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  • Drones spark fires at 2 Saudi Aramco oil facilities

    Fires broke out at two Saudi Aramco oil facilities after they were struck by drones, the kingdom's interior ministry has said.

  • Iran upbeat as Trump sacks Bolton

    President Hassan Rouhani yesterday said that the United States’ “warmongering” was a failure, as Iran welcomed the sacking of hawkish US national security adviser John Bolton.

  • 31 die during stampede at Ashura rituals in Iraq's Kerbala

    At least 31 people die and another 100 are wounded during the Shi'ite Muslim religious rituals of Ashura in Iraq's southern holy city of Kerbala, in what an official at its Imam Hussein shrine describes as a stampede.

  • Lebanon’s Hezbollah says it downs Israeli drone

    The Iran-backed Hezbollah movement said yesterday it had downed and seized an Israeli drone as it flew across the Lebanese border, a week after a flash confrontation between the arch-foes.

  • Iran slams EU powers as nuclear deal unravels

    Iran’s atomic agency chief yesterday hit out at European powers, saying their broken promises gave the Islamic republic little choice

  • Muslim rebels start handing over guns

    Muslim rebels in the mainly Catholic Philippines began handing over their guns to independent foreign monitors yesterday, as part of a

  • Time running out to save nuke deal

    Iran yesterday said it was now capable of raising uranium enrichment past the 20% level and had launched advanced centrifuge

  • Taliban blast kills 12 in Kabul

    A Taliban suicide blast in the centre of Kabul killed at least 10 people and wounded more than 40 yesterday, destroying cars and shops in an area near the headquarters of Afghanistan’s Nato force and the US embassy, officials said.

  • Iran lifts all restrictions

    Iran said it would take another step away from a 2015 nuclear deal by starting to develop centrifuges to speed up its uranium enrichment but it also gave European powers two more months to try to save the multilateral pact.

  • Iran’s Rouhani rules out direct US talks

    President Hassan Rouhani yesterday ruled out holding any bilateral talks with the United States and threatened to further cut Iran’s

  • US envoy meets with Afghan president

    The US envoy leading efforts to forge a deal with the Taliban has met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul, officials said

  • Israeli troops, Hezbollah fighters exchange fire

    Israel’s military said yesterday anti-tank missiles from Lebanon targeted an army base and vehicles and that it responded with fire into

  • 100 believed killed in Saudi-led air strike: ICRC

    More than 100 people are believed to have been killed when the Saudi-led coalition fighting Huthi rebels launched an air strike on a

  • Missile attack kills 40 jihadist leaders: report

    At least 40 jihadist leaders were killed yesterday in Syria after a missile attack targeted their meeting in the northwestern province of

  • Taliban attack Kunduz city amid peace talks

    Afghan security forces “repelled” a coordinated Taliban assault on the northern city of Kunduz yesterday, President Ashraf Ghani said,

  • Regime, Russia step up assault on rebel-held Idlib

    Syria and its ally Russia have stepped up an offensive against the last big stronghold of Syrian rebels, mounting more air raids and deploying ground reinforcements including Iranian-backed militias, army defectors and residents said yesterday.

  • Northwest Syria clashes kill 51 fighters: report

    Clashes between anti-government fighters and regime forces killed 51 combattants on both sides in northwestern Syria yesterday, a war

  • Lift sanctions for talks

    Iran will not talk to the United States until all sanctions imposed on Tehran are lifted, President Hassan Rouhani said yesterday, a day after President Donald Trump said he would meet his Iranian counterpart to try to end a nuclear standoff.

  • Israel strikes Palestinian military base in Lebanon

    Israeli drone strikes hit a military position belonging to an Iranian-backed Palestinian faction in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley near the Syrian

  • Iran has no immunity anywhere: Israeli PM

    Israel yesterday said an air strike against an arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in Syria that it accused of planning “killer drone

  • Lebanon PM says bid aims at stirring ME tensions

    Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said two Israeli drones which crashed in a suburb of Beirut dominated by the Iranian-backed

  • Iran FM in dramatic visit to G7 summit

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif flew into Biarritz in southern France for the G7 summit yesterday in an unexpected and

  • Regime forces surround army post of Turkey

    Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said yesterday that Turkish troops will not quit a military observation post in northwestern Syria where they are surrounded by government forces.

  • Israel strikes Hamas base after attacks

    Israeli forces bombed Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip overnight in retaliation for Palestinian rocket attacks, the military said yesterday.

  • Syria to let civilians flee rebel-held Idlib

    Damascus yesterday said it is opening a corridor for civilians to leave the rebel-held northwestern region of Idlib, where government bombardment has killed hundreds since late April, state media said.

  • Iran ready to work on French proposals

    Iran is prepared to work on French proposals to salvage the international nuclear deal that Tehran signed with world powers in 2015 but it will not tolerate US interference in the Gulf, its foreign minister said yesterday.

  • Kabul wedding blast toll hits 80

    The death toll from an Islamic State attack on a Kabul wedding at the weekend has reached at least 80, an official said yesterday, as the Afghan capital still reels from the deadliest blast in more than a year. A suicide bomber targeted a packed Afghan wedding hall in west

  • Saudi eases travel curbs on women

    Saudi Arabia on Tuesday began implementing a landmark reform allowing women over the age of 21 to receive passports and travel abroad without permission from a male “guardian”, authorities said. The reform, announced earlier this month, weakens the restrictive

  • Iran FM to meet Macron on Friday

    Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is expected to visit Paris and meet with his counterpart and the French President

  • IS reviving in Syria

    China’s Syria envoy yesterday said that “terrorist organisations” including the Islamic State group are being revived in the war-ravaged country, urging the international community not to ignore the “early warning” signs.