Middle East

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said both sides must work to de-escalate tensions that have soared in “a new and horrifying surge in violence.”
Officials said the alleged plan to kill Masih Alinejad originated in Iran, whose human rights abuses have been highlighted by the writer.
The killings took place a day after Israeli troops killed nine Palestinians in the deadliest West Bank raid in years
The Israeli action that killed nine Palestinians was the deadliest single raid in the West Bank in over two decades.
"He didn’t deserve to die, but we need to be clear about who he was ― and too many in the media were not," writes the former secretary of state.
Retired pro golfer Greg Norman said he was working on building a course in Saudi Arabia long before "any of this hoo-ha-ha erupted."
“This was a callous and cowardly act, carried out by a barbaric regime with no respect for the human rights of their own people,” British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said.
Olivier Vandecasteele was sentenced to a lengthy prison term and 74 lashes after being convicted in a closed-door trial that rights groups say deny due process.
Officials say Israeli forces killed Samer Houshiyeh and Fouad Abed after raiding the village of Kafr Dan to demolish their homes and coming under fire.
Ronaldo is also unlikely to add to his Ballon d’Or collection - the trophy awarded to the best player in the world.