Qatar defended its independent foreign policy Monday after Saudi Arabia and two other Gulf countries recalled their envoys from Doha accusing it of meddling in their internal affairs.
"Our policy is based on openness towards all, and we do not want to exclude anyone," Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiya said during a visit to Paris, in remarks aired by Doha-based Al-Jazeera television.Full Story
Egyptian police said they arrested a man Monday suspected of carrying out a deadly bomb attack in the capital Cairo, accusing him of having fought with jihadist groups in Syria.
Since the army ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July last year, militants have launched frequent attacks on police and troops across the country, but particularly in the Sinai Peninsula.Full Story
British Prime Minister David Cameron will make the first visit of his premiership to Israel this week, officials said Monday.
Cameron will travel to Israel on Wednesday before holding talks with counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu and delivering a keynote speech to Israel's parliament.Full Story
Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian on a road near the West Bank administrative center of Ramallah on Monday, Israeli security sources said.
The Palestinian was part of a group throwing stones at Israeli troops, who opened fire near the Ofra settlement, fatally wounding him, they said.Full Story
Libyan authorities stopped a North Korean-flagged tanker as it left a rebel-held port on Monday with an "illegal" shipment of crude, a military source said.
Former rebels calling for autonomy for eastern Libya have been blockading the port of al-Sidra and other key export terminals in the region since July last year.Full Story
The World Food Program said Monday insecurity in Syria was cutting off half a million people from the food aid they need, while a lack of funds has also forced the U.N. food agency to slash rations.
Three years into Syria's bloody civil war, the WFP said in recent weeks it had reached a number of areas in the governorates of Damascus, Homs, Raqqa and Daraa that had long remained inaccessible.Full Story
Suspected al-Qaida militants on Monday attacked an army vehicle in Yemen's southern province of Abyan wounding six soldiers, a security official said.
The assailants opened fire at the vehicle east of the coastal town of Ahwar before fleeing, the official said.Full Story
The Gaza Strip's two principal militant groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, have already shown they are able to strike Israeli population centers as far away as Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
But their capabilities could have been extended significantly, Israel claims, had it not intercepted a ship carrying weapons it says were on their way from Iran to Gaza.Full Story
Saudi Arabia on Monday slammed as "aggressive and irresponsible" accusations by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that the kingdom was supporting global terrorism.
"The kingdom condemns the aggressive and irresponsible statements made by the Iraqi prime minister," an unidentified official told the SPA state news agency.Full Story
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday lashed out at the world for its "hypocrisy" over Iran as he unveiled a shipment of arms allegedly dispatched to Gaza by Tehran.
Standing in front of a vast display of weapons seized last week from a vessel in the Red Sea, Netanyahu launched a blistering attack on the West over its apparent disregard for Iran's alleged attempts to supply advanced weapons to Palestinian militants.Full Story