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Middle East: Region that encompasses Western Asia and Egypt
The Middle East is a transcontinental region which includes Western Asia, and all of Turkey and Egypt. The term has come into wider usage as a replacement of the term Near East beginning in the early 20th century. The broader concept of the "Greater Middle East" also adds the Maghreb, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and sometimes even Central Asia and Transcaucasia into the region. The term "Middle East" has led to some confusion over its changing definitions.

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Israel's Gantz praises Trump peace plan, pledges to implement it after election

Israeli centrist party leader Benny Gantz on Monday praised U.S. President Donald Trump for drafting a Middle East peace deal and committed to help implementing it after Israel's March election.
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Amid Palestinian doubts, Trump to share Mideast peace plan with Israelis

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he will announce his long-delayed Middle East peace proposal on Tuesday and that he believes Palestinians will eventually go along with it despite their..
Reuters - Published

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Trump says Palestinians may reject his long-awaited peace plan [Video]Trump says Palestinians may reject his long-awaited peace plan

U.S. President Donald Trump said his administration had readied a proposal meant to peacefully resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but acknowledged that Palestinians may reject the plan. Zachary..

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Trump: Palestinians may reject Mideast peace plan, but 'it's something they should want' [Video]Trump: Palestinians may reject Mideast peace plan, but 'it's something they should want'

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday called a long-awaited peace plan the "closest it's ever come" to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but acknowledged that the Palestinians may at first..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:49Published

Facebook targets UK growth with 1,000 hires this year [Video]Facebook targets UK growth with 1,000 hires this year

Facebook is to increase its UK workforce by 1,000 by creating a host of new technology roles. As Adam Reed reports, vice-president for Europe, Nicola Mendelsohn, sees a bright future for Facebook in..

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Iran still open to nuclear negotiations - official [Video]Iran still open to nuclear negotiations - official

Iran said on Monday that it had not closed the "door to negotiations" in efforts to resolve a dispute over its nuclear agreement with world powers. Joe Davies reports.

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France deploys aircraft carrier for Middle East operations [Video]France deploys aircraft carrier for Middle East operations

France is deploying its sole aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle to the Middle East.

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PSA Group 2019 sales slump 10% after record 2018 [Video]PSA Group 2019 sales slump 10% after record 2018

After a record 2018, French carmaker PSA says global sales fell 10% last year to 3.49 million units, as it suffered declining volumes in China, the Middle East and Africa. Ciara Lee reports.

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Rouhani warns foreign forces in Middle East 'may be in danger' [Video]Rouhani warns foreign forces in Middle East 'may be in danger'

Iranian president's remarks come after UK, France and Germany challenged Tehran over breaking limits of nuclear deal.

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Trudeau blames 'tensions' for 57 Canadian deaths [Video]Trudeau blames 'tensions' for 57 Canadian deaths

In a TV interview on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that victims of the Ukrainian airliner shot down in Iran last week would still be alive if there had been no tensions in the region. Eve..

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper Admits To Not Seeing Specific Evidence Regarding Qassem Soleimani [Video]Defense Secretary Mark Esper Admits To Not Seeing Specific Evidence Regarding Qassem Soleimani

President Donald Trump claimed there was a threat on multiple embassies. He reacted to that threat by ordering the killing of former Iraninan Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. According to Business Insider,..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Charles meets Oman's new sultan [Video]Charles meets Oman's new sultan

The Prince of Wales offers his condolences following the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman. The Prime Minister will also meet the new Sultan - Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said. The Middle East's..

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Merkel meets Putin to discuss Middle East crisis [Video]Merkel meets Putin to discuss Middle East crisis

Merkel meets Putin to discuss Middle East crisis

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Dow stumbles after touching 29,000 for first time ever [Video]Dow stumbles after touching 29,000 for first time ever

The Dow Jones Industrial Average made history Friday when it hit 29,000 for the first time in history but a tepid jobs report and caution ahead of the weekend sparked a widespread sell-off. Conway G...

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Donald Trump wants NATO expanded to Middle East and renamed NATOME [Video]Donald Trump wants NATO expanded to Middle East and renamed NATOME

Donald Trump wants NATO expanded to Middle East and renamed NATOME

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Middle East crisis: EU's delicate balancing act between Washington and Tehran [Video]Middle East crisis: EU's delicate balancing act between Washington and Tehran

Middle East crisis: EU's delicate balancing act between Washington and Tehran

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Trump administration is 'misleading us on Iran': Sanders [Video]Trump administration is 'misleading us on Iran': Sanders

Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders on Thursday said that the Trump administration has not provided evidence to 'justify' the killing of the top Iranian commander and urged Congress to pass a bill that..

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Keep politics out of 2020 Tokyo Games, says IOC's Bach [Video]Keep politics out of 2020 Tokyo Games, says IOC's Bach

Politicians and athletes should keep politics out of this year's Tokyo Olympic Games to protect the event's neutrality and its status as a peaceful meeting place, International Olympic Committee..

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UK Foreign Secretary meets with US Secretary of State [Video]UK Foreign Secretary meets with US Secretary of State

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has met with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss matters in the Middle East. Mr Raab told reporters that they had a constructive meeting and said the UK..

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Nasdaq closes at record on fading Iran fears [Video]Nasdaq closes at record on fading Iran fears

Wall Street rallied on Wednesday with the Nasdaq setting a record closing high as tensions between the U.S. and Iran failed to escalate after Tehran fired missiles at U.S. forces in Iraq. Conway G...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:02Published

Iran retaliates with 'slap in the face' missile strike on U.S. troops [Video]Iran retaliates with 'slap in the face' missile strike on U.S. troops

Iran has fired missiles at U.S.-led forces in Iraq in retaliation for the killing of top commander Qassem Soleimani last week. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called it 'a slap in the face', but..

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War and peace: shares ride Mideast rollercoaster [Video]War and peace: shares ride Mideast rollercoaster

European stocks recovered from early losses Wednesday as traders started to hope that Mideast tension might not slide straight into war. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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Johnson: We are trying 'to dial this thing down' [Video]Johnson: We are trying 'to dial this thing down'

Boris Johnson has said that his government are trying to "dial this thing down" as he spoke in parliament about the ongoing crisis in the Middle East. His comment came after Jeremy Corbyn accused the..

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Khamenei says US presence in the Middle East is 'unacceptable' [Video]Khamenei says US presence in the Middle East is 'unacceptable'

Khamenei says US presence in the Middle East is 'unacceptable'

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Barclay defends PM over Middle East crisis [Video]Barclay defends PM over Middle East crisis

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has defended Prime Minister Boris Johnson against allegations of being "absent" during the Middle East crisis. He said: "the prime minister has been very engaged with..

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Trump to unveil Mideast peace plan to Israelis despite deep Palestinian doubts

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he will announce his long-delayed Middle East peace proposal on Tuesday and that he believes Palestinians will eventually go along with it despite their..
Reuters - Published

Iran foreign minister calls Trump peace plan for Middle East 'delusional': tweet

Iran's foreign minister called U.S. President Donald Trump's peace plan for the Middle East "delusional" in a tweet on Monday.
Reuters - Published

White House to release Middle East peace plan on Tuesday, Trump says

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that the White House would release his long-delayed Middle East peace plan at noon (1700 GMT) on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Palestinians decry Trump peace plan before he meets Israeli leaders

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to disclose details of his Middle East peace plan to Israeli leaders on Monday as Palestinian officials decried it as a bid "to finish off" the Palestinian..
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Explainer: What we know about Trump's Middle East peace plan

More than two years after he first proposed a plan to revive the long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, U.S. President Donald Trump's proposal is finally set to be announced.
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Trump to present Middle East plan to Israeli leaders on Monday

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to disclose details of his Middle East peace plan to Israeli leaders on Monday as Palestinian officials decried it as a bid "to finish off" the Palestinian..
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: Hackers acting in Turkey's interests believed to be behind recent cyberattacks - sources

Sweeping cyberattacks targeting governments and other organizations in Europe and the Middle East are believed to be the work of hackers acting in the interests of the Turkish government, three senior..
Reuters - Published

Trump to meet with Netanyahu and Gantz as he readies Mideast peace plan

U.S. President Donald Trump will hold back-to-back meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz on Monday as he prepares to release his long-delayed..
Reuters - Published

Trump to meet with Israel's Netanyahu and Gantz on Monday: source

U.S. President Donald Trump will hold back-to-back meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli centrist party leader Benny Gantz on Monday where he will likely share some..
Reuters - Published

Israel's Gantz, Netanyahu rival, says will meet Trump on peace plan

Israeli centrist party leader Benny Gantz said on Saturday he had accepted an invitation to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on Monday to discuss a peace plan for the Middle East.
Reuters - Published

UK's Prince Charles urges Middle East peace, visits grandmother's tomb

The heir to the British throne expressed sadness on Friday over the suffering and hardship faced by Palestinians and called for "a just and lasting peace" in the Middle East on the third day of his..
Reuters - Published

Trump's peace plan may polarize the Middle East it seeks to calm

As U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to host Israeli leaders in Washington to reveal details of his long-delayed Middle East peace plan, Palestinians warned on Friday that no deal could work without..
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Absent Iran faces detente calls from worried West and Middle East

Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif skipped this year's Davos, but Tehran was still a hot topic for many Western and Middle Eastern powers hoping for detente less than three weeks after the United..
Reuters - Published

Trump to unveil long-stalled Middle East peace plan ahead of Israeli leaders' visit

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will release details of his long-delayed peace plan for the Middle East before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his election rival Benny..
Reuters - Published

Trump says will release Middle East peace plan by Tuesday

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will release his long-awaited peace plan for the Middle East before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Washington next week.
Reuters - Published

Netanyahu, his rival to meet Trump on Mideast peace next week: Pence

U.S. President Donald Trump has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his election rival Benny Gantz to Washington next week to discuss the White House Middle East peace plan, Vice..
Reuters - Published

Israel's Netanyahu, rival Gantz to visit Washington, White House says

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit the White House on Tuesday, the White House said in a statement on Thursday, and a source familiar with the situation said U.S. officials would most..
Reuters - Published

Netanyahu, rival to be in Washington next week to discuss Mideast peace plan -U.S. official

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is due to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his election rival Benny Gantz to Washington next week to discuss a U.S. Middle East peace plan, a U.S...
Reuters - Published

U.S. bars Iranians from trade and investment visas

The United States, locked in a tense confrontation with Iran in the Middle East, has barred Iranians from entering the country on trade and investment visas from Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Iran welcomes dialogue with Gulf neighbors: foreign minister tweets

Iran welcomes dialogue with its Gulf neighbors, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday, amid heightened tension in the Middle East.
Reuters - Published

Macron, meeting Netanyahu, says Iran must not acquire nuclear weapons

President Emmanuel Macron said France was determined Iran would never gain a nuclear weapon but it wanted to avoid any military escalation in the Middle East, after he met with Israeli Prime Minister..
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China virus could hit oil prices by $3/bbl: Goldman

Goldman Sachs said a potential drop in oil demand from top energy consumer China due to the outbreak of a new coronavirus could hurt crude prices by about $3 per barrel, countering concerns about..
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More countries back European-led naval mission in Hormuz: France

A European-led naval mission in the Straits of Hormuz - a vital shipping route for world transport that has been impacted by military tensions in the Middle East - has won more political support from..
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France to deploy Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to support Middle East operations

France will deploy the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and its battle group from January to April to support French military operations in Middle East, Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Japan says Middle East mission in self-interest as crude importer

Japan's Defense Minister Taro Kono on Tuesday defended Tokyo's decision to send forces to the Middle East to help ensure the safety of merchant ships, saying it was in the Japanese people's interest,..
Reuters - Published

Japan approves spending for Self-Defense Forces in Middle East

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet decided on Tuesday to use about 507 million yen ($4.6 million) from this fiscal year's budget reserves for the Self-Defense Forces in the Middle East, the..
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Trump, Germany's Merkel discussed security, Libya: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke about security in the Middle East, Libya and other issues, White House spokesman Judd Deere said on Monday.
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Maple Leaf CEO flays U.S. government after Iran plane crash

Maple Leaf Foods Inc Chief Executive Officer Michael McCain criticized the U.S. government for escalating tensions in the Middle East, after an Iranian missile accidentally shot down a Ukrainian..
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British PM Johnson says Iran plane crash shows vital to de-escalate tensions

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday that the accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger jet in Iran reinforced the importance of de-escalating tensions in the Middle East.
Reuters - Published

Oman's Sultan Qaboos dies; successor vows to pursue peace

Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said, one of the Middle East's longest serving rulers who maintained the country's neutrality in regional struggles, died on Friday and his cousin Haitham bin Tariq al-Said was..
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Oman's Sultan Qaboos dies; cousin Haitham named successor

Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said, one of the Middle East's longest serving rulers who maintained the country's neutrality in regional struggles, died on Friday and state media said his cousin Haitham bin..
Reuters - Published

U.S. wants independent probe into Ukrainian plane crash: U.S. official

The United States wants a thorough and independent investigation into the crash of a Ukrainian passenger plane in Iran that killed 176 people, the State Department's top diplomat for the Middle East..
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Cleric fears worse bloodshed in Iraq as U.S.-Iran conflict persists

Iraq's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric on Friday condemned the U.S.-Iranian military confrontation taking place on Iraqi soil, saying it risked plunging the war-ravaged country and the wider Middle East into..
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Iraqi cleric condemns U.S. and Iran as fears of wider conflict persist

Iraq's most senior Shi'ite Muslim cleric on Friday condemned mutual U.S. and Iranian attacks on Iraqi territory and warned of deteriorating security in the country and the wider Middle East as a result..
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Japan PM heading to Middle East as planned, warship dispatch ordered

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will go ahead with a planned trip to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman from the weekend despite heightened tensions in the Middle East, while Tokyo also..
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U.S. House votes to rein in Trump's war powers as U.S.-Iran tensions stay high

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday to stop President Donald Trump from further military action against Iran as the Middle East remained tense after the U.S. killing of a top Iranian..
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Japan PM going on Middle East trip as planned: source

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is proceeding as planned with a trip to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman from the weekend, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

U.S. military eyes adjustments after Iran surprises with attack in Iraq: official

The U.S. military is weighing adjustments to its defensive posture in the Middle East after Iran upended assumptions by staging a missile attack in Iraq, a country where it wields influence, a U.S...
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Australia monitoring Middle East tensions 'very closely' following Iran missile strikes

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australian troops will remain in Iraq, but the government will "monitor events very closely".
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U.S. senators back bill to provide $3.3 billion for Israel

Republican and Democratic U.S. senators introduced legislation on Thursday to provide $3.3 billion in annual aid to Israel, seeking to put into law an aid agreement between the two countries reached in..
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Aust govt monitoring Middle East tensions

Australian troops have been confirmed safe after Iran launched more than a dozen missiles against two US-led military bases in Iraq.
SBS - Published

U.S., Iran ease fear of conflict but threats keep tension high

Iran spurned U.S. President Donald Trump's call for a new nuclear pact and its commanders threatened more attacks as the Middle East remained on edge following the U.S. killing of an Iranian general..
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Trump floats expanding NATO to add Middle East

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he supported expanding the North American Treaty Organization to include Middle Eastern nations, as the United States seeks to limit its troop footprint..
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Pope appeals to U.S. and Iran to pursue dialogue, self-restraint

Pope Francis on Thursday urged the United States and Iran to avoid escalation and pursue "dialogue and self-restraint" to avert a wider conflict in the Middle East.
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Japan PM Shinzo Abe will go ahead with trip to the Middle East: NHK

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is proceeding as planned with a trip to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman from the weekend, public broadcaster NHK said on Thursday.
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China says shares similar views and positions with Russia on Middle East issue

China said on Thursday it is in close communication with parties including Russia on the Middle East issue.
Reuters - Published

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