

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali al-Hakim (R) meets Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Baghdad on May 26, 2019.  SABAH ARAR / AFP

U.S. deploys new Middle East troops to counter Iran 'threat'

May 25, 2019 - 8:22 PM

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

MUSCLE. In this May 9, 2019, photo released by the US Navy, the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group transits the Suez Canal. Photo by Darion Chanelle Triplett/Navy Office of Information/AFP

Israel to name Golan settlement after Trump

Apr 24, 2019 - 12:02 PM

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

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) holds a proclamation signed by US President Donald Trump recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, during a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on April 14, 2019.  RONEN ZVULUN / POOL / AFP

Kushner: Mideast plan to come after Ramadan

Apr 24, 2019 - 8:13 AM

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

Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner speaks during the Time 100 Summit event April 23, 2019 in New York. Kushner said that he would present his long-awaited Middle East peace plan after the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan ends in early June. Don Emmert / AFP

Netanyahu says Israel prepared for 'comprehensive' Gaza operation

Mar 29, 2019 - 8:39 AM

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

An Israeli soldier directs a tank during training in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on April 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JALAA MAREY

Pompeo on Middle East tour to counter Iran, boost Netanyahu

Mar 20, 2019 - 8:56 PM

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

MIDDLE EAST TOUR. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah give a joint press conference in Kuwait City on March 20, 2019. Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Impunity reigned in Middle East in 2018, says Amnesty International

Feb 27, 2019 - 10:17 AM

'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: Patient at RITM tests negative for MERS

Feb 20, 2019 - 9:03 PM

DOH Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo Janairo says the patient is still under observation to determine the cause of pneumonia

DOH monitoring suspected MERS case in Laguna

Feb 20, 2019 - 2:11 PM

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

MERS. This undated handout picture courtesy of the British Health Protection Agency shows the Coronavirus seen under an electron microscope. AFP PHOTO / British Health Protection Agency

Yemen FM says seated next to Netanyahu in 'error'

Feb 15, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'Protocol errors are the responsibility of the organizers, as is always the case in international conferences,' Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani writes on Twitter

U.S. presents Middle East vision in Warsaw, but no converts

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:08 PM

The countries that are sending top officials to Warsaw are pushing for a tough line on Iran

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Pompeo to push for end to Gulf dispute during Qatar visit

Jan 13, 2019 - 6:33 PM

'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

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo gives a press conference during a NATO Foreign ministers' meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on April 27, 2018.  JOHN THYS / AFP

Iran deal, Saudi murder: Turbulent year shakes up Middle East

Dec 16, 2018 - 10:00 AM

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

Abbas rejects 'biased' U.S. as sole Mideast mediator

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas says Donald Trump has forfeited his right to be regarded as a neutral broker

PALESTINE'S LEADER. In this file photo, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas Momani/AFP

South Korea reports first MERS case in 3 years

Sep 08, 2018 - 7:33 PM

'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

Thousands join gay pride parade in conservative Jerusalem

Aug 05, 2018 - 1:00 PM

This year's parade, the 17th annual Jerusalem march, is being held under the banner of 'Pride and Tolerance'

Participants take part in the annual Jerusalem Gay Pride parade on August 2, 2018. Thousands of people were expected to attend the parade in the holy city under heavy police guard, mindful of a fatal 2015 attack on marchers in the largely conservative city. This year's parade, the 17th annual Jerusalem march, is being held under the banner of "Pride and Tolerance". MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

Israel adopts controversial Jewish nation-state law

Jul 19, 2018 - 1:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The new legislation, which serves as a de facto constitution, provokes fears of discrimination against Arab citizens of Israel

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Prince William arrives in Israel as part of regional tour

Jun 25, 2018 - 11:55 PM

Prince William's plane from Jordan landed on the tarmac at Ben Gurion Airport between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

FIRST STOP. Britain's Prince William visits the Luminus Technical University College in Amman on June 25, 2018. William arrived in Jordan at the start of a Middle East tour. Photo by Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

AFP photographer hit as Israel fires on Gaza protesters

Jun 09, 2018 - 11:40 AM

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

HIT. Photojournalist Mohammed Abed Al-Baba was hit on the leg while wearing a media vest in Gaza City. Photo from AFP correspondent Joe Dyke's Twitter page

Netanyahu warns Merkel of new refugee crisis sparked by Iran

Jun 05, 2018 - 1:06 PM

'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

ON IRAN. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address a press conference after a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on June 4, 2018. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Putin says 'all is not lost' to save Iran nuclear deal

May 25, 2018 - 11:38 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin says: 'The US president is not closing the door on negotiations. I think that all is not yet lost.'

HOPEFUL. File photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin. File photo by AFP

Israel says first to use F-35 stealth fighter jets in combat

May 22, 2018 - 9:32 PM

Calling the plane by its Hebrew name, an Israeli general says: 'The Adir aircraft are already operational and flying combat missions'

FIRST RUN. An Israeli Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighter jet performs during an air show at the graduation ceremony of Israeli air force pilots at the Hatzerim Israeli Air Force base in the Negev desert, near the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva, on December 27, 2017. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Pope Francis says 'very worried' by Mideast violence

May 16, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Calling for 'dialogue, justice and peace,' Francis says violence 'has never led to peace. War incites war, violence incites violence'

POPE AUDIENCE. Pope Francis passes by a banner of Philippines' believers during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on May 16, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by  Andreas Solaro/AFP

7 reasons to visit Iran

Apr 29, 2018 - 7:54 PM

Looking for your next vacation destination? Iran is worth exploring.

BEAUTIFUL IRAN. Are you planning to visit Iran? All photos by Joshua Berida

Blasts shake Damascus as U.S. and allies launch Syria strikes

Apr 14, 2018 - 6:18 PM

As dawn broke, plumes of smoke can be seen rising from the city's north and east

STRIKES. A photo released early on April 14, 2018 on the website of the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows an explosion on the outskirts of Damascus after Western strikes reportedly hit Syrian military bases and chemical research centres in and around the capital. Photo by HANDOUT / STR / SANA / AFP

U.S. must act, but not rush decision on Syria – Haley

Apr 13, 2018 - 11:03 PM

'You don't rush decisions like this, says US Ambassador Nikki Haley about plan to launch military action on Syria

NO RUSH. File photo of US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley  Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Gazans bury their dead after bloodiest day in years

Mar 31, 2018 - 7:12 PM

(UPDATED) Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas declares Saturday a day of national mourning. In a speech, he holds Israel fully responsible for the deaths.

MOURNING. Palestinian relatives of Ibrahim Abu Shaer, who was killed a day earlier by Israeli forces when clashes erupted as tens of thousands as Gazans marched near the Israeli border with the enclave to mark Land Day, mourn during his funeral in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 31, 2018. Photo by Said Khatib / AFP

Trump says U.S. withdrawing from Syria 'very soon'

Mar 30, 2018 - 12:40 PM

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.

US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 16, 2018, as he travels to Florida for the weekend. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

'Governments crawling, ISIS sprinting on social media' – expert

Mar 18, 2018 - 2:29 PM

'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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Feb 28, 2018 - 9:51 PM

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DOLE eyes deployment ban to Middle East

Feb 28, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says an expanded deployment ban may be enforced if other Arab countries fail to strengthen protection for Filipino workers

SEEKING INVESTMENTS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Qatari businessmen during the Philippines-Qatar Business Forum on April 15, 2017 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Doha, Qatar. Malacañang photo

Duterte to Middle Eastern countries: Do something to stop OFW abuse

Jan 24, 2018 - 3:14 PM

If cases of abuse against OFWs continue, President Rodrigo Duterte says he may impose a ban on OFW deployment to the Middle East

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte expresses his utmost concern for the Overseas Filipino Workers in his speech during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Khalifa Sports City in Bahrain on April 14, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

Kuwait 'bewildered' by PH’s deployment ban - report

Jan 23, 2018 - 5:54 PM

Kuwait expresses its 'regret and bewilderment' on the president’s decision to suspend the dispatch of workers to Kuwait

Expert warns of Middle East 'deployment crisis' over new fee for OFWs

Jan 17, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Recruitment and migration expert Emmanuel Geslani urges the Department of Health to seek the intervention of the Department of Foreign Affairs

SCAM? The Blas F. Ople Policy Center seeks a probe of an alleged "multi-million peso scam" targeting OFWs. File photo by AFP

PH gov't urged to probe 'multi-million-peso scam' targeting OFWs

Jan 03, 2018 - 12:17 PM

'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

File photo by AFP

Palestinians recall envoy to U.S. for consultations after Jerusalem move

Jan 01, 2018 - 1:59 AM

Palestinian foreign minister Riad al-Malki recalls PLO envoy to Washington Husam Zomlot

RECALL. Palestine recalls its ambassador to Washington after President Donald Trump's decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Palestine. AFP file photo

Pope seeks peace in Jerusalem, highlights plight of war-scarred children

Dec 25, 2017 - 8:01 PM

'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

Shockwaves: The world in 2017

Dec 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Here is a look at some of the biggest global stories from the past year

RESISTANCE. Riot police fire rubber bullets and tear gas grenades at demonstrators protesting against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas on April 8, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

Pence delays Mideast visit amid anger over Jerusalem shift

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:36 PM

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

RAGE. This file photo taken on December 13, 2017 shows Palestinians walking on a poster bearing images of US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence during a demonstration at the al-Quds Open University in Dura village on the outskirts of the West Bank town of Hebron on December 13, 2017. Photo by Hazem Bader/ AFP

Pope talks about U.S.-Jerusalem issue with Jordan's King

Dec 19, 2017 - 10:04 PM

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

VISITOR. Pope Francis greets Jordan's King Abdullah II during a private meeting at the Vatican, on December 19, 2017. Photo by  Max Rossi/POOL/AFP

Palestinians killed in new wave of protests over Trump

Dec 16, 2017 - 12:20 AM

Unrest in Palestinian Territories spreads since US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

UNREST. Palestinian protesters wave the national flag during clashes with Israeli security forces near the border fence with Israel, east of Gaza City on December 15, 2017 as demonstrations continue over US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP

U.S. Vice President Pence to go ahead with Middle East trip

Dec 14, 2017 - 11:43 PM

Palestinian, Coptic and other leaders have said Pence is not welcome and have publicly rebuffed requests for a meeting

SECOND. US Vice President Mike Pence (right) looks on as President Donald Trump signs a proclamation after he delivered a statement on Jerusalem from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC on December 6, 2017. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP