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The guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
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Two US warships follow the arrival of Sunday's aircraft carrier and guided-missile cruiser, as the US beefs up their presence in Yemen.

April 20, 2015

The family, last seen April 7, included a seven-year-old daughter and three sons aged four, two, and one.  (Screenshot: Twitter)
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The family, which includes four young children, was last seen April 7.
Syrian army vehicles in Deraa province, February 2015.  (AFP/File)
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After shelling and clashes Monday, government forces cut off route used for weapons and fighter transport.
Rezaian and his wife, Iranian photojournalist Yaganeh Salehi.  (AFP/File)
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The journalist, detained since July 2014, faces charges of espionage and "collaboration with hostile governments," according to his attorney.
Saudi Arabia and its partners have carried out some 2,300 airstrikes on Houthi targets across Yemen since launching the air campaign more than three weeks ago. (AFP/File)
15:54 GMT
Sanaa residents say they say one of the largest explosions in three weeks of bombing after the Saudi-led coalition targeted a Scud missile base in the capital's Hadda district.
Italian authorities recover bodies of victims in Sunday's migrant boat capsize off the coast of Libya.  (AFP/File)
14:39 GMT
According to a survivor, as many as 950 passengers may have been aboard the boat, which capsized Sunday off the Libyan coast.
Somalia's northern, semi-autonomous Puntland region has been the site of increased violence in recent months as the militant group pushes into remote mountainous regions after the Somalia army made gains against them in the country's south. (AFP/File)
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At least ten people were killed in a deadly blast at the UN office in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region in an attack claimed by the militant group, Al-Shabaab.
Yemeni Foreign Minister rejected Iranian offers for peace negotiations in the ongoing Yemen crisis, citing Iran's role in supporting rebel militants.  (AFP/File)
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Yemen's FM rejected Iranian offers for peace negotiations in the ongoing Yemen crisis, citing Iran's role in supporting rebel militants.
Demonstrators rally in July 2013 prior to the Egyptian army's ouster of Islamist president Mohammad Morsi.  (AFP/Mahmud Khaled)
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Defendants were charged with murder, attempted murder, and other charges from a 2013 attack on a police station.
Most of the 700 migrants aboard the boat that capsized in the Mediterranean Sea Sunday are presumed dead in one of the worst migrant boat disasters in the EU's history. (AFP/File)
11:58 GMT
After what is believed to be the deadliest migrant boat disaster in years, European Union spokespeople say wilted funds and resources mean there's no 'magic solution' for the growing number of refugees trying to enter Europe by sea.
Formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, the Sinai-based group who claimed Monday's attack pledged allegiance to Daesh earlier this year. (AFP/File)
10:27 GMT
Daesh affiliates in the Sinai Peninsula claim the deadly bombing of an armored vehicle earlier Monday morning that killed three Egyptian soldiers and wounded another.
With fresh offensives pushing into western Iraq, Daesh still holds roughly one third of Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
US CENTCOM said eleven villages were reclaimed by Kurdish Peshmerga troops and coalition air support in Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk.
Unconfirmed reports say the Hamas leader was arrested in the Gulf on charges of money laundering and fund smuggling across the Saudi Arabian border. (AFP/File)
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Unconfirmed reports say the militant group's leader has been apprehended in Saudi Arabia on charges related to money laundering and funds smuggling.
Participants perform during the International Festival for Drums and Traditional Arts inside the Salaheddine Citadel in Cairo. (AFP/Mohammed El-Shahed)
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Participants perform during the International Festival for Drums and Traditional Arts inside the Salaheddine Citadel in Cairo. (AFP/Mohammed El-Shahed)
The Iraqi army, Shiite militias and Kurdish Peshmerge have been making slow pushes against Daesh positions in northern Iraq since the extremist group's offensive last summer. (AFP/File)
08:01 GMT
After several failed attempts to retake swaths of northern Iraq from Daesh over the last several months, Iraqi Shiite militias and Kurdish Peshmerga are forming a wary alliance to retake Kirkuk.
No one has claimed the attack yet, but N. Sinai has seen an uptick in violence against Egyptian security and military personnel over the last year following harsh government crackdowns on dissidents and Muslim Brotherhood affiliates. (AFP/FIle)
07:12 GMT
An IED tore through an Egyptian armored personnel carrier Monday morning, leaving a police officer and two security personnel dead.
At what they said was the request of embattled Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, Riyadh launched an air campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen on March 25. (AFP/File)
06:53 GMT
The Saudi-led air campaign against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen announced Sunday it has staged 2,300 airstrikes on targets across the country since the coalition formed almost a month ago, on March 25.
Rouhani said Sunday Tehran and Kabul agreed to share intelligence on extremism in the region and conduct joint operations if need be. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
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Rouhani said Sunday Tehran and Kabul agreed to share intelligence on extremism in the region and conduct joint operations if need be.
Egyptian riot policemen deploy to disperse supporters of Muslim Brotherhood ousted President Mohamed Morsi outside the police academy in Cairo on Wednesday, when the second hearing in his murder trial was to take place. (AFP/File)
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Egypt's interior ministry said Sunday it would take action against what it called an "unprofessional" news report.

April 19, 2015

Iraqi forces have taken back parts of the country's largest oil refinery from Daesh, the coalition said Sunday.
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Iraqi forces have taken back parts of the country's largest oil refinery from Daesh, the coalition said Sunday.
Security personnel observe the area after a second explosion following a suicide attack in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on April 18, 2015. (AFP/File)
20:09 GMT
A group aligned with Daesh has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed 34 people and injured another 115 on Saturday.
An Egyptian criminal court sentenced an Egyptian national and two Israelis to life in prison for charges of espionage, state news said Sunday. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
The Egyptian defendant is accused of working for the Israeli Mossad and providing them with information about the deployment of armed forces in Sinai.
A boat transporting migrants arrives in the port of Messina after a rescue operation at see on April 18, 2015 in Sicily. (AFP/Giovanni Isolino)
19:46 GMT
In the past week alone, more than 13,000 migrants from war zones in Africa and the Middle East have been rescued attempting to reach Europe.
The Israeli Health Ministry linked higher cancer rates among Haifa residents to air pollution. (AFP/File)
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The mayor of Israel’s third largest city, Haifa, has ordered the shutdown of five petrochemical plants after a warning by Israeli Health Ministry linking high cancer rates among residents to air pollution.
Armed officers from the British Transport Police patrol as part of Counter Terrorism Awareness Week at London Bridge station in London on Nov. 27, 2014. (AFP/File)
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British counterterrorism detectives said Sunday they have arrested a fourth suspect in the slaying of a Syrian-born Muslim cleric.
Turkey's Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu presented the party's election manifesto called "A Livable Turkey" on Sunday. (AFP/File)
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Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP, leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu announced his party’s election manifesto and introduced candidates for the upcoming June 7 general elections Sunday.
A Yemeni vendor uses a lantern to read inside his shop at a market in the capital Sanaa on April 18, 2015 on the sixth day of a power outage across the country. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
17:46 GMT
Saudi Arabia has committed to the full $274 million needed cover emergency aid to Yemen after a UN appeal.
Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood supporters gather in Ramses square. (AFP/File)
17:06 GMT
The trial of 51 alleged Brotherhood supporters in Egypt relied on the word of a single police officer, the organization said Sunday.
A statement by the Houthi movement criticized the UN for its support of an "act of aggression" against Yemen, referring to the Saudi-led air strikes. (Albawaba.com/File)
16:56 GMT
The Iran-backed Shi’ite Houthi movement has rejected the recent UN resolution targeting the group, which is currently in de facto control of the country after launching a coup in February.
Iraqi women and children who have fled Fallujah wait at an army checkpoint. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
15:41 GMT
The UN says the ongoing clashes between Iraqi forces and the Daesh extremists have forced 90,000 people to leave the western province.
Daesh has released another video showing the murder of Ethiopian Christians in Libya on Sunday. (Screenshot)
15:13 GMT
Daesh has released another video showing the murder of Ethiopian Christians in Libya on Sunday.
Participants are seen during the 6th annual Warrior Competition at the King Abdullah Special Operation Training Center in Jordan, April 30, 2014. (Xinhua/Cheng Chunxiang)
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Eighteen countries will be participating in the kingdom's Seventh Annual Warrior Competition.
A Lebanese father of six was killed in an "execution-style" shooting in the city of Melbourne, state media reported Sunday.
12:30 GMT
A Lebanese father of six was killed in an "execution-style" shooting in the city of Melbourne, state media reported Sunday.
Riot police at Port Said Stadium in Egypt. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
11:49 GMT
Death sentences handed to 11 convicted of participating in the massacre have been referred to the Grand Mufti.
Iranian leadership has challenged several parts of the framework deal, most notably a stipulation calling for complete access to its nuclear sites by UN nuclear agency investigators, and a hold on lifting sanctions until the International Atomic Energy Agency has verified Tehran's compliance. (AFP/File)
10:19 GMT
On the heels of a framework nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, a senior commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard says allowing foreign inspectors inside Iranian military sites would be "selling out."
The Italian coastguard has rescued more than 11,000 migrants from North Africa in the past six days, with hundreds more expected. (Image: AFP/Giovanni Isolino)
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Over 700 are missing and feared dead, 28 rescued in the latest deadly sea accident involving migrants from North Africa.
Experts say Morsi could face the death penalty in his upcoming trial this Tuesday in the latest of a series of harsh sentences handed down to Brotherhood affiliates in Egypt. (AFP/File)
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The ousted Egyptian leader faces a potential death penalty change in an upcoming trial this week, but experts warn either way, a harsh sentencing will likely mean the final end for the Brotherhood in Egypt.
This has been the longest closure of the Rafah crossing since 2009. (Image: AFP/File)
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Palestinians call on Egyptian authorities to reopen the border point to alleviate the suffering of the residents of the Gaza Strip.
Models present creations by Pakistani designer Zonia Anwaar at the Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC) Sunsilk Fashion Week in Lahore. (AFP/Arif Ali)
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Models present creations by Pakistani designer Zonia Anwaar at the Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC) Sunsilk Fashion Week in Lahore. (AFP/Arif Ali)
Explosions in Gaza in 2014. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
Two explosive devices were detonated simultaneously in Gaza overnight, targeting the headquarters of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees and a police station. No injuries reported.
Egyptian nationals are exiting Yemen due to the deterioration of the security situation in the country.. (AFP/FIle)
06:00 GMT
A total of 1460 Egyptians have exited Yemen since 25 March, according to a spokesman for the Egyptian foreign ministry.
Egyptian authorities have been cracking down on militants in the Sinai Peninsula. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The Egyptian army has said that it destroyed 69 entry points to underground tunnels in the Sinai Peninsula on the border with Gaza in the last two and a half weeks.

April 18, 2015

The teenagers were reportedly planning to carry out a terrorist attack on ANZAC Day. (AFP/File)
15:52 GMT
Australian police forces have arrested five teenagers for planning to purportedly launch an ISIL-inspired terrorist attack.
The army has reportedly managed to secure areas around the refinery. (AFP/File)
14:13 GMT
A high-ranking Iraqi military commander says the country’s ground forces have entered the embattled oil refinery of Baiji in the northern Iraqi province of Salahuddin.
Yemen has been in a state of turmoil since 2012. (AFP/File)
13:01 GMT
Saudi-led coalition planes struck a camp belonging to the Shiite Houthi group in Yemen's eastern Maarib province early Saturday, eyewitnesses have said.
The attack, which took place outside a busy bank Saturday morning in Afghanistan's Jalalabad, killed over 30 and left over 100 injured.  (AFP/File)
12:57 GMT
The attack, which took place outside a busy bank Saturday morning in Afghanistan's Jalalabad, killed over 30 and left over 100 injured.
Leader of pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party Selahattin Demirtas at a presidential campaign rally, July 2014.  (AFP/Ozan Kose)
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Drive-by shooters fired rounds at the People's Democratic Party headquarter's in Turkish capital Ankara early Saturday morning, according to officials.
The group of migrants, prior to departure from Libya, suffered burn injuries from a gas cylinder explosion then were forced aboard a smuggler's boat without medical treatment.  (AFP/File)
10:29 GMT
The group of migrants, prior to departure from Libya, suffered burn injuries from a gas cylinder explosion then were forced aboard a smuggler's boat without medical treatment.
Al-Qaeda militants drove out government forces from a weapons depot in Mukalla Friday, one day after seizing a major airport.  (AFP/File)
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Al-Qaeda militants drove out government forces from a weapons depot in Mukalla Friday, one day after seizing a major airport.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called for end to airstrikes and formation of a unity government. (AFP/File)
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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called for end to airstrikes and formation of a unity government.
Tunisians gather in a rally against extremism outside Tunis' Bardo Museum, after a Daesh-claimed attack on the site in March left 23 people dead.  (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
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Tunisia, the origin of 2,000 to 3,000 foreign militants in extremist groups, has launched a campaign against militant hopefuls.
A UNHCR camp for displaced people in western Yemen, 2009.  (AFP/Khaled Fazaa)
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UN seeks funds for emergency relief in Yemen's humanitarian crisis, officials in Jordan say.
Bombs exploded in several neighborhoods throughout the city. (Albawaba.com/File)
05:00 GMT
At least forty people were killed and nearly 60 others wounded on Fridaywhen separate bomb attacks struck public places and pro-government Sunni fighters in and around the capital, Baghdad.
Daesh reportedly killed three people in the car bombing on Friday. (Albawaba.com/File)
05:00 GMT
Daesh claimed responsibility for a car bomb that exploded near the U.S. Consulate in the northern Iraq city of Erbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region.

April 17, 2015

Several news agencies have reported one or more deaths in the incident. (Photo courtesy of http://www.ifpinfo.com/)
17:54 GMT
A car bomb exploded near the U.S. Consulate in the northern Iraq city of Erbil in northern Iraq, the capital of Iraq's Kurdish autonomy zone.
Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, called the "mastermind of Islamic State in Iraq," was the King of Clubs on America's list of most-wanted Iraqis during the war. (AFP/File)
16:19 GMT
Former top aid to Saddam Hussein Izzat al-Douri was reportedly killed in Iraq while fighting for Daesh.
Daesh's attack on Ramadi is widely considered a counteroffensive in response to their loss in Tikrit earlier this month. (Albawaba.com/File)
14:29 GMT
More than 2,000 families have fled the Iraqi city of Ramadi after Daesh forces intensified their offensive on the Iraqi city.
The two towns are located near to Iraq's largest oil refinery. (AFP/File)
14:17 GMT
Iraqi government forces have managed to take full control of two towns close to the country's largest oil refinery in the northern province of Salahuddin from ISIL (Daesh) militants.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks with UN envoy Staffan de Mistura. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Albawaba.com/File)
12:52 GMT
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused neighboring Turkey of torpedoing a UN plan for a ceasefire with rebels in the second city of Aleppo. He told the Swedish newspaper Expressen that Ankara had used its influence with rebel factions to persuade them to reject the proposals put forward by UN envoy Staffan de Mistura for a ceasefire in the former commercial hub.
This is the latest in a series of incidents where Turkish Airlines planes have been forced to turn back. (AFP/File)
12:14 GMT
A Turkish Airlines flight headed for Basel was forced to return back to Istanbul Friday following a bomb scare, AFP has reported.
Security Council members were shown footage of children dying following a reported chemical weapon attack in March. (AFP/File)
11:50 GMT
Syrian doctors have presented their accounts to the UN of alleged chlorine attacks in Idlib province in Syria.
Three civilians are reported to be among the 36 fatalities. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT
At least 36 people have been killed because of airstrikes and fighting in conflict-ridden Yemen, according to AFP.
The Iraqi prime minister said that everything "must be done through the government of Iraq." (AFP/File)
07:29 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has welcomed help from Iran in the fight against Daesh (ISIS), but has warned the country to respect Baghdad's sovereignty.
The UN boss says he is trying to find a new representative to deploy to Yemen. (AFP/File)
07:08 GMT
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has called for an immediate stop to fighting in Yemen and is urging a political solution as the best way to stop to violence.
It is the second time this week that an Indonesian domestic worker has been executed. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia has beheaded an Indonesian female domestic worker, just two days after executing another woman from the Southeast Asian country.
Medical supplies arrived last week from the International Committee of the Red Cross, but this is the first shipment from the WHO. (AFP)
05:00 GMT
The World Health Organization has sent medical supplies to Yemen which arrived in the country on Thursday.

April 16, 2015

Saud al-Faisal said the country's judiciary would invest the case. (AFP)
17:57 GMT
Saudi Arabia has said two Saudi officers responsible for the sexual abuse of two teenage Iranian girls at Jeddah airport would receive the maximum penalty.
Al-Qaeda has had a growing presence in Yemen. (AFP/File)
17:02 GMT
Residents and military officials say that al-Qaeda has seized control of one of Yemen's main airports in the south of the country following brief fighting with troops, according to AP.
Fierce clashes continue on the outskirts of the city. (AFP/File)
16:03 GMT
Iraqi forces have seized control of the western city of Ramadi from Daesh militans.
Airstrikes in Yemen have focused on Houthi targets in the county. (AFP/File)
14:28 GMT
Heavy fighting has erupted in and around the central city of Taiz, located in central Yemen, Reuters has reported local residents as saying.
British police officers stand outside the Annoor Cultural and Community Centre in west London, on April 16, 2015, as an investigation into the murder of Syrian-born preacher Abdul Hadi Arwani is ongoing. (AFP/Justin Tallis)
14:20 GMT
Abdul Hadi Arwani, a Syrian-born imam and staunch critic of Assad, was murdered in London last week.
Daesh recently made advances in Anbar province, seizing three villages on the outskirts of Ramadi, the provincial capital. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Iraqi officials said Daesh militants beheaded roughly 300 people in Anbar province, many of whom belonged to nomadic tribes,
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during a ceremony marking the Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 15, 2015 at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. (AFP/Gil Cohen-Magen)
13:30 GMT
At a ceremony commemorating the mass killing of Jews during World War II, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared Iran to Nazi Germany.
Last month's talks overran but a framework was eventually reached. (AFP/File)
12:55 GMT
A new round of nuclear talks between major world powers and Iran will take place next week, the European Union has announced.
Roadside bomb explosions in the Sinai are a near daily occurrence. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
One policeman was killed an another injured when their armored vehicle was hit by an explosive device in northern Sinai.
Syrians carry a body removed from under the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported airstrike by government forces on the central al-Fardous rebel held neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 14, 2015. (AFP/Karam Al-Masri)
12:00 GMT
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published a report claiming the Syrian crisis has killed over 220,000 people.
Ceremonies in schools, colleges and universities were held across Israel. (AFP/File)
11:34 GMT
On Israel's annual Holocaust Memorial Day, sirens and a moment of silence filled the streets as Tel Aviv remembers 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.
Ali Abdullah Saleh served as Yemen's President from 1990 to 2012. (AFP/File)
11:10 GMT
Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh has allegedly requested safe passage out of the country for him and his family.
The raid follows another in Tripoli earlier this week after the army announced heightened efforts to track down terror cells across the country. (AFP/File)
10:11 GMT
In continued raids agaist suspected terror cells across the country, Lebanese soldiers arrested five individuals, including two they believe have links to extremist groups.
Boys do homework at a UNHCR's camp for Syrian refugees in south Lebanon. (AFP/ Mahmoud Zayyat)
09:07 GMT
Boys do homework at a UNHCR's camp for Syrian refugees in south Lebanon.
According to the UN, about 16 million people lack access to safe water sources in Yemen, while nearly five million are now facing an emergency situation. (AFP/File)
08:26 GMT
As ground fighting intensifies and Saudi-led airstrikes rain down on areas across Yemen, the UN warns withering food supplies are leaving some 10 million civilians in need.
Security coordination between Israel and the PA seems to be more in tandem than ever before, suggesting heightened back-channel negotiations between the two parties. (AFP/File)
08:15 GMT
This week Israel announced the allowance of Palestinian vehicles to leave the West Bank for the first time in 15 years, a move that follows the release of frozen tax revenues for the Palestinian Authority just days before the election. Could there be more back-channel coordination than meets the eye?
UN special envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar. (AFP/File)
07:17 GMT
The UN special envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, resigned from his position amid political chaos and instability.
In resource-scarce Yemen, the Saudi campaign's blockade on airspace and sea ports and strained significantly the flow of foodstuffs and medical supplies from entering the country, further escalating international concern for the humanitarian crisis unfolding amid the fighting. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT
In escalating tension between the rival nations, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made a fresh call for Saudi to 'halt immediately' its air campaign against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen.
The former prime minister visited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi last month to discuss regional issues. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Lebanon's former prime minister, Saad Hariri is set to visit Washington in the latest of a series of trips seeking talks with foreign officials about boosted support and protection for Lebanon amid regional turmoil.
Iran launches a Hawk surface-to-air missile. (AFP Photo/Amin Khoroshahi)
05:00 GMT
The US said Wednesday it was considering a $57 million sale of missiles to Egypt, the second biggest arms deal this week.

April 15, 2015

Iraq's Baiji oil refinery in December 1999. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
21:18 GMT
Daesh militants have broken into Iraq's Baiji oil refinery, seizing some of its facilities, officials said Wednesday.
A series of bomb attacks around the Baghdad area have killed 11 people and wounded several others Wednesday. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
20:06 GMT
A series of bomb attacks around the Baghdad area have killed 11 people and wounded several others Wednesday.
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi receives congratulations from Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz after becoming president. (AFP/File)
17:50 GMT
Egypt is set to take part in a major strategic maneuver with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, a presidential statement said Tuesday.
A UN peacekeeper of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is seen on the Independance square on April 8, 2015 in Timbuktu, northern Mali. (AFP/Serge Daniel)
17:26 GMT
The wounded are still being evacuated, a spokesman said Wednesday.
Syrian refugee children beg for money in Beirut on August 29, 2014. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
16:02 GMT
Projects focusing on the health and education of refugees will begin by setting up nurseries specialized for children one to five years old.
After a search and rescue operation, the Italian coast guard said Wednesday it has found no survivors from a migrant boat that capsized off Libya's coast. (AFP/File)
15:23 GMT
After a search and rescue operation, the Italian coast guard said Wednesday it has found no survivors from a migrant boat that capsized off Libya's coast.
Ongoing, recurring conflict across the Middle East is hindering children's access to education. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
15:00 GMT
Ongoing crises throughout the region, extreme violence, and poverty are preventing millions of children from education.
Iraqi mourners react during the funeral of a man who died in Tikrit in fighting alongside government forces against Daesh in the southern city of Basra. (AFP/Haidar Mohammed Ali)
14:30 GMT
Hundreds of families are being held in villages around Ramadi, after Iraqi forces and armed Shiite militia withdrew from the areas following fierce clashes with Daesh.
Earlier this week a car bomb exploded outside a police station in North Sinai's provincial capital of El-Arish. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
Two military students died, and six other civilians were injured in the attack on Wednesday afternoon.
Home to some 160,000 residents in 2011, Damascus's Yarmouk camp has been hit hard with over four years of conflict, the latest of which wedged besieged civilians between deadly regime air attacks and brutal street fighting as Daesh struggled to gain control. (AFP/File)
12:48 GMT
After two weeks of heavy clashes clutched the Palestinian refugee camp, located on the outskirts of Damascus, residents report Daesh militants and their main adversary have largely exited the area, while al-Qaeda affiliate Nusra remains.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier sit on a round table during a meeting of G7 foreign ministers on April 15, 2015 in Luebeck, northern Germany. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
US Secretary of State John Kerry met with representatives from the G7 countries to discuss the Iran nuclear deal, which should be finalized in the near future, as well as the crisis in Yemen.
US President Barack Obama (R) speaks during a bilateral meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in the Oval Office of the White House on April 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
11:35 GMT
Following a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, US President Barak Obama pledged $200 million in humanitarian aid.
Daesh recently lost control of Tikrit following a major offensive by Iraqi forces and Shiite fighters. (AFP/File)
10:38 GMT
In ongoing clashes, Daesh has seized three villages in Iraq's Anbar province near Ramadi.
Opposition groups said Wednesday schools would shut in the midst of what they said was an intensified campaign by regime forces in Aleppo on educational and residential areas. (AFP/File)
10:11 GMT
Syrian opposition coalition officials said Wednesday the Syrian army was responsible for the dropping of a vacuum bomb in the northern city of Aleppo which left at least 13 people dead, including three children.