May 6, 2015
The Turkish president turned down an invitation from Putin Wednesday after the Russian leader participated in Armenia's memorial event.
The prime minister managed to cobble a coalition with 61 members, the minimal number required for a Knesset majority.
A Saudi Arabian passenger plane landed at the Ben Gurion Airport with no passengers on board, a report said Wednesday.
The White House said Tuesday the FBI is investigating the case to find any ties between Daesh and the gunmen.
Security officials said Wednesday three Palestinians were killed when they tried to enter Sinai through a smuggling tunnel.
The men who participated in a demonstration in Tel Aviv on Sunday were indicted on charges of assaulting police officers, rioting and resisting arrest.
Egypt will host international discussions in May aiming to unify efforts to combat the destruction of antiquities by extremist groups.
The prime minister is only hours away from his Wednesday midnight deadline to form a coalition for his government.
The casualties included 40 civilians who were killed by Houthi fighters as they tried to flee the southern port city Wednesday.
The driver stopped at a check point set up by the settlers when they ambushed him.
Kerry said the US is 'deeply concerned' about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
A Palestinian teen from East Jerusalem was arrested by Israeli forces Wednesday after police raided his home.
The Sudanese army claimed to have shot down an Israeli drone after reports of explosions on Wednesday morning.
The total number of the IDPs in the Middle Eastern country to 7.6 million, or 40 percent of the population.
French judges investigating the death of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat officially ended the enquiry Tuesday.
The four men who burned and dragged a woman falsely accused of burning the Quran through the streets will be executed, as per the recent court ruling.
The Canadian government is set to pass a controversial anti-terror bill, which will give extensive powers to national security agencies.
It's been six weeks since Benjamin Netanyahu was ushered into a new term as Israel's prime minister. Now, with an unsteady but hawkish parliamentary coalition in the works, a peace process with Palestinians is looking less and less likely.
Amnesty international called for the Syrian conflict to be referred to the International Criminal Court after releasing a damning report on war crimes committed by both sides.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said nuclear talks would not continue so long as there are military threats.
Two civilians were killed and dozens others injured in a series of mortar attacks by Syrian militants in the cities of Aleppo and Sweida.
Saudi Arabian fighter jets have reportedly bombarded al-Anad airbase in Lahij province.
A delegation of Palestinian Authority officials visited the besieged Yarmouk camp in Damascus where up to 18,000 refugees remain after the majority fled Daesh violence.
The Tobruk-based government conducted airstrikes on Monday and Tuesday against Daesh positions in eastern Libya.
A woman from the Ghajar (gypsy) community sits at a sewing machine in the Diwaniya village, south of Iraq. The Ghajar people, who have their own language, used to be known as entertainers, making their living from singing and dancing.
A woman from the Ghajar (gypsy) community sits at a sewing machine in the Diwaniya village, south of Iraq. The Ghajar people, who have their own language, used to be known as entertainers, making their living from singing and dancing. (AFP/Haidar Hamdani)
The White House stated that a "unified" Iraq was in the country's best interest.
Houthi militants fired rockets and mortars into Saudi Arabia Tuesday, allegedly capturing five soldiers and killing two civilians.
Over 21 civilians including women and children were killed by Saudi airstrikes in the Sa'ada province early Wednesday.
Years after the revolution, some said it saw the public as the victim of attacks from extremist groups settling what they called "infidel coup authorities."
The report blames Bashar al-Assad's regime for killing more than 499 civilians in the month of April alone.
May 5, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with US Congress on Tuesday for a delegation led by the chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security.
A statement issued by the "Salafist Trend" warned Hamas of consequences if the group's supporters were not set free.
Over 40 opposition groups were invited to attend the talks, according to UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura.
Hezbollah fighters clashed with militants from Nusra Front near the Syria-Lebanon border.
More than 500 Iranian cities are struggling with drinking water shortage, a deputy interior minister said Tuesday.
At least four civilians were killed in a bomb explosion in Baghdad, security officials said Tuesday.
The Tobruk-based parliament has preliminary approved the UN draft and a copy has been delivered to the Libyan factions participating in the peace talks.
The conflict in Yemen has killed more than 600 civilians since the Saudi-led coalition began its air raids, the UN said Tuesday.
Saudi Arabia has suspended all schools in the southern region of Najran, state TV reported Tuesday.
A report says armed Yemeni tribesmen have taken control of four military posts in southwestern Saudi Arabia.
Some 10,000 participants from 18 different countries will attend the two-week long training.
Survivors said Tuesday 40 migrants drowned off the coast of Italy when a boat trying to reach Europe deflated or burst.
The announcement was made as French President Francois Hollande visited Emir Shiekh Tamin bin Hamad al-Thani in Doha.
Now 98 percent of Syria's chemical weapons have been destroyed, but the remaining two percent is a matter of international concern.
A Muslim group in the US condemned the attack on a right-wing art competition in Texas, which left both perpetrators dead.
Rebel fighters from the "First Battalion" under the Free Syrian Army take part in a military training, in the rebel-held countryside of the northern city of Aleppo.
Rebel fighters from the "First Battalion" under the Free Syrian Army take part in a military training, in the rebel-held countryside of the northern city of Aleppo. (AFP/Baraa Al-Halabi)
Saudi's government said it was considering a possible truce in Yemen to allow humanitarian aid through, despite pounding several positions across Sanaa on Monday.
Israeli security forces put the the West Bank town of Nablus on lockdown after a fire bomb was thrown at a bus full of settlers.
In its first claim of an attack on US soil, Daesh said on its offcial radio station Tuesday it was responsible for a shooting over the weekend at an anti-Islam event in Texas holding a cartoon drawing competition of the Prophet Mohammed.
Hillary Clinton announced she would testify before the committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks in Libya, which left four people dead.
The Libyan Air Force launched airstrikes against Daesh targets in the eastern city of Derna where militant numbers have grown in recent months.
A Salifist group affiliated with Daesh bombed the security headquarters of Hamas in Gaza after demanding the release of its captured members.
Militants from Nusra Front warned Lebanon's government against shelling their positions in the outskirts of Arsal Tuesday.
Fugitive Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi has scheduled "national dialogue" talks to take place on May 17 while instability continues to ravage the country.
In the strategic border region of Syria's Qalamoun, rebel factions battle the Syrian army and its allied Hezbollah fighters, who said a counter offensive on positions there is ruled out for now.
Dozens of Daesh militants were killed in Iraq's northern Salahuddin province by a military airstrike, according to an Interior Ministry statement.
When you look at the implications of what is going on in the Middle East, it looks extremely ridiculous. The Sunni-Shia divide along with a few Western nations stirring it up means everyone is bombing each other in the region.
Levels of underground water in the country are dropping by five meters every year.
The country's recent amendments of three laws have left opposition parties divided.
May 4, 2015
The high Israeli court Monday approved a request to demolish the tents and homes of Khirbet Susiya village near Hebron.
A left-wing group accused the IDF of indiscriminate fire at Palestinians last summer.
Five foreigners have been executed in Saudi Arabia as the rate of capital punishment surges in the kingdom.
An Egyptian legal authority Monday ruled in favor of allowing the former president to retain his "privileges."
North Lebanon governor ordered the temporary closure of all amusement parks in Tripoli two days after an accident left one girl dead.
One civilian and 15 others were injured when a Taliban bomber attacked a government bus in Kabul, officials said Monday.
Four people were killed and seven others injured Monday when a bus collided with a tailer in Upper Egypt.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that the coalition government currently being set up by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was "the embodiment of opportunism."
Nusra-affiliated militants launched a surprise attack in the western Qalamoun mountains on Monday against Hezbollah and Syrian army positions.
Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence said on Monday it was concerned after collecting testimony from IDF soldiers that suggested troops were ordered to 'kill on sight' during last summer's Gaza offensive.
Nineteen guards were injured in a mutiny attempt by inmates last month in Lebanon's notorious Roumieh Prison.
Nigerian troops recently freed over 600 women and girls from a Boko Haram stronghold after a series of rescue missions.
Five people were sentenced to death for killing eleven police officers in the town of Kerdasa located on Cairo's outskirts.
Eighty-three Egyptians, primarily migrant laborers, were caught trying to illegally enter Libya when they were apprehended in a military zone west of Saloum.
A Palestinian man was shot in the legs by Israeli police after attempting to stab people at the Givat Hamivtar station in Jerusalem.
Saudi warplanes hit areas across western Yemen Monday, according to Yemeni media, who said the strikes caused several civilian casualties while targeting Shiite Houthi rebel positions.
Security forces arrested a top Daesh recruiter early Sunday, as he tried to cross from Lebanon into Turkey.
A plan to construct 1,531 settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem was previously frozen years ago amid criticism from the United States. Now the Israeli government is moving forward with planning.
An IDF spokesperson said two UN peacekeepers were lightly injured in Israel-held Golan Monday when mortar fire from Syrian territory hit their base.
A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in a busy area of downtown Damascus. No casualties have been reported as of yet.
Anti-racism protests led by Ethiopian Israelis began anew in Jerusalem after ending violently in Tel Aviv.
US officials have denied a report that surfaced over the weekend from the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights which purported the recent coalition strike in Aleppo killed 52 civilians and failed to hit any Daesh targets or other militants.
A pre-Baath Syrian flag, now used by the Syrian opposition, hangs in a heavily damaged classroom after a barrel bomb hit a school in Syria's northern city of Aleppo.
A pre-Baath Syrian flag, now used by the Syrian opposition, hangs in a heavily damaged classroom after a barrel bomb hit a school in Syria's northern city of Aleppo. (AFP/ Baraa Al-Halabi)
The Pentagon claims Daesh is losing territory fast as Shiite militia and government troops attempt to push them out of Iraq; but what of the large swathes of land being taken by the militants in Syria?
Two men were arrested in connection with an assassination plot against Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Awad Asiri.
Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour composed an open letter to the UN Security Council condemning Israel's child abuse record and demanding justice.
US authorities shot two suspects dead Sunday after they opened fire outside a Texas-based contest to draw cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
A UAE flight was rerouted to land on the military base of Al-Minhad, just outside Dubai, when a bomb threat was reportedly made on board.
A protest against racism initiated by Ethiopian Israelis left 63 people injured and 43 arrested.
Syrian government forces clashed with rebel fighters Sunday in the Ghouta suburbs, just outside the capital Damascus as schools across rebel-held Aleppo announced closures in light of the most recent barrel bomb attacks.
Over 3,000 families in Aghanistan's northern province of Kunduz have fled fighting between the Taliban and government troops.
Egypt's top court has sentenced 14 policemen and a doctor to jail terms for torturing two prisoners to death in 2006, a judicial official said.
May 3, 2015
The Palestinian refugee camp continues to see violence inflicted by Daesh and the Syrian regime.
An Egyptian journalist was arrested early Saturday and faces charges of joining the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
The US State Department has been criticized for denying a visa to an Iraqi Christian planning to testify in Congress.
At least 11 people were burned to death and more than a dozen injured when a bus caught fire in southern Pakistan officials said Sunday.
The Syrian army has "cut off the last main road" for rebels leading out of eastern Damascus, a monitor said Sunday.
Taliban and Afghan officials are meeting in Qatar for discussions, although have said these are not peace talks.
The prime minister will meet with an Ethiopian IDF soldier who was beaten by policemen following community protests, officials said Sunday.
The ground troops seen fighting Houthis in Aden are Yemeni, not Arab forces deployed by Saudi Arabia, a spokesman said Sunday.
Prosecutors referred 40 people to criminal court on Sunday after an investigation revealed that they communicated with Daesh fighters, judicial sources said.