Women back from Syria ‘a danger’: French prosecutor

Women who have joined Islamic State fighters in Syria are facing closer scrutiny when they return to France as the potential danger they represent was underestimated, the country's top prosecutor said Friday.Francois Molins told the daily Le Monde that...

Nine Iraq forces killed in clashes with IS north of Baghdad

Fighters from the Islamic State group killed nine members of the Iraqi security forces in clashes that broke out in a remote area north of Baghdad, security officials said Friday.The clashes broke out when IS fighters based in the Hamreen mountain rang...

Israel to allow ICC visit on Gaza war mission

Israel is to host a working group of the International Criminal Court as it weighs whether to probe alleged war crimes in the 2014 Gaza war, an Israeli official said Friday.The group's arrival "shortly" will be unprecedented, he told AFP on condition o...

Russia, US could reach Syria cooperation deal soon: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview aired Friday that Moscow and Washington could reach a cooperation deal on Syria soon."In my opinion we're gradually heading in the right direction and I don't exclude that we'll be able to agree on ...

IS door through Turkey border will soon slam shut: Pentagon

The Islamic State group in Syria is about to lose access to Turkey's porous border, the Pentagon said Thursday, a vital step in blocking foreign fighters from replenishing the jihadists' thinning ranks.According to Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis...

16 million Moroccans registered for parliamentary vote

Around 16 million voters have registered for Morocco's parliamentary elections next month, an official source said Thursday.The country of 34 million is gearing up for the vote on October 7, in which the main opposition party has vowed to "liberate" th...

Police drop corruption probe into Israeli opposition head

Israeli police said Thursday they have dropped their investigation into opposition Labour party leader Isaac Herzog over alleged corruption, citing a lack of evidence."Police have completed their investigation into suspected illegal donations during th...

Israelis and Palestinians face off, but this time for fun

The Israelis and Palestinians were facing off in Jerusalem again -- but this time they actually seemed to be enjoying each other's company.Dozens of Israelis and Palestinians, some dressed in yarmulkes on their head or headscarves, gathered at a histor...

Explosions as Turkey clears mines from Syrian border

Turkish military experts on Thursday cleared mines from the area of the Syrian town of Jarabulus captured from jihadists last week, using controlled explosions that sent clouds of dust and smoke into the sky, an AFP photographer said.Pro-Ankara Syrian ...

Syria rebels make gains in major Hama offensive

Syrian opposition fighters have seized several areas in a rapid advance against government forces in central Hama province, prompting a wave of regime air strikes, a monitor said Thursday.At least 25 civilians, including children, were killed in the st...

Cuban, Qatari fail retroactive Beijing Olympics dope tests

Cuban discus thrower Yarelys Barrios has been stripped of her Olympic silver medal from the 2008 Beijing Games after failing a retroactive drug test, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Thursday.Barrios, 33, and Qatari track and field ath...

World Cup qualifier in doubt for homeless Syria

War-torn Syria's World Cup qualifier with South Korea has been thrown into doubt after Macau pulled out of hosting next week's game, South Korea's football body said on Thursday.South Korea have already cancelled their bookings after talks broke down b...

Iran says ex-general shot in Syria in coma, not dead

Iran denied on Thursday that a retired general had been killed in Syria, saying he was still in a coma after being shot in the head. "According to latest news received on the brave commander... brother Brigadier Haj Ahmad Gholami is in a coma and there...