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The Middle East is a transcontinental region centered on Western Asia, Turkey (both Asian and European), and Egypt (which is mostly in North Africa). 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 (as opposed to the Far East) beginning in the early 20th century.


Arabs, Turks, Persians, Kurds, and Azeris (excluding Azerbaijan) constitute the largest ethnic groups in the region by population. Minorities of the Middle East include Jews, Baloch, Greeks, Assyrians, and other Arameans, Berbers, Circassians (including Kabardians), Copts, Druze, Lurs, Mandaeans, Samaritans, Shabaks, Tats, and Zazas. In the Middle East, there is also a Romani community. European ethnic groups that form a diaspora in the region include Albanians, Bosniaks, Crimean Tatars, Franco-Levantines, and Italo-Levantines. Among other migrant populations are Bengalis as well as other Indians, Chinese, Filipinos, Indonesians, Pakistanis, and Sub-Saharan Africans.


The history of the Middle East dates back to ancient times, with the (geopolitical) importance of the region being recognized for millennia. Several major religions have their origins in the Middle East, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; the Baha'i faith, Mandaeism, Unitarian Druze, and numerous other belief systems were also established within the region.


The Middle East generally has a hot, arid climate, with several major rivers providing irrigation to support agriculture in limited areas such as the Nile Delta in Egypt, the Tigris and Euphrates watersheds of Mesopotamia, and most of what is known as the Fertile Crescent.


Most of the countries that border the Persian Gulf have vast reserves of crude oil, with monarchs of the Arabian Peninsula in particular benefiting economically from petroleum exports.

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Egyptian authorities have officially agreed to repatriate the body of the Palestinian engineer, Fadi Al-Batsh, who was killed on Saturday in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lampur, to the Gaza Strip for burial, the Palestinian Ambassador to Malaysia announced yesterday. Anwar Al-Agha said Al-Batsh's ...
McDermott International says projects in the Middle East are helping to drive utilisation of its marine assets. "We reported Q1 2018 revenues of US$607.8M, an increase of US$88.4M, compared to revenues of US$519.4M for the prior-year first quarter," said the company when announcing its latest results. market

The group is sending its lovable Muppets to the Middle East to help bring laughter and build strength in the affected children. Shari Rosenfeld works for Sesame Workshop, which produces the children's television show Sesame Street. She says her group is working with the International Rescue ... Refugee
Hotels in the Middle East reported mixed first-quarter performance results in 2018. However, hotels in Africa posted growth across the three key performance metrics, according to the latest data from STR. Occupancy across hotels in the Middle East rose 0.9 percent to 70.6 percent in the first quarter of ...
Amid state-sponsored repression and social stigma, LGBTQ people across in the Middle East and North Africa are speaking out against homophobia ... Hamed Sinno, a 30-year old gay musician from Lebanon, sent a message of hope to young LGBTQ people in the Mideast and North Africa in his video. activists
(CNN) Of the many interesting portions of President Trump's news conference Tuesday with French President Emmanuel Macron, one of the more confusing came when he complained -- for the umpteenth time -- that the US has spent $7 trillion in the Middle East since 2001 and then threatened Iran in ...
Internal polarization of Middle East has reached a critical level. Engagement lines and hotbeds of tensions increase both between Sunnite (Saudi Arabia) and Shiite (Iran) power centers and inside the Arab world. Leading players in the region are getting more and more involved into confrontation ...
Retired Army General Jack Keane suggests that the nations of the Middle East who oppose the Iran/Assad-Syria/Hezbollah coalition form what might be called: The Middle East Treaty Organization (METO), a regional, collective-security arrangement along the lines of NATO. In short, contain the westward ...
Solar's time has (nearly) come in the Middle East. According to GTM Research's new Global Solar Market Attractiveness Index, the region is home to some of the most attractive markets for new-buildsolarin the world, and a steady stream of internationally competitive tenders — including more than 8 ...
Zurich's claims insights show its claims experience corresponds strongly with the region's leading causes of premature death and critical illness. Cardiovascular disease and cancer remain the top causes for claims, with 71% of women claiming due to cancer, and 52% of men claiming on cardiovascular ...
In an earlier announcement, ConsenSys founder and Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin laid out his company's commitment to growing the Ethereum ecosystem in the Middle East: “Using blockchain technologies to build next-generation nations has always been high on our agenda, and there is no better ...
“Since publishing our claims statistics in 2011, we have seen a steady increase in critical illness and life cover claims,” said Rohan Chittal, Zurich Middle East's chief underwriter and head of claims. “This reflects the demographic shifts in health within the region with an increasing prevalence of obesity, ...
ATLANTA — Messe Frankfurt has acquired a majority holding in Middle East Cleaning Technology Week (MECTW), to be held next in Dubai, Nov. 13-15, 2018, further strengthening its position, it reports, in the Middle East, one of the fastest growing regions of the world. The fair and exhibition company ...
Police in Kuala Lumpur published the facial composite sketches of the two suspects in the assassination of a Hamas-linked engineer in Malaysia over the weekend that has been attributed to Israel by the victim's family. Officials in Malaysia initially said "foreign agents" may have been involved in Fadi ...

Dubai: The legal departments of OSN, Johnson Controls Middle East & Africa and DIFC Academy of Law were among the big winners at The Middle East Legal Awards 2018, which took place in Dubai on Thursday. The trio were named as Legal Department of the Year - Large Team; Legal Department of ...
Why then does the US avoid investing effort and diplomacy to save the already devastated Middle East from yet another threatening war, this time between Saudi Arabia and Israel on the one side and Iran on the other? Instead, Trump is actually paving the way for such a confrontation with his plans to ...
by International Crisis Group. Editor's Note: What follows is the executive summary of a recent report from the International Crisis Group, “Iran's Priorities in a Turbulent Middle East,” which tries to analyze Iran's activities in the Middle East from Iran's perspective. As the ICG notes in the introduction to the ...
April 20, 2018. Speakers: Jihad Azour, Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, IMF. Wafa Amr, Senior Communications Officer, Communications Department, IMF. MS. AMR: Good morning, this is Wafa Amr from the Communications Department, Welcome to the Press Briefing on the Middle East and Central Asia ...
SAUDI Arabian security forces have shot down a small drone in the capital Riyadh, sparking fears of increased tensions with Iran in the Middle East. By Paul Withers. PUBLISHED: 22:08, Sat, Apr 21, 2018 | UPDATED: 22:35, Sat, Apr 21, 2018. The action was taken after videos were posted online showing gunfire in a ...
Jerusalem (CNN) UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov expressed anger over the killing of a teenage boy in Gaza on Friday during protests along the Israel-Gaza border. Israeli forces killed Mohammed Ayyoub, 15, near Jabaliya in northern Gaza during demonstrations there, according to the ...
April 20, 2018. Speakers: Jihad Azour, Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, IMF. Wafa Amr, Senior Communications Officer, Communications Department, IMF. MS. AMR: Good morning, this is Wafa Amr from the Communications Department, Welcome to the Press Briefing on the Middle East and Central Asia ...
Last Friday's military operation against Syria accomplished little. The message the United States and its allies intended to send to Bashar al-Assad's regime about the use of chemical weapons was so feeble that leaders in Washington, Paris, and London would have been better off saving the money spent ...
Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC, said: "DMCC is excited to be the 'first to say SO/' by bringing the debut SO/ in the Middle East to our first super-tall tower in Uptown Dubai in partnership with AccorHotels. SO/ is a bold and innovative brand much like the spirit of Dubai and DMCC's Uptown ...
HEBDEN BRIDGE, UK, APRIL 19, 2018 - To continue increasing its reach in the Middle East, Calrec has partnered with Dubai-based GSL Professional to give extensive distribution across the region including the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. GSL is representing Calrec ...
The new defence strategy asserts that 'one of the defence objectives include maintaining favourable regional balances of power in the Indo-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and the Western Hemisphere'. While the same doctrine under the heading of Prioritise preparedness for war reaffirms that “during ...
In a significant and yet not entirely unexpected development, the Dubai International Film Festival has canceled its upcoming edition. As part of a “new strategy” the December festival announced that it will take place every two years in a different format. The new format and team behind it remains unclear, ...
“From day one,” he said, the Trump administration, “has sent a message to our Middle East allies, particularly Israel and the Saudis,” that there would be, “no raps on the knuckle, no tsk-tsking about restraint. Our allies are taking that directive and running with it.” The U.S. group Human Rights Watch said, ...
The rocks and shoals that can wreck alliances in the Middle East are too numerous to count, and the “troika” is riven with contradictions and conflicting interests. But the war in Syria looks as if it's coming to some kind of resolution — and at this point Iran, Russia, and Turkey seem to be the only actors who ...
Seventy years after it established statehood in 1948, modern Israel is a country wrapped up in contradictions, a place where the same person who barges ahead of you in line will invite you over for dinner. And he'll mean it, and you'll go. (“Sabra,” a prickly pear-like fruit, is a word often used to describe ...
That's why you look at the Middle East, there are a lot of great iconic buildings, a lot of unusual type of developments … So the Middle East represents a tremendous market potential for us," he said. He added that the Middle East and South Asia regions represent between 10 to 15 percent of his firm's total ...
Now, after a $5m renovation lasting more than three years, the museum is reopening its Middle East galleries, having substantially expanded and completely reconceived them – with more than half of the nearly 1,200 objects on view to the public for the first time. “This is one of the most important collections ...
AccorHotels signed nine hotels in the first quarter 2018 to drive its expansion across the Middle East, according to Construction Week Online. The new signings allowed the group's portfolio to reach more than 300 hotels with 80,000 guestrooms across 30 countries in the MENA region. Through this new set ...
As President Trump plans to withdraw U.S. forces there, Presidents Putin of Russia, Rouhani of Iran, and Erdogan of Turkey wrapped up another summit, consolidating even more power and influence in the region at the expense of America's allies. The order of the Middle East is at stake, our country must ...
Saudi Aramco and Abu Dhabi-based contractor NPCC are among a growing number of companies in the Middle East making use of unmanned and autonomous offshore units. Saudi Aramco recently began using an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that can conduct offshore surveys for seabed ...
The Penn Museum's new exhibition, Middle East Galleries, will open to the public on April 21. To celebrate, the museum will conduct a two-day-long Opening Weekend Festival. The exhibit will feature over 1,200 objects from a period spanning 10,000 years, according to the Penn Museum website.
The US Air Force announced that the last squadrons of the legendary B-52 Stratofortress have concluded their operations against ISIS in the Middle East and the Taliban in Afghanistan, and have returned home to Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. "Following two years of B-52 squadrons employing nearly 12,000 ...
The information you need to start your day, from PaymentsSource and around the Web: Interac exports debit tech to the Middle East Interac, Canada's national debit network, has been shopping its digital payments technology outside of Canada, and won a contract with Mint, a payments technology ...
In keeping with several Singapore-based owners, subsea company Kreuz Subsea said it plans to continue to focus much of its attention on the market in the Middle East. Seeking utilisation, Singaporean owners have deployed larger numbers of vessels to the Middle East, a move that has aroused concern ...
Hilton has set plans to triple its footprint across the Middle East to include more than 120 hotels in the next few years. The hotel group has signed 81 hotels with local partners and investors with a majority of these scheduled to open by 2023, expanding its portfolio of 41 hotels currently operating in the ...
France is pursuing an ambitious foreign policy under President Emmanuel Macron that seeks to restore Paris' clout and influence in the Middle East, analysts have told Al Jazeera. In what marked a new phase in Macron's presidency, France joined the United States and the UK on April 14 in dropping 105 ...
CNBC unveiled its new Middle East Headquarters in Abu Dhabi today. The hub, which is inside the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), will be the home of Capital Connection, which is co-anchored by Hadley Gamble in Abu Dhabi and Nancy Hungerford from the network's Asia Headquarters in Singapore.
German multinational Siemens is expanding its already sizeable Middle East presence by investing in the digital sphere, to the tune of $500 million over the next three years. The engineering and software giant announced over the weekend its plans to develop digital innovations in the region with two ...
The evening of Friday, April 13th, 2018, was John Bolton's debut crisis as President Trump's national-security adviser. Barely three days on the job and there he was, standing off-camera in the White House Diplomatic Reception Room, while his new boss delivered an address to the nation to explain why ...
Other related stories involve a regionally active and untrustworthy Turkish regime, Saudi displeasure at the shift of Qatar into Iran's orbit, and the possibility that Trump will use a Middle East conflict either to try to show he is tough with Russia or to distract attention from special counsel Robert Mueller's ...
Turkey does not stand with or against Syria, and its policy on the region differs from that of Iran, Russia and the United States, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Monday. Bozdag's comments were in response to a reporter's question about an earlier remark from French President Emmanuel ...
German software maker SAP expects to generate new business in the Middle East as a result of Saudi Arabia's "Vision 2030" plan, a senior executive at the company told CNBC. There is a big push toward cloud computing in Saudi Arabia, according to Luka Mucic, chief financial officer at SAP. "Companies ...
(Beirut, April 16, 2018) – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists from Arabic-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa are defying state-sponsored repression and social stigma, Human Rights Watch and the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE) said in a video ...


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