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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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Palestinian assailant has fatally stabbed a well-known Israeli activist outside a busy mall in the West Bank.
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.
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.
Syrian government and Russian planes have targeted the southern edge of Idlib province with a series of air strikes, activists said.
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.
Syrian and allied Russian forces are preparing for an assault on the last-remaining rebel stronghold of Idlib.
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 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".
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 have rescued 149 people in northern Kunduz province who had been abducted by the Taliban just hours earlier.
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.
More than two million Muslims from around the world are beginning the five-day hajj pilgrimage.
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.
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.
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.
Thousands of mourners gathered on Monday to bury dozens of children killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on a bus in northern Yemen.
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 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.
A Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a bus carrying children in rebel-held northern Yemen yesterday, killing more than 40 and wounding dozens.
A British tourist has been left stranded in Dubai over unpaid fines of €40,000 for speeding tickets accrued in a hired Lamborghini.
The Hamas militant group has said a ceasefire has been reached to end the latest round of fighting with Israel.
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.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani yesterday accused the US of waging "psychological warfare" with a wave of reimposed sanctions.
The most serious challenge to the Iranian establishment in a decade came this year - but it wasn't from the US or Donald Trump.
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.
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 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.
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.
An Egyptian zoo appears to have painted black stripes on a donkey to try to pass it off as a zebra.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Gaza's militant Hamas rulers said they have accepted a ceasefire ending an Israeli onslaught on militant positions after a soldier was shot dead.
Four Palestinians have been killed after Israel attacked Hamas targets in Gaza following the fatal shooting of a soldier near the border.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.