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...

Turkey stages first air strikes on IS in Syria – Operations follow deal with...

BEYLERBEYI, Turkey: Turkey yesterday vowed to press on with operations against Islamic State (IS) in Syria and other militant groups, after its war planes...

Beirut swims in trash after landfill protest – Capital reeks of garbage, locals suffer

BEIRUT: The humid summer air of Beirut has started to reek as uncollected trash piles up in the streets after protesters shut down Lebanon’s...

Football frenzy waning in turbulent Egypt

CAIRO: Denied entry to watch his favorite football team, Osama Gamal glumly settled on a pavement outside and followed the match live on his...

18 dead as ship hits Egypt party boat – Five survivors rescued, many still...

CAIRO: A cargo ship collided with a boat on the Nile carrying people celebrating an engagement, leaving at least 18 dead, Egyptian police said...

US defence chief in Iraq for talks on war against IS – Around 2000...

BAGHDAD: Pentagon chief Ashton Carter flew to Baghdad yesterday for talks on Iraq’s war against the Islamic State group, whose “caliphate” is shrinking but...

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