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Could Gulf tensions lead to Iran-US war?

Paris - A surge of tensions in the Gulf has shown the risk of a military confrontation between arch-foes Iran and the United States, even if any conflict would likely be marked by guerrilla warfare rather than full-scale battles, analysts say.

Yemen FM says seated next to Netanyahu in 'error'

Dubai - Yemen's top diplomat said a "protocol error" landed him next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a conference in the Polish capital Warsaw and that his country's stance on the Palestinian issue remained unchanged.

Israel leaked video of Gulf ministers at anti-Iran meet: reports

Warsaw - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office leaked video of Gulf Arab ministers slamming Iran during a closed-door session of a Middle East conference in Warsaw, Israeli media reported Friday.

Netanyahu tones down bellicose Iran talk - in English

Jerusalem - Israel's prime minister's office has quitely toned down talk by Benjamin Netanyahu of a shared interest with Arab states in "war" with Iran, replacing the word with "combating" in its English-language transcript.

Pence demands EU allies leave Iran nuclear deal

Warsaw - US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday demanded that European Union allies leave the Iran nuclear deal and warned of further US sanctions on Tehran.

Palestinians say Warsaw meet 'normalises' Israeli occupation

Jerusalem - A Warsaw conference jointly organised by US President Donald Trump's administration lacks credibility as it aims to "normalise" the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory, a Palestinian official said in remarks published Thursday.

Netanyahu hails Warsaw talks with Arab states as 'turning point'

Warsaw - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Thursday as historic a Warsaw meeting where he is joining Arab states, saying they stood united against Iran and voicing hope that cooperation extends to other areas.

Pence demands EU isolate Iran as Israelis, Arabs unite

Warsaw - US Vice President Mike Pence demanded Thursday that Europeans drop a nuclear deal with Iran and join in seeking to cripple the regime, a cause that united Israel with longtime Arab rivals at a conference in Warsaw.

Poland talks press Iran amid major attack

Warsaw - US and Israeli leaders gathered Wednesday in Warsaw for a conference they hope will pile pressure on Iran, just as the country's elite Revolutionary Guards were hit by one of the deadliest attacks in years.

Israel warns Iran that its missiles can travel 'very far'

Haifa - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran Tuesday that Israeli missiles can travel "very far", on the eve of a conference in Poland about peace and security in the Middle East.

France will stay 'militarily engaged' in Mideast in 2019: Macron

Toulouse - France will remain "militarily engaged" in the Middle East through 2019 despite the announced US withdrawal from the coalition fighting Islamic State jihadists in Syria, President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday.

Pompeo to head to Middle East for talks on Yemen, Syria, Iran

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to eight Middle East capitals next week for talks on security expected to focus on Yemen, Syria and Iran, the State Department announced Friday.

Iran deal, Saudi murder: Turbulent year shakes up Middle East

Apo - A murdered Saudi journalist. A scrapped Iran nuclear deal. The two events alone have undone years of diplomacy in the Middle East, testing old alliances and shaking up the regional balance of power, analysts say.

US cuts more than $200 million in aid to Palestinians

Washington - The United States said Friday that it had canceled more than $200 million in aid for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, leading their ambassador to accuse President Donald Trump's administration of being "anti-peace.

Australia restricts live sheep exports after shocking treatment

Sydney - Horrific footage of dead and dying sheep on ships bound for the Middle East has prompted sweeping reforms to Australia's live export trade, but Canberra stopped short of an outright ban Thursday.

Abbas urges Latin America not to follow US example on embassy

Caracas - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas urged Latin American countries Monday not to emulate the controversial US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

Trump son-in-law Kushner loses top security clearance

Washington - Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior aide Jared Kushner has lost his top-level security clearance, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday, a decision with potentially profound implications for the US administration.

Putin discusses Mideast with Trump, hosts Abbas

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday at the start of talks with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas that he had discussed the Middle East conflict with his US counterpart Donald Trump.

Putin discusses Mideast with Trump, hosts Abbas

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday at the start of talks with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas that he had discussed the Middle East conflict with his US counterpart Donald Trump.

US tightens rules on Middle East air cargo after 2017 Australia bomb plot

Washington - The United States has ordered more stringent inspections of air cargo from five Middle East countries, citing a June 2017 attempt in Australia to bring down a plane as evidence that extremist groups continue to target civilian aviation.

Trump and the Middle East: a new course

Washington - Donald Trump has spent much of his first year as president of the United States seeking to undo the legacy of his predecessor, Barack Obama.The volatile Middle East is one of the many areas where Trump has broken with US policy and precedent.

EU plans to take 50,000 refugees from Africa, Mideast

Brussels - The EU unveiled plans Wednesday to take at least 50,000 refugees directly from Africa, the Middle East and Turkey to discourage migrant boats from making the risky Mediterranean crossing.

EU plans to take 50,000 refugees from Africa, Mideast

Brussels - The EU unveiled plans Wednesday to take at least 50,000 refugees directly from Africa, the Middle East and Turkey to discourage migrant boats from making the risky Mediterranean crossing.

Violence creating 'lost generation' of Middle East men: study

Miami - Suicide and murder are rising fast in the Middle East and nearby regions that are already grappling with war and conflict, creating a "lost generation," particularly among men, researchers said Monday.

Macron chides Netanyahu on settlements, urges new Mideast talks

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron told Israel's visiting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday that Paris opposes Israel's expansion of settlements in occupied Palestinian territory as he urged fresh Middle East peace talks.

Trump takes perilous first steps on world stage

Washington - From Riyadh to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Rome, Brussels and Sicily, Donald Trump left a swirl of domestic woes behind Friday as he embarked on a first foreign trip that will be closely watched in capitals the world over.

Trump takes perilous first steps on world stage

Washington - From Riyadh to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Rome, Brussels and Sicily, Donald Trump leaves a swirl of domestic woes behind Friday to embark on a first foreign trip that will be closely watched in capitals the world over.

Mideast conflicts leave millions unsure of next meal: UN

Cairo - The devastating conflicts gripping the Middle East and North Africa have left 30 million people unsure of their next meal, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation said.

Across Middle East, final goodbyes to Istanbul dead

Birut - Funerals were being held across the Middle East Tuesday for victims of the Istanbul nightclub shooting, many of them young party-goers whose lives were cut tragically short by the attack.

Uncertainty across Middle East after Trump victory

Birut - Uncertainty spread across the Middle East following Donald Trump's US election win, with questions hanging over the war against the Islamic State group, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran's nuclear deal.
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