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  • Israel cuts Gaza fishing limit after fire balloons

    Israel reduced the offshore fishing limits it imposes for vessels operating out of Gaza from yesterday after Palestinians floated balloons

  • Regime air strikes kill 15 in Syria

    Syrian government air strikes killed 15 civilians, 12 of them in a market, as fierce fighting raged for the jihadist-held northwest, a monitor said yesterday.

  • Yemen rebels ‘fire missile at Makkah’

    Saudi-owned media yesterday accused Yemeni rebels of targeting Islam’s holiest city Makkah after Riyadh and its allies said they had

  • Sudan protesters plan strike as talks falter

    Sudanese protest leaders yesterday called on their supporters to prepare for a general strike after talks with the country’s military rulers

  • Rival protests as Widodo re-elected in Indonesia

    Thousands of soldiers fanned out across Jakarta yesterday after the surprise early announcement of official results in Indonesia’s election

  • Trump’s taunts won’t end Iran

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said yesterday the “genocidal taunts” of US President Donald Trump will not “end Iran”, as tensions spike between the two countries.

  • US President Donald Trump

    Trump: if Tehran attacks, it will be 'official end of Iran'

    President Donald Trump issues an ominous warning to Iran, suggesting that if the Islamic republic attacks American interests, it will be destroyed.

  • Ball in Iran’s court

    Saudi Arabia said yesterday that it wants to avert war in the region but stands ready to respond with “all strength” following last

  • KSA does not want war but ready to respond with ‘all strength’

    Saudi Arabia will do its best to avoid war in the region but stands ready to respond with “all strength and determination,” following last week’s attacks on Saudi oil tankers and installations, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir says.

  • US warns airliners flying in Persian Gulf amid Iran tensions

    US diplomats have warned that commercial airliners flying over the wider Persian Gulf faced a risk of being “misidentified” amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran.

  • World still has not done anything about murder

    Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist murdered at a Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey last year, said on Thursday she could not believe that no one has yet faced serious consequences for the crime.

  • Safeguard nuke deal

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif yesterday urged “friends” including China and Russia to take “concrete action” to safeguard the 2015 nuclear deal as he warned of a “dangerous” situation amid rising tensions with the US.

  • Riyadh accuses Iran, warplanes pound Yemen rebels; 6 killed

    Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Yemeni rebel targets including in the capital yesterday following insurgent drone strikes on a key oil pipeline that Riyadh said were ordered by its arch-rival Tehran.

  • Iran showing ‘maximum restraint’

    Iran yesterday accused the United States of an “unacceptable” escalation of tensions and said Tehran was showing “maximum restraint” despite Washington’s withdrawal from a nuclear deal with world powers.

  • There won’t be any war

    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tried to play down war fear amid escalating tensions as US yesterday ordered all non-emergency staff to leave its embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Arbil.

  • Clashes in Syria kill 42 fighters

    Clashes on the edge of a jihadist bastion in northwestern Syria have killed at least 42 fighters in 24 hours, a monitor said Monday, after

  • Gulf tension escalates

    Drone attacks claimed by Iran-aligned Yemen rebels shut down one of Saudi Arabia’s main oil pipelines yesterday, further ratcheting up Gulf tensions after the mysterious sabotage of several tankers.

  • Clashes in northwest Syria kill 35 fighters

    Clashes on the edge of a jihadist bastion in northwestern Syria have killed 35 fighters in 24 hours, a monitor said yesterday, after regime

  • Israel says site found for ‘Trump’ settlement

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that a site for a promised new settlement to be named after US President Donald

  • If they make a move we will hit them in the head

    The United States’ military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now it is an opportunity, a senior commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said yesterday, as President Hassan Rouhani warned of greater hardship following biting US sanctions.

  • Iran Guards chief says Americans have started 'psychological war'

    The United States has started a psychological war in the region, the commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said in a parliament session on Sunday, according to a parliamentary spokesman.

  • Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in Gaza

    A Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire during new clashes on the Gaza border Friday, the health ministry in the Hamas-ruled enclave said.

  • Rebels faking Yemen ports pullout: govt

    A senior pro-government official yesterday accused Yemen’s Huthi rebels of faking an announced pullout from three Red Sea ports in the flashpoint province of Hodeida.

  • US sending more Patriot missiles to Middle East

    Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan approved a new deployment of Patriot missiles to the Middle East, a US official tells Reuters, in the latest US response to what Washington sees as a growing threat from Iran.

  • Israel lifts Gaza fishing ban as calm returns

    Israel yesterday lifted a ban on Palestinian fishing boats operating off Gaza, an Israeli military body said, ending a measure imposed during a deadly flare-up of violence earlier this month.

  • Dozens feared dead off Tunisia coast

    At least 50 migrants drowned yesterday when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Tunisian coast after they had left Libya hoping to reach Europe, the United Nations migration agency said.

  • 514 foreign IS members convicted in Iraq: court

    The Iraqi judiciary has tried and sentenced 514 foreigners since the start of 2018 for joining the Islamic State group, the country’s Supreme Court announced yesterday.

  • Taliban attack int’l NGO in Kabul; 5 killed, dozens hurt

    Taliban militants stormed a US-funded aid group’s central Kabul compound yesterday, having targeted the organisation for promoting Western culture and the “inter-mixing” of men and women.

  • 2015 Iran nuke deal

    Iran yesterday, a year to the day after the US withdrew from the accord, said it has decided to suspend some of its commitments under

  • Iran partially retreats on nuke deal

    Iran yesterday said it had stopped respecting limits on its nuclear activities agreed under a 2015 deal with major powers until they find a way to bypass renewed US sanctions.