A suicide bombing at a crowded checkpoint south of the Iraqi capital killed 50 people and wounded more than 150, police and a doctor said Monday, raising the toll from the day before.
The bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle during rush hour on Sunday, the first day of the working week in Iraq, at a checkpoint at the northern entrance to the city of Hilla.Full Story
A Tel Aviv court on Monday handed an Arab Israeli a 25-year prison term over the 2012 bombing of a bus during a major Israeli campaign in Gaza.
Mohammed Mafarja, 19, was sentenced three months after being convicted on charges of aiding the enemy during war, attempted murder, causing an explosion and wounding 24 people.Full Story
A Canadian photojournalist, Ali Mustafa, has been killed in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, activists said.
An official in the Aleppo opposition provincial capital said Mustafa, a freelancer who sold pictures to the SIPA and EPA agencies, was killed in the city on Sunday.Full Story
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is expected in Muscat for a two-day visit starting Wednesday during which he will discuss bilateral cooperation and regional tensions with Oman's leader, Tehran's envoy announced.
Tehran enjoys good relations with Muscat but is locked in a decades-long rivalry with Saudi Arabia while other Gulf states are wary of the ambitions of their neighbor across the water.Full Story
Israel will on Monday display weaponry from an intercepted ship it says was destined for Gaza in a bid to expose the "true face of Iran" which allegedly dispatched it.
The military says it found 40 long-range M-302 rockets aboard the Panamanian-flagged Klos-C it intercepted in the Red Sea last week, as well as 181 122mm mortar shells and approximately 400,000 7.62-caliber rounds.Full Story
An Emirati court has sentenced a Pakistani man to death after convicting him of trafficking four kilograms (8.8 pounds) of heroin in the Gulf country, media reported Monday.
The defendant, identified only by his initials W.A., was arrested in a sting operation when a police officer posed as a client willing to buy the drugs for 100,000 dirhams ($27,000) last May, Gulf News daily reported.Full Story
A Japanese minister said Sunday Tokyo wants to cooperate closely with Algeria to boost stability in the Sahel area, and praised its handling of a deadly militant desert raid.
Nobuo Kishi, Japan's senior vice foreign minister responsible for the Middle East, Europe and America, was speaking on his first visit to the North African nation.Full Story
Forty-two illegal African migrants drowned when their boat overturned off Yemen's southern coast late on Sunday, the defense ministry reported.
The boat smuggling dozens of African migrants "overturned off the coast of Beer Ali," in the southern Shabwa province, the ministry said in a brief statement on its news website 26sep.net.Full Story
The Syrian army has been using starvation as a "weapon of war" in its siege of the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, Amnesty International said Monday.
In a report on the plight of Palestinian and Syrian civilians in Yarmuk, the rights watchdog said nearly 200 people have died since an army siege was tightened in July 2013 and access to food and medicine cut.Full Story
The United States accused Libyan separatists of theft Sunday after they loaded oil onto a North Korean tanker for a second consecutive day, warning would-be buyers of possible liabilities and sanctions.
The separatists are former rebels who have turned against the interim authorities in the restive north African country after toppling veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi in the 2011 uprising.Full Story