USA - DIPLOMACY
US should lure 'opportunistic' fighters from al Qaeda in SyriaFormer CIA chief and retired general David Petraeus said Tuesday that the US should consider luring individual fighters away from al Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria,…
Police remove Lebanese activists from govt ministryPolice forcibly removed activists from Lebanon’s environment ministry on Tuesday after demonstrators staged a sit-in to demand the minister's resignation in the latest in a…
UN confirms IS group destroyed Syria’s Temple of BelThe Islamic State (IS) has destroyed the main building of the ancient Temple of Bel in the Syrian city of Palmyra, a United Nations agency confirmed Monday.
ISRAEL - PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Palestinians, IDF soldiers clash during West Bank raidAt least five Palestinians and an Israeli soldier were wounded during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank late on Monday to arrest Islamist militants, Palestinian medical…
SYRIA - IRAQ
IS group announces currency free from 'satanic' banksThe Islamic State group (IS) announced the launch of its own currency in a video posted online at the weekend, saying it would release Muslims from “enslavement by satanic banks”.
IS group destroys part of Syria’s Temple of BelThe hardline Islamic State group has destroyed part of an ancient temple in Syria’s Palmyra city, a group monitoring the conflict said on Sunday.
Women register to run for election in Saudi firstSaudi women registered to run in municipal elections for the first time in the country’s history on Sunday, just one week after voter registration was opened to women in another…
Deadly fire rages through Saudi residential complexA large fire broke out Sunday in the basement of a sprawling residential complex in Saudi Arabia's oil-rich east, killing at least seven people and injuring more than 200, civil…
Thousands rally against corrupt politicians in BeirutThousands of protesters waving Lebanese flags and chanting “revolution” took to the streets of Beirut on Saturday for an unprecedented mobilisation against sectarian politicians…
Turkish jets join US-led coalition strikes on IS groupTurkish jets took part in US-led coalition air strikes against Islamic State in Syria for the first time on Friday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.
Iraqi PM grants civilian access to Baghdad’s Green ZoneIraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday ordered security forces to grant civilians access to Baghdad's fortified Green Zone in an apparent bid to stem mounting discontent…
UN prepares Syria chemical weapons probeUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the UN Security Council on Thursday that he is planning to set up a three-person team to investigate alleged chemical weapons attacks in…
IS group suicide bomber kills two Iraqi generalsAn Islamic State (IS) group suicide bomber killed two Iraqi army generals on Thursday as they led forces against IS group positions in the turbulent Anbar province west of…
Israeli air strike targets Hamas in response to rocket attackIsrael launched an air strike against a Hamas facility on Thursday in response to a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said.