- Lebanon’s Gordian knot could strangle iton August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
As Lebanon approaches its 101st birthday, there are fears that its Gordian knot could cost the tiny Mediterranean state everything.
- Lebanon’s water system on brink of total collapse, says UNon August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
Lebanon’s water supply system is on the verge of total collapse, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in the latest development in the country’s slide into chaos.
- Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani Fast Factson August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
Read CNN’s Fast Facts about the life of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s most influential Shiite cleric.
- Delta variant surges in Middle East and North Africa as region braces for ‘catastrophic consequences’on August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
The Middle East and North Africa is witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases aggravated by the Delta variant of the virus — and it may get worse over coming weeks — according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Lebanon’s Hariri steps down as prime minister-designate pushing crisis-ridden country further into uncertaintyon August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
Lebanon’s Prime Minister designate Saad Hariri has stepped down nearly nine months after he was tasked with forming the crisis-ridden’s next government.
- More than 90 people killed in fire at Iraqi hospital treating Covid-19 patientson August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
More than 90 people were killed and at least 50 others injured in a hospital fire in the Iraqi city of Nasiriya, which is believed to have been caused by the explosion of an oxygen tank.
- Water crisis protests reportedly continue in Iran, with chants in capitalon August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
Street protests over water shortages in southwest Iran continued for a sixth night on Tuesday amid rising violence, while residents in the capital of Tehran chanted anti-government slogans, according to videos posted on social media on Wednesday and Iranian news outlets.
- Ex-top adviser to Jordanian court and king’s cousin sentenced to 15 years in jail over alleged royal ploton August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
A former top adviser to Jordan’s king and a member of the country’s royal family have been sentenced to 15 years in prison during a landmark sedition trial that centered on former Crown Prince Hamzah bin al-Hussein.
- Timeline: Six key moments that shaped Jerusalemon August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
When there’s news out of Jerusalem, reports often point to recent history to explain how such a complex web of communities came to reside in the Holy City. But as historians describe in the CNN Original Series “Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury,” the capital’s history of religious and political tension reaches far beyond the 20th century. It goes back millennia.
- ISIS claims responsibility for Iraq suicide attack that left dozens deadon August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
ISIS have claimed responsibility for an explosion that ripped through a busy market in the Iraqi capital on Monday, killing at least 30 people and wounding 50.
- Rockets land near Afghanistan’s presidential palace during Eid prayerson August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
Three rockets landed in two different areas near the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday morning, as President Ashraf Ghani joined other high ranking officials for prayers to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
- A fragile status quo on prayer rights at Jerusalem holy site comes under fresh strainon August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
The scenes of Israeli forces firing stun grenades and tear gas inside Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque earlier this year had a galvanizing effect on Palestinian public opinion.
- His brother was tortured and killed by Russian mercenaries. Now this Syrian refugee wants justiceon August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
Russian mercenaries have been accused of grave human rights abuses that in some cases could amount to war crimes. One Syrian refugee is hoping to bring his brother’s killers to justice.
- Tracking Covid-19 cases in the USon August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
- Lebanon Fast Factson August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
Read CNN’s Fast Facts about Lebanon, a Middle Eastern country with a history of civil war and political instability.
- At least three people killed in protests over water shortages in Iranon August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
At least three people have been killed during violent protests over water shortages in Iran, according to state media.
- Palestinian boy killed by Israeli gunfire in West Bank, officials sayon August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
A 12-year old Palestinian boy has died after being shot by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.
- Palestinian shot dead in violent clashes as 12-year old, also killed by Israeli soldiers, is buriedon August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
A Palestinian man has died after being shot by Israeli forces in the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, during large clashes that broke out during the funeral of a 12-year old boy who was shot by Israeli soldiers a day earlier.
- Israel to offer third Covid-19 vaccine dose to people over 60on August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
Israel’s Prime Minister has announced a program to roll out a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine to people over the age of 60, becoming one of the first countries in the world to make such a move.
- UK and Romanian crew killed in attack on tanker off coast of Omanon August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
Two crewmembers died when a tanker connected to an Israeli billionaire was attacked off the coast of Oman, the ship’s management firm said Friday.
- Taliban threaten to seize first provincial capital as fighting intensifies across Afghanistanon August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
Heavy fighting between the Taliban and Afghan government forces has continued in the capital of Helmand province, Lashkar Gah. The Taliban now control several districts of the city, according to local journalists contacted by CNN.
- Deadly drone attack on tanker escalates Iran-Israel maritime tensionson August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
Maritime tensions are escalating in the Middle East following the deadly attack on a tanker connected to an Israeli billionaire in the Arabian Sea.
- Massoud Barzani Fast Factson August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
Read Fast Facts from CNN about Massoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq.
- Gulf War Fast Factson August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
Read CNN’s Fast Facts about the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War, an international conflict codenamed Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
- Post Titleon August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
More than 200 people were killed and thousands were injured after a massive explosion in the Lebanese capital of Beirut on August 4, 2020.
- Tracking Covid-19 vaccines in the USon August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
- Palestinians describe fight against a West Bank settlement as an existential battle. Jewish settlers say the sameon August 4, 2021 at 12:30 am
A Palestinian campaign against the settlement of Givat Evyatar had been going on for two months when settlers left. The locals call their protest Irbak al Layli, usually translated as “night confusion” — disruption techniques taken from Gaza. The Israeli army calls them violent riots.
- Wildfires in Turkey Rage on, Firefighters Struggle to Contain the Blazeby Elian Peltier and Asmaa al-Omar on August 3, 2021 at 3:02 pm
The Turkish authorities said they were investigating the causes of fires that killed at least six people and threatened popular tourist destinations.
- Ruth Pearl, Mother of Murdered Reporter Daniel Pearl, Dies at 85by Clay Risen on August 2, 2021 at 7:24 pm
A reluctant celebrity, she was thrust into the spotlight after his brutal death, and created a foundation in his memory to promote cultural understanding.
- Murder Trial in Sweden Could Shine Unsavory Light on Iran’s New Presidentby Farnaz Fassihi on August 2, 2021 at 5:42 pm
Nearly 3,000 miles from Tehran where mass executions were carried out in 1988, a murder trial in Sweden could produce new revelations that complicate life for Iran’s president-elect.
- 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Seasonon August 2, 2021 at 3:45 pm
Here is a look at the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.
- Riots Shatter Veneer of Coexistence in Israel’s Mixed Townsby Roger Cohen on August 1, 2021 at 10:40 pm
Israel’s Jewish and Palestinian communities looked past each other until violence and bloodshed forced a reckoning.
- Tunisia’s President Holds Forth on Freedoms After Seizing Powerby Vivian Yee on August 1, 2021 at 3:14 pm
“‘Why do you think that, at 67, I would start a career as a dictator?’” President Kais Saied said in a meeting with The New York Times, quoting Charles de Gaulle. He vowed to preserve hard-fought rights.
- Tunisia’s Democracy Verges on Collapse as President Moves to Take Controlby Vivian Yee on August 1, 2021 at 3:11 pm
The effort by President Kais Saied threatened the only democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring protests a decade ago, and his opponents called it a coup.
- Biden Promised to Restore the Iran Nuclear Deal. Now It Risks Derailment.by David E. Sanger, Lara Jakes and Farnaz Fassihi on July 31, 2021 at 8:10 pm
Both sides have much to lose if a delicate negotiation over limiting Iran’s activities in return for a lifting of sanctions falls short.
- Israeli Officials Say Iran Is Behind Deadly Attack on Oil Tankerby Patrick Kingsley and Ronen Bergman on July 30, 2021 at 7:31 pm
Drones carried out the attack on a tanker managed by an Israeli-led firm, killing two people, officials said — apparently the latest in a series of maritime clashes between Iran and Israel.
- Qaddafi’s Son Is Alive. And He Wants to Take Libya Back.by Robert F. Worth and Jehad Nga on July 30, 2021 at 4:00 am
In his first meeting with a foreign journalist in a decade, Seif al-Islam described his years in captivity — and hinted at a bid for Libya’s presidency.
- .سيف الإسلام القذافي حي يرزق. ويريد استعادة ليبياby Robert F. Worth on July 30, 2021 at 4:00 am
في أول مقابلة له مع صحفي، بعد اختفاء دام عشر سنوات، يصف سيف الإسلام القذافي سنواته المأساوية في الأسر ويلمّح الى احتمال الترشح للانتخابات ليصبح الرئيس القادم للبلد.
- Israel to Give Third Covid Vaccine Shots to Those Over 60by Patrick Kingsley on July 30, 2021 at 1:49 am
Whether booster shots are needed by older citizens is an issue that is far from settled among scientists.
- Khamenei Adds to Doubts on Iran Nuclear Deal Talksby Rick Gladstone on July 28, 2021 at 8:52 pm
“Trust in the West does not work,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said, signaling further problems with stalled negotiations to salvage the country’s nuclear agreement.
- Syrian Doctor Indicted in Germany for Crimes Against Humanityby Christopher F. Schuetze on July 28, 2021 at 5:44 pm
The military doctor, who was among the influx of refugees who entered Germany from Syria, is accused of torturing opponents of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
- Soccer Team Was Lone Bright Spot in West Bank Village. Virus Took That, Too.by Adam Rasgon on July 28, 2021 at 2:06 pm
Despite a fan base of just 1,400 people, the Wadi al-Nis club was a perennial West Bank powerhouse. But the team — most of whose players are related — could not defeat the coronavirus.
- U.S. to Announce Troop Drawdown From Iraqby Jane Arraf and Eric Schmitt on July 27, 2021 at 1:59 am
The deal appears to be the latest effort by the Iraqi prime minister to balance the needs and demands of the country’s two closest allies: the United States and Iran.
- Biden Takes Two Paths to Wind Down Iraq and Afghan Warsby Annie Karni and Eric Schmitt on July 26, 2021 at 10:37 pm
The differences in how President Biden has handled the wars offer insight not only into America’s strategic interests, but also in how he views the two conflicts.
- Lebanon Turns to Billionaire Tycoon to Form Next Governmentby Ben Hubbard on July 26, 2021 at 8:11 pm
Najib Mikati, who has served as prime minister twice before, will try to form a government that can please Lebanon’s politicians and address its financial meltdown. His two predecessors failed.
- In Iraq, Going Viral Can Bring Fame, and the Threat of Violenceby Jane Arraf on July 26, 2021 at 5:30 pm
Ali Adil reached out to President Biden in video from his hot, dusty rooftop. The video brought millions of likes. It also left him afraid to leave his house.
- A Rap Song Lays Bare Israel’s Jewish-Arab Fracture — and Goes Viralby Roger Cohen on July 21, 2021 at 11:07 pm
A Jew and a Palestinian sling slurs at each other, giving voice to hidden prejudice with the aim of overcoming it.
- Iran’s Problems Compounded by Water Shortagesby Farnaz Fassihi on July 21, 2021 at 5:52 pm
A prolonged drought worsened by climate change and government mismanagement has added a volatile new element to the swirl of challenges in Iran, ranging from the pandemic to U.S. sanctions.
- Countries welcoming US tourists backon July 20, 2021 at 1:39 am
Once one of the world’s most powerful travel documents, the might of the United States passport has been diminished during the pandemic. With US Covid-19 cases now past the 32.4 million mark, some nations continue to view vacationers warily even as more Americans get vaccinated.
- Dozens killed in fire at Iraqi hospital treating Covid-19 patientson July 13, 2021 at 5:34 pm