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UN announces Libya unity government after months of difficult talks

October 9, 2015 3:08:22 pm

Now it's up to the two parliaments and Libyans themselves to approve it.

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Four Syria-bound Russian missiles crashed in Iran: US official

October 9, 2015 1:29:05 am

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the missiles landed in Iran yesterday, but did not provide details about where they might have landed or whether they caused any damage.

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Netanyahu bars ministers from visiting Jerusalem holy site

October 8, 2015 1:38:29 pm

The official says Netanyahu imposed the ban because of concerns that any high profile visits there could spark further violence.

Iran lobbied for Russian campaign in Syria, officials say

October 8, 2015 12:12:12 pm

Soleimani and Putin reviewed maps and surveillance photos and shared intelligence, all suggesting the militant group would expand its reach to Russia's doorstep in the Caucuses if Moscow didn't act, the two officials said.

Saudi-led airstrikes kill 15 at wedding in Yemen: Witnesses

October 8, 2015 8:57:26 am

The strikes targeted the home of the tribal leader in Sanban yesterday, a region in Dhamar province 113 km southeast of the capital, Sanaa, the officials and witnesses said.

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Russian navy joins fight, fires cruise missiles from warships into Syria

October 8, 2015 8:45:15 am

Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said four Russian navy ships in the Caspian launched 26 cruise missiles at Islamic State targets in Syria.

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Amidst Russian airstrikes, Syrian rebels try to find a safe haven

October 7, 2015 9:21:32 am

The rebels say the airstrikes are meant to weaken the rebellion against President Bashar Assad, not just crush the Islamic State and other militants as Moscow contends.

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Aden: Islamic State kills 15 in suicide car bombing meant for Yemeni officials

October 7, 2015 8:12:05 am

A blast struck the front of the 239-room hotel along the Arabian Sea, west of the port city's downtown, sending thick black smoke rising over it for hours as sirens wailed.

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In Syria, possibility of an America-Russia showdown in the skies

October 6, 2015 10:04:18 am

The air forces of multiple countries are on the attack, often at cross purposes in Syria's civil war, sometimes without coordination. And now, it seems, they are at risk of unintended conflict.

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Iraq: 56 killed, dozens wounded in series of car bombings across country

October 6, 2015 7:51:33 am

The largest bombing took place in the Shiite-majority town of al-Khales in Iraq's eastern Diyala province. At least 32 people were killed in the attack and 58 were wounded.

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Syria airstrike: NATO denounces ‘unacceptable’ Russian incursion into Turkish airspace

October 6, 2015 7:19:10 am

Turkey, which has the second-largest army in NATO, scrambled two F-16 jets on Saturday after a Russian aircraft crossed into its airspace near its southern province of Hatay, the Turkish foreign ministry said.

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Palestinians denounce Israel’s ban restricting them from entering Jerusalem’s Old City

October 4, 2015 4:42:44 pm

A Palestinian man stabbed and killed two people in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday before police shot him dead, officers said, amid an uptick in violence in the city and occupied West Bank.

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15 killed, 41 injured in twin bomb blasts near Nigerian capital: Officials

October 3, 2015 3:50:38 pm

"Following a coordinated rescue operation at scene of multiple explosions in both Nyaya and Kuje, which are satellite towns of Federal Capital Territory Abuja, so far 15 persons lost their lives and 41 injured," NEMA said.

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Palestinian flag raised at the United Nations for the first time

October 1, 2015 8:17:46 am

The Palestinians campaigned for a General Assembly resolution that was overwhelmingly approved on September 10 allowing the UN observer states to fly their flags alongside those of the 193 UN member states.

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Iran threatens ‘fierce’ reaction if hajj dead not returned

December 25, 2015 11:45:25 pm

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that not fulfilling their (Saudis) obligation to transfer holy bodies, will have Iran's tough and fierce reaction."

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Iran says return of hajj dead delayed

December 26, 2015 12:07:38 am

Iran's health minister arrived in Mecca today to head the effort to return the bodies, having tried to go earlier but his plane was refused permission to land.

Saudi border officers killed in attack from Yemen: Ministry

September 26, 2015 5:26:17 pm

The men were killed by heavy gunfire from the Yemen side of the border on Friday after their patrol vehicle was hit by a mine explosion, the ministry said.

Saudi Arabia airstrikes, fighting in Yemeni city kill 13 people

September 25, 2015 8:33:31 pm

Security and medical officials, who remain neutral in the conflict that has splintered Yemen, said Friday that Saudi airstrikes killed three children in downtown Taiz.

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Syria government airstrikes pound IS-controlled Palmyra

September 24, 2015 8:26:00 pm

A city resident says the bombardment, which included dropping barrel bombs, continued for the third straight day on Thursday, without any let up as Muslims started marking the first day of the Eid Al-Adha holiday.

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Yemen Islamic State affiliate claims responsibility for mosque blast that killed 25

September 25, 2015 8:54:46 am

The IS affiliate's claim of responsibility came in a statement circulated on Twitter by the Sunni militant group's supporters.

Putin hopes to steal UN show with Syria-focused speech

September 24, 2015 6:25:03 pm

Putin appears to see the rise of the IS as both a major potential threat to Russia and a common cause that could help restore ties with the West, ravaged by the Ukrainian crisis.

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Eight worst hajj-related tragedies in Saudi Arabia

September 24, 2015 5:51:52 pm

On occasion, the hajj and events surrounding it have been marred by accidents and tragedies, such as Thursday's stampede near Mecca that killed at least 310 people.

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The hajj pilgrimage in Saudi and what it means in Islam

September 24, 2015 1:22:52 pm

The hajj is a main pillar of Islam, required of all able-bodied Muslims to perform once in their lifetime.

Egypt buys 2 warships from France, 2nd big military purchase

September 23, 2015 9:01:42 pm

The assault ships, which can each carry 16 helicopter gunships, 700 troops and up to 50 armored vehicles, were originally intended for Russia.

Burkina Faso president back in power one week after coup

September 23, 2015 4:30:38 pm

In recent days, Burkina Faso's army sent troops into the capital to pressure Diendere and his soldiers to cede power.