The Muslim World
The kingdom is stepping up efforts to establish its first official diplomatic relations with Israel, a move supported by the U.S. that would reshape Middle East politics and end decades of enmity between two of the region’s most influential nations.
Proposed bipartisan legislation requires the Pentagon to help integrate Middle East air defenses to spur security cooperation against threats from Tehran.
Raqqa, Syria — Noura Al Khalif married a Daesh group supporter and then wound up without her husband in a Syrian camp viewed by many as the last surviving pocket of the “caliphate”. The 31-year-old woman has been back in her hometown outside the northern city of Raqqa for three years but she Daesh struggling to shake off the stigma of having lived in Al Hol camp.“Most of my neighbours call me an Daesh supporter,” she told AFP from her father’s house near Raqqa, where she now lives with her two children.
BAGHDAD — Iraq, an oil-rich but poverty-stricken country battered by decades of war and insurgency, has been mired in a long political crisis that just took a turn for the worse.Shiite Muslim firebrand cleric and former anti-US militia leader Moqtada Sadr on Sunday sparked fresh turmoil when his followers, the biggest bloc in parliament, resigned en masse.The move deepened uncertainty in a country where democratic institutions built since the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein remain fragile and Iran wields major influence.
The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on Chinese and Emirati companies and a network of Iranian firms that help export Iran's petrochemicals, a step that may aim to raise pressure on Tehran to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
CAIRO (AP) — A third of Sudan' population is currently facing a food crisis due to the compounded impact of climate shocks, political turmoil and rising global food prices, the U.N. food agency said Thursday.