Egypt's president holds talks with visiting Qatari emir
President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt held talks Saturday with Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who visited Cairo for the first time in years.
Iraqi PM to head to Saudi Arabia, Iran for new dialogue
Iraq's caretaker prime minister is set to fly to Saudi Arabia, followed by Iran, carrying a new initiative aimed at renewing talks between the two regional arch foes, an official said Saturday.
Taliban’s forced isolation making Afghan relief efforts a greater struggle
The devastating quake that struck this remote region of eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, killing more than 1,000 people, will be a major test of the Taliban’s ability to respond to a large-scale, logistically challenging disaster.
Aftershock in Afghanistan as quake toll rises to 1,150 dead
An aftershock has taken more lives and threatened to pile even more misery on an area of eastern Afghanistan reeling from a powerful earthquake that state media said killed 1,150 people this week.
Jordan's king backs 'Middle East NATO' with a defined mission
Jordan's King Abdullah II said he would support the formation of a Middle East military alliance similar to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ahead of a visit of U.S. President Joe Biden to the region.
Quake devastation in Afghanistan spurs US vets’ drive to provide relief 
American veterans are once again rallying to send aid to beleaguered Afghans after an earthquake Wednesday in a remote area of the country killed hundreds of people and destroyed thousands of homes.
A world apart, Lebanon and Sri Lanka share economic collapse
A shared history of political turmoil and violence in two countries a world apart, Lebanon and Sri Lanka, led to the collapse of once-prosperous economies. Experts say about a dozen countries could suffer similar fates as the post-pandemic recovery and war in Ukraine spark global food shortages and a surge in prices.
Ex-US Vice President Mike Pence denounces Tehran 'brutality'
Former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has denounced the Iranian regime for its "brutality" and is urging the Biden administration not to renew a nuclear deal with Tehran. He says the pact would embolden Iran's leadership.
Iran orders US to pay compensation for slain nuke scientists
In a largely symbolic ruling, underscoring the escalating tensions between Iran and the West over Tehran's rapidly advancing nuclear program, Iran ordered the U.S. to pay more than $4B to the families of slain nuclear scientists.
Israeli foreign minister thanks Turkey for foiling attacks on Israelis
Israel has issued a warning to its citizens to avoid travel to Turkey while media reports said Turkish authorities have detained five Iranians suspected of planning attacks against Israelis.
Afghans bury dead, dig for survivors of devastating quake
The disaster heaps more misery on a country where millions already faced increasing hunger and poverty and the health system has crumbled since the Taliban retook power nearly 10 months ago.
Afghan aid auditor accuses State, USAID of withholding info
The allegations were made in separate letters to lawmakers, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and USAID Administrator Samantha Power.
COVID cases rise in Southeast Asia, Middle East and Europe
Cases jumped by about 45% in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, and by about 6% in Europe. Southeast Asia was the only region to report a slight 4% increase in deaths, while figures fell elsewhere
Turkey, Saudi hail 'new era of cooperation' as prince visits
Turkey and Saudi Arabia have declared their readiness to start a "new era of cooperation."
6.1-magnitude quake in Afghanistan kills 1,000 people
The Taliban's supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzadah called for "the international community and all humanitarian organizations to help the Afghan people affected by this great tragedy and to spare no effort to help the affected people."
Airman arrested in connection with explosives attack on US base in Syria
An unidentified airman has been arrested in connection with an attack using explosives in April on a small U.S. military base in Syria that wounded four American service members, Air Force officials said Tuesday.
Iraq's wildcard cleric upends politics as summer's heat descends
The struggle to form a government — which has been a protracted political ritual after each election — has pointed to the dogged survival of a political system that many Iraqis say no longer represents them.
US works to scale up intelligence networks in Central Asia
The United States now sees an opportunity to "counterbalance" Russia's influence in Central Asia, in the words of one senior State Department official.
US, Iranian military vessels have near miss in Persian Gulf
The USS Sirocco and the USNS Choctaw County were in routine transit through international waters in the Persian Gulf when three Iranian boats designed for fast attack approached the Sirocco head on.