US secretary of defense aims to deescalate Israel-Iran tensions

AMMAN: Middle East experts believe that the visit of the US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to Israel is largely aimed at deescalating Israeli-Iranian tensions, and facilitating Washington’s eventual rejoining of the... Read more »

Why Lebanon is keeping mum on Syria’s contentious oil exploration contracts

MISSOURI, USA/ BEIRUT: Syria has signed a four-year oil and gas exploration deal with a Russian company in Mediterranean waters that Lebanon claims as its own. The two blocks to be explored... Read more »

Israel says will help ensure a ‘new’ Iran deal protects interests

TEL AVIV: Israel will work with Washington to ensure any “new agreement” on Iran’s nuclear program will safeguard regional security, Defense Minister Benny Gantz told his US counterpart Lloyd Austin on Sunday.The... Read more »

‘Accident’ strikes Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility

TEHRAN: Iran’s Natanz nuclear site suffered a problem Sunday involving its electrical distribution grid just hours after starting up new advanced centrifuges that more quickly enrich uranium, state TV reported. It was... Read more »

Arab nations join world in mourning death of Britain’s Prince Philip

LONDON: The UAE, Bahrain and Oman all sent messages of condolence to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on Friday following the death of her husband, Prince Philip, at the age of 99. As Queen... Read more »

Arab parties could be kingmakers in Israeli politics: Experts

LONDON: After two years and four elections, there appears no end in sight to the political turmoil engulfing Israel, but amid the uncertainty, Arab parties have emerged as unexpected political kingmakers. At... Read more »

Israel rejects ICC probe, saying it lacks jurisdiction

JERUSALEM — Israel on Thursday said it would formally reject the International Criminal Court’s decision to launch a probe into potential war crimes against the Palestinians.Israel denies that it has committed such... Read more »

US State Department levels up diplomacy with new video game exchange program

DUBAI: The US State Department is levelling up its diplomacy with a new project that would virtually link up nearly 3,000 students from Bahrain, Israel, the UAE and the US for a... Read more »

Syria: Israeli strikes near capital Damascus wound 4 troops

BEIRUT: Israel carried out a missile attack near the Syrian capital of Damascus and its southern suburbs early Thursday that wounded four soldiers, Syria’s state media said.State news agency, SANA, quoted an... Read more »

US restores Palestinian aid with $235m package

WASHINGTON: The Biden administration announced on Wednesday it would provide $235 million in US aid to the Palestinians, restarting funding for the United Nations agency supporting refugees and restoring other assistance cut... Read more »