Middle East

Chess nurtures focus and determination in young Lebanese players
A growing number of youths are taking up chess in specialised schools and in tournaments
September 29, 2023, 6:00 PM
Militants leave UN schools in Ain Al Hilweh after joint security operation
More than 11,000 pupils have yet to start new term despite promised withdrawal of Palestinian factions
September 29, 2023, 9:42 AM
Middle East air passenger traffic in 2023 to reach 96.8% of pre-Covid levels
The region's passenger volumes will fully recover in 2024, with a projected 429 million travellers, Airports Council International World says
September 29, 2023, 4:00 AM
The National poll triggers calls for more robust UK foreign policy
Survey shows less than a third of Britons believe Rishi Sunak has a clear vision for the country's future
September 28, 2023, 1:57 PM
Iran says it is planning a naval base in Antarctica
Tehran has previously said it would send warships to the South Pole
September 28, 2023, 1:29 PM
10 UAE private schools named among Middle East's top 15
Educational institutions were evaluated on academics, university prep, ethos, and life preparation
September 28, 2023, 11:09 AM
Israel reopens key crossing to Palestinian workers amid Gaza violence
Thousands of people wait at Erez after two weeks of closure
September 28, 2023, 8:50 AM
Food poisoning at Iraqi wedding leaves 50 people unwell
Guests were served spoiled food, officials say
September 28, 2023, 6:22 AM
Iran says it has successfully launched imaging satellite
The US believes Tehran's satellite programme is a cover for building ballistic missiles
September 27, 2023, 11:34 AM
UAE’s Rove Hotels aims to hire more than 1,500 staff amid regional tourism boom
Hotel operator's move over next five years will help it expand across Mena region with focus on Saudi Arabia and Egypt
Travel and Tourism
September 27, 2023, 9:06 AM
Iranian officials deny explosion after mystery blast rocks west of the country
Khorramabad is located near a major IRGC missile base
September 26, 2023, 12:21 PM
Chatham House urges Middle East to build regional co-operation forum
Group could initially address mutually beneficial issues of climate change, energy security and disaster relief, authors suggest
September 25, 2023, 11:01 PM
Arrests and new dress codes mark start of academic year at Iranian universities
Female students have been barred from wearing 'loud' high-heeled shoes under new rules at University of Tehran
September 25, 2023, 12:27 PM
Dust storms send more than 2,000 people to hospital in south-east Iran
Heart and breathing problems a 'major' issue as dust storms sweep across Sistan and Baluchestan province
September 25, 2023, 6:53 AM
Conservative conference is a chance to show country can 'step up on Middle East'
Leading Conservative figure Charlotte Leslie says the UK has an 'enormous challenge' to retain its influence in the region
September 25, 2023, 6:22 AM
Iran defuses 30 bombs across Tehran, intelligence ministry says
Authorities link the explosives, planted in 'densely populated' parts of capital, to last year's anti-regime protests
September 24, 2023, 12:31 PM
Eastern authorities want Libya aid conference in flood-hit Derna
Silence and scepticism greet proposal for reconstruction summit in disaster zone on October 10
September 23, 2023, 9:27 AM
Iranians urge action over 'gender apartheid' after hijab bill passes
Women face long prison terms and travel ban under new legislation, while children could also be barred from leaving Iran
September 21, 2023, 2:34 PM
Najib Mikati raises Lebanon's Syrian refugee 'burden' at UN
International response to exodus has fallen short, caretaker Prime Minister tells General Assembly
September 21, 2023, 12:08 PM
Jordan's Abdali considering an IPO as it helps put kingdom on a path to stronger growth
Company chairman Amer Al-Fayez says development has helped create 15,000 jobs in the country
September 21, 2023, 3:00 AM