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Protesters in face masks hold up placards with messages rejecting a new civil conflict during an anti-government rally in front of the government palace in Beirut, Lebanon, at the weekend. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

Lebanon needs emergency aid and urgent reforms to rescue its citizens from the country’s worst economic, political and social disaster, according to t(...)

A member of the Syrian civil defence force sanitises a tent at the Bab Al-Nour internally displaced persons camp to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Health and other officials focused on Lebanon, Iraq and Syria fear the numbers of people infected with coronavirus far exceed the official figures dis(...)

A scooter driver gets his temperature taken before going out with an order, amid the coronavirus  outbreak, in Beirut, Lebanon. Photograph: Reuters/Mohamed Azakir

Lebanon is doubly at risk from the coronavirus. On the occasion of the Feast of the Annunciation on Wednesday, President Michel Aoun called on Lebanes(...)

Secretary of defence Mark Esper: ‘The United States will not tolerate attacks against our people, our interests or our allies.’ Photograph: New York Times

US president Donald Trump has authorised the US military to respond to Wednesday’s rocket attack by Iran-backed militia in Iraq that killed two Americ(...)

US president Donald Trump and Israelai prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu take part in an announcement of Mr Trump’s Middle East peace plan in  the White House in Washington, DC on January 28th. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty

The Arab world has delivered a mixed reaction to the Trump administration’s plan to settle the Palestinian-Israeli dispute. Uncertain of the attitude(...)

Demonstrators are sprayed by a water cannon during a protest against the newly formed government in Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters

Lebanon’s new cabinet met on Wednesday, ending a three-month deadlock over its formation. But even before the line-up was announced on Tuesday evenin(...)

Anti-government protesters block a main highway in Beirut, Lebanon, on Friday. Photograph: AP

Lebanese efforts to finalise a new government stalled on Friday as hundreds of anti-government protesters blocked roads to mark the beginning of the f(...)

Mourners in Tehran carry the casket of Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

The assassination of Qassem Suleimani has cemented one of the strongest symbiotic relationships in politics: that between conservative hardliners in t(...)

The new system will be used initially to intercept short-range rockets, and will operate in tandem with Israel’s multi-tiered air defence systems including Iron Dome (above).  Photograph: Jalaa Marey/AFP via Getty Images

Israel has announced a technological breakthrough that uses laser technology to intercept missiles, describing the development as a “game-changer that(...)

Mourners gather around a vehicle carrying the coffin of Qassem Suleimani during a  funeral procession in his home town of Kerman, Iran on Tuesday. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

At least 56 people were killed in a stampede as tens of thousands of mourners packed streets for the funeral of a slain Iranian military commander in(...)

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