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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Saudi Arabia has announced it will seek the death penalty against five suspects over the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
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.
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.
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.
Kurdish Syrian forces yesterday asked the Assad government for protection against a Turkish attack on a flashpoint town.
A roadside bomb has hit a tourist bus in an area near the Giza Pyramids, killing two people from Vietnam and wounding 12 others.
Syria's military has entered a flashpoint Kurdish-held town and raised the national flag after Turkey threatened to launch an offensive.
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.
Five-year-old Amir's life began inside a foil bag of hazelnut wafer biscuits.
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.
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.
A Pakistan court has sentenced former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to seven years in jail, and has acquitted him in a second case.
Turkey is massing troops near a town in northern Syria held by a US-backed and Kurdish-led force, a war monitor has said.
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.
America's Kurdish allies yesterday accused Donald Trump of giving new life to Isil with his withdrawal of US forces from Syria.
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.
Donald Trump has declared the US has "defeated" the Islamic State (Isil) and is reportedly preparing to immediately withdraw all American forces from Syria.
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 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.
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.
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.
Nine people were killed and nearly 50 injured after a high-speed train crashed into a locomotive in the Turkish capital Ankara yesterday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Iran has arrested more than 100 Christians in the last week, amid a growing crackdown by the Islamic Republic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 have recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on bribery charges related to a corruption case involving Israel's telecom giant.
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.
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.
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 is considering bringing home suspected Isil fighters and their families currently being held by Kurdish forces in Syria, it has emerged.
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.
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 has accused Donald Trump of turning a "blind eye" to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.
Two police officers have been killed in a shootout after gunmen stormed the Chinese Consulate in Karachi, authorities have said.
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.
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.
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 Arabia has tortured and sexually harassed women's rights activists detained in prison, a new report alleges.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Israel's prime minister has said he will also take over as defence minister and is rejecting calls to hold early elections.
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.
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 Saudi Arabian officials face the death penalty for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was dismembered inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate.
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'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 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.
Israel's hawkish defence minister has resigned in protest at Tuesday's ceasefire agreement with Hamas, accusing Benjamin Netanyahu of "surrendering to terror".
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Aid projects in Yemen funded by the international charity Oxfam have been hit in Saudi Arabia-led coalition airstrikes, it has emerged.
Turkish authorities want Saudi Arabia to tell them the whereabouts of the body of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the justice minister said yesterday.
Indonesia has filed an official protest to Saudi Arabia after it executed an Indonesian maid without notifying its consular staff or her family.