Mid-East

Iraq secured a deal Wednesday for a $2.7 billion US loan to finance the buying of ammunition and maintenance of tanks and fighters used in the fight against the Islamic State group.A US embassy statement said the declaration of intent was signed by Amb…

US-backed rebel fighters in eastern Syria said they launched an offensive on Tuesday to sever a vital supply route of the Islamic State group to neighbouring Iraq.The New Syrian Army’s fighters are first aiming to cut the route before targeting Albu Ka…

Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, a vocal critic of the Gulf island’s monarchy, was taken to hospital Tuesday with heart problems, his Twitter account said.The activist, 51, has been repeatedly detained for organising protests and publishing…

France’s BEA air safety agency sent to Cairo on Tuesday the data file from one of the black boxes from the EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean last month, authorities said.Terrorism has not been ruled out as a cause of the crash on May 1…

The damaged black box flight recorders of an EgyptAir plane that plunged into the Mediterranean last month arrived in France on Monday for repairs, said the country’s air safety agency, amid hopes they will provide clues on why the aircraft went down.”…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday lauded a highly anticipated deal reached the previous day to restore ties with Turkey, six years after a deadly raid on an aid flotilla soured relations.Netanyahu, speaking after meeting US Secretary …