Before Covid-19 pandemic, some 2.5 million pilgrims would visit the holiest sites of Islam in Mecca and Medina for the week-long pilgrimage, which combined with the year-round Umrah pilgrimage, would earn the kingdom $12 billion a year.
Latest strikes kill at least one civilian and wound six more in Latakia province, which has rarely been hit by similar strikes by neighbouring Israel.
President Reuven Rivlin is now expected to give one of Netanyahu’s opponents a chance to form an alternative coalition government
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s unorthodox views towards Iran’s military establishment angers the supreme leader, deepening moderate-hardliner infighting as June elections approach.
The Iranian authorities are being accused of holding Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe as state hostage and tying her release to a 40-year-old debt London owes Tehran.
Iranian officials launch an investigation into the death of the first secretary at the Swiss embassy who died after reportedly falling from a high-rise in the capital of Tehran.
Lebanon and Israel began negotiations about their Mediterranean Sea maritime borders in October to try to resolve a dispute that has held up hydrocarbon exploration in the potentially gas-rich area. Here's what we know:
Egypt's defence ministry said the sale would be financed through a loan to be repaid over at least 10 years.
Blinken and Raab, top diplomats of US and UK, discuss an array of subjects, such as sanctions on Russian citizens, climate crisis and Biden's decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, in London ahead of G-7 conference.
Israeli forces arrest 11 Palestinians after illegal settlers set fires and clashed with villagers in occupied West Bank in a so-called "price tag" attack in apparent response to a drive-by shooting that injured Israelis.
US denies Iranian media report regarding possible prisoner swap and release of $7 billion in frozen Iranian funds, saying such reports "are not true."
The deadly crush at Mount Meron in northern Israel that claimed at least 45 lives has been described as one of the worst peace time disasters.
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