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Washington talks end without agreement on Israeli settlements

The Trump administration reiterated its concerns about Israeli settlement activity, the two sides said on Thursday, as a round of talks ended without agreement over limiting future construction on land the Palestinians want for a state.

Laptop ban sparks outrage among Mideast travellers

Travellers across the Middle East expressed frustration today at a ban on large electronic devices for flights to the United States and Britain that has sparked confusion and speculation.

Chinese President Xi Jinping calls for peace in meeting with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Chinese President Xi Jinping called today for peace between Israel and an independent Palestine "as soon as possible" during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, state media reported.

US to ban some airline passengers from carrying larger electronics

US to ban some airline passengers from carrying larger electronics

The ban will reportedly affect 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

Donald Trump likes two-state solution, but says he will leave it up to Israelis, Palestinians

Donald Trump likes two-state solution, but says he will leave it up to Israelis, Palestinians

A one-state solution would be deeply problematic for both sides.

Turkey steps up scrutiny on Muslim migrants from Russia

Turkey has increased scrutiny of Russian-speaking Muslim communities in the past few months following a series of attacks blamed on Islamic State, a concrete example of the renewed relationship between the two countries.

Donald Trump welcomes Israel's Netanyahu for Middle East talks

Donald Trump welcomes Israel's Netanyahu for Middle East talks

President Donald Trump will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Wednesday, their first meeting since the inauguration and one that promises to shape the contours of Middle East policy for the years ahead.

United States, Saudi defence chiefs reject Iran 'interventions'

New Pentagon chief James Mattis agreed in a telephone call with his Saudi counterpart to oppose Iranian "interventions" in the Middle East, Saudi state media reported on Wednesday.

Donald Trump expected to order temporary ban on refugees

Donald Trump expected to order temporary ban on refugees

Another order will block visas being issued to anyone from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
 

Indonesia holds IS-linked group deported from Turkey

The emergence of the Islamic State has provided a potent new rallying cry for radicals in Indonesia, which has long struggled with Islamic militancy.
 

Consequences of Syria war 'too dangerous' for everyone: UN chief

The global threats caused by Syria's civil war have become "too dangerous" to go unresolved, the new UN chief said Wednesday, underlining the need for progress at peace talks next week.

Benjamin Netanyahu calls Paris peace conference a `fraud`

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called this weekend`s Middle East peace conference in Paris a "fraud" on Thursday, with his government refusing to play any role in the meeting.

Russia warns US over use of domestic agenda with Middle East Quartet

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned US Secretary of State John Kerry against the impact of Washington`s domestic agenda on the Middle East Quartet and the UN Security Council.Lavrov held a telephone conversation with his US counterpart yesterday.

Theresa May disclaims Foreign Minister Boris Johnson's remark on Saudi 'proxy war'

Britain's outspoken foreign secretary has claimed that UK ally Saudi Arabia was engaging in "proxy wars" in the Middle East, comments that Prime Minister Theresa May said do not represent Britain's position.

Pak's strategic Gwadar port opens $46-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Pak's strategic Gwadar port opens $46-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the start of operational activities at the coastal town of Gwadar in south-western Balochistan province.

Chinese ship opens new trade route via Pakistani port

Pakistan's top civil and military leaders traveled to the country's southwest today to open a new international trade route by seeing off a Chinese ship that's exporting goods to the Middle East and Africa from the newly built Gwadar port.

Russia warns US not to attack Syrian forces

Russia has warned the US on Saturday against carrying out attacks on Syrian forces and said it would have repercussions across the country and the Middle East region.

Mahmoud Abbas attendance at Shimon Peres's funeral reminder of need for peace: Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama said on Friday Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas` attendance at the funeral for Israeli elder statesman Shimon Peres was a reminder of the "unfinished business of peace" in the Middle East.

Shimon Peres worked `tirelessly` for two-state solution: UN chief

Shimon Peres worked `tirelessly` for two-state solution: UN chief

Shimon Peres shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Barack Obama flirts with Mideast peace push in final months

Barack Obama flirts with Mideast peace push in final months

When he came to power, he appeared to imply it was one of his priorities.