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  • Palestinians join world chem arms watchdog

    The Palestinians have joined the global convention to halt the spread of toxic arms, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical

  • Three women's rights activists arrested

    Saudi authorities have widened a crackdown on women's rights advocates, detaining at least three more activists a month before the

  • Huge blast kills 16 in Kandahar

    At least 16 people were killed and 38 wounded yesterday when a minivan packed with explosives exploded as members of the security forces were trying to defuse it in southern Afghanistan, officials said.

  • Palestinians urge full ICC probe

    The Palestinian foreign minister yesterday called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) "to open an immediate investigation" into allegations of war crimes and apartheid against the Palestinian people.

  • Regime secures capital, suburb

    Syria's army said yesterday it was in full control of the capital Damascus and its outskirts after ousting the Islamic State group,

  • Paraguay opens Israel embassy in Jerusalem

    Paraguay opened its Israel embassy in Jerusalem yesterday, the second country to follow the United States in making the politically

  • Taliban plan more attacks on Kabul

    The Taliban yesterday warned Kabul residents to avoid "military centres" in the heavily fortified city, saying they are planning more

  • Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes

    Paraguay opens its Israel embassy in Jerusalem

    Paraguay opens its Israel embassy in Jerusalem today, the second country to follow the United States in making the politically sensitive move from Tel Aviv.

  • Europe's support not enough: Iran

    The European Union is not doing enough to preserve the benefits for Iran from the 2015 international nuclear pact following the

  • Sadr wins Iraq poll

    Final results from Iraq's election confirmed yesterday that an alliance spearheaded by populist cleric Moqtada Sadr has triumphed, but

  • Saudi Arabia detain women's advocates

    Saudi authorities have arrested seven prominent women's rights advocates, just weeks before the kingdom's longstanding driving ban on

  • Iran to wait and see if EU plans 'materialise'

    Iran yesterday said it would wait to see whether Europe produces tangible results in overcoming US sanctions before deciding whether to stay in

  • Explosions at Afghan cricket match kills 8

    Eight people were killed and 45 wounded in a series of explosions targeting a cricket match in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, officials said

  • Gaza crisis

    UN mulls sending international war crimes probe to Gaza

    The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council to meet Friday for deciding whether to send international war crimes investigators to probe the deadly shootings of Gaza protesters by Israeli forces.

  • 50 members killed this week on border: Hamas

    A senior member of Gaza's Hamas rulers has said that all but a dozen of the 62 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire during Gaza border

  • Taliban emerge from hiding in Afghan city

    Taliban fighters emerged from hiding in the dead of night to launch attacks in the Afghan city of Farah, battling government forces who

  • Egypt's military kills 19 in Sinai operation

    Egypt's army said yesterday it killed 19 presumed jihadists in the Sinai peninsula during a large-scale "anti-terror" operation. Egyptian

  • OPCW confirms chlorine use in Syria attack

    Global arms experts yesterday confirmed chlorine was used in a Syrian town in February leaving residents fighting for breath, as the

  • Turkey, Israel exchange jibes over Gaza dead

    Turkey has told the Israeli consul general in Istanbul to leave the country temporarily, state media said yesterday, the latest in a series of tit-for-tat

  • Reactions

    Israel faced widespread condemnation after its forces killed 60 Palestinians in Gaza during protests coinciding with the opening of the

  • Iran upbeat after talks

    Iran's foreign minister yesterday said that efforts to save the nuclear deal after the abrupt US withdrawal were "on the right track" as he began talks with European powers in Brussels.

  • Bangladesh condemns killing of Palestinians on Gaza border

    Bangladesh strongly condemns the use of force by the Israeli authorities against Palestinians on Monday, May 14, 2018, which left scores of Palestine civilians dead and several thousand injured on the Gaza border.

  • Fiery cleric on course to win Iraq elections

    Nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States, led in Iraq's parliamentary election with more than half the

  • 12 dead in clashes between rival groups

    Twelve people were killed yesterday in clashes between rival political groups vying for village council seats in eastern India, police

  • Most foreign envoys absent

    Israel launched celebrations for the US Embassy's relocation to Jerusalem, a move whose break with world consensus was underscored by

  • Arabs to discuss 'illegal' US move

    The Arab League will hold emergency talks tomorrow to discuss Washington's "illegal" decision to move the US embassy in Israel to

  • Al-Qaeda leader calls for jihad

    Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urged Muslims carry out jihad against the United States. Zawahiri said America's decision to shift its

  • Suicide blast rocks Indonesia again

    A family of five, including a child, carried out the suicide bombing of a police headquarters in Indonesia's second city Surabaya yesterday,

  • Why is there a furor?

    The United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem yesterday, a move that has delighted Israel and infuriated Palestinians.

  • US opens its Jerusalem embassy in ceremony

    The United States officially opens its deeply controversial Jerusalem embassy in a ceremony that included a video address by President Donald Trump.