Middle East
Latest stories
IS Jihadists Lose Ground in Syria Town after Major Attack

The Islamic State group had lost ground Saturday in a town on the Syrian-Iraqi border after pro-regime forces repelled a major attack the day before, a Britain-based monitor said.

W140 Full Story
Rare Tensions between Assad's Backers as Syria's War Unwinds

A Russian force deployment on the Syria-Lebanon border this week in a Hizbullah stronghold sparked protests by the Lebanese militant group, prompting the force to withdraw from its positions only a day later in a rare sign of tension between the allies.

W140 Full Story
Saudi to Host Meeting on Supporting Jordan's Economy

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Jordan will meet Sunday to discuss ways to support Amman as it looks to tackle an economic crisis in the wake of protests.

W140 Full Story
Emergency UN General Assembly Meeting on Gaza Called for Wednesday

The UN General Assembly will hold an emergency meeting next Wednesday at 3:00 pm (19:00 GMT) to vote on an Arab-backed resolution on Gaza, the body's president Miroslav Lajcak announced Friday.

W140 Full Story
Sadr Strengthens Legislative Bloc ahead of Iraq Poll Recount

Nationalist Moqtada Sadr, whose bloc won the largest share of seats in Iraq's May legislative elections, has strengthened his parliamentary position by forming an alliance with two other lists.

W140 Full Story
IS Retakes Parts of Eastern Syria Town in Major Attack

The Islamic State group used at least 10 suicide bombers on Friday in a massive attack on Albu Kamal, in which they retook parts of the eastern Syrian town, a monitor said.

W140 Full Story
U.N. Warns Assault on Yemen Port Would Have 'Catastrophic' Impact

Any military assault to capture a key rebel-held port in Yemen would have a "catastrophic humanitarian impact" in the country already reeling from a brutal conflict, the United Nations warned Friday.

W140 Full Story
U.N. Security Council Sanctions Six Human Traffickers Operating in Libya

The United Nations Security Council overnight slapped sanctions on six leaders of human trafficking networks operating in Libya, a first for the world body, diplomats said.

W140 Full Story
Iraqi Refugee Held in France on Suspicion of IS 'War Crimes'

An Iraqi refugee in France thought to be a former senior member of the Islamic State group has been arrested in Paris and indicted on suspicion of "war crimes" over his alleged involvement in a massacre in his country.

W140 Full Story
Iran Defiant as It Holds Day of Anti-Israel Protests

Iran held its annual day of protest against Israel on Friday, determined to show defiance at a time of mounting pressure from the United States and its regional allies.

W140 Full Story