April 23, 2016
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting Turkey on Saturday to review the treatment of refugees and show support for the EU migrant return deal.
The ongoing Yemen peace talks in Kuwait may result in a positive outcome for the country.
Forces loyal to Libya’s government have pushed Daesh out of the key eastern city of Derna, with the fleeing to their main stronghold in Sirte.
Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced that France will host an international ministerial meeting on May 30 to try to breathe life into the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.
April 22, 2016
Israeli police announced tightened security measures in a statement Friday morning for the Jewish Passover holiday, with extra police units deployed in public areas and an emphasis on East Jerusalem's Old City.
Three soldiers were killed when an explosion hit a military vehicle in the eastern Turkish province of Tunceli.
Drone strikes hit Taliban and Daesh targets in the eastern Nangrahar province of Afghanistan.
They discussed the security challenges that aimed to destabilize the region, violence and extremism as well as acts of terrorist groups.
Iraqi army forces have freed scores of people who had been imprisoned by the Daesh group near the embattled northern city of Mosul.
Netanyahu's remarks came during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow.
Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said in a statement that 19-year-old Hamas operative Abd al-Hamid Abu Srour exploded the bomb on the bus, and that "a number" of other suspects linked to the incident have also been arrested.
The National News Agency said the blast occurred in the town of Hermel, which had been the site of multiple car bomb attacks in recent years linked to the war in Syria.
The United Nations has officially opened delayed peace talks meant to end more than a year of deadly conflict in Yemen.
The bloc's executive, the EU Commission, has said it depends on Ankara meeting the remaining conditions contained in a deal with the EU over stemming migration into Europe. The assessment is to be presented in a report next month.
April 21, 2016
Abdeslam, a 26-year-old Frenchman, was arrested in Brussels on March 18, four days before deadly attacks on the Belgian capital's international airport and Maelbeek subway station.
The escalation of violence in Lebanon's largest Palestinian refugee camp has prompted efforts by both Palestinian and Lebanese officials to contain the situation, as developments in the camp could impact Sidon and neighboring areas.
Negotiations scheduled for Thursday between Yemen’s warring sides have not yet begun, awaiting the arrival of delegations representing Yemen’s Houthis and ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh, sources say.
The two officials will discuss bilateral ties between Egypt and the Emirates. They will discuss regional issues within the Middle East, including efforts to combat extremism, the situations in Libya, Syria and Yemen as well as the matter of Palestine.
In its 2016 World Press Freedom Index, the Reporters Without Borders said Jordan ranked 135th last year compared to 143rd place a year earlier.
US support for the lifting of sanctions against Iran in the run-up to last year's landmark nuclear agreement has strained ties between Washington and its traditional Gulf allies.
Seven suspected militants were apprehended near the Syrian border.
North Sinai is battling a militant insurgency - but the water shortage might be even more deadly.
A group of unknown assailants tried to kidnap a man in southern Lebanon.
The GCC backed Morocco's claim to the Western Sahara and refuted Ban Ki-Moon's statements.
Turkish border guards shot at a group of mostly women and children trying to cross through a closed border on Sunday.
Yemen peace talks will begin April 21, with all delegations present in Kuwait.
Hamas claimed responsibility for the Jerusalem bus bombing that killed over 20 people.
The US military approved delegation for lower level commanders to approve airstrikes.
UN reported survivors accounts of large ship capsizing at sea as smugglers transferred refugees.
The Palestinian Authority has been under pressure from France and other countries to stop its efforts to push for a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the occupied territories.
April 20, 2016
Gunmen killed at least seven Pakistani policemen guarding a polio vaccination team in the port city of Karachi on Wednesday.
The UN cultural body UNESCO has urged Israel to respect the al-Aqsa Mosque Compound which is the scene of frequent raids by Israeli extremists.
Dozens of Islamist militants were reported dead after troops loyal to the government based in eastern Libya swept into parts of the city.
Air Force One landed at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh for his final visit to Saudi Arabia before his presidential term ends in January.
Musician and artisan Ali Mohammed Abdali makes an oud at his workshop on Baghdad's Rashid Street
Some of the members of the network were issued administrative restraining orders even before the end of their investigation with the aim of neutralizing the danger they posed. Indictments are set to be filed against the suspects in the coming days, the Shin Bet said.
A Jordanian man was caught attempting to smuggle heroin into Egypt.
Daesh has gained control over large portions of the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk, and is torturing the remaining residents.
Syrian regime and rebel forces are allowing the evacuation of a few hundred people from besieged towns.
Saudi Arabia is putting a new security and safety plan into play as they expand the Grand Mosque.
A group of militants smuggling weapons from Libya was arrested west of Tunis.
A missile struck an Egyptian military vehicle, killing six soldiers in North Sinai.
Delegations from the Houthi rebels and Saleh supporters are leaving Yemen today for peace talks in Kuwait.
Daesh militants attacked a Turkish military camp in northern Iraq and lost almost three dozen militants.
April 19, 2016
A second blast struck central Kabul.
Syrian regime airstrikes hit two civilian areas in the Idlib province.
Afghan media has released more details about he deadly Kabul attack, with at least 24 people killed.
Jordanian honour guards parade during an official welcoming ceremony for the French president.
Economically embattled Greece has been the main point of arrival for migrants and asylum seekers entering Europe, with most of them crossing by sea from Turkey until a deal was struck with Ankara last month to return people.
Dr. Farid Hafez from the University of Salzburg and Dr. Enes Bayraklı analyze Islamophobia in Europe vis-a-vis their new annual report, 'European Islamophobia Report 2015'.
A street vendor, nicknamed in the Moroccan media as "The Baghrir (Moroccan pancake) vendor Umm Fatiha," committed self-immolation after a Kenitra police officer confiscated her stall.
Shoura member Haya Al-Minai said she is proposing to amend Article 36 in the Traffic Law to state that driving is an equal right for men and women.
Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Arab from Shuafat in east Jerusalem was abducted, burned and brutally murdered on July 2, 2014 while waiting to enter a mosque.
The decision was reached after "some of our people in Palestine complained and expressed reservations toward the process," according to al-Nsoor.
At least 38 people have lost their lives due to heavy rains accompanied by flash floods in northern parts of Afghanistan, according to officials.
The deal struck over Iran's nuclear programme last year, under which the US backed the gradual lifting of international sanctions against the Islamic Republic, did nothing to reassure Riyadh.
There was no indication of the source of the blast, but rocket attacks remain common in the city.
High Negotiations Committee will remain in Geneva for 'technical discussions', UN envoy said.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld reported that bomb disposal experts had identified the cause of the blast as an explosive device on the bus.
April 18, 2016
Bus in Talpiot neighborhood went up in flames; 15 people rushed to hospital, including two in serious condition; police say unclear if it was an attack.
Egyptian government had announced transferring sovereignty of Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia.
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Jordan had also called Iran to respect the sovereignty of nations and respond to the Arab efforts to forge a balanced and solid joint ties based on respect for the principles of the international relations and international law.
In an interview with state broadcaster NDR, the chairman of the Central Council of Muslims, Aiman Mazyek, said that for "the first time since Hitler's Germany there is a party that again seeks to discredit an entire religious community and threatens its existence."
Telecommunications Minister Butros Harb, who was present at the session, slammed the "shameful" failure to elect a head of state, saying that he came to parliament because he has a "constitutional role to fulfill."
Unemployment protests turned violent on the island of Kerkennah, prompting military intervention.
Israeli forces fired tear gas into a girls' school in Hebron, wounding eleven.
'We're not here to share power, but to establish a transitional government with full authority', said top opposition negotiator.
Delegations refuse to meet in Kuwait to discuss peace after multiple ceasefire violations from both sides.
An attempted kidnapping of Libya's former Prime Minister caused military personnel to be deployed to Tripoli.
Turkish police arrested 100 people associated with Fetullah Gulen, and accused of funding anti-state activities.
Seven militants, including a commander, have been confirmed dead following a military operation carried out in Kunduz province. A further three people were wounded.
Taliban and security force fighting in the Kunduz province has cause civilian fatalities and endangerment.
Lebanon's government is meeting on Monday to address the security situation in the country.
Libyan aid organizations are assessing the needs of thousands of families displaced from Sirte.
Tunisian forces arrested six Daesh militants who had recently returned from fighting in Syria.
Al-Sadr loyalists staged protests to demand a cabinet reshuffle in parliament.
The US State Department announced it is planning to let in some 1,500 Syrian refugees each month to meet President Barack Obama’s target of settling 10,000 refugees by September.
During Hollande's two-day visit to Egypt, Egyptian and French parties will address regional security, military aid, and potential tourism projects.
April 17, 2016
Israel seized 1,200 square kilometers (460 square miles) of the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 and later annexed it, in a move never recognized by the international community.
It is hoped that a deal will defuse tension between regional powers Saudi Arabia and Iran, who have been backing opposing sides in Yemen's war which has exacerbated political and military struggles across the region.
Days into Taliban's fresh spring offensive, UN notec alarming spike in civilian casualties in Afghanistan, especially among children.
Hollande also noted that France will keep pushing for the implementation of the Saudi-French agreement on providing the Lebanese army with weapons, which was suspended earlier this year amid high tensions between the kingdom and Hezbollah.
The transfer, which took place just days before President Barack Obama's visit to Saudi Arabia for a summit of Gulf Arab allies, marked the latest step in his final push to close the controversial detention centre at the US naval base in Cuba before he leaves office in January 2017.
A member of the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces stands guard in a post bearing the colours of the Kurdish flag in Khazir, near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski Kalak, 40 kilometres West of Arbil,
A member of the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces stands guard in a post bearing the colours of the Kurdish flag in Khazir, near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski Kalak, 40 kilometres West of Arbil. (AFP/File)
The Syrian army forces have wrested control of a military airport near the capital, Damascus, marking the latest in a string of victories over the Daesh group.
Jordanian border guards caught two cars packed with drugs at the Syrian border.
On the day peace talks are slated to begin, Yemeni police have stopped two car bombings.
A hand grenade explosion wounded two Palestinians at a Hamas training site.
With the nearby towns stabilizing, over a hundred families returned to Hor Binafso.
A new report reveals torture and terrible conditions for journalists who have been arrested by Israeli forces.
A car exploded near the Aden airport on the day peace talks are to begin.
The Pope brought three families of Muslim Syrian refugees back to Rome.
Tunisia has deployed the military to restore order on an island facing unemployment protests.
Protests continue across Egypt after the handover of two islands in the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia.
Release of the letter comes as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to present a draft resolution condemning Israeli settlements to the UN Security Council in New York from April 21 to 23.
The United Nations special envoy for Yemen says reconciliation between warring sides to the conflict gripping the Arab country has never been as close as it is now.
April 16, 2016
France launched an effort earlier this year to host an international conference in the summer to revive peace talks. It initially vowed to recognize a Palestinian state if talks failed, but French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault later said the recognition would not be automatic.
In the southern city of Sidon, the army arrested Palestinian Khalil Louai Khaled who had in an earlier incident opened fire from a military weapon at one of the houses located in the city.