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Middle East: Region that encompasses Western Asia and Egypt
The Middle East is a transcontinental region centered on Western Asia, Turkey, and Egypt. Saudi Arabia is geographically the largest Middle Eastern nation while Bahrain is the smallest. The corresponding adjective is Middle Eastern and the derived noun is Middle Easterner. The term has come into wider usage as a replacement of the term Near East beginning in the early 20th century.

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In pictures: Inside Iran's secretive Yarsan faith

Yarsan is of one of the Middle East's oldest faiths and has more than one million followers in Iran.
BBC News - Published

China says killing of Islamic State leader is progress, much work remains

The United States' killing of Islamic State's leader is important progress, but the world should not rest on its laurels in the fight against terrorism, China's special envoy to the Middle East said on..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Middle East


Migrants in Bosnia face deadly winter conditions [Video]Migrants in Bosnia face deadly winter conditions

The lives of hundreds of migrants from the Middle East and Asia living in a camp in the forests of Bosnia are at risk, as the bitter Balkan winter approaches, an official with the International..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:49Published

French police clear migrant tent camps in northern Paris [Video]French police clear migrant tent camps in northern Paris

French police cleared two huge migrant tent camps in northern Paris on Thursday and authorities vowed to clear other camps, a day after the government announced tighter immigration policies. Emily..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:32Published

Tourists stabbed in Jordanian city near Roman ruins [Video]Tourists stabbed in Jordanian city near Roman ruins

Jordan's minister of health said three Mexicans and one Swiss tourist were wounded along with four Jordanians when a man went on a stabbing rampage in Jersah city, a major tourist destination near..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:04Published

CENTCOM Commander Won't Confirm, Deny Trump's Description Of Baghdadi's Death [Video]CENTCOM Commander Won't Confirm, Deny Trump's Description Of Baghdadi's Death

General Kenneth McKenzie is the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East. Wednesday, he offered fresh details about the raid that killed ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Commandos killed five..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:55Published

French President Says 'The Fight Continues To Finally Defeat" The Islamic State [Video]French President Says 'The Fight Continues To Finally Defeat" The Islamic State

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke out about the death of leader from the Islamic State. He said the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was a hard blow for the terrorist organization. Yet he also said..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Trump says Turkey's ceasefire in northern Syria now permanent [Video]Trump says Turkey's ceasefire in northern Syria now permanent

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that Turkey claims it is stopping combat and making a ceasefire in northern Syria permanent. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:34Published

House speaker Pelosi makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan [Video]House speaker Pelosi makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior members of Congress made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday, her office said. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:58Published

Trump downplays flare-up in Syria amid ceasefire [Video]Trump downplays flare-up in Syria amid ceasefire

Trump’s comments came one day after he praised a deal announced by Vice President Mike Pence that would pause fighting in Northeast Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a "safe..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:34Published

Pompeo to Israel: U.S. focus is still on Iran 'threat' [Video]Pompeo to Israel: U.S. focus is still on Iran 'threat'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo underscored U.S.-Israeli efforts to counter Iran in talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, in an apparent attempt to ease concerns in Israel that Tehran..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:25Published

Picture power: Middle East photographers focus on people behind the news [Video]Picture power: Middle East photographers focus on people behind the news

Capturing someone’s life story in a single moment is what Oslo-based photographer Afshin Ismaeli does for a living.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 03:29Published

Trump Lashes Out At GOP Ally Graham Over Kurdish Debacle [Video]Trump Lashes Out At GOP Ally Graham Over Kurdish Debacle

CNN reports President Donald Trump on Wednesday slammed one of his key allies: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). The dispute is over Graham's approach to Turkey's incursion in Syria. Trump said during a..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:40Published

Saudi soccer team visits Jerusalem Muslim holy site [Video]Saudi soccer team visits Jerusalem Muslim holy site

The Saudi Arabia soccer team visits a Muslim holy site in Jerusalem before their playing their first ever match in the occupied West Bank against Palestine.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:00Published

Daughter of jailed British-Iranian woman returns to UK after three years [Video]Daughter of jailed British-Iranian woman returns to UK after three years

The five-year-old daughter of a British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran has returned home to the UK after more than three years living in the Middle East. Gabriella Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been living with..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:34Published

Donald Trump defends decision to pull US forces out of Syria [Video]Donald Trump defends decision to pull US forces out of Syria

US President Donald Trump has defended his decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria as fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from "endless war" in the Middle East. Mr Trump declared US troops..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:45Published

IAAF World Athletics Championships conclude in Doha [Video]IAAF World Athletics Championships conclude in Doha

Qatar was the first Middle Eastern country to host the world-renowned sporting event.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:53Published

Iraq protests toll climbs to at least 45 killed [Video]Iraq protests toll climbs to at least 45 killed

Iraqi police opened fire on protesters in central Baghdad on Friday, as hundreds gathered to demonstrate against the government. Gracie Jerome reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:54Published

Can MENA horror films to go mainstream? Yes, says Emirati filmmaker [Video]Can MENA horror films to go mainstream? Yes, says Emirati filmmaker

The genre of horror has not been much explored by filmmakers in the Middle East and North Africa to date, nor achieved mainstream success.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:23Published

Local communities help UNESCO restore war-torn MENA heritage sites [Video]Local communities help UNESCO restore war-torn MENA heritage sites

A consequence of war and social unrest in the Middle East and North Africa in recent decades, has been the destruction of some of the region’s most ancient, treasured and culturally important..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 12:00Published

Hassan Rouhani refuses US nuclear talks until sanctions removed [Video]Hassan Rouhani refuses US nuclear talks until sanctions removed

President Rouhani warns world leaders 'a single blunder can fuel a big fire' as threat of war grips the Middle East.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:47Published

Trump to deploy more troops to Saudi Arabia after attack [Video]Trump to deploy more troops to Saudi Arabia after attack

US will send reinforcements to the Middle East following attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:44Published

Tensions in Middle East hoist oil prices to largest weekly gain for months [Video]Tensions in Middle East hoist oil prices to largest weekly gain for months

Oil prices were on track to jump more than 7% this week, their biggest weekly rise in months, as early trading on Friday saw gains extended on fresh Middle East tensions. David Pollard reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:07Published

 

Russia says 2,000 relatives of Middle East militants pose security threat: RIA

Russia's FSB security service has identified 2,000 Russian nationals who are relatives of militants in the Middle East and could try to return to Russia, posing a terrorist threat, the FSB's head said..
Reuters - Published

Iran's network of influence in Mid-East 'growing'

Despite sanctions, Iran has successfully embedded itself across the region, a study finds.
BBC News - Published

Italy to ban flights by Iran's Mahan Air from mid-December

Italy is set to ban flights by Iran's Mahan Air, an Iranian industry official said on Saturday, as the United States seeks action against the airline accused by the West of transporting military..
Reuters - Published

Winter poses new threat to migrants in Bosnian forest camp

Hundreds of migrants from the Middle East and Asia living in a freezing camp in the forests of Bosnia are short of food and bedding and at growing risk as the bitter Balkan winter approaches, aid..
Reuters - Published

U.S. senior diplomat slams Egypt's treatment of journalist

The U.S. State Department's top diplomat for the Middle East on Tuesday called Egypt's treatment of a prominent journalist and activist "outrageous," saying he had raised the issue with Egyptian..
Reuters - Published

Is a new Arab Spring unfolding in the Middle East?

Seething anger on the streets of Arab countries has the air of revolution, says Jeremy Bowen.
BBC News - Published

Killing the leader may not be enough to stamp out Islamic State

The killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is of considerable importance, experts believe, but the underlying reasons for his jihadist group's existence remain and attacks in the Middle..
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan says death of Islamic State leader delivers big blow to Afghan faction

Afghanistan welcomed the killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as a major blow to terrorism that is expected to weaken the South Asian branch of the Middle Eastern militant group.
Reuters - Published

German defense minister proposes security zone for north Syria

Germany's defense minister has suggested creating a security zone in northern Syria to protect displaced civilians and ensure the fight continues against Islamic State militants, the first time Berlin..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon chief arrives in Riyadh as Iran tensions simmer and Russia makes moves

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday, his first trip to the key Middle East ally since taking the job this summer, as tensions simmer between Washington and Tehran, and..
Reuters - Published

Macron takes swipe at halting NATO reaction to Turkey's Syria incursion

France's president on Friday decried NATO's inability to react to what he called Turkey's "crazy" offensive into northern Syria and said it was time Europe stopped acting like a junior ally when it..
Reuters - Published

Japan won't join U.S. coalition to protect Middle East shipping, will send own force

Japan said on Friday it will not join any U.S. coalition to protect merchant vessels in Middle Eastern waterways, but will instead send a separate force of ships and planes to guard ships supplying..
Reuters - Published

Japan to dispatch its own self-defense troops to Strait of Hormuz: Asahi

Japan has decided to dispatch its own self-defense troops to the Strait of Hormuz area instead of joining the U.S.-coalition to protect merchant vessels passing through key Middle Eastern waterways,..
Reuters - Published

Trump defends Middle East policy, says Islamic State is under control

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his Middle East policy, as he comes under bipartisan criticism over his administration's move to withdraw U.S. troops from northeast Syria and an..
Reuters - Published

Last-gasp Brexit deal set to dominate fraught EU summit

European Union leaders' two-day summit in Brussels starting on Thursday will be dominated by last-gasp efforts to seal a deal on Britain's exit from the bloc despite a raft of other pressing issues,..
Reuters - Published

Russia's Putin: From pariah to Middle East power broker

Russia's geo-political clout has expanded and it has become the key player in the Middle East.
BBC News - Published

Russian reporters receive threats after investigating secret military group: editor

A group of Russian journalists who investigated the activities of a secretive group of Russian mercenaries in Africa and the Middle East have been subject to a campaign of physical threats and..
Reuters - Published

Saudi visit signals Putin's growing Middle East influence

President Vladimir Putin signaled Moscow's growing Middle East clout on Monday on his first visit to Saudi Arabia in over a decade, buoyed by Russian military gains in Syria, strong ties with Riyadh's..
Reuters - Published

Putin says Russia can play key role in Middle East, has good Iran ties: Arabiya

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia can play a key role in the Middle East as it has good relations with Iran and the Arab world, he told Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV in an interview broadcast on..
Reuters - Published

Australia, Fiji to send peacekeeping mission to Middle East

Australia and Fiji will send a joint United Nations peacekeeping mission to a disputed region in the Middle East as soon as next week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said over the weekend.
Reuters - Published

For Putin, Turkish move into Syria a chance to ramp up Middle East role

Turkey's incursion into Syria is an opportunity for Russia to dial up its influence in the region as Washington appears to be pulling back, but the risks to Moscow's diplomacy will rise the longer the..
Reuters - Published

Israel uneasy over Trump's refusal to stand by Kurds

U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to stand aside as Turkey sends troops into Syria and fights Kurds allied with Washington has some Israelis wondering whether they too might eventually pay a price..
Reuters - Published

Who are the Kurds?

Kurds make up the Middle East's fourth-largest ethnic group, but they have never obtained statehood.
BBC News - Published

Exclusive: Iran not 'drawing back' militarily after Saudi attack - U.S. admiral

Iran has not drawn back to a less threatening military posture in the region following the Sept. 14 attack on Saudi Arabia, the top U.S. admiral in the Middle East told Reuters, suggesting persistent..
Reuters - Published

Pompeo, Pope Francis urge religious freedom in Mideast, elsewhere

Pope Francis and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed on Thursday on the need to protect the rights of Christian minorities in the Middle East during a meeting at the Vatican, the U.S. State..
Reuters - Published

Thai PM says no Islamic State ties to Thailand as Egypt arrests student

Thailand's prime minister said on Tuesday Islamic State (IS) had no links to his country, after Egypt arrested a Thai student over suspected ties to the Middle East-based militant group.
Reuters - Published

Twitter's 'head of editorial' for Middle East is officer in British Army's information warfare unit

Gordon MacMillan is a volunteer in the 77th Brigade
Independent - Published

Brazil's Bolsonaro to attend Japanese Emperor's enthronement ceremony

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday he will attend the enthronement ceremony of Japanese Emperor Naruhito scheduled for Oct. 22 as part of a tour of Asia and the Middle East.
Reuters - Published

Japan's Abe urges Iran to take actions that are 'grounded in wisdom'

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday expressed concerns about the Middle East situation and urged Iran to take actions "grounded in the wisdom derived from its rich history".
Reuters - Published

With Iran on his mind, Trump to speak before U.N. General Assembly

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to make his case for keeping pressure on Iran on Tuesday at a United Nations General Assembly speech made more dramatic by attacks on Saudi oil facilities that..
Reuters - Published

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