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    Putin snubs Israel with new Syrian air defences


    Russia announced yesterday it will supply an S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria in two weeks despite strong Israeli objections, a week after Moscow blamed Israel for indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military plane in...

    Russia announced yesterday it will supply an S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria in two weeks despite strong Israeli objections, a week after Moscow blamed Israel for indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military plane in Syria.
    Iran threatens vengeance for mass shooting at army parade

    Iran threatens vengeance for mass shooting at army parade


    Iran's Revolutionary Guard vowed "deadly and unforgettable" vengeance yesterday for the mass shooting at a military parade as Iran's president blamed US-backed insurgents for killing 25 people in a hail of...

    Iran's Revolutionary Guard vowed "deadly and unforgettable" vengeance yesterday for the mass shooting at a military parade as Iran's president blamed US-backed insurgents for killing 25 people in a hail of bullets.

    Iran blames US-backed Gulf states after attack on parade


    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last night accused US-backed Gulf Arab states of carrying out a shooting attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, almost half of them members of the country's elite Revolutionary...

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last night accused US-backed Gulf Arab states of carrying out a shooting attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, almost half of them members of the country's elite Revolutionary Guards.

    Syria accord strengthens the Russian hand in world affairs


    A ceasefire seldom gets a good press. If it ends violence or defuses a crisis, the media get bored and lose interest. If the fighting goes on, then those who have called the ceasefire are condemned as heartless hypocrites who either never intended to...

    A ceasefire seldom gets a good press. If it ends violence or defuses a crisis, the media get bored and lose interest. If the fighting goes on, then those who have called the ceasefire are condemned as heartless hypocrites who either never intended to bring the killing to an end or are culpably failing to do so.

    Foreign diplomats summoned in Iran after deadly militant attack on parade


    Iran has summoned diplomats from Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands over allegedly harbouring members of a terrorist group that launched an attack on a military parade in the country's...

    Iran has summoned diplomats from Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands over allegedly harbouring members of a terrorist group that launched an attack on a military parade in the country's south-west.
    Tánaiste must tread tightrope if we're to help promote peace in Middle East

    Tánaiste must tread tightrope if we're to help promote peace in Middle East


    Palestinian President Abu Mazen, better known in the West as Mahmoud Abbas, is visiting Ireland and is meeting, amongst others, President Michael D Higgins and, my former colleague, Foreign Minister and Tánaiste Simon...

    Palestinian President Abu Mazen, better known in the West as Mahmoud Abbas, is visiting Ireland and is meeting, amongst others, President Michael D Higgins and, my former colleague, Foreign Minister and Tánaiste Simon Coveney.
    Israel blamed over downing of Russian jet that killed 15

    Israel blamed over downing of Russian jet that killed 15


    Vladimir Putin was forced to step in to defuse a row between Moscow and Tel Aviv yesterday after a Russian reconnaissance plane with 15 people on-board was mistakenly shot down by Syrian forces that were targeting Israeli...

    Vladimir Putin was forced to step in to defuse a row between Moscow and Tel Aviv yesterday after a Russian reconnaissance plane with 15 people on-board was mistakenly shot down by Syrian forces that were targeting Israeli jets.
    Suicide attack on Afghan protesters kills 68

    Suicide attack on Afghan protesters kills 68


    The death toll from a suicide attack on Afghan protesters has soared to 68, officials said yesterday, as violence flares across the country ahead of elections and a key Islamic holy...

    The death toll from a suicide attack on Afghan protesters has soared to 68, officials said yesterday, as violence flares across the country ahead of elections and a key Islamic holy day.
    'Idlib attack will bring a new wave of refugees' - Erdogan

    'Idlib attack will bring a new wave of refugees' - Erdogan


    A full-scale Syrian regime attack on Idlib would lead to a flow of refugees to Europe and "serious humanitarian and security risks" to the continent, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has...

    A full-scale Syrian regime attack on Idlib would lead to a flow of refugees to Europe and "serious humanitarian and security risks" to the continent, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned.
    Air strikes hit outskirts of rebel Idlib

    Air strikes hit outskirts of rebel Idlib


    Syrian government and Russian planes have targeted the southern edge of Idlib province with a series of air strikes, activists...

    Syrian government and Russian planes have targeted the southern edge of Idlib province with a series of air strikes, activists said.

    Fears of chemical weapons use in Syria as last-gasp ceasefire bid fails


    Turkey failed to convince Iran and Russia to agree to a ceasefire in Idlib yesterday, paving the way for a likely assault by the Assad regime on the Syrian province in the coming...

    Turkey failed to convince Iran and Russia to agree to a ceasefire in Idlib yesterday, paving the way for a likely assault by the Assad regime on the Syrian province in the coming days.

    Israel vows to stand up to missile movements by Iranians


    Israel has threatened to attack any Iranian military assets in Iraq as it has done in Syria, following reports Tehran has moved ballistic missiles closer to the Jewish...

    Israel has threatened to attack any Iranian military assets in Iraq as it has done in Syria, following reports Tehran has moved ballistic missiles closer to the Jewish state.

    Russian jets unleash new barrage on Syria rebels


    Russian jets hit the Syrian city of Idlib with a barrage of air strikes yesterday, hours after US President Donald Trump warned such a move would be a "grave...

    Russian jets hit the Syrian city of Idlib with a barrage of air strikes yesterday, hours after US President Donald Trump warned such a move would be a "grave mistake".

    Shop caught sticking googly eyes on fish to make them look fresher


    A shop in Kuwait has been closed down by officials after the owners were caught sticking plastic googly eyes onto fish to try to make them look...

    A shop in Kuwait has been closed down by officials after the owners were caught sticking plastic googly eyes onto fish to try to make them look fresher.

    Humanitarian catastrophe is looming with the fall of Idlib


    After seven years of brutal war, all signs are pointing to a final showdown in Syria. The regime of President Bashar al-Assad, buoyed by support from Russia and Iran, has systematically reclaimed the territories once in the hands of...

    After seven years of brutal war, all signs are pointing to a final showdown in Syria. The regime of President Bashar al-Assad, buoyed by support from Russia and Iran, has systematically reclaimed the territories once in the hands of insurgents.
    US axes its funding for Palestinian refugees

    US axes its funding for Palestinian refugees


    The US has ended all funding to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, prompting outrage from Palestinians and warnings that the move could spark unrest in...

    The US has ended all funding to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, prompting outrage from Palestinians and warnings that the move could spark unrest in region.
    Russia flexes its naval power as Assad plots new assault in Syria

    Russia flexes its naval power as Assad plots new assault in Syria


    Russia is massing its naval forces in the Mediterranean ahead of an expected assault by the Assad regime on the last major rebel stronghold in...

    Russia is massing its naval forces in the Mediterranean ahead of an expected assault by the Assad regime on the last major rebel stronghold in Syria.

    Russian naval build-up as Assad set for assault


    Russia has deployed several frigates to the Mediterranean via the Bosphorus, an analysis of shipping traffic has shown, part of what a Russian newspaper called Moscow's largest naval build-up since it entered the Syrian conflict in...

    Russia has deployed several frigates to the Mediterranean via the Bosphorus, an analysis of shipping traffic has shown, part of what a Russian newspaper called Moscow's largest naval build-up since it entered the Syrian conflict in 2015.

    The Yazidi who fled her Isil captor and found him a free man in Stuttgart


    There was no mistaking the man standing just a few feet away. Ashwaq Ta'lo would never forget the smell of his breath, his wiry beard, that distinctive gait. She had spent three months as his slave, after...

    There was no mistaking the man standing just a few feet away. Ashwaq Ta'lo would never forget the smell of his breath, his wiry beard, that distinctive gait. She had spent three months as his slave, after all.
    Hundreds of tourists evacuated from popular Egyptian hotel after couple's deaths

    Hundreds of tourists evacuated from popular Egyptian hotel after couple's deaths


    Thomas Cook said it was evacuating all 301 of its customers from a hotel in Egypt's popular Red Sea resort of Hurghada as a precautionary measure after two of its holidaymakers died in circumstances it said were still...

    Thomas Cook said it was evacuating all 301 of its customers from a hotel in Egypt's popular Red Sea resort of Hurghada as a precautionary measure after two of its holidaymakers died in circumstances it said were still unclear.
    Afghan forces rescue 149 people abducted by the Taliban

    Afghan forces rescue 149 people abducted by the Taliban


    Afghan forces have rescued 149 people in northern Kunduz province who had been abducted by the Taliban just hours...

    Afghan forces have rescued 149 people in northern Kunduz province who had been abducted by the Taliban just hours earlier.
    Muslim faithful gather for pilgrimage

    Muslim faithful gather for pilgrimage


    Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage today, as more than 1.6m Muslim faithful from abroad gather in the ultra-conservative...

    Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage today, as more than 1.6m Muslim faithful from abroad gather in the ultra-conservative kingdom.
    Curd of the Pharaohs: oldest cheese found in Egypt

    Curd of the Pharaohs: oldest cheese found in Egypt


    Researchers may have discovered a jar of the world's oldest cheese in the tomb of an ancient Egyptian mayor, but - frustratingly for turophiles - the taste of the bacteria-laced sample is likely to remain a...

    Researchers may have discovered a jar of the world's oldest cheese in the tomb of an ancient Egyptian mayor, but - frustratingly for turophiles - the taste of the bacteria-laced sample is likely to remain a mystery.

    Five years on, Rabaa massacre 'an open wound' for Egyptians


    It was one of the largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history. It began just after dawn prayers one August morning five years ago this week when Egyptian security forces stormed Cairo's Rabaa square and another square named Nahda...

    It was one of the largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history. It began just after dawn prayers one August morning five years ago this week when Egyptian security forces stormed Cairo's Rabaa square and another square named Nahda nearby.
    Ayatollah rejects offer of Iran talks with Trump

    Ayatollah rejects offer of Iran talks with Trump


    Iran's supreme leader has rejected US President Donald Trump's offer of unconditional talks to improve bilateral ties and also accused the Iranian government of economic mismanagement in the face of reimposed US...

    Iran's supreme leader has rejected US President Donald Trump's offer of unconditional talks to improve bilateral ties and also accused the Iranian government of economic mismanagement in the face of reimposed US sanctions.

    Children 'returning from picnic' when bus hit by airstrike


    Children were heading back from a picnic when their driver stopped to get a drink and their bus was hit by an airstrike, according to Save the...

    Children were heading back from a picnic when their driver stopped to get a drink and their bus was hit by an airstrike, according to Save the Children.

    The forgotten war spawning a terrible humanitarian crisis


    The conflict that has given birth to the world's worst humanitarian crisis is one you're likely to have heard little about. More than three years of war in Yemen - already long the poorest country in the Arab world - has made it a place where the spectre...

    The conflict that has given birth to the world's worst humanitarian crisis is one you're likely to have heard little about. More than three years of war in Yemen - already long the poorest country in the Arab world - has made it a place where the spectre of famine stalks the land with more than 22 million people, three-quarters of the population, in desperate need of assistance. Some 50,000 children perished due to hunger and related causes last year alone, according to Save the Children.

    43 killed as airstrike in Yemen hits school bus


    A Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a bus carrying children in rebel-held northern Yemen yesterday, killing more than 40 and wounding...

    A Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a bus carrying children in rebel-held northern Yemen yesterday, killing more than 40 and wounding dozens.
    Air strike on Yemen bus kills 29 children

    Air strike on Yemen bus kills 29 children


    Saudi-led coalition air strikes on Thursday killed dozens of people, including children travelling on a bus through a market, in Yemen's Saada province, a Yemeni health official and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)...

    Saudi-led coalition air strikes on Thursday killed dozens of people, including children travelling on a bus through a market, in Yemen's Saada province, a Yemeni health official and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.
    US move will bolster protesters taking to streets in defiance

    US move will bolster protesters taking to streets in defiance


    The most serious challenge to the Iranian establishment in a decade came this year - but it wasn't from the US or Donald...

    The most serious challenge to the Iranian establishment in a decade came this year - but it wasn't from the US or Donald Trump.
    Taliban suicide bomb kills three Nato troops

    Taliban suicide bomb kills three Nato troops


    A Taliban suicide bomber killed three Nato force members on a foot patrol in eastern Afghanistan yesterday in an attack that also wounded a US soldier and two Afghan...

    A Taliban suicide bomber killed three Nato force members on a foot patrol in eastern Afghanistan yesterday in an attack that also wounded a US soldier and two Afghan troops.
    Osama Bin Laden's mother says her son was 'brainwashed' at university

    Osama Bin Laden's mother says her son was 'brainwashed' at university


    The mother of Osama Bin Laden has said her son who was responsible for the 9/11 attack in New York was a “good child” until he was brainwashed at...

    The mother of Osama Bin Laden has said her son who was responsible for the 9/11 attack in New York was a “good child” until he was brainwashed at university.
    Turkey 'will retaliate' over US sanctions as crisis grows

    Turkey 'will retaliate' over US sanctions as crisis grows


    Turkey was yesterday drawing up retaliatory measures after Washington slapped sanctions on two Turkish ministers in one of the biggest crises between the two Nato allies in recent...

    Turkey was yesterday drawing up retaliatory measures after Washington slapped sanctions on two Turkish ministers in one of the biggest crises between the two Nato allies in recent years.
    Syria opens up on prison slaughter of thousands

    Syria opens up on prison slaughter of thousands


    The Syrian government has begun updating the records of tens of thousands of activists who disappeared during the early stages of the seven-year civil war in the first tacit admission that many of them died while held by the...

    The Syrian government has begun updating the records of tens of thousands of activists who disappeared during the early stages of the seven-year civil war in the first tacit admission that many of them died while held by the regime.

    Zoo denies it is passing off donkey as zebra


    An Egyptian zoo appears to have painted black stripes on a donkey to try to pass it off as a...

    An Egyptian zoo appears to have painted black stripes on a donkey to try to pass it off as a zebra.

    Israel vows to retaliate after settler stabbed to death


    Israel will build hundreds of new settlement homes in response to the killing of an Israeli father by a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank, Israel's defence minister...

    Israel will build hundreds of new settlement homes in response to the killing of an Israeli father by a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank, Israel's defence minister said.
    More than 200 killed as Isil storms villages in Syria assault

    More than 200 killed as Isil storms villages in Syria assault


    Isil militants killed more than 200 people in a co-ordinated assault on a government-held area of south-western Syria on Wednesday, local officials and a war monitor said, in the group's deadliest attack in the country for...

    Isil militants killed more than 200 people in a co-ordinated assault on a government-held area of south-western Syria on Wednesday, local officials and a war monitor said, in the group's deadliest attack in the country for years.
    Suicide bomber kills 29 amid general election in Pakistan

    Suicide bomber kills 29 amid general election in Pakistan


    A suicide bomber killed at least 29 people near a polling station yesterday as Pakistanis voted in a knife-edge general election pitting cricket hero Imran Khan against the party of jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz...

    A suicide bomber killed at least 29 people near a polling station yesterday as Pakistanis voted in a knife-edge general election pitting cricket hero Imran Khan against the party of jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
    Suicide bombings kill dozens in Syria in worst attacks in months

    Suicide bombings kill dozens in Syria in worst attacks in months


    The death toll in a series of attacks in Sweida province in southwest Syria on Wednesday has climbed to 50, said al-Manar TV, run by Damascus ally...

    The death toll in a series of attacks in Sweida province in southwest Syria on Wednesday has climbed to 50, said al-Manar TV, run by Damascus ally Hezbollah.
    Explosion outside Pakistan polling station kills 25 and wounds 40

    Explosion outside Pakistan polling station kills 25 and wounds 40


    An explosion outside a crowded polling station in the Pakistani city of Quetta has killed 25 people and wounded 40, according to hospital...

    An explosion outside a crowded polling station in the Pakistani city of Quetta has killed 25 people and wounded 40, according to hospital officials.

    Israel shoots down Syrian jet over Golan Heights


    Israel said yesterday it shot down a Syrian warplane that entered airspace above the Golan Heights as internal fighting just across the border in Syria intensified during a government offensive to retake rebel...

    Israel said yesterday it shot down a Syrian warplane that entered airspace above the Golan Heights as internal fighting just across the border in Syria intensified during a government offensive to retake rebel areas.

    White Helmet 'heroes' flee from attacks through Israel


    Hundreds of members of Syria's 'White Helmet' civil defence group and their families have fled advancing government forces and slipped over the border into Jordan overnight with the help of Israeli soldiers and Western...

    Hundreds of members of Syria's 'White Helmet' civil defence group and their families have fled advancing government forces and slipped over the border into Jordan overnight with the help of Israeli soldiers and Western powers.

    'Don't play with lion's tail' - Iran in US war threat


    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani yesterday cautioned US President Donald Trump about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran, saying "America should know... war with Iran is the mother of all wars," but he did not rule out peace between the two...

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani yesterday cautioned US President Donald Trump about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran, saying "America should know... war with Iran is the mother of all wars," but he did not rule out peace between the two countries, either.

    Children born to Isil sex slaves face orphanage and ostracism


    The moment she was finally reunited with her family after years of slavery under Isil should have been filled with joy, but instead it was one of the worst days of Soham's...

    The moment she was finally reunited with her family after years of slavery under Isil should have been filled with joy, but instead it was one of the worst days of Soham's life.
    Hamas accepts ceasefire after massive Israeli strikes in Gaza

    Hamas accepts ceasefire after massive Israeli strikes in Gaza


    Gaza's militant Hamas rulers said they have accepted a ceasefire ending an Israeli onslaught on militant positions after a soldier was shot...

    Gaza's militant Hamas rulers said they have accepted a ceasefire ending an Israeli onslaught on militant positions after a soldier was shot dead.
    Israeli fire kills four after soldier is shot dead

    Israeli fire kills four after soldier is shot dead


    Four Palestinians have been killed after Israel attacked Hamas targets in Gaza following the fatal shooting of a soldier near the...

    Four Palestinians have been killed after Israel attacked Hamas targets in Gaza following the fatal shooting of a soldier near the border.

    Pro-Assad villages evacuated in rebels deal


    Two pro-government villages in north-western Syria were evacuated yesterday, state television said, in an agreement between the Damascus government and insurgents who had laid siege to them for several...

    Two pro-government villages in north-western Syria were evacuated yesterday, state television said, in an agreement between the Damascus government and insurgents who had laid siege to them for several years.

    Israel accused of racism after passing ‘divisive nation-state law


    Israel's parliament has passed a divisive law declaring that only Jews have the right to "national self-determination" in Israel, prompting angry accusations from Arab citizens that the government is formally codifying...

    Israel's parliament has passed a divisive law declaring that only Jews have the right to "national self-determination" in Israel, prompting angry accusations from Arab citizens that the government is formally codifying racism.
    'This is life or death for these children' - Syria offensive leaves 55,000 children at risk of starvation

    'This is life or death for these children' - Syria offensive leaves 55,000 children at risk of starvation


    An estimated 55,000 Syrian children are cut off from aid and risk starvation after an offensive by President Bashar al-Assad triggered the single biggest displacement of the bloody seven-year war, humanitarian organisations said on...

    An estimated 55,000 Syrian children are cut off from aid and risk starvation after an offensive by President Bashar al-Assad triggered the single biggest displacement of the bloody seven-year war, humanitarian organisations said on Thursday.

    Israeli parliament passes contentious Jewish nation bill


    Israel’s parliament has approved controversial legislation that defines the country as the nation state of the Jewish people, but critics have warned that it will sideline...

    Israel’s parliament has approved controversial legislation that defines the country as the nation state of the Jewish people, but critics have warned that it will sideline minorities.
    Rebels cede Syrian war's 'cradle' to Assad forces

    Rebels cede Syrian war's 'cradle' to Assad forces


    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...

    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.
    Gaza ceasefire holds after airstrike kills teens

    Gaza ceasefire holds after airstrike kills teens


    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...

    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.

    Israeli air strike kills two Palestinian teenagers amid fierce flare-up of fighting in the region


    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...

    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.
    Archaeologists work to repair ancient treasures destroyed by Isil

    Archaeologists work to repair ancient treasures destroyed by Isil


    Syrian archaeologists have begun restoring artefacts damaged by Isil during the time the group controlled the ancient city of...

    Syrian archaeologists have begun restoring artefacts damaged by Isil during the time the group controlled the ancient city of Palmyra.

    World powers told 'to do more' to satisfy Iran


    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...

    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 World Cup app to spy on our soldiers, claims Israel


    Hamas built a functioning World Cup app and several dating apps to lure Israeli soldiers into giving up classified secrets, Israel's military said...

    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.

    Wafer-thin margin could see an emboldened parliament push back if economy stays weak


    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...

    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.

    Italy thanks Libya coast guard for migrant rescue


    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...

    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.
    Erdogan claims election victory as the opposition questions voting figures

    Erdogan claims election victory as the opposition questions voting figures


    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...

    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.

    In the driving seat at last: Saudi Arabia's women take to road


    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...

    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 bombs meeting of high-profile Isil leaders in Syria


    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...

    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 brave man's world as driving ban is lifted

    Saudi women brave man's world as driving ban is 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...

    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.
    Erdogan on cusp of election win to tighten stranglehold on country

    Erdogan on cusp of election win to tighten stranglehold on country


    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...

    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.
    Netanyahu's wife faces charges over $100,000 meals bill

    Netanyahu's wife faces charges over $100,000 meals bill


    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...

    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 charged with fraud

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife charged with fraud


    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...

    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.
    Ceasefire ends after deadly new attack on Taliban

    Ceasefire ends after deadly new attack on Taliban


    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...

    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.

    Israel targets rights groups with bill to outlaw filming of soldiers


    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...

    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 claims responsibility for carbomb that killed 26 people during Eid ceasefire in eastern Afghanistan

    Islamic State claims responsibility for carbomb that killed 26 people during Eid ceasefire in eastern Afghanistan


    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...

    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.

    UN Security Council rejects call for end to Yemen battle


    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...

    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 killed in US drone strike

    Pakistan Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah killed in US drone strike


    Pakistan Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a US drone strike in north-eastern Kunar, the Afghan defence ministry...

    Pakistan Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a US drone strike in north-eastern Kunar, the Afghan defence ministry said.

    Soldiers killed Afghan amputee then drank beer from his prosthetic leg


    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...

    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.
    UN calls for key Yemen port to remain open as conflict rages

    UN calls for key Yemen port to remain open as conflict rages


    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...

    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.
    Civilians flee after Yemeni port pounded by air strikes

    Civilians flee after Yemeni port pounded by air strikes


    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...

    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 if nuclear deal unravels

    Iran will begin uranium enrichment if nuclear deal unravels


    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...

    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).
    Saudi-led attack likely to exacerbate 'already catastrophic humanitarian situation' in Yemen - Red Cross

    Saudi-led attack likely to exacerbate 'already catastrophic humanitarian situation' in Yemen - Red Cross


    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...

    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.

    Settlers thrown off Palestinian land


    Israeli police have started evacuating Jewish settlers from 15 homes built illegally on private Palestinian land in the West...

    Israeli police have started evacuating Jewish settlers from 15 homes built illegally on private Palestinian land in the West Bank.

    Israeli PM Netanyahu questioned by police in telecom corruption case


    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...

    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.
    Worst of Syria's humanitarian crisis still to come - UN

    Worst of Syria's humanitarian crisis still to come - UN


    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...

    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.
    Protester hit in face by tear-gas canister fired by Israeli troops

    Protester hit in face by tear-gas canister fired by Israeli troops


    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...

    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 killed and more than 600 injured during Gaza demonstrations

    Four Palestinian protesters killed and more than 600 injured during Gaza demonstrations


    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...

    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.
    Iran to relaunch uranium testing in protest at US deal withdrawal

    Iran to relaunch uranium testing in protest at US deal withdrawal


    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...

    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.
    Three Israeli soldiers injured as dozens of mortars and rockets fired from Gaza

    Three Israeli soldiers injured as dozens of mortars and rockets fired from Gaza


    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...

    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.

    Abramovich finds an Israeli refuge


    Roman Abramovich has become an Israeli citizen a month after the UK delayed renewing his visa amid diplomatic tension between London and...

    Roman Abramovich has become an Israeli citizen a month after the UK delayed renewing his visa amid diplomatic tension between London and Moscow.

    Dozens injured during clashes at Israel-Gaza border


    Dozens of Palestinians have been injured during protests along the border with Israel, Gaza's Health Ministry has...

    Dozens of Palestinians have been injured during protests along the border with Israel, Gaza's Health Ministry has said.

    Ayatollah tells Europe to buy Iran's oil or lose nuclear treaty


    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...

    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.
    More women's rights activists are arrested in new Saudi crackdown

    More women's rights activists are arrested in new Saudi crackdown


    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...

    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.