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MIDDLE EAST

Iran has conducted numerous proxy attacks against the Israelis, as well as U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria, seeking to determine what a response might look like.
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 6, 2023
What the U.S. should do about Iran
Iran has conducting attacks against against Israeli and U.S. forces, seeking to determine what a response will look like.
Smoke rises from Gaza following an explosion on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 15, 2023
U.S. sending ammo and missiles to Israel on 'near-daily basis'
Washington is providing bunker-busting M141 munitions, small-diameter bombs, 155 mm artillery shells, laser-guided missiles, night-vision kit and vehicles
A boy stands in the rain at a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday.
WORLD
Nov 15, 2023
Heavy rain in Gaza brings new problems and fears for Palestinians
The start of the rainy season and the possibility of flooding increased fears that the densely populated enclave's sewage system will be overwhelmed.
Palestinians prepare food next to destroyed buildings in Khan Younis on Monday.
WORLD / Society
Nov 14, 2023
Nothing to sell: Empty shelves in southern Gaza as population swells
Shortages of food, water, fuel and other goods have been worsening since Israel launched a military offensive and imposed a siege on the Gaza Strip.
A wounded Palestinian woman from the Baraka family is surrounded by her children upon their arrival at Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip following Israeli airstrikes that hit their building on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 14, 2023
Israeli tanks outside Gaza's main hospital amid no let-up in fighting
The advance came as U.S. leader Joe Biden said hospitals in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip must be protected and he hoped for less intrusive Israeli action.
Newborns are placed in bed after being taken off incubators in Gaza's Shifa hospital after power outage, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Gaza City on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 13, 2023
Largest Gaza hospital 'not functioning' amid Israeli assault
Hospitals in the enclave's north, including the Shifa complex, are blockaded by Israeli forces and barely able to care for those inside, staff say.
People carry posters and chant slogans on Saturday during a demonstration in Tel Aviv calling for the release of Israeli hostages taken by Palestinian militants that are currently being held in the Gaza Strip.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 13, 2023
Friends and relatives fight to keep spotlight on Israeli hostages
Many of the hostages' loved ones have traveled to Western capitals to make their cause heard among diplomats and the international media.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks following a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 13, 2023
U.S. carries out another round of airstrikes on Iran-linked targets
President Joe Biden has rejected more aggressive bombing options proposed by the Pentagon out of fear of provoking a wider conflict with Iran.
Palestinians arrive in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday after fleeing their homes in Gaza City and the northern Gaza Strip amid ongoing fighting between Israel and Hamas militants.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 12, 2023
As fighting rages, Israel says ready to evacuate babies from Gaza's main hospital
Israel's three major TV news channels, without citing named sources, said there was some progress toward a deal to free hostages held by Hamas in Gaza.
Both Israelis and Arabs must think carefully about what their policies and actions are likely to accomplish.
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 10, 2023
The futility of violence in the Middle East
In the Israeli-Palestinian context, wars have a long history of achieving little, beyond satisfying a self-destructive desire for vengeance.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa attends a news conference during the Group of Seven foreign ministers meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday. The Oct. 7 surprise attack by Hamas on Israel fundamentally changed the nature of this year's meeting.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 9, 2023
Dispelling myths about Japan’s ‘balanced’ Middle East diplomacy
Unfortunately, many in the Japanese media do not seem to understand what is really happening in the Middle East.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu poses for a photo with soldiers as he visits an Israeli army base in Tze'elim, Israel, on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 9, 2023
Lack of consensus as Netanyahu seeks security control over Gaza
Diplomats say rebuilding physical infrastructure and reconstructing governance of the area will present a colossal challenge.
Displaced residents of the city of Gaza walk to the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 9, 2023
Tens of thousands flee as Israel tightens 'stranglehold' on Gaza
U.N. rights chief Volker Turk described Israel's collective punishment of Palestinian civilians and their forcible evacuation as war crimes.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo on Oct. 21.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Nov 8, 2023
Explaining Japan's nuanced approach to the Israel-Hamas war
Japan has the potential to influence the conflict due to its distinctive position within the international community.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa speak as they wait for a group photo session during the Group of Seven foreign ministers meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 8, 2023
G7 top diplomats call for ‘humanitarian pauses’ in Israel-Hamas war
The statement didn’t mention a cease-fire, only noting the necessity of humanitarian action.
A Palestinian man walks in a tunnel linking the Gaza Strip to Egypt in 2012. The sprawling network of tunnels under the Gaza Strip has become a primary target for the Israeli military.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 8, 2023
Israel targets Hamas tunnels in new phase of Gaza war
Targeting the Islamist group's labyrinth of tunnels and command structures in northern Gaza is an operation that may take Israel months to complete.
An Israeli military unit fires from an undisclosed location near the Gaza Strip border on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 7, 2023
Israel vows to take 'security responsibility' of Gaza after war
The remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came as the Hamas-run health ministry said the death toll in Gaza had surged past 10,000.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points to a red line he drew on the graphic of a bomb used to represent Iran's nuclear program as he addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York in September 2012.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Nov 6, 2023
Israeli minister's Gaza nuclear comments spotlight opaque arsenal
The country has long had a policy of ambiguity as to whether it has nuclear weapons, though it is widely believed to possess a sizable number.
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators rally in front of the White House in Washington on Saturday.
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 5, 2023
The global consequences of the Israel-Hamas war
The EU’s shambolic response to the Israel-Hamas war has made China’s forceful reaction all the more notable.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi hold a news conference after meetings about the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Amman on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 5, 2023
Arab world and U.S. split on Gaza cease-fire as Israel presses on
In a rare open display of disagreement, the top U.S. diplomat pushed back, saying a cease-fire would only let Hamas militants regroup.

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