Mid-East

The holy Muslim month of Ramadan began Saturday with a bitter taste for residents of Libya’s capital, as a cash shortage bites, prices rise and deadly clashes returned to Tripoli.Dawn queues outside banks just to withdraw a few tens of dinars has becom…

As many as 200,000 Iraqis may try in the coming days to flee areas of Mosul under the control of the Islamic State group after the government asked civilians to seek safety across the frontline, the UN aid chief said Friday.Iraqi forces launched the op…

Friday’s attack on a bus carrying Egyptian Copts, which killed at least 28 people, was the latest in a wave of massacres of Christians and attacks on churches in the Middle East.- Egypt — January 1, 2011: blast kills 23 and wounds 79, mostly Christian…

For star trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf, famed for his award-winning film soundtracks and jazz-inspired mixing of eastern and western sounds, improvisation is “a way of life”.”Improvisation is a discipline that people don’t understand well,” the Franco-Leba…

Egypt’s Copts, targeted by gunmen Friday as they travelled in a bus to a monastery south of Cairo, are the Middle East’s largest Christian minority and one of the oldest.Making up about 10 percent of Egypt’s population of 90 million, the Coptic Orthodo…

Fierce clashes erupted on Friday between rival armed groups in the Libyan capital Tripoli, seat of the country’s UN-backed unity government.Tripoli has been gripped by a power struggle between dozens of militias since a NATO-backed uprising toppled lon…

The alleged hack on Qatar’s state news agency may have lasted just four hours, but the impact on already tense ties between Gulf rivals could last a lot longer.Doha launched an inquiry and went into damage control after accusing hackers of publishing f…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to work on Friday after surgery to remove kidney stones, his office said.The operation came just days after US President Donald Trump visited Israel on his maiden foreign tour.”The medical intervention…

They are mothers, daughters, wives — and suicide bombers: an Arab television drama timed for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan tells the untold stories of women and the Islamic State group.Inspired by true events, “Black Crows” airs over Ramadan — pr…

Feeding on the chaos that has gripped Libya since the overthrow and killing of longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011, jihadists have used the country to recruit and export militants.Salman Abedi, the man suspected of carrying out the attack on a pop…

The head of Lebanese movement Hezbollah said Thursday he was unfazed by “threats” of attacks or fresh sanctions, days after US President Donald Trump slammed the group and its sponsor Iran.On his visit to Riyadh last week, Trump blamed Iran for destabi…

The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas executed three people in the Gaza Strip on Thursday over the assassination of one of its military leaders allegedly on behalf of Israel.Two men were hanged to death in Gaza City over the killing of Mazen Faqha in…