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Christian Actress Naomi Scott Cast as Jasmine In Disney’s Live-Action Adaption of ‘Aladdin’

The role of Jasmine in the upcoming live-action "Aladdin" film has been announced, and the actress happens to be a Christian. (more…)

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United Arab Emirates Denies Washington Post Report That It Orchestrated Qatar Hack

The United Arab Emirates has denied a Washington Post report that claims the country orchestrated a hack of Qatari state news and social media websites in May, an incident that triggered the region's worst diplomatic crisis in decades. (more…)

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Israel Closes Temple Mount Complex in Jerusalem After Deadly Attack on Israeli Policement

Israel took the rare step of closing the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem to Muslim worshipers and tourists through the weekend, after a deadly shootout Friday morning in which three Israeli Arabs killed two Israeli Druze policemen. The attackers were killed by police, stoking fears of more religion-based violence. (more…)

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France Calls for Swift Lifting of Sanctions Targeting Qatar

France called on Saturday for a swift lifting of sanctions that target Qatari nationals in an effort to ease a month-long rift between the Gulf country and several of its neighbors. (more…)

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Terrorists Finding Sanctuary in Libyan Deserts

A series of military victories over extremist Islamic groups along Libya's Mediterranean coastline has forced hundreds of militants, including Islamic State fighters, to seek refuge in the vast deserts of the North African nation, already home to militias from neighboring countries, cross-border criminal gangs and mercenaries. (more…)

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Tillerson Flies to Gulf for Talks on Qatar Crisis

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flew to the Gulf on Monday for talks aimed at finding a breakthrough in the crisis over the cutoff of diplomatic and transport links with Qatar by Saudi Arabia and three regional allies. (more…)

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U.S. Airports Drop Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways From Laptop Ban List

Passengers flying from Abu Dhabi International Airport on U.S.-bound flights are now allowed to use laptop computers in airline cabins, federal officials said Sunday. (more…)

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Qatar Delivers Response to Demands From Saudi-led Bloc

Qatar's foreign minister has arrived in Kuwait carrying an official response to a list of demands from the Saudi-led bloc, according to Qatari officials in Doha. (more…)

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Gulf Deadline to Resolve Qatar Rift Approaches

Qatar faces possible further sanctions by Arab states that have severed ties with Doha over allegations of links to terrorism, as a deadline to accept their demands is expected to expire on Sunday night. (more…)

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Germany Urges All Sides in Qatar Crisis to Hold Direct Talks, Avoid Escalation

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Tuesday appealed to all sides in the Qatar crisis to hold direct talks to avoid a further escalation, and urged Iran to play a constructive role. (more…)

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Sen. Bob Corker to Withhold Approval of Arms Sales to Arab Nations Until There is a Clear Path of Settling Crisis With Qatar

An influential Republican senator said Monday that he'll withhold approval of U.S. weapons sales to several Middle Eastern allies until there is a clear path for settling a diplomatic crisis with Qatar. (more…)

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