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Middle East: Region that encompasses Western Asia and Egypt
The Middle East is a transcontinental region centered on Western Asia, Turkey, and Egypt. Saudi Arabia is geographically the largest Middle Eastern nation while Bahrain is the smallest. The corresponding adjective is Middle Eastern and the derived noun is Middle Easterner. The term has come into wider usage as a replacement of the term Near East beginning in the early 20th century.

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Trump meets Pentagon officials over possible plan to send more troops to Middle East

President Trump met with Pentagon officials who outlined possible plans for sending more American troops to the middle east to counter Iran. Roxanna Saberi reports.
CBS News - Published

Trump doubts U.S. needs to send more troops to Middle East

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he did not think additional U.S. troops are needed in the Middle East to counter Iran, casting doubt on a Pentagon plan to bolster forces in the region.
Reuters - Published

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Iran Says It Will Not Surrender Even If It Is Bombed [Video]Iran Says It Will Not Surrender Even If It Is Bombed

According to Reuters, President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran will not surrender to U.S. pressure and will not abandon its goals even if it is bombed. Earlier in the day, Iran’s top military chief..

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Pentagon Considers Sending More Troops To Middle East [Video]Pentagon Considers Sending More Troops To Middle East

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has confirmed that the Pentagon is considering sending additional U.S. troops to the Middle East as a means to increase protection for American forces..

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Pentagon Considering Request To Send 5,000 Troops To The Middle East [Video]Pentagon Considering Request To Send 5,000 Troops To The Middle East

According to a report by Reuters, on Wednesday, two US officials said that the US Department of Defense is considering a US military request to send approximately 5,000 additional troops to the Middle..

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U.S. officials seek to tamp down Trump rhetoric on Iran [Video]U.S. officials seek to tamp down Trump rhetoric on Iran

U.S. officials who briefed Congress about Iran on Tuesday sought to convince lawmakers that President Donald Trump's administration wants to deter Tehran's aggression, not attack the Islamic republic,..

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Is John Bolton Going To Drag The US Into A War With Iran? [Video]Is John Bolton Going To Drag The US Into A War With Iran?

Business Insider reports the US could be on the brink of war with Iran after weeks of escalating tensions. The US has sent bombers, an aircraft carrier strike group, and more to the Middle East in..

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Oil edges higher as OPEC+ says to stay the course [Video]Oil edges higher as OPEC+ says to stay the course

Oil prices edged up to near multi-week highs on Monday as OPEC indicated it was likely to maintain production cuts that have helped boost prices this year, while escalating Middle East tensions..

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Trump, Saudi Arabia warn Iran against Middle East conflict [Video]Trump, Saudi Arabia warn Iran against Middle East conflict

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a new threat to Tehran on Sunday, tweeting that a conflict would be the “official end” of Iran, as Saudi Arabia warned it stood ready to respond with “all..

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Kushner-led Middle East Effort To Offer Economic 'Workshop' For West Bank Investments [Video]Kushner-led Middle East Effort To Offer Economic 'Workshop' For West Bank Investments

CNN reports The White House will announce Sunday afternoon the first part of its Middle East peace proposal, what officials are calling an economic "workshop" to encourage investing capital in the West..

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Sweet stories: Popular deserts in the Middle East explained [Video]Sweet stories: Popular deserts in the Middle East explained

In the Middle East and North Africa, homemade sweets and confectionary are gestures of welcome and celebration.

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Trump Says He Trump Says He "Hopes" U.S. Doesn't Go To War With Iran

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he hopes the US is not "going to war with Iran." The US and Iran are in the midst of a military standoff after the Trump administration deployed military assets..

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U.S. Pulls Non-essential Staff From Iraq Over Concerns About Iran [Video]U.S. Pulls Non-essential Staff From Iraq Over Concerns About Iran

According to Reuters, Washington ordered the departure of non-emergency American employees from its diplomatic missions in Iraq on Wednesday in another show of concern about alleged threats from Iran...

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John Bolton Says US 'Not Seeking War' But Prepares To Respond To Attacks [Video]John Bolton Says US 'Not Seeking War' But Prepares To Respond To Attacks

The White House announced the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers to the Middle East. Democratic lawmakers are now warning that President Donald Trump is “inching”..

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Trump Denies Plan To Send 120,000 US Troops To Iran [Video]Trump Denies Plan To Send 120,000 US Troops To Iran

President Donald Trump’s administration was accused of possibly sending more troops to the Middle East. According to Business Insider, Trump denied his administration wanting to deploy 120,000..

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Saudi oil pipeline hit by drone attacks [Video]Saudi oil pipeline hit by drone attacks

Saudi Arabia says an oil pipeline has been hit by bomb-carrying drones, just days after four tankers were attacked at anchor off the UAE. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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Pompeo Heads To Brussels Before Putin Meeting [Video]Pompeo Heads To Brussels Before Putin Meeting

CNN reports Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has canceled his planned visit to Moscow and is heading instead to Brussels to discuss "recent threatening actions and statements" by Iran, the State..

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Iran commander: U.S. forces a target, not a threat [Video]Iran commander: U.S. forces a target, not a threat

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Sunday the U.S. military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now represented a target, the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA)..

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Iran Guards Chief Accuse Americans Of Starting A 'Psychological War' [Video]Iran Guards Chief Accuse Americans Of Starting A 'Psychological War'

According to a report by Reuters, in a parliament session on Sunday, the commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards claimed the United States has begun a psychological war in the region. The U.S...

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards reject talks with U.S. [Video]Iran’s Revolutionary Guards reject talks with U.S.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Friday Tehran would not negotiate with the United States and a senior cleric warned that a U.S. navy fleet could be “destroyed with one missile”, as a U.S..

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What are bad sleep habits in the Middle East? Experts explain [Video]What are bad sleep habits in the Middle East? Experts explain

Insomnia remains a largely undiagnosed and under-treated issue in the Middle East region.

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U.S. B-52 bombers reach Middle East in message to Iran [Video]U.S. B-52 bombers reach Middle East in message to Iran

American B-52 Stratofortress bombers sent to the Middle East over what Washington describes as threats from Iran have arrived at a U.S. base in Qatar, U.S. Central Command said. Yahaira Jacquez..

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U.S. Commander Prepares To Fight Back Against Iran If Necessary [Video]U.S. Commander Prepares To Fight Back Against Iran If Necessary

Reuters reports a U.S. commander of naval forces in the Middle East says that he would consider sending an aircraft carrier through the Strait of Hormuz. Vice Admiral Jim Malloy, commander of the U.S...

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Pompeo Abruptly Cancels Trip to Germany [Video]Pompeo Abruptly Cancels Trip to Germany

According to CNN, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abruptly canceled a scheduled trip to Germany, where he was planning to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel "due to pressing issues." The sudden schedule..

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U.S. deploying carrier, bombers to deter Iran: Bolton [Video]U.S. deploying carrier, bombers to deter Iran: Bolton

The Trump administration is deploying a carrier strike group and bombers to the Middle East in response to troubling “indications and warnings” from Iran and to show the United States will..

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Spotify beats forecasts, hits 100 million premium subscribers [Video]Spotify beats forecasts, hits 100 million premium subscribers

Music streaming service Spotify hit 100 million subscribers to its premium streaming service in the first quarter, more than double the number of nearest rival Apple. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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Pentagon confirms it is weighing sending more troops to Middle East

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Thursday confirmed that the Pentagon was considering sending additional U.S. troops to the Middle East as one of the ways to bolster protection for..
Reuters - Published

Defense chief denies reports on number of troops being sent to Mideast

Media reports said 5,000 or up to 10,000 troops would be moved to the Middle East to defend against potential threats by Iran
CBS News - Published

U.N. agency aiding Palestinians rejects U.S. bid to strip it of mandate

The head of the United Nations agency that has supported Palestinian refugees for seven decades hit back on Thursday at a U.S. proposal to have host countries take over the services it provides across..
Reuters - Published

AP Top Stories May 23 A

Here's the latest for Thursday May 23rd: Violent tornado hits Jefferson City, Missouri; Evacuations in Oklahoma due to floods; Pentagon has plans for more troops in Mideast; Man rescued from ledge of..
USATODAY.com - Published

Pentagon mulling military request to send 5,000 troops to Middle East: officials

The U.S. Department of Defense is considering a U.S. military request to send about 5,000 additional troops to the Middle East amid increasing tensions with Iran, two U.S. officials told Reuters on..
Reuters - Published

John Walker Lindh, an American who joined the Taliban, to be freed from Indiana prison

John Walker Lindh, a Californian captured in the Middle East, has served 17 years of a 20-year sentence for supporting the Taliban regime.
USATODAY.com - Published

U.S. Senator Graham: attacks on ships in Middle East coordinated by Iran

Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said on Tuesday that top administration officials told senators in a briefing the recent attacks on shipping and a pipeline in the Middle East was directed by the..
Reuters - Published

Iraq sending teams to Tehran, Washington to try to calm tensions: PM

Iraq will send delegations to Washington and Tehran to help "halt tension" amid fears of a confrontation between the United States and Iran in the Middle East, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on..
Reuters - Published

Palestinian business leaders to boycott U.S. economic conference

Palestinian business leaders on Tuesday rebuffed U.S. plans for an economic conference in Bahrain that has become the spearhead of President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan.
Reuters - Published

Potential for Iran attacks 'put on hold,' threats remain: acting Pentagon chief

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Tuesday that while threats from Iran in the Middle East remained high, deterrence measures taken by the Pentagon had "put on hold" the potential..
Reuters - Published

Potential for attacks on Americans in Middle East "put on hold": acting Pentagon chief

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Tuesday that while the threat from Iran in the region remains high, the potential for attacks on Americans had been "put on hold."
Reuters - Published

Trump: U.S. will respond with 'great force' if Iran attacks interests

President Donald Trump warned on Monday Iran would be met with "great force" if it attacked U.S. interests in the Middle East, and government sources said Washington strongly suspects Shi'ite militias..
Reuters - Published

Trump: Iran will be met with 'great force' if it moves against U.S

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday Iran would be met with "great force" if it attempted anything against U.S. interests in the Middle East, adding that Tehran has been very hostile toward..
Reuters - Published

Trump, Saudi Arabia warn Iran against Middle East conflict

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a new threat to Tehran on Sunday, tweeting that a conflict would be the "official end" of Iran, as Saudi Arabia warned it stood ready to respond with "all strength"..
Reuters - Published

UAE, keen to maintain safe-haven image, tempers tanker attack response

The United Arab Emirates, though a prominent foe of Iran in the Middle East's power struggles, has tempered its reaction to attacks on oil tankers off its coast in an effort to protect its reputation..
Reuters - Published

An Egyptian-Born Comic Joked About Race. Someone in the Crowd Called the Police.

The comedian Ahmed Ahmed poked fun at negative stereotypes of Middle Eastern people. An audience member lodged an anonymous complaint.
NYTimes.com - Published

Trump, Swiss president discussed Middle East, Venezuela crises: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump discussed crises in the Middle East and Venezuela during a meeting on Thursday with Switzerland President Ueli Maurer, a White House spokesman said.
Reuters - Published

British government adapts London staffing on Iran: UK PM's spokeswoman

Britain's foreign office has adapted its London staffing relating to Iran, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokeswoman said on Thursday, after the United States stepped up forces in the Middle East to..
Reuters - Published

Democrats warn Trump against war with Iran

The White House's sudden moves in the Mideast sparked alarm from Congress on Wednesday as key Democrats warned President Donald Trump off war with Iran and lawmakers in both parties demanded more..
USATODAY.com - Published

U.S. removes some embassy staff in Iraq as tensions with Iran escalate

The State Department is pulling some staff from the embassy in Baghdad as tensions with Iran escalate across the Mideast. CBS News State Department reporter Christina Ruffini joins CBSN to take us..
CBS News - Published

Varied points of view rise from Trump, an ally and Iran as Middle East tensions flare

President Trump is struggling to present a unified message on Iran as a military official undercut the basis for his more confrontational strategy.
USATODAY.com - Published

Iran ready for any scenario, from confrontation to diplomacy: official

A senior Iranian official said on Wednesday that Tehran was ready for all scenarios from "confrontation to diplomacy" but the United States could not afford another war in the Middle East.
Reuters - Published

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