A suicide bomber struck near a checkpoint in a Shiite area of northern Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 12 people, Iraqi security and medical officials said.
The blast also wounded at least 22 people, the officials said.Full Story
Iraq's prime minister is seeking to speed up the implementation of death sentences, his office said Saturday, despite persistent concerns over flaws in the judicial system that hands them down.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered the formation of a committee "to determine the obstacles and causes that result in the delay in the implementation of death sentences," a statement said.Full Story
Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck al-Qaida positions in southern Yemen on Saturday killing several jihadists, as government forces appeared set on a new offensive, military officials said.
Two air strikes targeted al-Qaida militants gathered on the outskirts of Jaar town in Abyan province, killing and wounding several jihadists, military officials said.Full Story
Armed groups including Islamists have urged Libyans to mobilize against French and other foreign troops deployed in the country, denouncing their presence as a "blatant aggression".Full Story
Islamic State group militants clashed Saturday with U.S.-backed fighters in Syria's Manbij as a 48-hour deadline loomed for the jihadists to leave the battleground town, a monitor said.
The ultimatum was issued Thursday by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an Arab-Kurdish alliance that is fighting IS with support from a U.S.-led coalition.Full Story
An EgyptAir flight that crashed into the Mediterranean in May likely broke up in midair after a fire erupted in or near the cockpit, the New York Times reported Friday.
However it remains unclear whether the blaze was triggered by mechanical malfunction or a criminal act, Egyptian officials who spoke on condition of anonymity told the Times.Full Story
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday announced he would hold talks on the war in Syria with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a regional summit next week in Laos.
"I think our next meeting will be on the side of the meeting in Asia. I'll see him in Asia (...) Laos," Kerry told reporters in Vienna.Full Story
A tiny Palestinian village in the Hebron hills could soon cease to exist after a nine-year legal battle with Israeli authorities who say its 167 residents live on an archaeological site.Full Story
Authorities in Iraq's Karbala province have voted for the return of all displaced Iraqis whose home areas have been recaptured from the Islamic State group, they announced on Friday.Full Story