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Middle East: Region that encompasses Western Asia and Egypt
The Middle East is a transcontinental region which includes Western Asia and all of Egypt. The term has come into wider usage as a replacement of the term Near East beginning in the early 20th century. The broader concept of the "Greater Middle East" also adds the Maghreb, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and sometimes even Central Asia and Transcaucasia into the region. The term "Middle East" has led to some confusion over its changing definitions.

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Frank Anderson, Former Spy Who Supplied Afghan Insurgents, Dies at 78

He supervised operations in Afghanistan and the Middle East and oversaw a top-secret link with a high official of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
NYTimes.com - Published

Rouhani says Iran will never yield to U.S. pressure for talks

Iran will never hold talks with the United States under pressure, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, adding that Tehran's help was essential in establishing security in the Middle East.
Reuters - Published

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Rouhani: Iran will never hold talks with US 'under pressure' [Video]Rouhani: Iran will never hold talks with US 'under pressure'

Iran has said will never hold talks with the United States under pressure, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday (February 16), adding that Tehran's help was essential in establishing security in the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:24Published

Tunisia fires UN envoy, reportedly over Trump's Middle East plan [Video]Tunisia fires UN envoy, reportedly over Trump's Middle East plan

Diplomatic sources said Moncef Baati went further than President Kais Saied wanted in his criticism of Trump's plan.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:26Published

Israeli forces kill 4 Palestinians in a day as tensions heighten [Video]Israeli forces kill 4 Palestinians in a day as tensions heighten

The escalation comes days after US President Donald Trump released his controversial Middle East plan.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:37Published

Arab League rejects Trump's Middle East plan [Video]Arab League rejects Trump's Middle East plan

Arab leaders say US initiative does not meet 'minimum rights and aspirations of Palestinian people'.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:49Published

Arab League rejects Trump's peace plan [Video]Arab League rejects Trump's peace plan

The Palestinian Authority has cut all ties with the United States and Israel including security relations after rejecting a Middle East peace plan presented this week by U.S. President Donald Trump,..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:26Published

Palestinians push for UN action over Trump Middle East plan [Video]Palestinians push for UN action over Trump Middle East plan

President Mahmoud Abbas to address UNSC on Palestinian rejection of the US Middle East proposal within two weeks.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:17Published

Jordan: A muted response to Trump's Middle East plan [Video]Jordan: A muted response to Trump's Middle East plan

Jordan, which has traditionally played a role in previous peace plans, had been sidelined from discussions for Trump's controversial plan.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:21Published

Trump's controversial Middle East plan follows decades of conflict [Video]Trump's controversial Middle East plan follows decades of conflict

A day after US President Donald Trump announced his Middle East plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, calls for mobilisation by various Palestinian factions have gone mostly unheeded.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:46Published

Palestinian president to take Trump's Middle East plan to UN [Video]Palestinian president to take Trump's Middle East plan to UN

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to press UN Security Council in February about President Trump’s Middle East plan.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:12Published

Trump's Middle East plan: Protests in occupied West Bank [Video]Trump's Middle East plan: Protests in occupied West Bank

Palestinians protest against Trump's plan, which proposes to annex areas in occupied West Bank, including Jordan Valley.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:08Published

Abbas To Speak To UN Security Council About US - Middle East Peace Plan [Video]Abbas To Speak To UN Security Council About US - Middle East Peace Plan

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will speak to the 15-member United Nations Security Council in the next two weeks. According to Reuters, he'll speak about the US Middle East peace plan, unveiled by..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:37Published

Trump Middle East plan's effect on Israel election campaign [Video]Trump Middle East plan's effect on Israel election campaign

US President Donald Trump's Middle East plan is already having an impact on the final weeks of Israel’s election campaign.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:28Published

Watch: Trump and Netanyahu unveil Middle East peace plan [Video]Watch: Trump and Netanyahu unveil Middle East peace plan

Watch: Trump and Netanyahu unveil Middle East peace plan

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 02:59Published

'A new Balfour': Palestinians angered by Trump's Middle East plan [Video]'A new Balfour': Palestinians angered by Trump's Middle East plan

Palestinian politicians and activists slammed the proposal, with many promising to 'fight against the plan'.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:48Published

Trump's Middle East plan denies Palestinians right of return [Video]Trump's Middle East plan denies Palestinians right of return

After 1948 Arab-Israeli war, 750,000 Palestinians fled abroad. But Trump's plan their rescinds right of return.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:41Published

Eyes on Israel polls, Netanyahu welcomes Trump's Middle East plan [Video]Eyes on Israel polls, Netanyahu welcomes Trump's Middle East plan

Israeli prime minister did not mention the proposed Palestinian state in his speech but commended Trump's efforts in working towards peace.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:08Published

Trump unveils US-Israeli plan amid Palestinian rejections [Video]Trump unveils US-Israeli plan amid Palestinian rejections

US President Donald Trump unveiled the long-delayed US-Israeli plan for the Middle East on Tuesday amid repeated rejections by Palestinians.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 45:51Published

Trump Praises Outburst From Pompeo Against Reporter [Video]Trump Praises Outburst From Pompeo Against Reporter

President Donald Trump praised Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s interview with Louise Kelly. According to Business Insider, Pompeo mistreated the NPR reporter in the segment “All Things..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Donald Trump unveils two-state peace plan for Middle East [Video]Donald Trump unveils two-state peace plan for Middle East

US President Donald Trump has unveiled his long-awaited Middle East peace plan, calling for the creation of a State of Palestine with its capital in portions of east Jerusalem. He declared it a..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:49Published

Plan recognizes Israeli 'sovereignty' in disputed valley: Netanyahu [Video]Plan recognizes Israeli 'sovereignty' in disputed valley: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday at the White House, where President Donald Trump shared a new vision for an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, said Trump's proposal recognizes the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:43Published

Palestinian MP on Trump’s Middle East peace plan: 'It's an Israeli plan in an American envelope' [Video]Palestinian MP on Trump’s Middle East peace plan: 'It's an Israeli plan in an American envelope'

Palestinian MP on Trump’s Middle East peace plan: 'It's an Israeli plan in an American envelope'

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 04:24Published

Trump: Israel taking 'giant step' toward peace in new plan [Video]Trump: Israel taking 'giant step' toward peace in new plan

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next to him proposed the creation of a Palestinian state with a capital in eastern Jerusalem, dependent on..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:01Published

Middle East peace plan: Trump unveils 'deal of the century' [Video]Middle East peace plan: Trump unveils 'deal of the century'

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 25:37Published

 

Erdogan, Trump discuss Middle East conflicts, Turkey's foreign minister says

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed conflicts in Libya and Syria, as well as a U.S. peace plan for the Middle East, in a phone call on Saturday, Turkey's foreign..
Reuters - Published

U.S. rejects U.N. database of companies in Israeli-controlled territories: Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said the U.S. government would not furnish any information for a database of companies operating in Israeli-controlled territories that the United..
Reuters - Published

NATO to expand Iraq training mission in response to Trump

NATO defense ministers agreed on Wednesday to expand the Western alliance's training mission in Iraq, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said, responding to a demand by U.S. President Donald Trump..
Reuters - Published

NATO agrees to expand Iraq training mission, Stoltenberg says

NATO defense ministers agreed on Wednesday to expand the Western alliance's training mission in Iraq, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said, responding to a demand by U.S. President Donald Trump..
Reuters - Published

Islamist militant Krekar to be extradited from Norway to Italy

An Iraqi Kurdish Islamist suspected of plotting attacks in Europe and the Middle East will be extradited from Norway to Italy, the Justice Ministry in Oslo said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Palestinians' Abbas, at U.N., says U.S. offers Palestinians 'Swiss cheese' state

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, appearing before the United Nations Security Council, angrily rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace proposal on Tuesday as a gift to Israel and..
Reuters - Published

Palestinians' Abbas denounces U.S. peace proposal as gift to Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, appearing before the United Nations Security Council, angrily rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace proposal on Tuesday as a gift to Israel and..
Reuters - Published

Slain commander Soleimani sought stability: Iranian president

Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian military commander killed in a U.S. drone strike on Jan. 3 in Baghdad, had sought to bring stability to the Middle East, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Palestinian protester killed in unrest over U.S. Mideast plan

A Palestinian protester was shot dead in the West Bank on Friday as Palestinian and U.S. leaders blamed each other for violence that erupted after President Donald Trump unveiled a Middle East Peace..
Reuters - Published

UK PM Johnson backs U.S. peace plan in call with Netanyahu

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reiterated his support for a U.S. Middle East peace plan and a two-state solution in a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Johnson's spokesman said..
Reuters - Published

Israeli-Palestinian violence rises after Trump peace plan

At least two Palestinians were killed and 15 Israelis were hurt on Thursday in a string of incidents in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, where violence has risen after the U.S. announcement of its..
Reuters - Published

Qatar Foundation rejects U.S. university's reason for scrapping event after anti-gay backlash

An American university's partner in Qatar has rejected the university's explanation for cancelling an event in Doha that would have featured a prominent Middle East band whose singer is openly gay.
Reuters - Published

“As we defend American lives, we are working to end America’s wars in the Middle East.”


NYTimes.com - Published

EU rejects Trump Middle East peace plan, annexation

The European Union rejected parts of the new U.S. peace plan for the Middle East on Tuesday, saying the plan broke with "internationally agreed parameters", and any Israeli annexation of Palestinian..
Reuters - Published

Trump adviser Kushner to brief U.N. leaders on Mideast plan

President Donald Trump's senior adviser, Jared Kushner, will brief U.N. Security Council ambassadors on Thursday about the Middle East peace plan that Trump unveiled last week, a U.S. official said on..
Reuters - Published

Arabs in Israeli border towns fear Trump plan will transfer them to West Bank

Thousands of Israeli Arabs, many waving Palestinian flags, demonstrated in this town in Israel at the weekend to voice their fear that U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East plan could see them..
Reuters - Published

Organization of Islamic Cooperation rejects Trump peace plan: statement

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation said on Monday it rejects U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan.
Reuters - Published

Saudi Arabia blocks Iran from Islamic grouping's meeting: Tehran

Saudi Arabia has barred an Iranian delegation from an Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting in Jeddah on Monday where U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan will be discussed,..
Reuters - Published

Russia questions feasibility of U.S. peace plan for Middle East

A Middle East peace plan presented by U.S. President Donald Trump contravenes several United Nations resolutions, Russian news agencies cited a Kremlin spokesman as saying on Sunday, questioning the..
Reuters - Published

EU's foreign policy chief to travel to Iran in de-escalation mission

The head of the European Union's foreign service, Josep Borrell, will travel to Iran next week to meet the country's leaders in a bid to reduce tensions in the Middle East, the EU said in a statement..
Reuters - Published

Japanese warship departs for Gulf to patrol oil lifeline

A Japanese destroyer left for the Gulf of Oman on Sunday amid simmering Middle East tension to guard sea lanes that supply nearly all the oil that powers the world's third-biggest economy.
Reuters - Published

Japanese warship departs for Gulf of Oman to protect commercial vessels

A Japanese warship left its port near Tokyo on Sunday on a mission to protect merchant ships and oil tankers passing through the Gulf of Oman that supply 90% of Japan's oil, as tension in the Middle..
Reuters - Published

Palestinians cut ties with Israel, U.S. after rejecting peace plan

The Palestinian Authority has cut all ties with the United States and Israel, including those relating to security, after rejecting a Middle East peace plan presented by U.S. President Donald Trump,..
Reuters - Published

Palestinian Authority cuts ties with Israel and U.S.

The Palestinian Authority has cut all ties with the United States and Israel, including those relating to security, after rejecting a Middle East peace plan presented by U.S. President Donald Trump,..
Reuters - Published

Arab League rejects Trump's Middle East plan: communique

The Arab League rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan at a meeting of foreign ministers in Cairo on Saturday, saying it would not lead to a just peace deal.
Reuters - Published

Turkey's Erdogan criticizes Arab silence over U.S. Middle East plan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday criticized Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab nations for not speaking out against the U.S. Middle East plan which he said endorsed the Israeli annexation of..
Reuters - Published

Palestinians face uphill battle against Trump's Middle East plan

When Palestinian leaders learned that the release of U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East plan was imminent, they swiftly announced a "day of rage" - a gritty, oft-used call for resistance against..
Reuters - Published

U.N. aid agency fears U.S. Middle East plan will spark violence

The U.N. aid agency for Palestinian refugees voiced concern on Friday that the U.S. administration's Middle East peace plan will spark further violence and said it had contingency measures in place to..
Reuters - Published

Trump's Mideast plan is 'injustice of the century', U.S.-allied Tunisian president says

President Kais Saied of Tunisia, an ally of the United States, said on Thursday that the new U.S. plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians is the "injustice of the century".
Reuters - Published

Hamas' Meshaal says Palestinians working to foil Trump plan

Palestinians around the world are uniting to thwart U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan, former Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said, criticizing Arab governments who supported the plan.
Reuters - Published

Algerian protests blunted without a shot fired in anger

While uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East have been quelled by deadly force, Algerian authorities are on the way to becalming a powerful protest movement without a shot fired - at least..
Reuters - Published

Palestinians push U.N. action over U.S. peace plan, Abbas to speak at U.N. Security Council

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will speak in the United Nations Security Council in the next two weeks about the U.S. Middle East peace plan, Palestinian U.N. envoy Riyad Mansour said on..
Reuters - Published

Palestinian President Abbas to speak in U.N. Security Council on U.S. peace plan: envoy

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will speak in the United Nations Security Council in the next two weeks about the U.S. Middle East peace plan, Palestinian U.N. envoy Riyad Mansour said on..
Reuters - Published

Trump's Mideast plan: What's in it?

U.S. President Donald Trump has proposed a "two-state" solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but with strict conditions that Palestinians have rejected out of hand.
Reuters - Published

Citing Trump plan, Israel defense chief backs extending sovereignty to West Bank settlements

Israel's hawkish defense minister called on Wednesday for Israel to establish sovereignty over nearly a third of the occupied West Bank, acting on U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement of a Middle..
Reuters - Published

Morocco 'appreciates' Mideast peace plan, says needs acceptance by parties

Morocco 'appreciates' the new U.S. plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, its foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, but added that "acceptance by the parties... is.....
Reuters - Published

Arabs prioritize key ties with U.S. against Iran in reacting to Trump peace plan

Arab powers appear to be prioritizing close ties with the United States that are vital to countering Iran over traditional unswerving support for the Palestinians in their reaction to President Donald..
Reuters - Published

Abu Dis, an unlikely capital for a future Palestinian state

Abu Dis, the town earmarked for the Palestinian capital in U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan, lies a short distance to the east of Jerusalem's walled Old City.
Reuters - Published

Gaps emerge between Britain and EU over Trump Middle East plan

Days before it leaves the European Union, Britain put itself at odds with European allies on Wednesday in warmly welcoming U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan while France and the..
Reuters - Published

Chinese family in UAE diagnosed as first virus cases in Middle East

Four members of a Chinese family who arrived in the United Arab Emirates from Wuhan have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus, the first known cases in the Middle East, the UAE health ministry said..
Reuters - Published

Defense minister pushes to extend Israeli sovereignty to West Bank settlements

Israeli Defence Minister Naftali Bennett said on Wednesday that Israel should move to establish sovereignty over nearly a third of the occupied West Bank following the announcement of U.S. President..
Reuters - Published

U.S., Japan pull nationals from China as virus toll jumps

The United States and Japan evacuated their nationals from a quarantined city while British Airways suspended flights to mainland China as deaths from a fast-spreading new virus leapt to 132 and the..
Reuters - Published

UK's Johnson: No Middle East peace plan is perfect but Trump's has merits

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday no Middle East peace plan was perfect, but the one put forward by U.S. President Donald Trump had the merit of being a two-state solution and..
Reuters - Published

Iran's Khamenei says Trump's Middle East peace plan is doomed to fail

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump's peace plan for the Israel-Palestinian conflict was doomed to fail and all Muslim nations should oppose..
Reuters - Published

U.S. envoy says looking forward to broad discussion with Iraqi government in near future

The United States hopes to begin broad discussions with the Iraqi government in the near future, U.S. special representative for Syria James Jeffrey told Reuters on Wednesday, after U.S.-led coalition..
Reuters - Published

Japan, U.S. evacuate citizens from China as virus spreads

The United States and Japan flew citizens out of the Chinese city at the epicenter of a new virus outbreak on Wednesday, as the death toll rose sharply to 132 and the first case appeared in the Middle..
Reuters - Published

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