NATO vows solidarity with Turkey over IS – Turkish planes strike Kurdish militants

BRUSSELS: NATO strongly backed Turkey’s fight against Islamic State militants in Syria at emergency talks yesterday but some countries expressed concerns that strikes on...

Summer camp for Iraqi Shiite boys: Training to fight IS – Many intend to...

BAGHDAD: A quiet middle-class Shiite neighborhood in western Baghdad was transformed recently into a mini-boot camp, training teenagers for battle against the Islamic State...

Saudi ‘friendly fire’ kills loyalists despite truce – Ceasefire to allow desperately needed aid...

ADEN: Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels in Yemen hit positions of pro-government forces by mistake yesterday despite a humanitarian truce, killing...

Australian ‘IS nurse’ remanded in custody

MELBOURNE: An Australian nurse who allegedly joined Islamic State in Syria was yesterday remanded in custody on terror charges relating to carrying out guard...

Dubai top cop files first anti-discrimination case

DUBAI: A high-ranking UAE police officer has filed a discrimination case against a Saudi writer, The National reported yesterday, the first time the UAE’s...

Iran launches charm offensive in wary; Zarif briefs Kuwait on nuke deal – Tehran’s...

KUWAIT: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in his first foreign trip after the landmark nuclear accord, urged Tehran’s Gulf Arab neighbors to cooperate...

Clashes rock Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque – Israeli police enter holy site, block Arab youths

JERUSALEM: Israeli police yesterday entered Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites, as they clashed with Palestinians angered by Jews’ access to the...

Assad says army ‘fatigued’ but will ultimately prevail – Embattled president vows to win...

DAMASCUS: Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad acknowledged the shrinking ranks of his government’s army in a rare public speech yesterday, but insisted the force was...

Bahrain disrupts bid to smuggle in explosives – Manama recalls envoy from Iran over...

DUBAI: Bahrain authorities have disrupted an attempt to smuggle high-grade explosives, automatic weapons and ammunition into the country by sea and have arrested two...

Britain lifts Iran travel warning – Iran hits out at Kerry’s ‘empty threats’

LONDON: Britain lifted an official warning against all but essential travel to Iran yesterday, citing “decreased hostility” in the wake of a landmark nuclear...

Tunisia adopts anti-terror law despite rights concerns

TUNIS: The Tunisian parliament adopted a new anti-terror law overnight Friday aimed at beefing up powers to confront a jihadist threat following deadly attacks...

Saudis declare Yemen truce to allow in aid

ADEN: The Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemeni rebels since March declared a five-day truce yesterday so aid can reach a country the UN says is...

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