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    Four US victims killed in deadly Isil attack

    Four US victims killed in deadly Isil attack


    Four American servicemen were killed in an Isil suicide bombing in Syria yesterday, calling into question Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops before the Islamist group had been...

    Four American servicemen were killed in an Isil suicide bombing in Syria yesterday, calling into question Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops before the Islamist group had been defeated.

    15 children freeze to death in refugee camps


    Severe weather conditions in Syria have killed at least 15 displaced children seeking refuge, over half of whom were in a camp under US...

    Severe weather conditions in Syria have killed at least 15 displaced children seeking refuge, over half of whom were in a camp under US control.
    Yemen truce ends as rebels threaten more drone attacks

    Yemen truce ends as rebels threaten more drone attacks


    Hopes for a fresh truce in Yemen were dealt a blow over the weekend as Houthi rebels boycotted UN-brokered peace talks and threatened further drone strikes against pro-­government...

    Hopes for a fresh truce in Yemen were dealt a blow over the weekend as Houthi rebels boycotted UN-brokered peace talks and threatened further drone strikes against pro-­government forces.
    US 'will press' MBS over killing of Khashoggi

    US 'will press' MBS over killing of Khashoggi


    The US secretary of state insists he will press Saudi Arabia's crown prince to ensure that the killers of journalist Jamal Khashoggi are held...

    The US secretary of state insists he will press Saudi Arabia's crown prince to ensure that the killers of journalist Jamal Khashoggi are held accountable.
    US troops start Syria pull-out

    US troops start Syria pull-out


    US troops have begun withdrawing from Syria, compounding weeks of confusion over Donald Trump's policy in the Middle East and raising fears over the fate of America's Kurdish...

    US troops have begun withdrawing from Syria, compounding weeks of confusion over Donald Trump's policy in the Middle East and raising fears over the fate of America's Kurdish allies.
    Girl (8) drowns as storm hits refugees in Lebanon

    Girl (8) drowns as storm hits refugees in Lebanon


    An eight-year-old Syrian girl has died in Lebanon after she fell into a swollen river and drowned in the northern town of Minyeh, as refugee camps were battered by extreme winter...

    An eight-year-old Syrian girl has died in Lebanon after she fell into a swollen river and drowned in the northern town of Minyeh, as refugee camps were battered by extreme winter weather.
    Saudi teen who fled family has been granted asylum in Canada - Trudeau

    Saudi teen who fled family has been granted asylum in Canada - Trudeau


    An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family saying she feared for her life has been granted asylum in Canada, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday, as Thai officials confirmed the teen was en route to...

    An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family saying she feared for her life has been granted asylum in Canada, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday, as Thai officials confirmed the teen was en route to Toronto.

    Saudi woman's flight rallies opposition to male guardianship


    An 18-year-old Saudi woman's flight from what she said was an abusive family has rallied opposition to the kingdom's male guardianship system, still a major constraint on women despite the conservative Muslim country's efforts to open...

    An 18-year-old Saudi woman's flight from what she said was an abusive family has rallied opposition to the kingdom's male guardianship system, still a major constraint on women despite the conservative Muslim country's efforts to open up.
    Iran ignores US warnings over plan to send satellites into space

    Iran ignores US warnings over plan to send satellites into space


    Iran will put two satellites into orbit in coming weeks using domestically made missiles, President Hassan Rouhani said yesterday, a week after Washington warned it not to pursue three planned space rocket...

    Iran will put two satellites into orbit in coming weeks using domestically made missiles, President Hassan Rouhani said yesterday, a week after Washington warned it not to pursue three planned space rocket launches.
    Exploding-drone attack kills six at army parade

    Exploding-drone attack kills six at army parade


    Houthi rebels used an explosive-packed drone to target Yemen's military leaders at an army parade yesterday, killing six soldiers and wounding several senior...

    Houthi rebels used an explosive-packed drone to target Yemen's military leaders at an army parade yesterday, killing six soldiers and wounding several senior officers.

    Saudi teenager seeking asylum cleared to stay temporarily in Thailand


    An 18-year-old Saudi Arabian woman who fled her family over alleged abuse and barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room in a bid for asylum will be allowed to stay in Thailand while her case is evaluated by the UN refugee agency, immigration...

    An 18-year-old Saudi Arabian woman who fled her family over alleged abuse and barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room in a bid for asylum will be allowed to stay in Thailand while her case is evaluated by the UN refugee agency, immigration authorities said.

    US troops stay in Syria until Isil is gone - Bolton


    US troops will not leave north-eastern Syria until Isil militants are defeated and American-allied Kurdish fighters are protected, a top White House aide has...

    US troops will not leave north-eastern Syria until Isil militants are defeated and American-allied Kurdish fighters are protected, a top White House aide has vowed.
    Footballer feels the burn over €1,200 steak boast

    Footballer feels the burn over €1,200 steak boast


    Bayern Munich have fined winger Franck Ribery for an expletive-laden rant after being criticised for posting a video of being served a €1,200 gold-leaf...

    Bayern Munich have fined winger Franck Ribery for an expletive-laden rant after being criticised for posting a video of being served a €1,200 gold-leaf steak.

    Saudi women to get divorce notice by text


    Saudi Arabian wives can no longer be divorced without their knowledge, after a new law forces courts to notify women by text message of the end of their...

    Saudi Arabian wives can no longer be divorced without their knowledge, after a new law forces courts to notify women by text message of the end of their marriages.

    Time to admit that the wrong side won?


    With an uneasy smile, the British diplomat in Beirut said his next posting could well be Damascus. "Give it a year or so and you can bet we'll be reopening our embassy," the senior source said in an off-the-cuff...

    With an uneasy smile, the British diplomat in Beirut said his next posting could well be Damascus. "Give it a year or so and you can bet we'll be reopening our embassy," the senior source said in an off-the-cuff remark.

    Bolton bids to calm Israeli fears over Syria pull-out


    The White House has sent its national security adviser, John Bolton, on a mission to allay Israel's concerns about Donald Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from...

    The White House has sent its national security adviser, John Bolton, on a mission to allay Israel's concerns about Donald Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria.
    Death penalty being sought as Khashoggi trial opens

    Death penalty being sought as Khashoggi trial opens


    Saudi Arabia's attorney general sought the death penalty for five of 11 defendants charged with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as their high-profile trial opened in Riyadh...

    Saudi Arabia's attorney general sought the death penalty for five of 11 defendants charged with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as their high-profile trial opened in Riyadh yesterday.
    Opposition leader gets ditched on TV in Israel

    Opposition leader gets ditched on TV in Israel


    The new year did not start well for veteran Israeli leftist politician Tzipi Livni, who was publicly ditched by her opposition partner on television yesterday, as Israel's political drama ramps up ahead of...

    The new year did not start well for veteran Israeli leftist politician Tzipi Livni, who was publicly ditched by her opposition partner on television yesterday, as Israel's political drama ramps up ahead of elections.
    'Children are left hungry as food aid to starving Yemenis stolen'

    'Children are left hungry as food aid to starving Yemenis stolen'


    Food aid meant for starving Yemenis is being stolen and sold in some areas controlled by the Houthi movement, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said...

    Food aid meant for starving Yemenis is being stolen and sold in some areas controlled by the Houthi movement, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said yesterday.
    Footage of men with 'remains of Khashoggi in suitcases' aired

    Footage of men with 'remains of Khashoggi in suitcases' aired


    A TURKISH pro-government television channel has broadcast video showing men carrying suitcases purportedly containing the remains of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi into the residence of his country's consul general in...

    A TURKISH pro-government television channel has broadcast video showing men carrying suitcases purportedly containing the remains of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi into the residence of his country's consul general in Istanbul.
    Kurds plea for Assad help to stop threat of Turkish attack

    Kurds plea for Assad help to stop threat of Turkish attack


    Kurdish Syrian forces yesterday asked the Assad government for protection against a Turkish attack on a flashpoint...

    Kurdish Syrian forces yesterday asked the Assad government for protection against a Turkish attack on a flashpoint town.
    Syrian troops enter flashpoint town after Turkey threatens offensive

    Syrian troops enter flashpoint town after Turkey threatens offensive


    Syria's military has entered a flashpoint Kurdish-held town and raised the national flag after Turkey threatened to launch an...

    Syria's military has entered a flashpoint Kurdish-held town and raised the national flag after Turkey threatened to launch an offensive.
    Saudi king orders cabinet reshuffle following killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi

    Saudi king orders cabinet reshuffle following killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi


    Saudi Arabia's King Salman has issued an overhaul of top government posts in the wake of international fallout from the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi nearly three months...

    Saudi Arabia's King Salman has issued an overhaul of top government posts in the wake of international fallout from the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi nearly three months ago.
    ‘I am far from home for Christmas again. But I am not alone’ - Dr Eve Bruce

    ‘I am far from home for Christmas again. But I am not alone’ - Dr Eve Bruce


    Last Christmas I was in Gaza. This is my 13th mission with MSF, the longest and a very different position. For the first time in my almost 35-year professional life I am not in the operating theatre. I am in Amman, Jordan, as the clinical director of a...

    Last Christmas I was in Gaza. This is my 13th mission with MSF, the longest and a very different position. For the first time in my almost 35-year professional life I am not in the operating theatre. I am in Amman, Jordan, as the clinical director of a large tertiary care rehabilitation hospital for war-wounded patients from all over the Middle East.
    'Missing' Dubai princess 'meets with' former President and UN Commissioner Mary Robinson

    'Missing' Dubai princess 'meets with' former President and UN Commissioner Mary Robinson


    Princess Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, daughter of Dubai’s ruler, is at home and living with her family - and has met with Ireland's former president Mary Robinson, according to United Arab Emirates...

    Princess Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, daughter of Dubai’s ruler, is at home and living with her family - and has met with Ireland's former president Mary Robinson, according to United Arab Emirates officials.
    Turks 'push troops' to town held by Kurds in north Syria

    Turks 'push troops' to town held by Kurds in north Syria


    Turkey is massing troops near a town in northern Syria held by a US-backed and Kurdish-led force, a war monitor has...

    Turkey is massing troops near a town in northern Syria held by a US-backed and Kurdish-led force, a war monitor has said.

    Trump's US withdrawal plan emboldens Isil to launch 'intense attack' in Syria


    Isil fighters in Syria have been waging a fierce counter-attack with suicide bombers and armoured vehicles in the days since Donald Trump declared the jihadist group was "defeated" in...

    Isil fighters in Syria have been waging a fierce counter-attack with suicide bombers and armoured vehicles in the days since Donald Trump declared the jihadist group was "defeated" in Syria.

    You're leaving Syria to mercy of Isil, Kurds warn the US


    America's Kurdish allies yesterday accused Donald Trump of giving new life to Isil with his withdrawal of US forces from...

    America's Kurdish allies yesterday accused Donald Trump of giving new life to Isil with his withdrawal of US forces from Syria.

    Muslim mother reunited with her dying son as US eases travel ban


    A Yemeni mother who was granted a waiver from President Donald Trump's ban on travel from several Muslim countries has arrived in the US to say goodbye to her dying toddler...

    A Yemeni mother who was granted a waiver from President Donald Trump's ban on travel from several Muslim countries has arrived in the US to say goodbye to her dying toddler son.
    Trump boasts of Isil 'defeat' and prepares for Syria exit

    Trump boasts of Isil 'defeat' and prepares for Syria exit


    Donald Trump has declared the US has "defeated" the Islamic State (Isil) and is reportedly preparing to immediately withdraw all American forces from...

    Donald Trump has declared the US has "defeated" the Islamic State (Isil) and is reportedly preparing to immediately withdraw all American forces from Syria.
    Lebanon must tackle Hezbollah 'border tunnels', says Netanyahu

    Lebanon must tackle Hezbollah 'border tunnels', says Netanyahu


    Israel's prime minister yesterday called on the UN Security Council to condemn "wanton acts of aggression" by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, designate it a terrorist organisation and heighten sanctions on it over tunnels it has dug into...

    Israel's prime minister yesterday called on the UN Security Council to condemn "wanton acts of aggression" by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, designate it a terrorist organisation and heighten sanctions on it over tunnels it has dug into Israel.
    Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate resolution over Khashoggi death

    Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate resolution over Khashoggi death


    Saudi Arabia has rejected as "interference" a US Senate resolution to end American military support for a Riyadh-led war in Yemen, and another holding its crown prince responsible for the murder of critic Jamal...

    Saudi Arabia has rejected as "interference" a US Senate resolution to end American military support for a Riyadh-led war in Yemen, and another holding its crown prince responsible for the murder of critic Jamal Khashoggi.

    How murder conspired to give peace a chance


    The number of people killed by the fighting in the war in Yemen jumped to 3,068 in November, the first time it has exceeded the 3,000 mark in a single month since the start of the four-year conflict. This is about the same number as were being killed in...

    The number of people killed by the fighting in the war in Yemen jumped to 3,068 in November, the first time it has exceeded the 3,000 mark in a single month since the start of the four-year conflict. This is about the same number as were being killed in Iraq at the height of the slaughter there in 2006.
    Ceasefire in key port city raises hopes for Yemen peace talks

    Ceasefire in key port city raises hopes for Yemen peace talks


    Warring sides in Yemen have agreed to a ceasefire in the flashpoint port city of Hodeidah and will withdraw all troops "within days", marking a key breakthrough in the first peace talks in two...

    Warring sides in Yemen have agreed to a ceasefire in the flashpoint port city of Hodeidah and will withdraw all troops "within days", marking a key breakthrough in the first peace talks in two years.
    High-speed train crash kills nine, injures 47

    High-speed train crash kills nine, injures 47


    Nine people were killed and nearly 50 injured after a high-speed train crashed into a locomotive in the Turkish capital Ankara...

    Nine people were killed and nearly 50 injured after a high-speed train crashed into a locomotive in the Turkish capital Ankara yesterday.
    Erdogan plans attack on US's Kurdish allies

    Erdogan plans attack on US's Kurdish allies


    Turkey will launch a new operation in Syria within days against a US-backed Kurdish militia that Ankara considers a terrorist group, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said...

    Turkey will launch a new operation in Syria within days against a US-backed Kurdish militia that Ankara considers a terrorist group, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday.
    Yemen death toll 'over 60,000'

    Yemen death toll 'over 60,000'


    More than 60,000 people have been killed in Yemen in the last two years - a figure six times higher than previous estimates - according to a new...

    More than 60,000 people have been killed in Yemen in the last two years - a figure six times higher than previous estimates - according to a new assessment.

    Iran launches jibes at US as senior commander confirms missile test


    A senior Iranian military commander has confirmed that Tehran recently carried out a ballistic missile test, the country's Fars news agency said on...

    A senior Iranian military commander has confirmed that Tehran recently carried out a ballistic missile test, the country's Fars news agency said on Tuesday.
    Khashoggi's final words were: 'I can't breathe'

    Khashoggi's final words were: 'I can't breathe'


    Jamal Khashoggi's last words before he died were "I can't breathe", according to a report citing a source who has read a full transcript of the journalist's...

    Jamal Khashoggi's last words before he died were "I can't breathe", according to a report citing a source who has read a full transcript of the journalist's murder.
    Christianity converts arrested in crackdown

    Christianity converts arrested in crackdown


    Iran has arrested more than 100 Christians in the last week, amid a growing crackdown by the Islamic...

    Iran has arrested more than 100 Christians in the last week, amid a growing crackdown by the Islamic Republic.
    First direct Yemen talks bid to strike deal to swap prisoners

    First direct Yemen talks bid to strike deal to swap prisoners


    Yemen's warring parties held the first direct talks in UN-led peace efforts in Sweden yesterday to iron out a prisoner swap, one of several confidence-building measures intended to help launch a political process to end nearly four years of...

    Yemen's warring parties held the first direct talks in UN-led peace efforts in Sweden yesterday to iron out a prisoner swap, one of several confidence-building measures intended to help launch a political process to end nearly four years of conflict.

    Officials suspended after probe into allegations Afghan women's football team players molested


    Afghanistan's attorney general has suspended the head of the Afghan Football Federation after a probe into allegations of sexual abuse of members of the national women's football team, a spokesman said...

    Afghanistan's attorney general has suspended the head of the Afghan Football Federation after a probe into allegations of sexual abuse of members of the national women's football team, a spokesman said yesterday.

    'Little Messi' flees Afghan home for second time


    An Afghan boy who shot to international fame for his devotion to the footballer Lionel Messi has been forced to flee his home for a second time amid the threat of militant attack - leaving behind his prized signed jersey and...

    An Afghan boy who shot to international fame for his devotion to the footballer Lionel Messi has been forced to flee his home for a second time amid the threat of militant attack - leaving behind his prized signed jersey and football.
    Prisoner swap agreed at Yemen peace talks

    Prisoner swap agreed at Yemen peace talks


    Yemen's warring sides agreed to a broad prisoner swap yesterday, sitting down in the same room together for the first time in years at UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden aimed at halting a catastrophic war that has brought the country to the brink of...

    Yemen's warring sides agreed to a broad prisoner swap yesterday, sitting down in the same room together for the first time in years at UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden aimed at halting a catastrophic war that has brought the country to the brink of famine.
    Missing Dubai princess is 'safely back at home'

    Missing Dubai princess is 'safely back at home'


    The government of Dubai broke its silence on the case of its missing princess yesterday, saying she was safely back home and accusing a former French spy of her...

    The government of Dubai broke its silence on the case of its missing princess yesterday, saying she was safely back home and accusing a former French spy of her kidnap.
    Three killed in Iran 'terror attack' - state TV

    Three killed in Iran 'terror attack' - state TV


    A "terrorist attack" has killed at least three people and wounded several others in the south-eastern port city of Chabahar, Iranian state television...

    A "terrorist attack" has killed at least three people and wounded several others in the south-eastern port city of Chabahar, Iranian state television says.
    Police seek fresh bribery charges against Netanyahu

    Police seek fresh bribery charges against Netanyahu


    Israeli police say they have found enough evidence for bribery and fraud charges to be brought against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife in a third corruption case against the Israeli...

    Israeli police say they have found enough evidence for bribery and fraud charges to be brought against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife in a third corruption case against the Israeli leader.

    Israeli police recommend indicting Netanyahu on bribery charges


    Israeli police have recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on bribery charges related to a corruption case involving Israel's telecom...

    Israeli police have recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on bribery charges related to a corruption case involving Israel's telecom giant.
    'Conscience of the revolution' Fares spoke for ordinary Syrians

    'Conscience of the revolution' Fares spoke for ordinary Syrians


    Last Friday in the northern Syria town of Kafranbel began like any other. It ended with the news that Raed Fares, a local opposition activist who had brought Kafranbel to international attention through wit, ingenuity and an unswerving belief in his...

    Last Friday in the northern Syria town of Kafranbel began like any other. It ended with the news that Raed Fares, a local opposition activist who had brought Kafranbel to international attention through wit, ingenuity and an unswerving belief in his cause, had been shot dead.
    US senate votes to end support for Saudi war over Khashoggi murder

    US senate votes to end support for Saudi war over Khashoggi murder


    The US Senate has voted to end their support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, defying President Donald Trump to act in response to the murder of journalist Jamal...

    The US Senate has voted to end their support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, defying President Donald Trump to act in response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
    Bronze ring 'belonged to Pontius Pilate'

    Bronze ring 'belonged to Pontius Pilate'


    An ancient ring found in Bethlehem belonged to the man who crucified Jesus, scientists...

    An ancient ring found in Bethlehem belonged to the man who crucified Jesus, scientists believe.
    Taliban car bomber hits UK firm in Afganistan

    Taliban car bomber hits UK firm in Afganistan


    A car bomb targeting a secure compound which houses G4S, a British security company, in east Kabul was followed up by attackers on foot. The Taliban later claimed responsibility for the...

    A car bomb targeting a secure compound which houses G4S, a British security company, in east Kabul was followed up by attackers on foot. The Taliban later claimed responsibility for the assault.
    Germany considers taking Isil suspects

    Germany considers taking Isil suspects


    Germany is considering bringing home suspected Isil fighters and their families currently being held by Kurdish forces in Syria, it has...

    Germany is considering bringing home suspected Isil fighters and their families currently being held by Kurdish forces in Syria, it has emerged.
    UAE pardons British academic jailed for life for being 'MI6 spy'

    UAE pardons British academic jailed for life for being 'MI6 spy'


    Matthew Hedges, the British PhD student jailed for life for spying in the UAE, has been pardoned "with immediate effect" as part of the country's National Day clemency...

    Matthew Hedges, the British PhD student jailed for life for spying in the UAE, has been pardoned "with immediate effect" as part of the country's National Day clemency tradition.
    Moscow bombards rebels after 100 hurt in Aleppo gas attack

    Moscow bombards rebels after 100 hurt in Aleppo gas attack


    Russian warplanes attacked rebel-held areas in northern Syria for the first time in weeks after more than 100 people were treated at hospitals for a suspected poison gas attack in...

    Russian warplanes attacked rebel-held areas in northern Syria for the first time in weeks after more than 100 people were treated at hospitals for a suspected poison gas attack in Aleppo.
    Turkey says Trump 'turning a blind eye' over murder of Saudi journalist

    Turkey says Trump 'turning a blind eye' over murder of Saudi journalist


    Turkey has accused Donald Trump of turning a "blind eye" to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's consulate in...

    Turkey has accused Donald Trump of turning a "blind eye" to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.
    CIA: Prince made 'death' call

    CIA: Prince made 'death' call


    The CIA has a recording of a phone call in which Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gave instructions to "silence Jamal Khashoggi as soon as possible", a Turkish news website has...

    The CIA has a recording of a phone call in which Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gave instructions to "silence Jamal Khashoggi as soon as possible", a Turkish news website has reported.

    Ireland can be loudest voice in call to end crisis in Yemen


    Some days, as I get ready to go to work here in Sana'a, Yemen, I hear the deep drone sound of fighter jets from the Saudi-Emirati-led coalition (SELC) fly overhead. While I make my coffee and plan for the workday ahead, the pilots are busy with their own...

    Some days, as I get ready to go to work here in Sana'a, Yemen, I hear the deep drone sound of fighter jets from the Saudi-Emirati-led coalition (SELC) fly overhead. While I make my coffee and plan for the workday ahead, the pilots are busy with their own morning routine: slicing through the sky above my head and often dropping the bombs that shake the ground beneath my feet.
    Iran says US bases and aircraft carriers within missile range

    Iran says US bases and aircraft carriers within missile range


    An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander has said US bases in Afghanistan, the UAE and Qatar, and US aircraft carriers in the Gulf were within range of Iranian missiles, as tensions rise between Tehran and...

    An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander has said US bases in Afghanistan, the UAE and Qatar, and US aircraft carriers in the Gulf were within range of Iranian missiles, as tensions rise between Tehran and Washington.

    Saudi women's rights activists 'tortured in jail'


    Saudi Arabia has tortured and sexually harassed women's rights activists detained in prison, a new report...

    Saudi Arabia has tortured and sexually harassed women's rights activists detained in prison, a new report alleges.

    Four times more jihadis in world now than on 9/11


    Nearly four times as many Sunni Islamic militants are operating around the world today as on September 11, 2001, despite nearly two decades of US-led campaigns to combat al-Qa'ida and Isil, a new independent study has...

    Nearly four times as many Sunni Islamic militants are operating around the world today as on September 11, 2001, despite nearly two decades of US-led campaigns to combat al-Qa'ida and Isil, a new independent study has concluded.

    Save The Children has estimated 85,000 Yemeni children under the age of five may have died of hunger and disease since the outbreak of the country's civil war in 2015.


    SaveThe Children has estimated 85,000 Yemeni children under the age of five may have died of hunger and disease since the outbreak of the country's civil war in...

    SaveThe Children has estimated 85,000 Yemeni children under the age of five may have died of hunger and disease since the outbreak of the country's civil war in 2015.
    Suicide bomber kills 50 in banqueting hall

    Suicide bomber kills 50 in banqueting hall


    A suicide bomber blew himself up in a banqueting hall where Islamic religious scholars had gathered in the Afghan capital Kabul yesterday, killing more than 50 people, three government officials...

    A suicide bomber blew himself up in a banqueting hall where Islamic religious scholars had gathered in the Afghan capital Kabul yesterday, killing more than 50 people, three government officials said.
    At least 40 killed in blast near wedding hall in Afghan capital

    At least 40 killed in blast near wedding hall in Afghan capital


    A suicide bomber targeted a gathering of hundreds of Muslim religious scholars in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 43 people, Afghan officials have...

    A suicide bomber targeted a gathering of hundreds of Muslim religious scholars in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 43 people, Afghan officials have said.

    Saudi king in plea for action to stop 'Iran creating chaos'


    Saudi Arabia's King Salman has urged the international community to halt Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, and reiterated the kingdom's support for UN efforts to end the war in...

    Saudi Arabia's King Salman has urged the international community to halt Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, and reiterated the kingdom's support for UN efforts to end the war in Yemen.
    Surprise U-turn eases crisis for Netanyahu

    Surprise U-turn eases crisis for Netanyahu


    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition crisis eased yesterday when a coalition partner backed off a demand to be given the defence ministry, making an early election less...

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition crisis eased yesterday when a coalition partner backed off a demand to be given the defence ministry, making an early election less likely.

    Khashoggi killers may have taken his body out of Turkey in luggage


    The killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have smuggled his dismembered body out of Turkey in luggage, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar has...

    The killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have smuggled his dismembered body out of Turkey in luggage, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar has claimed.

    Netanyahu rejects calls for early election in Israel


    Israel's prime minister has said he will also take over as defence minister and is rejecting calls to hold early...

    Israel's prime minister has said he will also take over as defence minister and is rejecting calls to hold early elections.
    Pakistan Christians live in fear amid protests over Bibi

    Pakistan Christians live in fear amid protests over Bibi


    When furious protesters gathered around Pakistan late last month in the wake of Asia Bibi's acquittal for blasphemy, a senior police officer visited the Islamabad slum of France Colony. It might be best, the policeman advised, if the mainly Christian...

    When furious protesters gathered around Pakistan late last month in the wake of Asia Bibi's acquittal for blasphemy, a senior police officer visited the Islamabad slum of France Colony. It might be best, the policeman advised, if the mainly Christian residents closed their shops, went home and laid low in case there was trouble.

    US impose sanctions on 17 Saudi officials for their role in killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi


    The United States imposed economic sanctions on 17 Saudi officials on Thursday for their role in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor sought the death penalty for five suspects in the...

    The United States imposed economic sanctions on 17 Saudi officials on Thursday for their role in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor sought the death penalty for five suspects in the murder.

    Five face execution over assassination of Saudi journalist


    Five Saudi Arabian officials face the death penalty for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was dismembered inside the kingdom's Istanbul...

    Five Saudi Arabian officials face the death penalty for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was dismembered inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate.
    Cosmetic surgery fans in Iran face flogging

    Cosmetic surgery fans in Iran face flogging


    Iran could imprison and flog those who opt for "un-Islamic" plastic cosmetic surgery as part of a crackdown on people altering their appearance, a senior MP has...

    Iran could imprison and flog those who opt for "un-Islamic" plastic cosmetic surgery as part of a crackdown on people altering their appearance, a senior MP has said.
    Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty for five suspects charged with killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi

    Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty for five suspects charged with killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi


    Saudi Arabia's top prosecutor has recommended the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul in a move that appears to have distanced Crown...

    Saudi Arabia's top prosecutor has recommended the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul in a move that appears to have distanced Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from the controversy around the operation.
    Saudi Arabia: 11 suspects indicted over killing of Jamal Khashoggi

    Saudi Arabia: 11 suspects indicted over killing of Jamal Khashoggi


    Saudi Arabia has said 11 suspects have been indicted and prosecutors are requesting the death penalty for five of them over writer Jamal Khashoggi’s killing in...

    Saudi Arabia has said 11 suspects have been indicted and prosecutors are requesting the death penalty for five of them over writer Jamal Khashoggi’s killing in Istanbul.
    Netanyahu allies revolt over Hamas ceasefire

    Netanyahu allies revolt over Hamas ceasefire


    Israel's hawkish defence minister has resigned in protest at Tuesday's ceasefire agreement with Hamas, accusing Benjamin Netanyahu of "surrendering to...

    Israel's hawkish defence minister has resigned in protest at Tuesday's ceasefire agreement with Hamas, accusing Benjamin Netanyahu of "surrendering to terror".
    Israel's Defence Minister resigns over 'capitulation to terror' in Gaza ceasefire

    Israel's Defence Minister resigns over 'capitulation to terror' in Gaza ceasefire


    Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation on Wednesday in protest at a Gaza ceasefire that he called a "capitulation to terror", weakening Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's conservative coalition...

    Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation on Wednesday in protest at a Gaza ceasefire that he called a "capitulation to terror", weakening Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's conservative coalition government.
    Thousands demand revenge after seven die in Gaza clash

    Thousands demand revenge after seven die in Gaza clash


    Chanting "revenge" and flanked by masked gunmen in camouflage, thousands of mourners in the Gaza Strip yesterday buried seven Palestinian militants killed in an Israeli incursion as the ruling Hamas group launched a feverish security sweep across the...

    Chanting "revenge" and flanked by masked gunmen in camouflage, thousands of mourners in the Gaza Strip yesterday buried seven Palestinian militants killed in an Israeli incursion as the ruling Hamas group launched a feverish security sweep across the territory.
    Netanyahu defends the transfer of $15m to Hamas militants

    Netanyahu defends the transfer of $15m to Hamas militants


    Israel's prime minister has defended his decision to allow the transfer of $15m (€13m) from Qatar to Gaza's Hamas rulers, rejecting criticism that the move had strengthened the Islamic militant...

    Israel's prime minister has defended his decision to allow the transfer of $15m (€13m) from Qatar to Gaza's Hamas rulers, rejecting criticism that the move had strengthened the Islamic militant group.
    Even on the deadly streets of Kabul, tech entreprenuers plan start-ups

    Even on the deadly streets of Kabul, tech entreprenuers plan start-ups


    The home of Afghan start-up Buber may boast more security precautions than the average California internet firm, but the Silicon Valley zeal of its staff is just the...

    The home of Afghan start-up Buber may boast more security precautions than the average California internet firm, but the Silicon Valley zeal of its staff is just the same.
    Iran relents - and lets women into stadium to watch football

    Iran relents - and lets women into stadium to watch football


    Iran yesterday allowed hundreds of local women to attend the Asian Champions League final in Tehran in a possible step towards ending women's decades-old exclusion from top soccer matches in the...

    Iran yesterday allowed hundreds of local women to attend the Asian Champions League final in Tehran in a possible step towards ending women's decades-old exclusion from top soccer matches in the country.

    Murder tapes go global, as US and Saudis offer sop to Yemen


    Turkey has given recordings related to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain, said Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan...

    Turkey has given recordings related to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain, said Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan yesterday.
    Houthis set up on roof of hospital amid fears for civilians

    Houthis set up on roof of hospital amid fears for civilians


    Houthi rebel fighters have taken up positions on the roof of one of Hodeidah's main civilian hospitals, Amnesty has warned, as fighting in the crucial Yemeni port city intensified despite calls for a...

    Houthi rebel fighters have taken up positions on the roof of one of Hodeidah's main civilian hospitals, Amnesty has warned, as fighting in the crucial Yemeni port city intensified despite calls for a ceasefire.
    Death row 'blasphemer' forced into hiding after she is freed

    Death row 'blasphemer' forced into hiding after she is freed


    A Christian woman spared the death sentence after her blasphemy conviction was quashed has been freed from jail as Pakistani authorities insisted she remains in the...

    A Christian woman spared the death sentence after her blasphemy conviction was quashed has been freed from jail as Pakistani authorities insisted she remains in the country.

    200 mass graves of 12,000 Isil victims found in Iraq - UN


    More than 200 mass graves containing up to 12,000 victims have been found so far in Iraq that could hold vital evidence of war crimes by Isil, the UN said...

    More than 200 mass graves containing up to 12,000 victims have been found so far in Iraq that could hold vital evidence of war crimes by Isil, the UN said yesterday.
    Saudi king tries to ease pressure over Khashoggi

    Saudi king tries to ease pressure over Khashoggi


    King Salman of Saudi Arabia was due to embark on an unusual tour of his country yesterday as the kingdom's international reputation continued to be battered by the fallout from the killing of Jamal...

    King Salman of Saudi Arabia was due to embark on an unusual tour of his country yesterday as the kingdom's international reputation continued to be battered by the fallout from the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

    'His killers will face justice' - son of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi


    A son of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi expressed confidence that Saudi Arabia would identify his father's killers, and Turkey released new details of its investigation yesterday that it said showed the Saudi government's attempts to cover up evidence...

    A son of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi expressed confidence that Saudi Arabia would identify his father's killers, and Turkey released new details of its investigation yesterday that it said showed the Saudi government's attempts to cover up evidence of the crime.
    Yesterday was Saddam, today it's Trump, Iran thunders

    Yesterday was Saddam, today it's Trump, Iran thunders


    Iran greeted the re-imposition of US sanctions yesterday with air defence drills and an acknowledgement from President Hassan Rouhani the nation faces a "war situation", raising Middle Eastern tensions as America's maximalist approach to the Islamic...

    Iran greeted the re-imposition of US sanctions yesterday with air defence drills and an acknowledgement from President Hassan Rouhani the nation faces a "war situation", raising Middle Eastern tensions as America's maximalist approach to the Islamic Republic takes hold.

    Iran president puts country on war footing as US sanctions take effect


    Iran greeted the re-imposition of US sanctions with air defence drills and a statement from President Hassan Rouhani that the nation faces a "war...

    Iran greeted the re-imposition of US sanctions with air defence drills and a statement from President Hassan Rouhani that the nation faces a "war situation".

    Saudi Arabia defends human rights record at UN, vows to prosecute journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killers


    Saudi Arabia told the United Nations on Monday it would prosecute those responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate, and defended its human rights...

    Saudi Arabia told the United Nations on Monday it would prosecute those responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate, and defended its human rights record.

    Iran claims it will break oil sanctions reimposed by the United States, warns of 'war situation'


    Iran will sell its oil and break sanctions reimposed by the United States on its vital energy and banking sectors, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told economists at a meeting broadcast live on state television on...

    Iran will sell its oil and break sanctions reimposed by the United States on its vital energy and banking sectors, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told economists at a meeting broadcast live on state television on Monday.
    Istanbul demands Saudis reveal whereabouts of Khashoggi's body

    Istanbul demands Saudis reveal whereabouts of Khashoggi's body


    Turkish authorities want Saudi Arabia to tell them the whereabouts of the body of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the justice minister said...

    Turkish authorities want Saudi Arabia to tell them the whereabouts of the body of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the justice minister said yesterday.
    Maid 'who killed would-be rapist' executed

    Maid 'who killed would-be rapist' executed


    Indonesia has filed an official protest to Saudi Arabia after it executed an Indonesian maid without notifying its consular staff or her...

    Indonesia has filed an official protest to Saudi Arabia after it executed an Indonesian maid without notifying its consular staff or her family.
    Christian facing gallows spared by court

    Christian facing gallows spared by court


    Asia Bibi, the Christian woman facing execution for blasphemy in Pakistan, has had her conviction overturned by the country's highest...

    Asia Bibi, the Christian woman facing execution for blasphemy in Pakistan, has had her conviction overturned by the country's highest court.