Antony Blinken back in the Middle East to discuss ceasefire proposal

This marks Blinken’s eighth trip to the region since the conflict erupted in October 2023

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Three leaders of the coalition government - Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Simon Harris (C), Irish Tanaiste Micheal Martin (R) and Irish Minister for Environment, Climate, Communications and Transport, Eamon Ryan (L) - hold a press conference at Government buildings in Dublin, Ireland on May 22, 2024. Ireland is to formally recognize the state of Palestine, Taoiseach Simon Harris has announced. (Photo by Mostafa Darwish/Anadolu via Getty Images)

Ireland, Norway and Spain recognise state of Palestine

The countries have argued that a two-state solution is essential for lasting peace in the region

Anthony Blinken - Riyadh

Oil prices mostly flat as Antony Blinken visits Riyadh

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in the region to discuss a ceasefire offer between Israel and Hamas

Royal Caribbean, MSC suspend cruises due to Red Sea woes

Royal Caribbean, MSC cancel cruises due to Red Sea crisis

The Red Sea crisis has slowed trade between Asia and Europe and raised concerns about an escalation of the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza

Sharjah bans New Year’s Eve fireworks display

Sharjah bans New Year’s Eve fireworks in solidarity with Gaza

The decision was announced in a Facebook post and legal measures would be taken against those found violating the ban.

UAE President Sheikh Mohamed issues directive to treat 1000 Palestinian cancer patients in UAE hospitals Issues WAM

UAE President issues directive to offer medical care to 1,000 Palestinian cancer patients

The initiative is part of the UAE’s continuing efforts to alleviate the rising humanitarian crisis in Gaza

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice-President-and-Prime-Minister-of-the-UAE-and-Ruler-of-Dubai Image courtesy Dubai Media Office

Sheikh Mohammed directs Dhs50m in humanitarian aid to Palestinians

The aid comes as part of the UAE’s policy to provide urgent relief and assistance to vulnerable populations and those in need around the world in times of crisis

In pictures: Eid Al Adha celebrations across the world

The Muslim festival of Eid Al Adha is being observed amidst Covid-19 restrictions in many countries


Israel conducts air strikes in Gaza as new violence flares

The conflict in May killed more than 250 Palestinians and 13 people in Israel

Saudi backs Palestinian state based on 1967 borders – foreign minister

Israel and Hamas are near a possible cease-fire deal, according to media reports

Israel-Gaza conflict intensifies as global diplomatic efforts continue

The US dispatched an envoy to the region and Egypt and Qatar sought to help broker a truce


UAE committed to Palestinian borders of 1967, East Jerusalem as its capital – minister

Dr Anwar Gargash made the remarks during a remote meeting of the Arab League foreign ministers on Wednesday

Bahrain stresses it backs two state solution in Pompeo meeting

Pompeo was in Israel and Sudan this week as part of an outreach

Saudi foreign minister

Saudi will stick to 2002 Arab peace plan – foreign minister

The plan proposes normalised relations with Israel only after it withdraws from the Palestinian territories

President Trump Meets With Israeli PM Netanyahu At The White House

UAE, Israel agree on historic deal to establish diplomatic ties

US President Donald Trump said the deal will facilitate peace in the Mideast

Egypt’s Sisi Urges Israel To Consider 2002 Arab Peace Initiative

The plan, rejected by Israel, offered full recognition of the Jewish state but only if it gave up all land seized in the 1967 Middle East war and agreed to a “just solution” for Palestinian refugees.

Palestine Bank Comes To Dubai

BoP will launch its Dubai office in 2013 to serve 200,000 Palestinians.