Middle East
  • A Palestinian man carries a child outside the Dome of Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

    In the wake of deadly clashes, Israel's security cabinet agreed to replace the metal detectors, installed recently at entry points to Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, with a less obtrusive surveillance system.

    LAST UPDATE : Jul 25, 2017, 7:40 AM EDT
  • Saudi Arabia and three Gulf allies have called on Qatar to shut down the Al Jazeera news network.

    Four Arab countries, which handed Qatar a list of 13 demands to end an ongoing diplomatic boycott, extended the deadline for Doha by two more days, warning of more sanctions if the isolated nation fails to comply.

    LAST UPDATE : Jul 03, 2017, 9:55 AM EDT
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    Suspecting a potential "chemical weapons attack" by Syria, the U.S. on Monday warned the regime of "a heavy price" if President Bashar al-Assad and his military conduct another “mass murder strike.”

    LAST UPDATE : Jun 27, 2017, 7:24 AM EDT
  • Doha, Qatar

    Two weeks after snapping off diplomatic & economic ties with Qatar, four Arab states have sent Doha a list of 13 demands, ordering the isolated country to act on them to end the unprecedented crisis in the region.  

    LAST UPDATE : Jun 23, 2017, 6:34 AM EDT
  • Mosul's Al-Nuri Mosque as seen from a sniper hole.

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that the destruction of the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul by Islamic State fighters is a “formal declaration" that the jihadist outfit has conceded defeat against coalition forces.

    LAST UPDATE : Jun 22, 2017, 6:35 AM EDT
  • Saudi Arabia's new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

    In a big reshuffle in the country’s line of succession, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued royal decree, appointing his son Mohammed bin Salman, 31, as the new crown prince, replacing a 57-year-old nephew.

    LAST UPDATE : Jun 21, 2017, 6:41 AM EDT
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    The action in the Kurdish-held sites in Kirkuk province comes as Baghdad seeks to “secure bases” and “federal installations” following a contentious independence referendum in the region last month.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 16, 2017, 5:27 AM EDT
  • U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, heads to Moscow to persuade President Vladimir Putin.

    The G7 foreign ministers held a meeting with their Middle Eastern allies on Tuesday to reach a common ground over threatening Russia with strict sanctions if it fails to abandon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 11, 2017, 7:52 AM EDT
  • About 650,000 civilians are trapped in conflict-hit western Mosul.

    Iraq’s Counter-Terrorism Service troops and elite interior ministry security units advancing towards IS-held western part of Mosul launched a fierce assault on the city airport and a nearby military base on Thursday.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 23, 2017, 4:45 AM EST