Middle East

It's a step that could pave the way for the first direct peace talks between the two sides that have been at war for more than five years.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Syria used the chemical weapons sarin and chlorine in a series of attacks in 2017.
The powerful storm leveled homes and snapping communications links in the archipelago.
As a Pakistani reporter covering U.S. foreign policy, I worried about writing on Palestine and Israel — until visiting gave me an empathy stronger than my fear.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has earned millions from both major U.S. oil interests backed by Trump and their Saudi rivals.
U.S. policy stymies Iran's access to medicine and vital equipment, 32 members of Congress say in a letter shared exclusively with HuffPost.
Nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened by ingesting methanol in the mistaken belief it protects against the new coronavirus.
A group of Democratic senators joined growing calls for Trump to ease punishing sanctions and provide aid to Venezuela and Iran amid the worsening pandemic.
President Trump said he "won't accept" that Levinson, who disappeared in 2007, has died. But administration officials said he may have passed "some time ago."
A bride and groom in fear of coronavirus, a Kansas City sunset, and stock market trepidation are featured in this week's best images.
Netanyahu and his surrogates have shut down Israel’s court system just ahead of his trial on corruption charges.
But the rest of China had 34 new confirmed cases on Wednesday, the country’s National Health Commission said.
Roughly nine out of 10 of the over 18,000 cases of the new virus confirmed across the Middle East come from Iran.
Despite emergency action from global central banks over the coronavirus pandemic, trillions of dollars in market value have been wiped out.
The opposition leader will have a month to put a governing coalition together, Israel's president announced Sunday.
The airstrikes came just hours after an attack killed and wounded American and British servicemen at a base north of Baghdad.
The attack targeted the Iranian-backed Shia militia in Iraq, marking a major escalation in U.S.-Iran tensions.
Israeli nationals and foreigners traveling to the country will be forbidden from going outside for 14 days.
The island kingdom said Sunday that their Formula One race this month would be held behind closed doors "to preserve the safety" of citizens and racing fans.
Stock markets tumbled on Friday as the economic damage wrought by the outbreak intensified.