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A view of Astana's Rixos President Hotel, the place that will host Syria peace talks, in Astana, on January 22, 2017. (AFP/Kiril Kudryatsev)
08:00 GMT
Syrian government and opposition representatives are expected to discuss expanding the ceasefire and humanitarian issues.
Smoke billows behind a building following a reported air strike by the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on January 22, 2017. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
07:00 GMT
If confirmed, it would be the first such attack of the Trump presidency.
Palestinian protesters hold placards during a demonstration east of Jerusalem against US President-elect Donald Trump. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The statement argued that the Israeli government's appeals to a "racist" far-right Israeli public, by "refusing peace" and insisting on the continuation of the illegal occupation of the Palestinian territory, was indicative of an "internal political crisis," which would only escalate tensions in the region.
Now embattled Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, pictured here speaking during the Arab League summit in Egypt's Red Sea. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Egypt is part of the Saudi-led coalition that began in March 2015 against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who have seized large parts of Yemen.

January 22, 2017

Donald Trump has vowed to move the US Embassy building in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
18:57 GMT
Palestinians say an embassy move would kill any prospect for peace. Relocating America's diplomatic HQ to Jerusalem would represent a major break with policy.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP/Adem Altan)
15:00 GMT
Turkish parliament voted in favor a new constitutional amendment bill early Saturday. A referendum is expected to be held early April following Erdogan's approval in the coming days.
Bennett has repeatedly asked Netanyahu to rescind his support for the two-state solution and the creation of a Palestinian state, which Bennett perceives to be a security threat to the state of Israel. (Twitter)
14:00 GMT
The new settlement housing was scheduled to be approved a few weeks ago, but the municipality decided to wait out Barack Obama's administration because it was critical of settlement activities, while Trump has been a vocal supporter of illegal settlements.
Egyptian forces then deployed in the area as technical teams started to rebuild the towers, which feed a power line that supplies electricity to Jordan. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Sinai Province militants planted two explosive devices under the transmission towers in the Red Sea coastal area of Oyoun Mousa south of the Suez canal.
The president said he is also keen to promote values of tolerance, coexistence and acceptance of the other. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
The president stressed to the visiting parliamentary delegation the need for international cooperation to end extremism, which threatens all countries.
Syrian men walk in a cemetery in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on Jan 9, 2017. (AFP/File)
11:36 GMT
Representatives from the Syrian government and opposition are set to meet Monday to reinforce a fragile cease-fire and put an end to the six-year deadlock in the country.
Anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations on an almost daily basis ever since the popular uprising began in Bahrain in February 2011. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Bahraini police forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the protesters in several areas, including Sitra Island as well as the villages of Ma’ameer and Nuwaidrat.
Israelis march from the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim to the controversial West Bank area known as E1 on February 13, 2014. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
10:00 GMT
Israel's ultra-right Education Minister Naftali Bennett has been keen to introduce the bill, with its introduction having reportedly been delayed until the inauguration of Donald Trump as US president.
Downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (AFP/File)
09:08 GMT
The suspected bomber, who was wearing an explosive vest, was stopped as he attempted to enter the cafe and before he was able to detonate it.
Will Trump mean change for Israel/Palestine? (Don Emmert/AFP)
09:04 GMT
For Trump, his anti-establishment rhetoric only applies when he wants it to.
Iraqi forces began a wide-ranging campaign to retake Mosul, which Daesh overran in mid-2014. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Daesh's militants were targets while seeking to cross the Tigris River to west Mosul as Iraqi security forces secured the city's eastern half.
Column of smoke billowing over Tripoli, Libya. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The bomb went off on Saturday night in a street behind both of the embassies outside the country’s ministry of planning.
Members of the Iraqi counter-terrorism forces take position inside a room in the Oberoi hotel in the city of Mosul after its liberation from Daesh on January 21, 2017. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Iraqi government forces have registered more territorial gains in Mosul as they are battling in joint operations with volunteer fighters and Kurdish Peshmerga forces to push Daesh out of their last urban stronghold in the Arab country.
Illustrative photo of a French police officer and a soldier on patrol. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
France is concerned about the return of French extremists fighting for Daesh and Nusra Front in Syria and Iraq with all the security threat they represent.

January 21, 2017

Satellite image of the Rukban Syrian refugee encampment at the Jordanian berm on Jordan-Syria border. (File photo)
11:56 GMT
The camp is home to refugees and to opposition groups who are active against both the regime of Bashar Assad and the Daesh extremist militant group, and was targeted by bombings last year.
The activity included hanging up pictures of Trump with slogans rejecting his views which many have called divisive and racist. As activists began burning images of Trump, Israeli forces quickly arrived and attempted to expel them from the area, while threatening to use force on the activists. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
The protest was launched in order to raise warnings of the backlash that wil likely erupt both in Palestine and around the world if the new administration went through with the move.
This file photo taken on October 10, 2016 shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaking to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) as they attend a press conference in Istanbul (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
The meeting was held in coordination with the Turkish co-guarantor of the cease-fire in Syria, the Syrian opposition's military delegation said in a statement.
Female soldiers talk next to a CV90 combat vehicle. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
In 2015 Danish Defense Minister Peter Christiansen pledged to accelerate efforts of Denmark's special forces, working within NATO, against the Daesh in the Middle East.
The measures to empower Erdogan, the most dominant figure in Turkish politics, have been in the works for some time. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
Critics say the amendments will weaken checks and balances and the role of parliament and leave too much power concentrated in the office of the president. They are also concerned about the effect on the independence of the judiciary.
A rocket targeting police headquarters in Istanbul is the latest in a series of shootings and bombings to hit Turkey. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The projectile missed the building and no casualties were reported.
US President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up in front of House Speaker Paul Ryan after being presented a photo of his inauguration during the Inaugural Luncheon following his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017. (AFP/Molly Riley)
06:00 GMT
Trump has gone further than his predecessors in suggesting that the fight against extremism is a battle between America and the Islamic faith itself.

January 20, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he and his wife Melania are greeted by US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as they arrive at the White House in Washington, DC January 20, 2017. (AFP/Jim Watson)
16:06 GMT
As the reality of a Trump presidency has arrived, questions about relations with the Middle East and treatment of minorities at home loom large.
A Palestinian employee works at a desalination plant during the inauguration of the first phase of the project on January 19, 2017, in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza. (AFP/Said Khatib)
14:00 GMT
Palestinian families have been suffering with only three hours of electricity a day between 12-hour blackouts.
Turkish deputy Aylin Nazliaka (C) speaks with other deputies after handcuffing herself to the podium in a protest against the constitutional reform aimed at strengthening the powers of the Turkish president during a debate at the Turkish Parliament in Ankara on January 19, 2017. (AFP/Adem Altan)
13:00 GMT
More mayhem in Turkey's parliament as lawmakers debate new constitution.
Despite the apparent victory in Sirte, Libya remains deeply divided, with the national unity government based in the capital Tripoli unable to gain recognition from the elected parliament based in the eastern city of Tobruk. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
The GNA is continuing to track remaining Daesh elements since the city was recaptured last month.
People gather outside the Trump International Hotel in Manhattan to protest against Donald Trump on January 19, 2017 in New York City. Trump will be inaugurated January 20th as the 45th President of the United States. (AFP/John Moore)
09:00 GMT
Thousands turned out for protests in New York, Washington DC, and Los Angeles, on the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration.
Protesters gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to mark 15 years since the first prisoners were brought to the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on January 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. (AFP/Joe Readle)
08:00 GMT
Incoming President Donald Trump has vowed there would be no more releases for inmates currently held without charge in the military prison.
Turkey's parliament is rapidly approving various new provisions to the constitution. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
"In our books, we have a specialist term for this: This is called a sultanate," Metin Feyzioglu told journalists in the Turkish capital Ankara.
A refugee eats his meal while sitting in the snow in Belgrade on January 11, 2017, as temperatures drop to -15 degrees Celsius. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
As Europe is experiencing some of the lowest temperatures in decades, it is calling on European governments to save refugees.

January 19, 2017

Turkish special force police officers clear the street during clashes with attackers at the Sultanbeyli district in Istanbul. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
The suspects are charged with "being member of an armed terrorist organization."
Egyptian protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by riot police during a Cairo demonstration against the handing over of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, April 25, 2016. (AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed)
14:00 GMT
The agreement which asserted Ethiopia’s right to build the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has caused grave concern.
The World Bank plans to donate funds to health and nutrition projects throughout Yemen, which has been embroiled in conflict for the two years. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
The nearly two-year old conflict in the country has left some 18 million people without basic food requirements and medical care.
Four out of eight Turkish military officers are escorted by Greek special police forces as they leave the Athens' Supreme Courthouse, after a day-long hearing concerning possible extradition over July's failed coup in Turkey, on January 13, 2017 in Athens. (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)
12:00 GMT
Earlier in the week Turkish prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 243 military personnel.
Uzbek national Abdulgadir Masharipov confessed to killing 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve. (File photo)
11:00 GMT
Abdulgadir Masharipov changed his plans at the last minute due to high security in Taksim Square, and opened fire on a nightclub instead.
Firefighters battle a blaze that engulfed Iran's oldest high-rise, the 15-storey Plasco building in downtown Tehran on January 19, 2017. (AFP/Stringer)
10:30 GMT
Up to 100 people are feared to be trapped beneath the rubble.
Legislators of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), applaud in protest during the second tour debating a reform of the constitution, at the Turkish parliament in Ankara on January 18, 2017. (AFP/Adem Altan)
10:00 GMT
The second round of voting began after nearly three weeks of debate in parliament.
Bedouin women react to the destruction of houses on January 18, 2017 in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran, near the southern city of Beersheba, in the Negev desert. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
09:00 GMT
Israeli forces deployed tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds.
Smoke billows following reported shelling by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held area of Deraa, in southern Syria, on January 18, 2017. (AFP/Mohamad Abazeed)
08:00 GMT
The Jaysh al-Islam was among Syria's opposition groups in support of last month's ceasefire deal.
Soldiers attend to wounded and casualties in the aftermath of a suicide bomb attack who ripped through a camp grouping former rebels and pro-government militia in troubled northern Mali left 40 people dead on January 18, 2017 in Gao. (AFP/Stringer)
07:00 GMT
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb militants detonated a car loaded with explosives at a military camp.
Sayed Morteza al-Sanadi, the head of the Bahrain's opposition al-Wafa'a Islamic Party. (File photo)
06:00 GMT
The United Nations has expressed distress at the execution of three Shia Muslim activists in Bahrain over their alleged role in killing policemen during a pro-democracy demonstration.
Over the past two days, he said, several reconnaissance flights were carried out over the targeted region using unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Total of 36 Daesh targets struck in joint operation, Russian commander said.

January 18, 2017

Israeli policemen stand guard as bulldozers demolish homes in Bedouin villages. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Israeli police arrived to the village before dawn on Wednesday morning to demolish 12 houses in the Bedouin village, as locals, activists, and Palestinian members of the Israeli Knesset gathered to resist the demolitions.
Members of the Iraqi special forces Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) hold a position in Eastern Mosul. (AFP/File)
14:02 GMT
Staff General Talib al-Sheghati, who heads the Counter-Terrorism Service, announced "the liberation... of the left bank" at a press conference in Bartalla, a town east of Mosul.
United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki Moon delivering a speech during a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the International Court of Justice. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
The Supreme Administrative Court nullified on Monday a deal between Egypt and Saudi Arabia that would have seen the sovreignty of two Red Sea islands, Tiran and Sanafir, transferred to Saudi waters.
Paris reportedly had many issues to discuss with Riyadh, including preparations for the meeting of the French-Saudi Joint Commission, which will be held in the summer, and which aims at promoting economic, investment and commercial relations within the framework of the Kingdom's Vision 2030. (Twitter)
13:00 GMT
This will be Ayrault's first visit to Riyadh since his appointment as foreign minister in February 2016.
The government alleges the coup plotters used the app to communicate. (File photo)
12:00 GMT
The government claims the encrypted smartphone messaging app is used by the network of Fethullah Gulen.
Representatives of Palestinian organizations hold a press conference in Moscow following reconciliation talks on January 17, 2017. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
The unity deal was announced late Tuesday, three days after the talks began under the Russian auspices among representatives Fatah as well as Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
Palestinians stand on the rubble of a house which was demolished by Israeli forces during an overnight raid in the West Bank city of Jenin, Sept. 1, 2015. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
10:00 GMT
A Palestinian citizen of Israel was shot dead by Israeli special forces and police after he allegedly carried out a car ramming attack on Israeli officers.
Smoke billows in the town of Qabasin, located northeast of the city of Al-Bab on January 8, 2017, during fighting against Daesh. (AFP/Nazeer al-Khatib)
09:00 GMT
Four recent strikes reportedly "eliminated Daesh capabilities around the forward line of enemy troops near the city".
John Kerry Kerry cited the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran as one of Obama's policy victories that Trump will struggle to dismantle. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Kerry said unraveling the achievements of outgoing President Barack Obama will take Trump longer than he expects.
Daesh is coming under increasing pressure from a US-backed coalition of Kurdish and Arab militias and rival Turkish-backed Syrian rebel groups. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Daesh began to advance on Deir al-Zor in 2015, with the army only managing to retain control of the city’s airport and some neighbouring districts.
This file photo taken on October 21, 2015 shows Selahattin Demirtas, leader of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democracy Party (HDP), delivering a speech during an election campaign in Istanbul. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
06:00 GMT
Selahattin Demirtas was taken into custody along with nine other HDP MPs in November.
Syrian men stand amidst the rubble of a building following a reported airstrike by government forces, in the Syrian town of Binnish, on the outskirts of Idlib, on January 12, 2017. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
05:00 GMT
Lavrov pointed out similarities between Daesh and US support for mujahedin groups in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

January 17, 2017

Iranian, Russian and Turkish foreign ministers, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Sergei Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu (From L) attend a news conference in Moscow, Russia, December 20, 2016. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
The discussions are slated for January 23 in the Kazakh capital of Astana.
A picture taken on November 18, 2014 from the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights near the Quneitra border crossing with Israel shows smoke billowing from buildings in Syrian territory (AFP Photo/Jalaa Marey)
14:00 GMT
Jordan's army is monitoring a Daesh-affiliated group said to be near Syria's borders with Jordan and Israel.
A woman lays flowers by a makeshift memorial in front of the Reina nightclub in Istanbul on January 17, 2017, a day after Turkish police arrested the suspected attacker. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
13:00 GMT
Abdulgadir Masharipov confessed to carrying out the attack after being arrested late Monday.
Egyptian security forces on patrol in the Sinai. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Egypt's battle against a Daesh-affiliated insurgency has largely been contained to the Sinai Peninsula until now.
Smoke billows in the distance as Yemeni pro-government forces patrol during clashes with Houthi rebels in Yemen's western Dhubab district, on January 9, 2017. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
12:00 GMT
Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition were also reported across the western part of the country.
Iraqi forces moving 'faster than expected' on Mosul, said Iraq's Prime Minister. (AFP/File)
10:58 GMT
Clashes occurred in Shurta and Andalus districts where at least three Daesh suicide car bombs targeted Iraqi forces in Andalus.
An Israeli woman holds up a sign with 'Too many terrorists in prison' on one side and 'Kill them all!' on the other - in reference to Palestinians. (AFP/File)
09:47 GMT
Nearly 70 percent of the Israeli public supports calls to pardon the convicted soldier, who is largely perceived among Israelis as the "child of us all."
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. (AFP/File)
09:38 GMT
The last cabinet reshuffle took place in March, when Sisi named 10 new ministers including for the finance and investment portfolios.
The conflict escalated in mid-2015 when Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a major air campaign aimed at reversing Houthi military gains and shoring up Yemen's embattled Saudi-backed government. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Army launched wide-ranging campaign last month aimed at recapturing parts of Yemen’s southern Shabwah province.
People seen leaving the scene of the attack. (AFP/File)
08:42 GMT
Turkish police captured Masharipov after a long manhunt and during a massive police operation in the Esenyurt district, a residential area of Istanbul.
Salman's lawyer was quoted by CBS and other media outlets as saying Salman had no knowledge of the attack ahead of time. (Twitter)
08:00 GMT
Noor Salman was arrested at a home where she lived with her 4-year-old son near San Francisco. Her husband, Omar Mateen, carried out the attack, which was the worst mass shooting in US history.
Turkish authorities identified the suspect as Abdulkadir Masharipov. (Twitter)
06:46 GMT
The main suspect in the attack was taken alive, along with four other individuals after a police operation in Esenyurt, on the European side of the Turkish metropolis Istanbul.
As many as 775 detainees have been held at the prison since it was set up after the 9/11 attacks. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
President Obama has been on a mission to release the remaining inmates before Trump takes office.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (3rd R) and lawmakers pose as they cast their ballots during a vote on provisions in a bill to change the constitution at the Turkish parliament in Ankara on January 14, 2017. (AFP/Adem Altan)
05:00 GMT
Debates over the constitutional changes have been heated, leading to fights in parliament.

January 16, 2017

Hunters shoot down seagulls that are attracted by the garbage at the Costa Brava dump, on January 14, 2017 near Beirut's International Airport. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
16:00 GMT
The Costa Brava landfill, located next to the Beirut airport, was temporarily closed after it posed a threat to aviation safety.
The plane had just passed Shiraz at 38,000 feet when the pilot decided to change course and head for Kuwait, rather than land in Iran. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
The pilot has requested an emergency landing at the Kuwait City airport after leaving Salalah, citing that a bomb scare as the reason for the move.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
The European Union (EU)’s top diplomat says the bloc will remain committed to and work to ensure the proper execution of a nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers.
Saudi Arabia's grand mufti, Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Al ash-Sheikh. (AFP/File)
13:44 GMT
The Grand Mufti has a prestigious religious position in Saudi Arabia. He is the Mufti of all Muslin Sunnis around the world, since Saudi Arabia represents and leads all Muslims religiously.
Israel's Interior Ministry has stripped more than 20,000 Palestinians in Occupied Jerusalem of their residency since Israel annexed East Jerusalem in 1967. Historians and political analysts have likened the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes to ethnic cleansing. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Palestinians living on their land, who were not uprooted during the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, hold Israeli citizenship. They do not, however, enjoy equal rights, and complain that they are treated as second-class citizens.
Yemen has been racked by chaos since 2014, when the Houthis and their allies overran Sanaa and other parts of the country. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Ismail Ahmed is allegedly planned to meet with President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr and Foreign Minister Abdul-Malik al-Mikhlafi.
The 10 will reside temporarily in the Sultanate which considers the release of the prisoners a humanitarian issue. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
The 10 have been released from Guantanamo Bay and received by the Sultanate at the request of the US government, a senior official at the ministry said in a statement earlier today.
The controversy surrounding the Red Sea islands conceals a much more important struggle between Egypt's judiciary and Sisi's regime. (AFP/File)
10:31 GMT
Opposition lawyers chanted "Long live Egypt" and sung the national anthem after the court handed down its verdict.
Palestinians protest against the ongoing electricity crisis in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on January 12, 2017. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
10:00 GMT
The funds will go to cover the costs of fuel needed to operate the Gaza Strip's only power plant for more than eight hours a day.
The site where a cargo plane crashed in Bishkek. (Twitter)
09:10 GMT
The aircraft on a flight from Hong-Kong to Bishkek crashed during a landing approach due to bad weather conditions.
This file photo taken on January 2, 2015 shows a Bahraini protester taking cover behind a garbage container during clashes with riot police following a demonstration. (AFP/Mohamed al-Sheikh)
09:00 GMT
Clashes between police and protesters continued into the night.
The Iraqi military, backed up by US airstrikes, is fighting to retake Mosul from Daesh militants who captured the city in 2014. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Markets are back selling food as people venture out onto the streets and repairs are being carried out.
US Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd L) gestures next to Russian Ambassador to France Alexander Orlov (L) and European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini as they take part with other representatives during the Mideast peace conference in Paris on January 15, 2017. (AFP/Bertrand Guay)
07:00 GMT
Around half a million Palestinians still reside in Lebanon, most of them living below the poverty line.
Syrian civil defense volunteers carry a wounded man following a reported airstrike by government forces, in the Syrian town of Binnish, on the outskirts of Idlib, on January 12, 2017. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
06:00 GMT
Violence has continued in the Wadi Barada region west of Damascus.
Bahraini protesters take cover from tear gas during clashes with police following a demonstration on February 13, 2015, to mark the fourth anniversary of the Arab Spring-inspired uprisings in 2011. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Protesters blocked roads to Shia villages with burning tires, while police retaliated with tear gas.

January 15, 2017

US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and France's Foreign Minister Jean Marc Ayrault at a press conference after a meeting in Paris on December 10, 2016. (AFP/Patrick Kovarik)
17:00 GMT
They are not expecting any diplomatic breakthroughs.
Daesh militants have slowly been spreading to other areas outside Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
"The teachers were busy taking exams from students in Shpoly area when they were abducted," Attaullah Khugyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, said.
A Germany-bound Eurowings passenger flight from Salalah in Oman made an emergency landing in Kuwait city on Sunday over a bomb threat but no explosives were found on board. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
The aircraft requested an emergency landing when traveling from Salalah in Oman to Cologne in Germany with 299 passengers on board.
Smoke billows from a rebel-held area of Deraa, in southern Syria, following reported shelling by pro-government forces during sunset on January 12, 2017. (AFP/Mohamad Abazeed)
14:00 GMT
Peace talks appear to be moving forward after the opposition initially hinted they would not attend.
Jordan's Prime Minister Hani Mulki speaks to the media after his swearing-in ceremony. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Mulki was expected to make changes to a minimum of 10 portfolios in his 30-strong Cabinet, which was formed on September 28, 2016, following the September 20 parliamentary elections.
German migration authorities rejected 8,363 asylum applications from North Africa in the period from January-November last year. Over that period, just 368 people were returned to their countries of origin. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Germany's North African migrants have been thrust into the spotlight as a result of high-profile crimes committed by members of that group. Their chances of asylum are slim, and the authorities want to return them to their countries of origin - with little success.
Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
A list produced by international investigators indicates that Bashar al-Assad and his brother were linked to the decision to use toxic weapons in 2014 and 2015.
A displaced Iraqi boy, who fled the violence in the Islamic State (IS) group stronghold of Mosul, plays with a ball as he waits for transportation to IDP camps near the town of Bartella (Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)
10:03 GMT
A displaced Iraqi boy, who fled the violence in the Islamic State (IS) group stronghold of Mosul, plays with a ball as he waits for transportation to IDP camps near the town of Bartella
Iraqi troops inspect scene of car bomb in Baghdad. (AFP/Ahmed al-Rubaye)
10:00 GMT
Three bomb attacks have struck several areas across Iraq, leaving nearly two dozen people dead and 46 more wounded.
Bahrainis protest death sentences issued against three of their compatriots, while holding up protest placards and pictures of jailed cleric Sheikh Issa Qassim, in the northwestern village of Diraz, January 15, 2014. (File photo)
09:00 GMT
The regime in Bahrain has executed three anti-regime Shia activists over their alleged role in a 2014 bomb attack amid widespread public anger against the death verdicts.
Saida Ahmad Baghili, an 18-year-old Yemeni woman. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Yemen's devastating conflict of more than two years is putting increasing numbers of people in the poor Arab country at risk of malnutrition. Humanitarian agencies warn that some areas in Yemen are on the brink of famine.
French President Francois Hollande, left, greets US Secretary of State John Kerry. (AFP/File)
07:08 GMT
A draft declaration expected to be released at the conclusion of the conference called for a "negotiated solution with two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security."
A Palestinian family whose house was demolished by Israeli bulldozers walk past a tent on April 21, 2015, in the southern West Bank village of Ad-Deirat Rifaiyya. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
06:00 GMT
On Tuesday, Israeli forces demolished 11 homes belonging to Palestinian citizens of Israel in the city of Qalansawe in central Israel
Bahraini protesters wave their national flag. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The protests, called by Bahraini clerics, took place in the northern villages of Abu Saiba and Shakhurah on Saturday.