Syria's President Bashar Assad has signed a new law regulating the entry of Arabs and foreigners into the war-torn country, newspapers said Wednesday.
"Any person entering or leaving Syria must have a valid passport or document... with a visa issued by one of our diplomatic missions or consulates abroad," reads the text, approved by parliament.Full Story
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon appealed to the United States and Russia Wednesday to "re-energize" talks aimed at resolving the bloody civil war in Syria as it enters its fourth year.
The U.N.-led peace talks, dubbed Geneva II, broke down on February 15 when a second round ended with no new date set for them to reconvene.Full Story
The European Union has warned of "serious consequences" for Middle East regional security if the Gaza Strip's dire economic and humanitarian situation is not addressed.
A report commissioned by EU consuls-general in east Jerusalem and Ramallah urged Israel to ease access restrictions to the blockaded Palestinian territory, especially in light of an unprecedented crackdown by the new Egyptian regime on Gaza's western border.Full Story
Once hailed as the heroes of Syria's revolution, Homs' besieged, starved and abandoned rebels are now defending a shattered enclave, fearing their uprising will die if they are defeated.
Homs was dubbed "the capital of the revolution" against President Bashar Assad after the uprising began exactly three years ago, when it was the scene of peaceful mass rallies and sit-ins that defined the early months of the revolt.Full Story
A U.S. drone strike has killed a local Al-Qaida chief and his bodyguard in northeastern Yemen, a tribal source said Wednesday.
The unmanned plane fired a missile at a vehicle transporting militants in the Jebel Jame area, in Jawf province, the source said.Full Story
The lower house of Jordan's parliament, incensed over the shooting death of a Jordanian judge by Israeli soldiers, demanded Wednesday that the government free a soldier who murdered Israeli schoolgirls in 1997.
In a non-binding resolution, all 150 members of the lower house said "we demand that the government release Jordanian soldier Ahmad Dakamseh from jail."Full Story
Egypt's military said Wednesday it has destroyed 1,370 smuggling tunnels under its border with the Gaza Strip, as Cairo's ties remain sour with the Hamas movement that rules the Palestinian enclave.
Ties took a turn for the worse after the military's July ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, who belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, with which Hamas is affiliated.Full Story
The United Arab Emirates summoned Iraq's ambassador on Wednesday to protest accusations by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that Saudi Arabia was supporting terrorism, state media reported.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash handed ambassador Mowafak Mahdi Abboud a memorandum protesting Maliki's "claims that Saudi Arabia supports terrorism," the official WAM news agency said.Full Story
Algerian private television channel Al Atlas TV, which has strongly criticized the government, said on Wednesday that it had been ordered to stop broadcasting after police raided its headquarters.
Al Atlas information director Ghoul Hafnaoui told Agence France Presse that the satellite channel went off the air in mid morning, "under orders from the authorities," a day after police searched its premises and seized equipment.Full Story
Britain will stand firm against attempts to delegitimize or boycott Israel, Prime Minister David Cameron told MPs in Jerusalem on Wednesday, shortly before Palestinian militants fired at least 25 rockets at the Jewish state.
Speaking at the outset of a two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, Cameron gave a 20-minute address to the parliament, pledging "rock solid" support for Israel's security and expressing "deep skepticism" over Iran's nuclear intentions in a speech which checked all the right boxes and won him sustained applause.Full Story