Mid-East

Heavy fighting between the Islamic State group and rebels gripped a town in northeastern Syria Saturday, a monitor and an activist said, after a lightning assault by the jihadists cut a main supply route.”Heavy clashes took place overnight between IS f…

Malaysia on Saturday received 68 Syrian refugees including 31 children out of a total of 3,000 it hopes to allow into the predominantly Muslim country with hundreds more expected soon.Last December, the Southeast Asian country accepted the first batch …

The number of Syrians living under siege has grown by some 75,000 to total 592,700, underscoring the worsening plight of civilians in the five-year war, the UN aid chief said Friday.Stephen O’Brien, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affai…

An Iranian delegation wrapped up a visit to Saudi Arabia on Friday without reaching a final agreement on arrangements for hajj pilgrims from the Islamic republic, Saudi officials said.The Saudi hajj ministry said that the delegation had “asked to go ba…

Hundreds of people fled the Fallujah area on Friday with the help of Iraqi forces who are fighting to retake the city from the Islamic State jihadist group, officials said.Iraqi forces launched an operation to recapture Fallujah, an IS stronghold locat…