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Israel-Iran flare-up raises a specter of major confrontation

PARIS: Deadly strikes by Israel against alleged Iranian sites in Syria have raised fears of a dramatic escalation in regional conflict, but the situation remains shrouded by contradictory accounts and…

Targets hit in biggest Iran-Israel flare-up

Bahrain backs Israel’s right to ‘defend itself’ – Risks of wider escalation in Mideast region JERUSALEM: Israel carried out widespread deadly raids against what it said were Iranian targets in…

Baghdadi aide’s phone used to ‘lure, capture’ IS commanders

Abu Zaid Al-Iraqi responsible for funds IS transfers   BAGHDAD: Iraqi agents are holding a top aide to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, and used an app on his…

Europe licks wounds as Saudi and Israel hail Trump on Iran

Europeans fail to persuade Trump to stay in   PARIS: When Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince visited France in April, he oozed confidence that President Donald Trump would pull the United…

US defies most of world with Jerusalem embassy

Embassy inauguration due to take place Monday JERUSALEM: The United States moves its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem next week in defiance of the Palestinians and most of the world,…

Israeli leader sees victory over Iran deal; dangers lurk

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has gained a long-sought personal victory with US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, but the move could further ramp up…

Fear, loathing and dismay in Iran as US exits nuclear deal

Jubilation gives way to gloom as renewed sanctions loom   ANKARA: Morad Sabzevari was among thousands of jubilant Iranians who took to the streets to celebrate a nuclear deal with…

Oil soars as Trump dumps Iran nuke deal

Sanctions spell the end of OPEC output deal LONDON: Oil prices rose more than 3 percent yesterday to 3-1/2 year highs, after US President Trump abandoned a nuclear deal with…

Trump pulls US from ‘defective’ Iran nuclear deal, slaps sanctions

Rouhani slams ‘psychological warfare’ – Pompeo in N Korea, date set for summit WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump defied the pleas of his European allies and pulled the United States…

Erdogan blasts French call over Quran passages

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday hit out at a French manifesto calling for certain passages of the Holy Quran to be removed in response to rising anti-Semitism. An…

70 years after the exodus, Palestinians still dream of return

AMARI REFUGEE CAMP: Thaer Sharkawi, 31, has never visited the place he calls home. The Palestinian was born and raised in the Amari refugee camp in the occupied West Bank,…

Hezbollah hails ‘great victory’; Amir applauds orderly voting

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah claimed victory yesterday after elections it said legitimized its military branch, leaving Saudi-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri as the main loser. The two main protagonists of…