Category: Middle East

US shuts consulate in Iraq’s Basra, blames ‘indirect fire’

New York: The United States on Friday shut its consulate in the protest-hit southern Iraqi city of Basra, blaming "indirect…

‘No progress’ in ending Saudi-Qatar feud despite talks in US

New York: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Qatar together Friday for…

7 Palestinians fatally shot by Israeli soldiers in Gaza

Gaza: Seven Palestinians, including a 12-year-old, were killed and at least 506 others wounded by Israeli soldiers during the 27th…

Instagram model murdered at wheel of Porsche in Baghdad

Iraq:Iraqi model and Instagram starlet Tara Fares has been shot dead at the wheel of her Porsche convertible in central…

Poll campaign kicks off in Afghanistan

Kabul: The electoral campaign for the long-delayed Afghan parliamentary and district councils elections began on Friday across the country. The…

Iran dismisses Netanyahu’s atomic claims

Tehran: Iran's Foreign Ministry on Friday dismissed claims made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Tehran's nuclear programme as…

‘We’re not a banana republic’: Saudi Arabia tells Canada

JEDDAH: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir asked Canada to apologize for demanding the release of imprisoned activists if it wants…

Saudi-led coalition intercepts Houthi missile

Aden, Yemen: The air defences of the Saudi-led coalition on Thursday intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Houthi rebels…

Netanyahu, Sisi discuss Gaza on sidelines of UN

Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met in New York on Wednesday to discuss…

Yemen govt ends cooperation with UN rights mission

Aden: Yemen's government on Thursday announced it will end its cooperation with a UN human rights mission, accusing investigators of…

Israel PM lashes Iran, claims secret atomic warehouse

United Nations: Israel's prime minister on Thursday accused arch-enemy Tehran of harboring a secret atomic warehouse, making deft use of…

Three Saudi ‘terrorists’ killed in Shiite region: state media

Riyadh: Three Saudi wanted "terrorists" were killed in a shootout with security officials in the Shiite-majority eastern region of Qatif,…

Palestinians rally to watch Abbas’ speech at UN assembly

Ramallah: Dozens of Palestinians rallied on Thursday night around a large screen in the city centre of the West Bank's…

Israel ready to reopen Golan crossing with Syria

Jerusalem: Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday that his country is ready to reopen a border crossing with…

Israel to open Quneitra checkpoint on border with Syria

Tel Aviv [Israel]: Israel is ready to open the Quneitra checkpoint -- the only official border crossing point with Syria,…

Army inflicts heavy casualties on Boko Haram

Maiduguri [Nigeria]: The Nigerian Army inflicted heavy casualties on Boko Haram when they attacked the Garshigar community of Mobar Local…

Rockets strike Afghan’s Ghazni city during Ghani’s visit

Kabul: Three rockets fired by Taliban militants hit Afghan's Ghazni city during President Ashraf Ghani's visit on Thursday but caused…

Diamond-trimmed stilettos go on sale for $17 mn in Dubai

Dubai: Gold, silk and hundreds of diamonds: a Dubai-based shoemaker has debuted what it says is the world's most expensive…

Shia cleric accuses US, Saudi Arabia for Basra protests

Renowned Shia cleric Qais al-Khazali and the Secretary-General of Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia has accused the US, Saudi Arabia and…

Doval attends meeting in Iran on counter-terrorism

Tehran: National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval attended a high-level meeting with top officials from Afghanistan, China, Iran, and Russia…