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  • Syria’s Assad can stay: US

    The United States said Monday it was no longer seeking to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but renewed warnings it would not fund reconstruction unless the regime is "fundamentally different."

  • Israeli PM's son gets brief ban on FB

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's eldest, Yair, tweeted on Sunday that Facebook blocked his page for 24 hours over apparent anti-Muslim posts

  • Car bomb kills 8 in Syria's Afrin

    A car bomb killed at least eight people including four civilians near a pro-Turkey rebel post in the northern Syrian city of Afrin on

  • 'Trump working on extraditing Gulen'

    US President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan that Washington was working on extraditing a US-based Muslim

  • Israel finds 4th 'attack tunnel' from Lebanon

    Israel's army yesterday said it has uncovered another Hezbollah "attack tunnel" leading from Lebanon into its territory, the fourth since it

  • Yemen ceasefire tatters

    Clashes shook Yemen's flashpoint city of Hodeida yesterday after air strikes and deadly fighting on the outskirts overnight, residents

  • UN chief demands 'credible' probe

    UN chief Antonio Guterres yesterday called for a "credible" probe into journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder in Saudi Arabia's consulate

  • SDF expels IS from east Syria hub

    Kurdish-led forces seized the Islamic State's main hub of Hajin, the largest settlement in what is the last pocket of territory controlled by

  • Israel would hit Iran to ensure its own survival

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel would be prepared to attack inside Iran if the Jewish state's survival was at stake.

  • 5 killed in new flareup

    A Palestinian shot dead two Israelis in the occupied West Bank yesterday, the military said, after security forces killed two Palestinian murder suspects, stoking fears of wider violence.

  • Yemen rivals agree to Hodeida truce

    UN chief Antonio Guterres yesterday announced a series of breakthroughs in talks with rivals in the Yemen conflict, including a ceasefire for a vital port.

  • 1 killed in West Bank

    A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces yesterday near the flashpoint city of Hebron in the south of the occupied West Bank,

  • COP24: UN climate summit: Saudi, US snub unsettles talks

    The refusal of the United States and Saudi Arabia and Russi to embrace a landmark environmental report has unsettled UN talks to breathe life back into the Paris climate pact, negotiators and observers said.

  • 12 killed in attack on Afghan forces

    At least 12 people were killed, including 8 civilians, after a suicide bomber targeted a convoy of security forces in Kabul early yesterday,

  • UN adopts migration pact

    A United Nations conference adopted a migration pact in front of leaders and representatives from around 150 countries in Morocco yesterday, despite a string of withdrawals driven by anti-immigrant populism.

  • US help to Saudi-led coalition to continue

    The United States wants to continue support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's war and will remain engaged in efforts to combat Iranian influence and Islamist militancy in the Arab state, a State Department official said yesterday.

  • Crises cloud GCC meet

    Qatar said its emir will skip a summit of Arab Gulf leaders in Saudi Arabia, which has spearheaded a boycott of the small but energy-flush neighbour and sparked a major regional diplomatic row.

  • Yemen govt says rebels 'not serious' at UN talks

    A Yemeni government official yesterday said that Huthi rebels were "not serious" on finding common ground to end the devastating

  • US sanctions are 'economic terrorism'

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said US sanctions were "economic terrorism", as he sought to foster a united front from visiting

  • Suicide bomber kills 2 in Iran's Chabahar

    A suicide car bombing followed by an armed assault killed at least two people and wounded many more outside police headquarters in the port city of Chabahar in restive southeastern Iran yesterday.

  • Yemen peace talks begin in Sweden

    Talks between Yemen's government and rebels, locked in a devastating war for nearly four years, opened Thursday as tension remained high despite what the UN envoy called a "critical opportunity".

  • Qatar receives Saudi invite to GCC summit

    Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has received an invite from Saudi Arabia to attend this month's Gulf Cooperation Council summit, despite an ongoing diplomatic crisis,

  • Yemen govt team heads to crunch peace talks

    Yemeni government representatives were expected to join a rebel delegation in Sweden yesterday for high-stakes peace talks aimed at ending four years of devastating war. A 12-member team from the Saudi-backed government left Riyadh early yesterday.

  • Turkey seeks arrest of MBS's key allies

    A Turkish court has issued arrest warrants for two suspects close to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, raising pressure on the kingdom's de facto leader after two US senators accused him of ordering the hit.

  • Iran threatens to cut off Gulf oil

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani struck a defiant stance against US sanctions yesterday, renewing his threat to cut off international oil

  • US to keep aiding Saudis in Yemen

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed that the United States would continue supporting Saudi Arabia's military campaign in Yemen,

  • Enough evidence to indict PM

    Israeli police yesterday said they had found enough evidence for bribery and fraud charges to be brought against Prime Minister

  • Iran navy unveils stealth warship

    Iran's navy yesterday launched a domestically made destroyer, which state media said has radar-evading stealth properties, as tensions rise with arch-enemy, the United States.

  • G20 welcomes Saudi prince

    World leaders welcomed Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman yesterday at the G20 summit, showing he was no pariah less than two months after the kingdom killed a dissident journalist.

  • Israel strikes Iranian target in Syria

    Israel struck several positions south of Damascus, a war monitor said Friday, in the first strikes since Syrian air defences were upgraded following the accidental downing of a Russian plane in September.