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  • Egypt tightens internet controls

    Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has signed off on a law tightening controls over the internet in the country, the official gazette said

  • Saudi state carrier hit by system glitch

    Saudi Arabian Airlines says a system failure has resulted in disruption of flights, as the kingdom prepares to host the annual hajj pilgrimage. So far more than one million pilgrims have arrived in the kingdom, according to state media. The hajj is set to take place from August 19-24.

  • Turkey to 'boycott' US electronics

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday said Turkey would boycott US electronic goods in retaliation for punitive sanctions by Washington against Ankara over the detention of an American pastor.

  • 40 kids among 51 killed

    Forty children were among 51 people killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on a bus in rebel-held northern Yemen, the Red Cross said in a new toll yesterday.

  • More Gaza violence inevitable: Israel

    Another round of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants inthe Gaza Strip is inevitable, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor

  • 100 Afghan troops killed in four days

    At least 100 Afghan security forces have been killed as troops backed by US airpower struggled to push the Taliban from embattled Ghazni city, officials said yesterday, while residents reported food and medicine shortages four days after fighting began.

  • 12 'terrorists' killed in Sinai: Egypt

    Egyptian security forces have killed "terrorists" in a shootout in the north of the Sinai Peninsula, where the Islamic State group is active,

  • 4 troops, 3 'terrorists' killed in Jordan raid

    Four members of the Jordanian security forces and three "terrorists" have been killed during a raid on a militant hideout after an officer

  • Assad faces new obstacle

    A "National Army" being set up by Syrian rebels with Turkey's help could become a long-term obstacle to President Bashar al-Assad's recovery of the northwest - if they can end factional rivalries that have long blighted the opposition.

  • Gaza protest toll rises to three

    A 40-year-old Palestinian hit by Israeli fire on the Gaza border died of his wounds yesterday, taking the death toll from protests the

  • Taliban, Kabul govt both claim Ghazni

    Both Taliban and government forces claimed they were in control of the eastern Afghan city of Ghazni yesterday, after insurgents

  • 'There will be no meeting' with US

    Iran gave its most explicit rejection yet of talks with the United States yesterday, and accused Washington of an "addiction to

  • Floating icebergs in Mid-East!

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) likes to do things big and bold.

  • Turkey-US ties in jeopardy

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey's partnership with the United States may be in jeopardy as ties strain, warning Ankara

  • Indonesia quake toll jumps to 380

    The death toll from a 6.9-scale earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has reached 387 people, authorities said yesterday,

  • Under pressure, Saudi coalition calls for probe

    The Saudi-led coalition yesterday announced a probe into an air strike on a bus that killed at least 29 children in Yemen where it is fighting Huthi rebels.

  • Gaza truce holds

    The Israel-Gaza border was quiet yesterday after an Egyptian-brokered truce ended a surge in violence that had shaken southern Israel and the Gaza Strip for two days.

  • US-led strikes kill 28 jihadists in Syria

    At least 28 Islamic State group jihadists were killed Monday in coordinated strikes by the US-led coalition and allied fighters in eastern Syria's Deir Ezzor province, a monitoring group said. IS, which once controlled swathes of Syria and Iraq, has been pounded by multiple offensives and today controls less than three percent of Syria's territory.

  • Israeli strike kills 2 militants in Gaza

    An Israeli strike yesterday killed two militants of the Gaza Strip's ruling Hamas movement after shots were fired at soldiers, Gazan and Israeli officials said. Palestinian sources said that the Israeli attack was in the north of the strip but they said it was a drone strike, while the Israeli statement said that it was tank fire.

  • Iran slams US 'psychological warfare'

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says that Washington's call for new nuclear negotiations at the same time as it reimposes crippling sanctions "doesn't make sense" and is an attempt at "psychological warfare".

  • Iraq jails Europeans to life for IS memberships

    An Iraqi court yesterday sentenced a French man and a German woman to life in prison in the latest punishments handed down for

  • 'America is isolated'

    Iran said yesterday the United States was "isolated" in its hostility to the Islamic republic, as it braced for the return of sanctions against a backdrop of political turmoil inside the country.

  • Yemen rebels willing to attend UN talks

    A member of the political wing of Yemen's Huthi rebels yesterday said the insurgents were willing to attend UN-brokered talks, although

  • Afghans bury victims as death toll rises to 35

    Hundreds of mourners yesterday buried the victims of a twin suicide attack on a Shia mosque in eastern Afghanistan, as the death toll rose to 35, officials said.

  • 'It was a massacre'

    At least 55 people, including women and children, have been killed in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah in air raids carried out by a Saudi and UAE alliance battling Houthi rebels, the rebel-run health ministry said.

  • Threats and sanctions will not work

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu yesterday said he told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that threats and sanctions will not work, after Washington targeted Turkish ministers over the detention of an American pastor.

  • Suicide bomb attack on Afghan Shi'ite mosque kills 39

    Thirty-nine people are killed in a suicide bombing of a Shi'ite mosque in eastern Afghanistan, and the death toll may climb further, police and government officials say.

  • 3 foreigners abducted and killed in Kabul

    Afghan police in Kabul yesterday recovered the bodies of three foreign nationals who they said had been abducted and killed, in the latest incident targeting foreigners in the war-torn capital.

  • Israel sees benefits in Assad gains

    Gains by President Bashar al-Assad's forces in the Syrian civil war present advantages for Israel even though the two countries remain technically at war, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said yesterday.

  • Israel reimposes fuel blockade

    Israel reimposed a blockade on fuel deliveries to Gaza yesterday citing a resurgence in kites carrying firebombs over the border and signalling a brief pause in tensions may be ending.