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Syrian rebels and their relatives began evacuating the southern city of Daraa yesterday under a deal to bring the "cradle" of the country's uprising back under government control.
A ceasefire announced by Hamas largely held yesterday after the most severe exchange of fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip since a 2014 war, easing fears of a wider conflict.
The Israeli military carried out its largest airstrike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war as Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel throughout the day.
An Israeli air strike destroyed a vacant multi-storey building in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, killing two teenagers who were passing by, local health officials said, and Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel.
Syrian archaeologists have begun restoring artefacts damaged by Isil during the time the group controlled the ancient city of Palmyra.
At least 10 people were killed and more than 70 injured yesterday when multiple cars of a train derailed in western Turkey.
Iran has detained a teenager who posted dance videos on Instagram and attracted tens of thousands of followers.
THE Iran nuclear deal looked in doubt yesterday as European powers failed to persuade Tehran that they would be able to compensate fully for economic losses caused by the US's exit.
Hamas built a functioning World Cup app and several dating apps to lure Israeli soldiers into giving up classified secrets, Israel's military said yesterday.
After 15 years of dominance, Turkey's high-handed and authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks to have squeaked home in elections marred by allegations of rigging and government-dominance of the media.
Matteo Salvini, Italy's hardline interior minister, thanked Libya's coast guard for picking up more than 800 migrants in the Mediterranean as he flew to Tripoli for the first time to discuss the migration crisis.
Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party claimed victory in Turkey's presidential and parliamentary polls but the opposition has raised doubts about the official vote tallies.
Traffic police in Saudi Arabia handed out pink roses to first-time female drivers yesterday, in unusual scenes for the conservative kingdom's normally gender-segregated society.
Iraq has launched an air attack on a gathering of Isil leaders inside neighbouring Syria, killing 45 members of the hard-line militant group, its military said yesterday.
Saudi women are in the driver's seat for the first time in their country after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted.
Women will be allowed to drive legally in Saudi Arabia for the first time from tomorrow and, while most are excited at the prospect, some say their fear of harassment will prevent them from taking to the roads.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan sat in stony silence as he listened to the complaints of his citizens. During his final drive for votes ahead of tomorrow's elections, the Turkish president agreed to go on a radio call-in show, where the host nervously played recordings of people's gripes.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife Sara was charged yesterday with fraud and breach of trust after a lengthy police probe into allegations she falsely claimed meals worth $100,000 (€86,158), the justice ministry said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife, Sara, was charged on Thursday with fraud over the alleged misuse of state funds in ordering catered meals at their official residence, the Justice Ministry said.
A suicide bomber killed at least 19 people in Afghanistan yesterday, the second attack in as many days targeting Taliban fighters, security forces and civilians celebrating a holiday ceasefire.
On Sunday, Israel moved to snap the lens shut on rights groups that film its troops' interactions with Palestinians by introducing a bill that would make it a criminal offense.
Islamic State said on Saturday it carried out a suicide bombing targeting Taliban and Afghan forces in eastern Afghanistan that killed at least 26 people, the group's Amaq news agency said.
The UN Security Council has rejected a plan to call for an end to fighting in Hodeidah, Yemen as Saudi-led forces look poised to take the city's airport.
Pakistan Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a US drone strike in north-eastern Kunar, the Afghan defence ministry said.
Australian troops killed an Afghan amputee and kept his prosthetic leg as a souvenir, which they took back to Perth and drank beer from, an investigation has found.
The UN Security Council has called for the key Yemeni port of Hodeida to be kept open following the launch of an offensive against the strategic harbour by troops in a Saudi-led coalition.
Arab warplanes and warships pounded Houthi positions in the Yemeni city of Hodeidah for a second day yesterday, as a Saudi-led alliance tried to seize the port in the largest battle of a war that has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
Iran will begin uranium enrichment at its Fordow plant and will install new nuclear equipment at its Natanz facility if it withdraws from a nuclear deal with major powers, said the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI).
The United Nations and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) called on Wednesday for all sides in Yemen's war to protect civilians after the Saudi-led coalition launched an air and ground assault on the vital Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.
Israeli police have started evacuating Jewish settlers from 15 homes built illegally on private Palestinian land in the West Bank.
Israeli police questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday over his alleged dealings with the country’s largest telecommunication company, Israel Radio said, one of three corruption cases weighing on his political future.
The UN humanitarian agency's top official for Syria expressed concerns yesterday about recent airstrikes in rebel-held Idlib province, warning that "we may have not seen the worst of the crisis" in Syria even after seven years of war.
A Palestinian was on life support in a Gaza hospital last night after being struck in the face by a tear-gas canister fired by an Israeli soldier.
Four Palestinian protesters have been killed and more than 600 others injured as Israeli forces fired live rounds and tear gas during demonstrations along the Gaza border.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani yesterday announced an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban.
A war of words between Israel and Iran escalated sharply yesterday after Tehran informed the UN's nuclear watchdog it was beginning the process of increasing its capacity to enrich uranium.
Palestinian militants launched their heaviest barrages against Israel since the 2014 Gaza war today and Israeli aircraft struck back, in a surge of fighting after weeks of border violence.
Roman Abramovich has become an Israeli citizen a month after the UK delayed renewing his visa amid diplomatic tension between London and Moscow.
Dozens of Palestinians have been injured during protests along the border with Israel, Gaza's Health Ministry has said.
Iran's supreme leader has threatened to pull his country out of the nuclear deal and resume enriching uranium if European countries do not promise to buy Iranian oil and to oppose all new US sanctions against Tehran.
Saudi Arabia has arrested at least three more women's rights activists in a widening crackdown just weeks before a ban on women driving is set to end, international rights watchdogs said yesterday.
Iraq's Central Criminal Court sentenced a Belgian on Tuesday to death by hanging as a senior foreign fighter for Islamic State, a rare case in which Baghdad has publicly revealed details of the fate of one of the hundreds of foreigners it has captured.
Jihadist fighters yesterday started evacuating the Yarmouk camp area in southern Damascus, a key step towards the Syrian government retaking total control of the capital. Fighters from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and their families left the Zahra area adjacent to the camp, which they had controlled since April 2015, on buses early yesterday morning.
A war monitor said buses evacuated Islamic State fighters from an enclave south of Damascus on Sunday in a withdrawal deal, though state media denied the report and said the Syrian army was fighting to finish off the insurgents.
The European Union's energy chief sought to reassure Iran yesterday that the bloc remained committed to salvaging a nuclear deal with Tehran despite Donald Trump's decision to exit the accord and reimpose sanctions.
Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's political coalition has won the most seats in Iraq's national parliamentary elections, according to complete results released by Iraq's electoral commission.
The headline in liberal-leaning Israeli newspaper 'Haaretz' was succinct: "Jerusalem Celebrates, Tel Aviv Parties and Gaza Bleeds - a Surreal 24 Hours."
Monstrous. Frightful. Wicked. It's strange how the words just run out in the Middle East today. Sixty Palestinians dead. In one day.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed Hamas was paying Gazans to try to infiltrate Israel.
Hamas plans to continue protests along the Gaza border and hopes that a mass demonstration on June 5 will rival the size of this week's protests, a spokesman said yesterday.
Syrian and Russian forces have launched a large-scale attack on a Palestinian refugee camp under the control of Isil, as the regime closed in on the last rebel-held territory in the Syrian capital.
Guatemala has opened its new embassy in Jerusalem, becoming the second country to do so after the United States, as international condemnation continued over the killing of dozens of Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces.
Turkey has ordered the Israeli consul general in Istanbul to return to Israel "for some time", a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said on Wednesday, in a diplomatic spat which follows the killings of 60 Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces.
The United States has blocked the adoption of a UN Security Council statement that called for an "independent and transparent investigation" into Israel's killing of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border.
On Monday afternoon, a US delegation that included President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and other White House officials celebrated the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a "glorious day" that had "made history".
Ministers have discussed the possibility of recognising the state of Palestine within weeks, but the proposal was ultimately rejected by Tánaiste Simon Coveney.
A Palestinian was shot dead near the Gaza-Israel border yesterday after thousands of mourners turned out for the funerals of dozens of protesters killed by Israeli troops the day before, local health officials said.
This week's carnage in Gaza seems like another imbalanced confrontation between the Israeli state and Palestinians, but these recent deaths must be examined from the perspective of rising tensions between Iran and Israel.
In Gaza City, hundreds marched at the funeral of eight-month-old Leila al-Ghandour, whose body was wrapped in a Palestinian flag.
Turkey and Israel expelled each other's senior diplomats yesterday.
Worried families crowded the halls and spilled out of rooms in Gaza's hospitals on Tuesday, as patients wounded at a border protest awaited treatment for injuries suffered on Monday, the deadliest day for Palestinians in years.
Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian near the Gaza-Israel border on Tuesday after thousands of Palestinians turned out for the funerals of dozens of protesters killed by Israeli troops a day earlier, local health officials said.
The Israeli ambassador to Ireland was summoned to a meeting by the Government in the wake of the violence and death along the Gaza border.
THE UN Security Council plans to meet today to discuss violence along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, following the deadliest day there since a 2014 war.
Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday when the high-profile opening of the U.S. embassy to Israel in Jerusalem by the Trump administration raised tension to boiling point after weeks of demonstrations.
Yahya Sinwar is a man used to being boxed in. The 55-year-old leader of Hamas in Gaza spent half his life in an Israeli prison cell for abducting and killing two Israeli soldiers. Today, the militant fighter finds himself in another tight spot with few good options.
The opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem was overshadowed yesterday by bloodshed in Gaza, where at least 55 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the deadliest day since the end of the 2014 Gaza conflict.
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney expressed dismay at the use of "disproportionate" force by Israeli forces against Palestinian protesters and called for a UN probe into the violence.
Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, a move that has fueled Palestinian anger and drawn foreign criticism that it undermines peace efforts.
The United States officially opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem on Monday, fulfilling a pledge by President Donald Trump who has recognised the holy city as the Israeli capital.
Israeli troops killed at least 16 Palestinians along the Gaza border on Monday, health officials said, as demonstrators streamed to the frontier on the day the United States prepared to open its embassy in Jerusalem.
The United States opens its embassy in Jerusalem today, a move that has delighted Israel and infuriated Palestinians.
Israeli club Beitar Jerusalem have announced a change of the club's name to 'Beitar Trump Jerusalem' in honour of the "courageous" American president.
Ivanka Trump arrived in Israel yesterday for the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem hours after the Israeli defence forces destroyed a tunnel near the main pedestrian crossing of the Gaza strip.
Tehran traffic is gridlocked half the time, and the city spends most of the year engulfed in smog, so it's not surprising that locals travel underground when they can - on a metro system that sometimes carries two million people a day.
Israel's defence minister has called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to "get rid" of Iranian forces in Syria, warning their continued presence would only cause problems.
If a week is a long time in politics, then it is doubly so in a world where the president of the United States is Donald Trump.
Israel and Iran lurched closer to all-out war yesterday after the Israeli military claimed it struck "almost all" of Iran's bases in Syria in response to what it said was an Iranian rocket barrage fired at the Golan Heights.
Almost 100 Irish peacekeeping troops had to take cover in heavily reinforced bunkers for five hours during a series of missile attacks across the Golan Heights early yesterday morning.
Israel and Iran lurched closer to an all out war in Syria on Thursday after Iranian forces allegedly fired rockets into the Golan Heights and Israel responded with some of its heaviest airstrikes in years.
Israel launched dozens of rockets into Syria early on Thursday, destroying a radar installation and hitting an ammunitions dump, Syrian state media reported after Israel's military said Iranian forces in Syria had shelled one of its outposts near the border.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travelled to Moscow yesterday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and discuss military co-ordination amid new strikes in Syria blamed on Israel.
Hezbollah has hailed a "great victory" in Lebanon's election, after the Iran-backed group and its allies looked set to secure a majority in parliament.
The lawyers representing an Emirati princess believed to be detained in the UAE have asked the UN to urgently intervene to help secure her release.
British, American and European diplomats are close to agreeing a joint approach to reining in Iran's territorial ambitions and missile programme, according to Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, who is due to arrive in Washington for last ditch talks to save the Iran nuclear deal.
The Iran-backed Shia group Hezbollah and its political allies are on course to win more than half the seats in Lebanon's first parliamentary election in nine years, according to preliminary results cited by politicians and Lebanese media.
At least three US Embassy road signs went up in Jerusalem yesterday ahead of next week's opening of the mission in accordance with President Donald Trump's recognition of the city as Israel's capital.
Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels have targeted the presidency building in the heart of the Yemeni capital, leaving at least six people dead and 30 wounded, according to health officials.
PAKISTAN'S interior minister Ahsan Iqbal survived an assassination attempt on Sunday, officials said, an incident likely to heighten political tensions ahead of general elections expected in late July.
North Korea said on Sunday its intention to denuclearise, unveiled at a historic inter-Korean summit, was not the result of U.S.-led sanctions and pressure, warning the United States not to mislead public opinion.
Iran has an exaggerated reputation in the Middle East for Machiavellian cunning and an ability to outmanoeuvre its enemies. Britain used to be regarded in the same light in the region: its most ill-considered actions were admired as devilishly clever plots when all it was doing was taking advantage of the blunders of its opponents.
The dilapidated warehouse in southern Tehran seemed an unlikely place for Iran to store its most sensitive nuclear secrets. But according to Israeli officials, the storage facility in the Shorabad neighbourhood had been chosen precisely because of its unassuming appearance.
ISRAEL'S prime minister said yesterday that he was not seeking a military confrontation with Iran, even as he continued his public campaign to convince Donald Trump to strengthen the 2015 nuclear deal or pull the US out of it.
Israel has accused Iran of lying to the world about its nuclear weapons programme both before and since the 2015 nuclear deal after Israeli intelligence stole 100,000 files from a secret "atomic archive" in Tehran.
One of the BBC's reporters in Afghanistan has been killed in an attack in the eastern Khost province, the broadcaster said.
The new US secretary of state has described Iran "as the greatest sponsor of terrorism in the world" yesterday in a further signal that America intends to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.