Iran reform leader on hunger strike over 6-year house arrest

Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest for the past six years, began a hunger strike on Wednesday to demand a trial date, his family told local media."Today, after performing his dawn prayers, Mr Karroubi entered a hunger strike,"...

Libyan marine rescue zone aims to ‘organise’ NGOs: navy

Libya is not "preventing" NGOs from carrying out migrant rescue operations off its coast, but has set up a coastal search and rescue zone to "organise" their work, its navy said Wednesday.The navy last week ordered unauthorised foreign vessels to stay ...

US-led strikes kill 17 in Syria’s Raqa: monitor

US-led coalition air strikes on the Islamic State group's remaining territory in Syria's Raqa city killed 17 civilians on Wednesday, including children, a monitor said.The coalition is providing air support in the form of heavy air strikes for the Syri...

Syria pledges to cooperate with gas attack investigators

Syria will cooperate with visiting members of an international panel investigating a deadly April chemical weapons attack to prove it was not involved, the country's deputy foreign minister said Wednesday."In the coming few days we will receive a deleg...

Saudi Arabia, Iraq look to reopen border after 27 years

Iraqi and Saudi officials on Wednesday inspected a border crossing between their countries to examine how to reopen the frontier, closed for the past 27 years, officials said Wednesday.The border has been shut to all travellers except Iraqi Muslim pilg...

Israel moves to revoke Jazeera journalist’s credentials

Israeli authorities said Wednesday they were moving to revoke the press credentials of a journalist for Al-Jazeera, after having announced plans to close the news network's offices in the country.The government press office distributed video of an inte...

Iran supreme leader mocks US over Charlottesville

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei joined the international criticism of race-related violence in the United States on Wednesday with a mocking tweet. "If US has any power, they better manage their country, tackle #WhiteSupremacy rather than ...

Jihadists kill 7 Iraqi security personnel

Islamic State group suicide bombers killed seven members of Iraq's security forces in an attack on an Iraqi police and army base Wednesday in Baiji, north of Baghdad, the interior ministry and a local official said."Five Daesh suicide bombers... wearin...

Turkey warns Iraqi Kurdish referendum risks ‘civil war’

Turkey warned Wednesday that plans by the leadership in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region to hold a referendum on independence could lead to civil war, in Ankara's strongest warning yet against next month's poll."In that country (Iraq), which has been t...

Israel demolishes home of Palestinian who stabbed 3 to death

Israeli forces demolished the home on Wednesday of a Palestinian who fatally stabbed three Jewish residents of a nearby settlement as tensions soared last month over Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound.The military confirmed the demolition in the villa...

Abbas congratulates N.Korea leader on independence day

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas congratulated North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un Tuesday on the anniversary of independence from Japan's 1910-45 occupation, amid a US standoff with the rogue state."The Korean people offered the most precious sacrifices...

Kuwait reports second oil spill

Kuwaiti authorities on Tuesday reported a second oil slick off the Gulf state's shores days after saying another large spill was under control.The new slick was spotted near the capital, some 60 kilometres (37 miles) north of the first spill, tweeted S...

‘Lot of time’ needed to rebuild trust in Gulf: Qatar FM

Qatar's foreign minister said Tuesday it will take a "lot of time" to rebuild any trust between sparring Gulf countries because of the region's continuing diplomatic crisis.As the impasse between Doha and four Arab states led by Saudi Arabia entered it...

Rebel rockets kill five in Syria’s Aleppo: monitor

Rebel rocket fire killed five civilians in Syria's Aleppo on Tuesday, a monitor said, in the deadliest bombardment on the northern city in months.The rockets rained down on several districts in Syria's second city on Tuesday afternoon, according to Ram...

Netanyahu condemns US neo-Nazism, but criticised for delay

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned "neo-Nazism and racism" on Tuesday, but drew criticism for taking three days to speak out about a white supremacist rally in the United States that ended in bloodshed."Outraged by expressions of anti-...

Egypt discovers three millennia-old tombs

Egypt archaeologists have discovered three ancient tombs containing sarcophagi in the south of the country in a cemetery dating back about 2,000 years, the antiquities ministry said on Tuesday.The tombs excavated in the Al-Kamin al-Sahrawi area in Miny...

Iran rejects US claims of unsafe drone flight in Gulf

Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Tuesday rejected claims that one of its drones had flown close to an American aircraft without its lights on, blaming poor US identification systems.It was the latest in a spate of close encounters between US and Iranian ...