Record temperatures and pending deals inflame Iraq's power woes

World Aug 4, 2020

Record temperatures and pending deals inflame Iraq's power woes

In Iraq’s oil-rich south, the scorching summer months pose painful new choices in the age of the coronavirus: stay at home in the sweltering heat with electricity cut off for hours, or go out and risk the virus. This is Zain al-Abidin’s predicament. A resident ...

Cramped Palestinian refugee camps fear coronavirus surge

World / Social Issues Jul 30, 2020

Cramped Palestinian refugee camps fear coronavirus surge

A second wave of coronavirus infections sweeping the Israeli-occupied West Bank is fueling fears of a surge in overcrowded Palestinian refugee camps where social distancing is next to impossible. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, the Palestinian Authority quickly imposed a lockdown ...

Iran moves U.S. aircraft carrier mock-up to mouth of Gulf

World Jul 27, 2020

Iran moves U.S. aircraft carrier mock-up to mouth of Gulf

Iran has moved a mock-up U.S. aircraft carrier to the strategic Strait of Hormuz, satellite images show, suggesting it will use the look-alike vessel for target practice in war games in a Gulf shipping channel vital to world oil exports. The use of dummy American ...

Iran says it's ready for talks if U.S. apologizes over nuclear pact

World Jun 24, 2020

Iran says it's ready for talks if U.S. apologizes over nuclear pact

Iran would be open to talks with the United States if Washington apologizes for exiting a 2015 nuclear deal and compensates Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, cautioning that U.S. calls for discussions were insincere. The confrontation between arch foes Tehran and Washington ...