A combination of armed conflict, political upheaval and economic restrictions has unexpectedly decreased air pollution in the Middle East since 2010.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, threatening to punish the Palestinians for unilateral moves towards statehood, said on Sunday Israel was willing to press on with US-brokered peace talks but not “at any price”.6 Apr 2014 - 8:47pm
US Secretary of State John Kerry marked his 70th birthday by preparing to leave again for Israel, in his dogged quest for an elusive Middle East peace deal.
But there will not be a gift-wrapped agreement awaiting him when he is due to land back in Israel on Thursday, a day after his birthday and less than a week after his last trip to the Jewish state.12 Dec 2013 - 4:31pm
Israel and the Palestinians are to hold their first direct talks in almost three years on Wednesday, overshadowed by a deepening rift over settlements and following the release of 26 Palestinian prisoners.14 Aug 2013 - 12:54pm
The second round of US-brokered Mideast peace talks will be held next week, the State Department said on Thursday, even as the Palestinians protested new Israeli settlement activity.9 Aug 2013 - 9:39am
US Secretary of State John Kerry is “determined” to announce resumed Middle East peace talks before he leaves the region at the end of the week, a Palestinian official said on Wednesday.
“There has been progress in meetings with Kerry after he presented his initiative to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in a meeting in Amman,” the high-ranking official said, requesting anonymity.17 Jul 2013 - 5:37pm
US Secretary of State John Kerry met late into Thursday night with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his latest bid to revive Middle East talks.
On his fifth visit in as many months, Kerry spent close to four hours at a “working dinner” with Netanyahu in a Jerusalem hotel.
The content of their talks was not immediately made public.28 Jun 2013 - 9:46am
China's dependence on Middle Eastern oil will increase in the coming years, while American dependence will decline, said speakers at the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission hearing in Washington last week.10 Jun 2013 - 4:52am
The Egyptian cleric was in a fervour. As Hezbollah's Shiite fighters helped Bashar Assad to crush Syrian rebels, he wanted to sound the alarm to Sunnis across the Middle East.9 Jun 2013 - 7:18am
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah's comments offered the clearest public confirmation yet that the Iranian-backed group is directly involved in Syria’s war.26 May 2013 - 2:47pm
Blame tycoons, not dockers, for social ills
Joyce Hung says that the logistics sector has been hurt by the dockers' strike and says we all have a responsibility to try to create a harmonious community ("'Success' for strikers has hurt society", May 10).17 May 2013 - 3:17am 2 comments
Diplomacy does not have to be only for superpower countries, but having economic and political clout helps. China's offer to broker peace between Israelis and Palestinians speaks of a new confidence and willingness to take a bigger and more responsible international role. With decades of US effort having achieved little, there has for some time been a need for a fresh mediator.15 May 2013 - 3:06am
President Xi Jinping's "four-point plan" presented to Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas is not original in content, but China's offer to enter the quagmire of Middle East politics is several steps removed from Deng Xiaoping's advice to keep a low profile.14 May 2013 - 2:56am
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ended his visit to Beijing yesterday, analysts said China’s desire to play a greater role in Middle East affairs in order to expand its influence in the region had been conspicuous.11 May 2013 - 4:57am 1 comment
China and Israel set up a task force yesterday to deepen economic co-operation and boost trade as Beijing seeks to expand its influence in the Middle East.
The agreement was reached during talks between Premier Li Keqiang and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Beijing.9 May 2013 - 5:40am 1 comment