Mid-East

A British-Iranian woman jailed in Tehran after being accused of sedition has seen her appeal rejected by the country’s supreme court, her family said on Monday.Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was given a five-year jail term in September for participating in …

Syria’s Tabqa, which US-backed forces entered Monday, is doubly strategic: it lies on the road to the Islamic State group’s Raqa bastion and the nearby dam is the country’s largest.Tabqa is both the name of the town and the dam and capturing both would…

Leaning on his crutch, Nizar picks through the rubble where the main building of Mosul University used to be, looking for whatever administrative documents can still be salvaged.He is part of a unit of four volunteers working relentlessly to bring the …

Israelis stood silent and sirens rang out for two minutes on Monday as the country held its annual remembrance of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.Drivers exited their cars and buses ground to a halt, while students at schools marked the…

Islamic State group fighters disguised as soldiers ambushed a government convoy in a remote desert region of western Iraq Sunday, killing 10 members of the security forces, commanders said.”Daesh (IS) members armed with assault rifles and rocket launch…

A local photographer who works with AFP was seriously wounded in a missile strike on Sunday in southwest Yemen, his colleagues said.Saleh al-Obeidi was in an armoured car with a pro-government officer when their vehicle was struck by a heat-guided miss…

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi received a royal welcome from King Salman as he landed Sunday in Saudi Arabia for a visit to boost ties after months of tension.Salman, surrounded by key Saudi officials, greeted Sisi as he stepped off the plane …

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis met Qatar’s emir Saturday during a visit to the oil-rich Gulf state, home to the largest US air base in the Middle East.The visit to Doha is part of a regional tour that has included stops in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Isra…

Iran’s foreign minister mocked US President Donald Trump’s claim Tehran was “not living up to the spirit” of the nuclear deal on Friday, saying Washington was flouting the accord.”We’ll see if US prepared to live up to letter of #JCPOA (nuclear deal) l…

Prominent Kuwaiti opposition leader Mussallam al-Barrak was released from prison Friday after serving a two-year sentence for insulting the emir in public.Barrak, 61, walked out of Kuwait’s central prison to a frenzied reception by hundreds of his rela…

Iraqi forces in Mosul have freed an 11-year-old Yazidi girl who was kidnapped and sold as a slave by the Islamic State group in 2014, the federal police said Friday.The girl was taken by the jihadists from the village of Kosho, south of the Yazidi hub …