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Pentagon chief to head to Saudi, Israel next week

Last Updated: Friday, May 09, 2014, 23:59

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will fly to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel next week for talks that are expected to focus on Iran`s nuclear program and Syria`s civil war, officials said Friday.

Saudi Arabia reports 13 new cases of MERS

Last Updated: Friday, May 09, 2014, 20:34

The number of cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus infection in Saudi Arabia increased to 463, including 126 deaths, with the registration of 13 new cases and five deaths Friday.

Borders, security `essential` to any Middle East peace deal: US

Last Updated: Friday, May 09, 2014, 19:50

US Secretary of State John Kerry believes drawing up the borders of a future Palestinian state and agreeing to security arrangements for Israel will be "essential" if peace talks resume, the top US negotiator has said.

Emirates airlines profit up 43% in 2013 to $887 mn

Last Updated: Thursday, May 08, 2014, 17:55

Emirates airlines, the largest Middle East carrier, said Thursday it posted a 43 percent surge in profit to USD 887 million last year as fuel costs dropped and passenger numbers rose.

US security adviser meets Israel leaders amid spy claims

Last Updated: Thursday, May 08, 2014, 00:11

US National Security Adviser Susan Rice today met Israeli leaders after the collapse of US-brokered Middle East peace talks and amid allegations Israel was spying on its principal ally.

Large explosion rocks northern Iranian city

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 07, 2014, 02:46

A heavy explosion rocked an industrial city in northern Iran on Tuesday, state television said, saying that no one has been reported killed so far.

US officials to visit Israel `soon`

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 06, 2014, 08:41

enior US officials are planning to travel to Israel "soon" following the collapse of the Middle East peace talks led by Washington, a State Department official said Monday.

Hamas won`t recognise Israel, accept Quartet terms

Last Updated: Sunday, May 04, 2014, 21:08

Hamas will never recognise Israel and will not accept the conditions laid out by the Middle East peacemaking Quartet, according to the Islamist movement`s deputy leader.

US confirms its first case of MERS virus

Last Updated: Saturday, May 03, 2014, 04:53

US health officials on Friday confirmed the first case of an American infected with a mysterious Middle East virus. The man fell ill after arriving in the US about a week ago from Saudi Arabia where he is a health care worker.

Kerry `apartheid` comments tap into Israeli debate

Last Updated: Friday, May 02, 2014, 01:25

John Kerry`s warning that Israel could become an "apartheid state" if it doesn`t reach a peace deal with the Palestinians has set off an uproar from Israel`s allies in Washington.

Berlin summons Egyptian ambassador over death sentences

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 22:53

The German Foreign Ministry said it summoned the Egyptian ambassador on Tuesday to urge the lifting of 683 death sentences handed down by an Egyptian court to suspected Islamists.

Mideast talks in tatters as peace deadline expires

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 22:18

Washington`s deadline for a peace deal expired today with the sides bitterly divided and warnings that Israel risked becoming an "apartheid state" if it failed to make peace with the Palestinians.