Middle East
Latest stories
Regime Seizes Five New Rebel Districts in Syria's Aleppo

Syrian government troops seized five new districts of eastern Aleppo on Tuesday, including the strategic Shaar neighborhood, a monitoring group said.

W140 Full Story
Egypt Says International Organs Trade Network Arrested

Egyptian authorities announced Tuesday the arrest of 25 members of an international network allegedly trafficking in human organs, including university professors and doctors.

W140 Full Story
Syria Government Says no Aleppo Ceasefire without Rebel Exit

Syria's government on Tuesday said it would not agree to a ceasefire in Aleppo unless it guarantees a full withdrawal of rebel factions from the city. 

W140 Full Story
Suspected IS Jihadists Arrested in Yemen's Aden

Yemeni authorities have arrested eight suspected Islamic State group jihadists implicated in a spate of attacks targeting security personnel in second city Aden this year, police said.

Police in the southern port city, headquarters of Yemen's internationally recognised government, also seized silenced pistols and letters from IS leaders in Iraq and Syria, a statement said late on Monday.

W140 Full Story
Saudi Sentences 15 to Death for Spying for Iran

A Saudi court Tuesday sentenced 15 people to death for spying for the kingdom's rival Iran, local media and a source close to the case said, in a move likely to heighten regional tensions.

The source told AFP that most of the 15 Saudis were members of the kingdom's Shiite minority.

W140 Full Story
Merkel Says Situation in Aleppo is a 'Disgrace' for West

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that it was a "disgrace" that the international community had been unable to alleviate the suffering in Syria's besieged city of Aleppo.

W140 Full Story
Two Wounded as Hamas Clashes with Gaza Hardliners

A police officer and a youth were hospitalised on Tuesday after Hamas forces clashed with hardline Islamists in the Gaza Strip, a medical source and witnesses said.

W140 Full Story
Russia, China Veto U.N. Resolution Demanding Aleppo Truce as Regime Forces Advance on Ground

Russia said Monday it would hold talks with Washington on a total rebel withdrawal from Syria's Aleppo, where the army has made sweeping advances, but opposition factions rejected any evacuation.

President Bashar Assad's forces have seized two-thirds of the former rebel bastion in east Aleppo since they began an operation to recapture all of the battered second city in mid-November.

W140 Full Story
With Fall of Sirte, IS Down but Not Out in Libya

The fall of Sirte to pro-government forces is a significant setback for the Islamic State group in Libya, but will not spell the end of the jihadists in the strife-torn country, experts say.

W140 Full Story
Jordan Military Plane Crash Kills Pilot

A Jordanian air force pilot was killed on Monday after his F-16 jet crashed due to a technical fault during a training exercise, the army said.

The army statement did not specify the location of the accident, which happened as the jet took off.

W140 Full Story