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The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Arabian Sea Jan. 31, 2020

The US is wielding 2 aircraft carriers in the Middle East for the first time in years as a warning to Iran

"The carriers are very important to us, and we know the Iranians watch them very closely too," CENTCOM commander Gen. Frank McKenzie said.
In Iraq, workers are spraying the Great Mosque of Kufa with disinfectant to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The Middle East is coping with the coronavirus by disinfecting mosques and canceling Muslim prayers

Mosques across the Middle East are being disinfected to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Both of my apartments had pools — but the one in London is nicer.

I’ve paid roughly $1,500 a month to live in both London and Dubai — here’s how the apartments compare

Even though my London apartment costs more, I'd pick it over my Dubai place thanks to its location and amenities.

15 everyday things you didn’t know were invented in the Middle East

From coffee to hospitals—you may be surprised to know just how many things we rely on in our everyday lives come from the Middle East.
Free diving used to be the only way to harvest pearls.

Pearls used to make up 75% of the Persian Gulf’s exports — but now the centuries-old industry is vanishing

The development of pearl farming has allowed other countries to take over the market, causing the Middle Eastern pearl industry to nearly vanish.
Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner watch as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2017.

Jared Kushner says he’s read 25 books about the Israel-Palestine conflict

Kushner has taken the lead on Trump's Middle East policy despite having no prior background in foreign policy or expertise in the Middle East.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with Senior White House advisor Jared Kushner during their meeting in Jerusalem May 30, 2019.

Jared Kushner isn’t even trying to sell his Middle East ‘peace plan’ to Palestinians

"They have a perfect track record of blowing every opportunity they've had in their past," Kushner said of the Palestinians.

Over half of Americans disapprove of how Trump is handling the situation with Iran as tensions near a breaking point

Fifty-six percent of American voters say they disapprove of how Trump has handled the situation with Iran, according to a poll conducted by Ipsos.
An eclipse in the Arabian Gulf.

A photographer captured the sun looking like devil horns off the coast of Qatar during an eclipse

Photographer Elias Chasiotis says the natural event off the coast of Qatar was "the most awesome sunrise in my life."
A woman walks past an anti U.S. mural at the former U.S. embassy in Tehran November 19, 2011.

Why the US and Iran have been adversaries for 4 decades

The US and Iran's decades as adversaries started with the Iranian revolution in 1979. But the seeds of those tensions were planted decades before.