Donald Trump threatens to cut aid to Palestinians

The US president says the authority is hampering peace talks — but a Palestinian official says the state will not be blackmailed

Credit gives Palestinian city a ritzy veneer of affluence

BMWs and buzzing cafes are the result of a 2008 law that forces banks to lend at least 40% to local residents

Iran protests spur new US talks on fresh sanctions

Donald Trump has seized on the unrest as an opportunity to reinforce his opposition to the 2017 nuclear accord

More deaths in Iran as protesters try to storm police station

The latest violence came despite President Hassan Rouhani’s promise that the country will crack down on ‘rioters and lawbreakers’

Suicide bomber kills 40 in Kabul

No responsibility for the attack has been claimed, but the Taliban was quick to deny any involvement

Iran urged to annul ‘spy’ death sentence

Death row convict Dr Ahmadreza Djalali says he is being punished for refusing to spy for Iran while working in Europe

Qatari emir to tour West Africa in search of new markets, despite security concerns

With Qatar ostracised by its neighbours in the Gulf, the emirate is looking to diversity its economy and is to sign co-operation agreements in the region

Saudi air defence intercepts Yemeni ballistic missile

The latest attack by Houthis could escalate the  proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran

Deadly al-Shabaab suicide bombing hits Somali police camp

Death toll disputed in Mogadishu attack by militants waging an insurgency against UN-backed government

US entertainment giant AMC signs Saudi deal after cinema ban lifted

The Kansas-based cinema company, which operates mainly under its Odeon brand, could face stiff competition from Middle East-focused Vox Cinemas soon

Saudis could pay 80% more for petrol as part of plan to overhaul the economy

Saudi Arabia is reported to want to eliminate energy subsidies in a bid to transform the oil-based economy and balance the budget

Saudi Arabia lifts long ban on cinemas

The decision, part of a series of radical social reforms, could boost the kingdom’s fledgling film industry, despite cleric’s warning of ...

Fatah shuns Mike Pence, vows fresh protests over Jerusalem

Arab League ministers, meeting in an emergency meeting in Cairo late Saturday, urged Washington to rescind its Jerusalem decision

Iraqi PM declares ‘end of war’ against Islamic State in Iraq

Haider al-Abadi said Iraq’s next battle would be to defeat the scourge of corruption

Iranian ayatollah calls for ‘rage’ against Israel in response to Trump

The US president’s decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel is eliciting the expected response

Hamas calls for intifada, starting with ‘day of rage’, after Trump’s Jerusalem decision

‘We have given instruction to all Hamas members … to be fully ready for any new orders that may be given to confront this strategic danger that ...

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