Middle East

IMF: Vaccine inequity threatens Mideast's economic recovery

The IMF expects economic growth to reach 4% for the Middle East this year. But that rosy outlook papers over the region's deep economic divides.

published on : 11th April 2021

Ties with Saudis at stake as US releases findings on Khashoggi killing; Biden speaks to King Salman

Ahead of the release of the declassified U.S. intelligence report, and announcement of any U.S. punitive measures, President Joe Biden spoke to Saudi King Salman on Thursday.

published on : 26th February 2021

Kerala govt seeks travel permits from Centre for Malayalees stuck in Dubai 

Those who served 14-day quarantine in Dubai were inconvenienced due to fresh travel restrictions issued by the Saudi government. 

published on : 8th February 2021

Army Chief Gen Naravane leaves for UAE, Saudi Arabia

The visit by the Army chief is seen as a reflection of India's growing strategic ties with the two countries and is expected to further open up new avenues.

published on : 8th December 2020

WHO warns of deadly second wave of virus across Middle East

Director of WHO's eastern Mediterranean region expressed concern that countries in the area were lowering their guard after tough lockdowns imposed earlier this year.

published on : 19th November 2020

'Resist the blackmail': French companies brace for Arab boycott

Several suspected Islamic radicals have been arrested in dozens of raids since the murder of teacher in Paris.

published on : 26th October 2020

China backs Iran nuclear deal, calls for new Middle East forum

Wang and Javid Zarif also reaffirmed their commitment to Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, according to the Chinese foreign ministry.

published on : 11th October 2020

Moscow hosts Armenia, Azerbaijan truce talks as fighting rages

Diplomatic efforts to find a lasting solution to the decades-old stalemate have faltered since a precarious ceasefire was agreed in 1994.

published on : 9th October 2020

Donald Trump to preside over historic Arab-Israel recognition deals

Sceptics, including many longtime Mideast observers, analysts, experts and former officials, have expressed doubts about the impact of the deals and lamented that they ignore the Palestinians

published on : 15th September 2020

Bahrain becomes latest Arab nation to recognise Israel, normalise ties

Bahrain, along with Saudi Arabia, had already dropped a prohibition on Israeli flights using its airspace.

published on : 12th September 2020

Pompeo to have closed-door meetings in Bahrain, UAE amid push for Israel's recognition in Middle East

The State Department has not offered any word on what Pompeo will bring up during the meeting, though it comes after a US-brokered deal on normalisation of ties between Israel and UAE.

published on : 26th August 2020

UN chief Antonio Guterres welcomes Israel, UAE agreement

The UN chief said peace in the Middle East was imperative as the region confronts the grave threats of COVID-19 and radicalisation.

published on : 14th August 2020

UAE-Israel deal a 'stab in the back' to Muslims, says Iran

The agreement makes the UAE the first Gulf Arab state — and the third Arab country, after Egypt and Jordan — to have full diplomatic ties with Israel.

published on : 14th August 2020

US Vice President Mike Pence still to head to Middle East despite government shutdown threat

Pence will arrive in Cairo on January 20 for a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, heading the following day to Amman for a one-on-one with King Abdullah II.

published on : 19th January 2018

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas calls Trump peace offer 'slap of the century'

Abbas had previously said the United States could no longer play any role in the Middle East peace process after Trump's move.

published on : 15th January 2018
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