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Jordan foils militant smuggling plot in disused pipeline

17 February, 2018

The disused Trans-Arabian Pipeline once transported Saudi oil through Jordan, Syria's Golan Heights and onto Lebanon and the Mediterranean.

Will Bibi's judges prioritise perks over principles?

16 February, 2018

Comment: Israeli PM Netanyahu's fate lies in the hands of avaricious coalition members, reluctant to cede their perks in the name of justice, writes Barak Barfi.

Derby day drama: This week in Middle East football

16 February, 2018

Derby day drama took over Amman and Casablanca this week, while an underwhelming clash between the Arabian Peninsula's two biggest clubs was overshadowed by a pitch-invading cat.

NATO to expand Iraqi training mission

15 February, 2018

The NATO mission in Iraq could involve up to 200 personnel, and will have a non-combat mandate.

Tillerson demands 'Iranian-backed militias withdraw from Syria'

14 February, 2018

The US diplomat voiced his concern over Iran's military presence in Syria, citing the recent confrontation between Israel and Iran as an obstacle to Syrian peace.

Can South Africa's president-in-waiting fight apartheid in Israel?

14 February, 2018

Comment: Cyril Ramaphosa is on the brink of taking South Africa's presidency. Janet Smith asks if he will succeed in following through on his party's support for Palestine.

US to boost Jordan aid despite Trump's threats

14 February, 2018

The US will increase its foreign aid to Jordan, despite Trump's threats to cut support for countries that choose to criticise his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Tillerson: Hizballah is part of Lebanon's political process

14 February, 2018

Despite its designation as a 'terrorist group', Hizballah is part of Lebanon's political process, and the Trump administration must 'acknowledge reality', said the US secretary of state.

Tillerson meets Syria opposition in Amman

14 February, 2018

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Syrian opposition negotiators in Amman on Wednesday in the wake of UN-led talks in Vienna which failed to make progress towards peace.

Gamers raise money for Syria in 'first' blockchain fundraiser

13 February, 2018

Gamers are being encouraged to mine cryptocurrency Ethereum and donate the monetary rewards to UNICEF, which will in turn help Syrian children in need.

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