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Bahrain to Allow Flights Between Israel and the UAE to Enter Its Airspace

Another Gulf state takes a step in ties with Israel; This follows a similar move by Saudi Arabia to allow Israeli flights in their airspace.

Macron says Lebanon has Promised to Form Cabinet within 2 Weeks

Lebanese leaders have promised to form a new government within two weeks, visiting French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday.

US Forces Harassed, Injured in Vehicle Collision in Eastern Syria

US soldiers injured in an escalation with Russian forces in Syria; incidents increase involving US patrols being harassed by Russian forces.

Report: Iran Claims it has New Cruise Missiles & Advanced Drones

Iran claims to unveil new missiles and drones this week named for Muhandis and Soleimani, who the US killed in January in Baghdad.

Christian Pastor & Wife Flee Iran—Only Hours Before Reporting to Evin Prison

Only hours before an Iranian Christian was due to begin her prison sentence, she & her husband Victor reportedly fled their homeland of Iran.

Trump Says US Intends to Trigger ‘Snapback’ of UN Sanctions on Iran

Trump announces plans to intend “snapback” sanctions on Iran, days after UN Security Council failed to extend a soon-to expire arms embargo.

Major Exchange Of Fire Between US & Syrian Armies Results In Casualties

On Monday US occupying forces and the Syrian Army exchanged fire in a rare direct clash, reportedly ending in casualties.

UN Security Council Rejects Resolution to Extend the Arms Embargo on Iran

US looses bid to extend UN arms embargo on Iran; Putin proposes summit to avoid "confrontation" over US threat to return UN sanctions on Iran

Greece Puts Military on High Alert After Turkish Research Ship Enters Controversial Waters

Turkish research vessel went into controversial waters, leading to precautionary military measures by Greece; Turkish F-16s spotted accompanying the vessel

Lebanese Prime Minister Announces Resignation of Government

Lebanon’s prime minister announces he and the entire cabinet were stepping down in wake of the Beirut explosion that triggered public fury, mass protests.

Canada’s Lebanon Relief Fund Includes Group Banned In Multiple Countries For Ties to Hamas

A charity accused of Hamas ties is among charities announced as partners in the Canadian government's Lebanon Relief Fund.

Large Protests Erupt in Lebanon’s Capital City Targeting Corrupt Officials

Leaders of the Lebanese government & Hezbollah facing significant pushback from protestors throughout Beirut; Protestors are now engaging security forces

Pair of Explosions that Shook Beirut, Lebanon Tied to Hezbollah Weapon Production

2 explosions erupted in Beirut on Tuesday evening; Early reports suggested a fireworks warehouse, though newly surfaced information reveals otherwise

Beirut Explosion Death Toll Skyrockets As Thousands Injured, 300,000+ Left Homeless

A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, ambulances were transporting hundreds of injured people to local hospitals & dozens may have been killed.

Turkish Parliament Passes Social Media Law to Regulate Content As Government Tightens Control

Turkey adopts new social media law that will create "chilling effect" on voices who've resorted to the platforms as government tightens grip on media.

Explosions Reported on Iran’s Qeshm Island Over the Weekend – Possible Israeli Strike

Islamic Republic experienced more explosions Saturday on one of its southern islands; Possibility of an Israeli strike on an underground missile facility.

The ‘Pandemic of Hope’ in Iran: Upsurge in Iranian Muslims Converting to Christianity

While Covid has ravaged Iran’s government & economy, a popular Christian satellite channel reports an upsurge in Iranian Muslims converting to Christianity

Netanyahu Issues Warning to Lebanon & Syria as Tension Grows Amid Israeli Strike on Hezbollah Targets

Netanyahu warns the 2 northern nations after an exchange of fire on Friday; Tensions are growing after Israel killed a Hezbollah member near Damascus.

Massive Explosion at Iraqi Base Linked to Iranian-Backed Militias

An Iraqi military base that has a large ammunition dump exploded on Sunday; In this context the explosion adds fuel to the fire of tensions.

Iran Condemns US After Warplane Fly-by Panics Iranian Airliner Passengers

Iran said a US fighter jet "harassed" a civilian airliner in an act of terrorism, dismissing US account that the jet was conducting a visual inspection

Iran Terror Proxy Hezbollah Threatens Israel After Member Killed Near Damascus

A member of the Mediterranean-based terror group was killed in an Israeli airstrike on Monday, resulting in threats towards the Jewish State.

Iran Executes ‘US & Israeli spy’ As a Message to Washington

“A Mossad spy was hanged,” Iran’s Fars News reported Monday morning. Iran accused Mahmoud Mousavi-Majd of being “linked to both Mossad...

Fire Engulfs Factory in Iran’s 2nd Industrial Incident Within Hours

Footage of a large factory fire in Iran was being widely shared on social media Sunday, just hours after an explosion was reported at a power station.

Anti-Government Protests Erupt in Iran, Internet Shut Down

With the economy continuing to tank amid US sanctions and the coronavirus, protests have resumed throughout the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Large Fires Break Out at Iranian Shipyard & Aluminum Factory

Large fire brakes out at Iranian shipyard in the port city of Bushehr in southeastern Iran on Wednesday, reportedly spreading to seven ships within the yard

Gas Plant Latest to be Hit as Explosions Continue Throughout Iran

An explosion was reported at a gas condensate plant in the Kavian Fariman industrial zone in eastern Iran on Monday, according to Iranian media.

Fire Breaks Out at Petrochemical Facility in Southwest Iran

A fire broke out at a facility belonging to a Petrochemical Company in southwest Iran, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday.

Latest Excuse: Iran blames ‘Misaligned Radar’ in Downing of Ukrainian Passenger flight

A Ukraine Airlines plane struck by 2 missiles, crashing shortly after taking off from Tehran's airport on January 8 now being blamed on 'misaligned radar'.

Another Set of Explosions Shakes Tehran, Leads to Power Outages

Several explosions occurred in Iran’s capital city of Tehran leading to multiple power outages; There are at least 2 military-related facilities in the area

Pompeo: US & Allies Intercepted Iranian Weaponry Being Transferred to Houthi Rebels in Yemen

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reveals that Iranian weaponry being smuggled to Yemen was intercepted by the US and other international military partners

United Nations ‘Expert’ Declares US Drone Strike That Killed Soleimani ‘Unlawful’

The US drone strike that killed the Iranian Quds Force Commander is being categorized as ‘unlawful’ by a representative from the United Nations.

Iran Vows to Stand by Hamas in Destroying Israel

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed on Monday to fight with the Palestinians against Israel until the Jewish state's demise.

Rocket Fired Toward US Embassy in Iraq Hits Nearby Home, Injures Child: Reports

A rocket aimed at Baghdad's Green Zone, home of the U.S. Embassy, struck a residential home and injured a child, according to reports.

Explosion Reportedly Damages Power Plant in Iran, the Latest in Series of Blasts

Incident in city of Ahvaz follows mysterious explosions at nuclear facility and site near Tehran, which prompted regime to issue warning to Israel and US

Law Change Further Threatens Christians, Other Religious Minorities in Iran

A change in legislation passed by the Parliament of Iran could make it easier to arrest, imprison Christians and other religious minorities in that country.

Russia, Turkey & Iran Coordinate Anti-US Syria Policy, Slamming Israel

Russia, Turkey & Iran held a meeting to coordinate efforts in Syria; Their goals appeared aimed at undermining the US role in Syria & condemnation of Israel

Iran Warns Israel, US Suspecting Sabotage After Explosion at Nuclear Site Makes Third Incident in 7 Days

Hours after an explosion at a nuclear complex, Iran warned it would weigh its response to “hostile countries,” if they crossed Iran’s “red lines"

At Least 17 Dead in Explosion in Medical Center in Tehran

A loud explosion was heard in northern Tehran on Tuesday evening causing thick clouds of smoke to fill the skies, Iranian News Agency ISNA reported.

Lebanese President Warns of Civil War Climate as Unrest Grows Amid Economic Downfall

Lebanese President issues warning of an ‘atmosphere of civil war’ as unrest continues to rise; As Lebanese pound declines nearly 75% since last October.

Iran Issues an Arrest Warrant for President Trump in Response to Killing of Soleimani in January

Iran is calling on Interpol for assistance after issuing an arrest warrant for US President Trump; Their motive comes after killing of former IRGC Commander

Large Blast in Iran came from Suspected Missile Site, Satellite Images Show

An explosion rattled Iran’s capital that analysts believe hides an underground tunnel system & missile production sites, satellite photographs showed.

US Sanctions Iranian Oil Tankers Delivering Oil to Venezuela

The US Wednesday imposed sanctions on 5 Iranian ship captains who delivered oil to Venezuela; Pompeo reaffirms Washington's backing Juan Guaido.

Saudi Arabia Repels Ballistic Missile Strike from Iran’s Yemen Rebels

The Saudi-led coalition said Tuesday it repelled aerial attacks by the Yemeni, Iran linked, Houthi rebels aimed at targets in Saudi Arabia.

The Iranian Rial Falls to Lowest Value Ever, Largely Due to US Sanctions and COVID-19

The rial reaches an all-time low amid ongoing US sanctions and the effects of COVID-19; The rial has depreciated in value a reported 600% since 2015.

Iran Destroys Targets at Distance of 170 Miles in Recent Cruise Missile Test

Iran’s Navy successfully struck targets in Gulf of Oman & Indian Ocean during a recent cruise missile test; Claims missiles can outreach distance of test.

Syrian Chemical Weapons Agency Sought Illicit WMD Tech in Germany

The SSRC, an agency the US gov't says builds chemical weapons for Assad regime, made attempts last year to obtain illegal WMD technology in Germany.

Turkey Enters Northern Iraq in Ground Operation Against Kurdish Rebels

Turkey said it has airlifted troops for a cross-border ground op against Kurdish rebels in Iraq, in 1st known airborne/land offensive by Ankara inside Iraq

Iran Combats Resolution Put Forth That Would Require them to Allow the IAEA Access to Potential Nuclear Sites

Iran is vowing to take drastic measures if this new resolution allows the IAEA to access two controversial sites that they’ve restricted to date;

Crumbling Economy & Corrupt Government – Unrest Continues Throughout Lebanon

As the civil unrest throughout the small Mediterranean country of Lebanon continues, riots and clashes with police forces took place again Friday evening.

Germany Condemns Iran’s ‘Spread of Anti-Semitism’ in a Policy Reversal

Germany reversed its position previously labelling Iranian regime's calls to exterminate the Jewish state as only “anti-Israel rhetoric” not antisemitic.

Turkey Rejects Egypt’s Call for a Ceasefire in Libya

Egypt proposed a ceasefire on Wednesday that was rejected by Turkey soon after; This suggestion from Egypt was welcomed by both Russia and the UAE.