Iran's foreign minister on Friday sharply rejected an Israeli allegation that Tehran tried to ship missiles to the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, calling it a "lie".
Israel has said it captured a Gaza-bound ship Wednesday carrying dozens of Syrian-made rockets "capable of striking anywhere in Israel".Full Story
The brutal war in Syria could grind on for a decade as Iran and Russia prop up President Bashar Assad's regime and jihadist groups flood the battlefield, experts warned Thursday.
Assad has chosen a deliberate "Machiavellian strategy" of standing by while militant groups such as al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant flourish, leaving the U.S.-backed moderate opposition fighting on two fronts, lawmakers were told.Full Story
Human Rights Watch urged Niger to explain its decision to extradite a son of late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi on Thursday.
"The authorities in Niger should explain why they were convinced that Saadi Gadhafi would not be mistreated and would get a fair trial," said Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW's Middle East and North Africa director.Full Story
Egypt said on Thursday it stopped a delegation of women activists from reaching the Gaza Strip as it feared for their safety while travelling through the restive Sinai Peninsula.
About 100 women from Europe and the United States intended to go to the Palestinian enclave through Egypt's Rafah border crossing to celebrate International Women's Day on Saturday.Full Story
Israel's settler population in the occupied West Bank increased by 4.2 percent in 2013, interior ministry figures show, as U.S.-backed peace talks with the Palestinians falter over the settlement issue.
The number of settlers living in the West Bank rose to 375,000 in January 2014 from 360,000 at the same time the year before, according to statistics Agence France Presse obtained on Thursday from the ministry.Full Story
A dozen bombings in central Iraq and two shootings in the north killed 22 people Thursday, officials and doctors said, as the country suffers its worst violence in years.
Iraq has been hit by a year-long surge in bloodshed that has reached levels not seen since 2008, driven by widespread discontent among its Sunni Arab minority and by the civil war in neighboring Syria.Full Story
Saudi state television has for the first time broadcast the "confessions" of a jihadist who returned from Syria, as the Muslim kingdom distances itself from Islamist radicals in that country's conflict.
Sulaiman al-Subaie, 25, who grew popular in his homeland for his posts on video-sharing app Keek, reportedly joined the most radical group fighting in Syria, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), last August.Full Story
The unprecedented decision by three Gulf states to pull their envoys from Qatar reflects their frustration with Doha's activist foreign policy and its support for the widely banned Muslim Brotherhood.
Tensions in the Gulf Cooperation Council reached a new high when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain publicly accused Qatar of meddling in their internal affairs, a charge dismissed by Doha, which cited instead differences in regional politics.Full Story
The West warned Libya on Thursday that political instability is hampering international efforts to provide assistance to the deeply-divided country.
Italy's new Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini told Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan and a large delegation of foreign ministers in Rome that "international partners are ready to help Libya", but the "uncontrolled circulation of arms" in the country was creating difficulties.Full Story
An Egyptian court ban on Hamas activities could push the increasingly isolated Palestinian Islamist movement into another battle with Israel, analysts say.
The latest move marked a further deterioration in ties between Egypt and Hamas, which has close links to the Muslim Brotherhood of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and is now the target of a sweeping crackdown by the military-installed government.Full Story