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MIDDLE EAST

Demonstrators protest inside the Rockefeller Center asking for a cease-fire in the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas, as U.S. President Joe Biden attends an interview in midtown Manhattan in New York on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 28, 2024
Among key Democratic Party voters Biden faces rebellion over Gaza war
Officials say the depth of Democratic Party anger over U.S. President Joe Biden’s handling of the Gaza war has caught his campaign off guard.
Shipping risks have escalated due to repeated Houthi strikes in the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandab Strait since November in what they describe as acts of solidarity with Palestinians against Israel in the Israel-Hamas war.
WORLD
Feb 28, 2024
Houthis say they can reassess Red Sea attacks if Israeli 'aggression' stops
Shipping risks have escalated due to repeated Houthi strikes since November in what they describe as acts of solidarity with Palestinians.
Displaced Palestinians gather to collect food in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday. One in six children under age 2 in northern Gaza suffers from acute malnutrition, a U.N. aid official said.
WORLD / Society
Feb 28, 2024
One quarter of Gaza's people one step away from famine, U.N. says
Practically all the 2.3 million people in the Palestinian enclave rely on "woefully inadequate" food aid to survive.
Houthi supporters and other protesters rally in solidarity with the Palestinians in Sanaa, Yemen, on Friday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 27, 2024
After U.S. strikes, Iran’s proxies scale back attacks on U.S. bases
Tehran, wary of igniting open warfare with Washington, has told militia groups it backs to curtail assaults on targets such as military installations.
An active member of the U.S. Air Force has died after setting himself on fire outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington over the weekend in protest of the war in Gaza, the Pentagon said Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 27, 2024
U.S. airman dies after setting himself on fire outside Israeli Embassy
The incident, which was broadcast live online, comes amid ongoing pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli protests in the United States.
U.S. President Joe Biden walks to board Air Force One for travel to New York from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 27, 2024
Biden hopes for cease-fire in days as talks with Israelis and Hamas progress
The presence of both sides meeting mediators separately but in the same city suggested talks were further along than at any time since February.
The Nautica, a replacement oil tanker for the decaying FSO Safer, arrives in the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen, in July last year.
BUSINESS
Feb 25, 2024
Shortage of oil tankers at hand as Red Sea attacks divert trade
Only two new supertankers join the fleet in 2024 — the fewest additions in almost four decades.
U.K. Royal Air Force planes take off from Cyprus to strike military targets in Yemen on Saturday.
WORLD
Feb 25, 2024
U.S. and U.K. warplanes again strike Houthi-linked targets in Yemen
The strikes were intended to degrade the Iran-backed militants’ ability to attack ships in critical sea lanes.
A Houthi military helicopter prepares to land on the Galaxy Leader cargo ship in the Red Sea in November.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 21, 2024
Why Beijing won’t fight the Houthis
Whether they target Chinese vessels directly or not, attacks on Red Sea shipping by Houthi rebels threaten to undermine China’s economic recovery.
Kites are flown over Rafah as smoke billows following Israeli bombardment on Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 21, 2024
Israel-Hamas war splits G20, risking paralysis at meeting
The group is so split on the conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine that they may be forced to reduce the forum’s scope and avoid geopolitical issues.
Members of the Palestinian civil defense extinguish a fire in a building following Israeli bombardments east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 20, 2024
U.S. proposes its own U.N. Security Council draft opposing Rafah offensive
The U.S. draft comes ahead of a vote by the U.N. body on an earlier proposal for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, which Washington has opposed.
A supporter of jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti in the West Bank city of Ramallah in front of a poster depicting Barghouti.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 18, 2024
Can Marwan Barghouti be the Palestinian Nelson Mandela?
Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who has spent two decades in an Israeli prison, could unite Palestinians in getting behind a compromise solution.
Protesters hold a Palestinian flag as they gather outside the International Court of Justice as judges rule on emergency measures against Israel following accusations by South Africa that the Israeli military operation in Gaza is a state-led genocide, in The Hague on Jan 24.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 19, 2024
U.N. court to weigh consequences of Israel occupation
Nations including the United States, Russia and China will address judges in a weeklong session at the Peace Palace in The Hague.
Smoke billows over Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip during Israeli bombardment on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 19, 2024
Prospects dim for truce as Israel rejects calls to spare Rafah
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected calls to spare Rafah, arguing that failing to launch the operation would mean to "lose the war."
Brig. Gen. Esmail Qaani, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, speaks during a ceremony marking the anniversary of the death of senior Iranian military commander Mohammad Hejazi, in Tehran, on April 14, 2022.
WORLD
Feb 18, 2024
Iraqi armed groups dial down U.S. attacks on request of Iran commander
A top Iranian security official said: "Commander Qaani's visit was successful, though not entirely, as not all Iraqi groups consented to de-escalate."
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shake hands as they meet at the Munich Security Conference at the Bayerischer Hof Hotel in the southern German city on Friday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Feb 17, 2024
U.S. and China agree to hold follow-up talks on North Korea and Mideast
The first meeting since October between the top U.S. and Chinese diplomats took place on the sidelines of a security conference in Munich.
Displaced Palestinian children play as they take shelter at the border with Egypt, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 16, 2024
Egypt setting up shelter area for Palestinians at Gaza border, sources say
Some 1.5 million Palestinians are currently in Rafah. A mass exodus into Egypt due to an Israeli offensive would be "a sort of nightmare."
Smoke billows over Khan Younis in the distance as seen from Rafah following Israeli bombardment on the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 15, 2024
Israel vows to press ahead with 'powerful' Rafah operation
Despite growing pressure to hold back, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists Hamas' battalions must be eliminated in the overcrowded city.
Israeli officials evacuate a person who was injured by a rocket fired from Lebanon, in Safed, northern Israel, on Wednesday.
WORLD
Feb 15, 2024
Israel-Hezbollah tensions rise with strikes from Lebanon
The assault, presumed to be carried out by Hezbollah, prompted Israeli fighter jets to launch extensive strikes.
Israeli tanks roll near the border with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Israel’s military is preparing an assault on Rafah, a town close to Egypt’s border, where it says Hamas’ remaining fighters are based.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 15, 2024
Israel pulls out of peace talks over ‘delusional’ Hamas demands
The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it would hold out for Hamas to change its position before taking any further role in talks.

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