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World Feb 09Arab spacecraft enters orbit around Mars in historic flight
A spacecraft from the United Arab Emirates swung into orbit around Mars on Tuesday in a triumph for the Arab world's first interplanetary mission.
World Jan 05Qatar ruler lands in Saudi Arabia for summit to end blockade
Qatar's ruling emir arrived in Saudi Arabia and was greeted with an embrace by its crown prince on Tuesday, following an announcement that the kingdom would end its yearslong embargo on the tiny Gulf Arab state.
World Jan 04Saudi Arabia to lift Qatar embargo, opening air and land borders
Kuwait's foreign ministry said Saudi Arabia will open its air and land borders with Qatar, in the first steps toward ending a diplomatic crisis that has deeply divided regional U.S. allies since 2017.
World Nov 07UAE announces relaxing of Islamic laws for personal freedoms
The broadening of personal freedoms reflects the changing profile of a country that has sought to bill itself as a Westernized destination for tourists, fortune-seekers and businesses despite its Islamic legal code that has previously triggered court cases against foreigners…
Health Mar 18Ravaged by war, Middle Eastern countries face a new scourge
Long-running wars and conflicts across the Middle East have wrecked potential defenses against coronavirus outbreaks, leaving millions vulnerable in Yemen, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, the Gaza Strip and elsewhere.
Economy Mar 12Oil crisis deepens in Libya as losses exceed $3 billion
The war-torn country controls the biggest oil reserves in Africa and typically pumps 1.2 billion barrels a day. But its regular oil production ground to a halt in January when tribes loyal to eastern-based forces seized large export terminals and…
World Jun 12Israeli PM’s wife accepts plea deal for spending government money on lavish meals
Sara Netanyahu will pay around $15,000 in fines to quietly close the case, which accused her of running up large tabs at luxury restaurants for friends and family while the official prime minister's residence employed a full-time chef.
World May 312 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in separate events
Israeli police shot and killed a 16-year-old near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, while in Jerusalem's Old City, an alleged Palestinian attacker was killed after stabbing and injuring two Israelis.
World May 16Facebook busts Israeli company’s campaign to disrupt elections
Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy told reporters that the tech giant had purged 65 Israeli accounts, 161 pages, dozens of groups and four Instagram accounts.
World Mar 31Israel, Hamas take first steps toward Gaza cease-fire deal
A cease-fire deal appeared to take hold between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers on Sunday, with Israel expanding the permitted fishing zone and easing some tight restrictions on movement through its two main crossings with the Palestinian enclave.