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This killing makes for the fourth Islamic official linked to the government this month. (AFP)
20:55 GMT
A pro-government religious official was shot dead on his way to a mosque in eastern Afghanistan.
A general view taken on May 21, 2017, shows the Dome of Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, a UNESCO heritage site, in the Old City of Jerusalem. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
20:30 GMT
The US historically has not recognized Israel's claims over Jerusalem.
Members of the Libyan National Army (LNA), also known as the forces loyal to Marshal Khalifa Haftar. (Abdullah Doma/AFP)
20:00 GMT
Last Thursday, members of the Third Force militia loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) attacked the base used by Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA).
Turkish Gendarmerie escort defendants Akin Ozturk (3L) and others involved in last July’s attempted coup in Turkey as they leave the prison where they are being held, ahead of their trial in Ankara, on May 22, 2017. (Adem Altan/AFP)
19:00 GMT
The trial comes as the Turkish authorities are under fire for their post-coup crackdown which has included sacking around 150,000 civil servants, teachers, judges, prosecutors, police and soldiers and shutting down around 150 media outlets.
The Saudi leader's speech came minutes before a highly anticipated address by Trump. (AFP)
18:00 GMT
King Salman claims $100 billion deal with the US was aimed at 'countering malign Iranian influence'.
Trump's visit will be closely scrutinized as he seeks ways to restart peace efforts. (AFP)
18:00 GMT
Lowdown on some key issues that will outline Trump's visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Iraqi commanders Abdul Ghani al-Asadi and Ma'an al-Saadi check a weapons store left by Islamic State (group) fighters in a house in western Mosul on May 21, 2017, during the ongoing offensive to retake the area from the jihadists. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP)
16:00 GMT
Assailants detonated suicide belts at the center in Diyala province on Monday morning.
US President Donald Trump (L), First Lady Melania Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) and his wife Sara are seen upon Trump's arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on May 22, 2017, as part of his first trip overseas. (AFP/Jack Guez)
14:00 GMT
Some Israeli ministers and military officials have expressed concerns about Trump's massive arms deal with Riyadh.
Heavy security in churches in Jordan on Easter Sunday following the bombings in Egypt. (File/Mo'taz Sulaiman)
12:00 GMT
Egyptian authorities have handed over to the military dozens of suspected militants to be tried in military courts over recent church bombings.
The deal will see Riyadh gain some of the world's most sophisticated military equipment. (AFP)
10:00 GMT
Israel voices concern over $110 billion arms deal between the US and Saudi Arabia.
Israeli borderguards and undercover police detain a Palestinian protester during clashes at the entrance of the West Bank city of Bethlehem on May 19, 2017. (AFP/Musa al Shaer)
09:00 GMT
The seven-year-old underwent surgery after sustaining serious injuries, but is said to be in stable condition.
US President Donald Trump speaks during the Arabic Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
08:00 GMT
Donald Trump's speech in Saudi Arabia struck a somewhat softer tone than previous remarks in which he stated, 'I think Islam hates us.'
Israeli security forces stand guard near Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock in the Al Aqsa mosque compound. (AFP)
07:00 GMT
Israel has announced "special procedures" for the entry of Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip into Israel and occupied East Jerusalem during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan gives flowers to his supporters upon his arrival at the Extraordinary Congress of the ruling AKP (AFP)
06:00 GMT
Delegates of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) reappointed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as leader at a gathering at a sports arena in the capital Ankara.

May 21, 2017

Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa takes part in a bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump at a hotel in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP)
20:00 GMT
A Bahrain court sentenced a prominent Shia cleric and two others to one-year suspended prison sentence on Sunday and seized their assets.
US President Donald Trump told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the Saudi capital on Sunday that he would soon visit Egypt. (AFP)
19:00 GMT
Trump praised US relations with Egypt, describing the talks with Sisi as "very, very important".
A man watches an image of US President Donald Trump as he speaks during the Arabic Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017.  (MANDEL NGAN/AFP)
18:00 GMT
US President Donald Trump told dozens of Muslim leaders on Sunday that he brought "a message of friendship and hope and love", in a keenly awaited speech on Islam in Saudi Arabia.
A refugee looks through a window at the arrival centre for refugees near the town on Kirkenes in northern Norway on Nov. 11, 2015. (AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand)
17:30 GMT
A year after reaching a safe haven, refugees are suffering breakdowns as PTSD and depressive disorders go unaddressed.
Trump will attend a Saudi-led summit with leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. (AFP)
16:00 GMT
Trump discusses security and military deals with Gulf leaders on his second day in Riyadh.
Tawfiq Abu Naim (2nd L), head of Hamas-run security forces in Gaza, speaks during a press conference on the killing of senior Hamas official Mazen Faqha, in Gaza City, on May 16, 2017. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
14:00 GMT
The military court ordered two of the accused to be hanged and one shot to death, following a four-day trial into the killing of Mazen Faqha who was shot dead outside his home in the Gaza Strip.
Egyptian army destroys two cross-border tunnels linking Egypt's Sinai to the blockaded Gaza Strip. (AFP)
12:00 GMT
Egyptian army forces have destroyed a total of 27 cross-border tunnels along the border with Gaza since January.
The scandals have put Trump's approval ratings at the lowest level since he became president in January. (AFP)
10:00 GMT
As Trump landed in Saudi Aarbia, recently fired FBI chief James Comey agrees to testify about Russian interference in US elections.
Palestinian protesters hold a large national flag as they take part in a protest marking the 69th anniversary of Nakba, near the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 15, 2017. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
09:00 GMT
Trump's plans for his first diplomatic visit abroad have been fraught with the chaos and controversy that has come to define his presidency.
Afghan volunteers move a body from the scene of a suicide attack that targeted the national television station in Jalalabad on May 17, 2017. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
08:00 GMT
Other branches of the New Kabul Bank have previously been the target of attacks.
Supporters of newly re-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hold a placard bearing a portrait of him as they take to the streets to celebrate his victory in downtown Tehran on May 20, 2017. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
07:00 GMT
President Hassan Rouhani's landslide re-election is a victory for moderates seeking to bring Iran out of isolation.
US President Donald Trump joins dancers with swords at a welcome ceremony ahead of a banquet at the Murabba Palace in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
06:00 GMT
The military deal will stretch over the coming ten years, while other agreements focused on economic cooperation.

May 20, 2017

An Iraqi man inspects the wreckage of a bus, that was damaged following a car bomb attack, in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on May 20, 2017. (AFP/Haidar Mohammed Ali)
16:00 GMT
A series of bombings struck Baghdad and the southern city of Basra.
Iranian women hold their ID as they wait in line to cast their votes for municipal and presidential elections at a polling station at the Massoumeh shrine in the holy city of Qom, 130 kms south of Tehran, on May 19, 2017. (AFP/Ali Shaigan)
12:21 GMT
Rouhani had an insurmountable lead with 58.6 percent of the vote, compared with 39.8 percent for his main challenger hardliner Ebrahim Raisi.
US President Donald Trump (L) is welcomed by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (2nd-L) upon arrival at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on May 20, 2017, followed by First Lady Melania Trump (R). (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
12:00 GMT
The meetings are expected to solidify several military and economic agreements between the two countries.
US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine General Joseph Dunford hold a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, May 19, 2017. (AFP/Saul Loeb)
10:00 GMT
The US-led coalition maintains that it conducted the airstrike to prevent government forces from proceeding inside a de-escalation zone.
A Yemeni child suspected of being infected with cholera receives treatment at a hospital in Sana'a on May 6, 2017. (AFP)
08:00 GMT
More than 240 people died from cholera in the past three weeks in Yemen, according to the World Health Organization on Friday.
US President Donald Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman shake hands at the White House on March 14, 2017. (AFP/ Ian Timberlake)
06:00 GMT
US political opinions varied on the visit of US President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

May 19, 2017

US soldiers inspect the site of a separate roadside bomb blast at Abed Kheel near Charikar district of Parwan province on May 19, 2017. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP)
19:50 GMT
Killing at least 11 people, a suspected roadside bomb was detonated targeting a wedding convoy in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, an official said.
Yemeni men suspected of being infected with cholera receive treatment at a hospital in Sanaa on May 12, 2017.  (AFP)
17:00 GMT
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz has ordered the Kingdom to respond urgently to the cholera outbreak in Yemen.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) casting his vote in Tehran. (AFP)
15:00 GMT
Iran was voting Friday in presidential elections that will determine whether the country will continue on the path of opening up to the West.
Syrian Peace Talks in Astana. (AFP/ Krill Kudryavtsev)
12:00 GMT
The UN says Syria’s warring parties have agreed to set up expert committees to discuss "constitutional issues” as part of efforts to facilitate a political resolution of the deadly conflict in the Arab country.
Archive photo of US F-18s flying operations over Iraq against Daesh (AFP)
10:00 GMT
At least eight people died when US-led coalition forces carried out an airstrike against Syrian government allies near the Iraqi border on Thursday, a monitoring group has said.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ruled out any dialogue with Iran. (AFP)
08:00 GMT
On Sunday, the US president will join Saudi King Salman and other Muslim leaders for the Arab Islamic American Summit.
A Daesh militant (file photo, image for illustrative purposes only)
06:00 GMT
More than 50 people were killed in an Islamic State group assault on two regime-held villages in central Syria on Thursday including women and children, according to reports.

May 18, 2017

This is not the first time an Ethiopian court has sentenced individuals for al-Qaeda or al-Shabaab links. (AFP)
20:00 GMT
The convicts had planned to establish a so-called theocracy in addition to robberies and killings.
It is also hoped the company will contribute $3.7 billion annually to the economy, and will be part of the kingdom's Saudi Vision 2030 diversification plans. (AFP)
19:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia is set to establish a state-run arms manufacturing company leading to military industry sector to increase local content.
Tyga; pensive as ever.
18:25 GMT
The acts will close the season with gigs from Thursday to Saturday
A wrecked car sits in the intersection of 45th and Broadway in Times Square, May 18, 2017 in New York City. (DREW ANGERER / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)
18:03 GMT
An 18-year-old girl has been killed and 22 other people injured after a speeding car ploughed into pedestrians in New York’s Time Square.
A Kurdish YPG fighter in Karamah outside Raqqa (Delil Souleiman/AFP)
16:00 GMT
Turkey has called for the removal of the US official coordinating the international coalition fighting Daesh in Iraq and Syria amid growing tensions between Ankara and other members of the Washington-led alliance.
Saudi officials confirmed that al-Bashir had been invited to the meeting, which will see the US president gather with over 50 dignitaries from the Arab world in his first visit to the region. (AFP)
14:00 GMT
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes will attend a summit in Saudi Arabia where Trump will also be present.
A man reacts next to the body of a young Palestinian protester shot dead on Thursday (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)
11:47 GMT
Israeli settlers shot and killed a 23-year-old Palestinian and injured another in the village of Huwwara in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus on Thursday.
Six children were killed, said the agency, adding that six other people also died in the attack but their bodies were burned beyond recognition. (AFP)
10:00 GMT
A suspected raid by the Saudi-led coalition intervening in Yemen killed 23 including women and children.
"The number is just the tip of the iceberg," UNICEF’s deputy executive director Justin Forsyth said. (File/Photo)
09:06 GMT
UNICEF report outlines the number of unaccompanied child refugees has increased five-fold since 2010.
The decision, which came two days before Iran heads to the polls to vote for a new president, is thought to be a boon for President Rouhani, who originally approved the nuclear deal with the US. (AFP)
08:11 GMT
In continuation of its 2015 deal with Tehran, the US will no impose fresh sanctions against Iran's nuclear programme.
Many civilians who are affiliated with the tribe have paid a heavy price when they were killed by the terrorist group. (File/Photo)
08:00 GMT
Prominent tribe in Northern Sinai officially declare war on Daesh.
Iraqi forces, backed by air cover provided by a U.S.-led coalition, are currently engaged in a massive offensive aimed at driving Daesh out of Mosul. (AFP)
06:00 GMT
Dozens of people were killed and scores injured in a spate of suicide bombings and a coalition airstrike in Mosul.

May 17, 2017

Somali security forces and civilians gather at the scene of a car bomb attack in Mogadishu on May, 15, 2017 (Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP)
21:00 GMT
Three Somali soldiers were killed in the capital Mogadishu on Wednesday while attempting to defuse a car bomb.
I vote, therefore I am by Iranian graffiti artist 'Black Hand' (Facebook)
20:30 GMT
Supporters of hardliner Raisi are not what you may think.
A new Syrian constitution is one of four separate "baskets" that U.N.-backed talks are focused on. (AFP)
20:00 GMT
Syrian opposition pledge not to walk away from a new round of peace talks in Geneva.
Women walk by Syrian Red Crescent vehicles in Damascus' north eastern al-Qaboun suburb on May 16, 2017, after the formerly rebel-held neighbourhood was retaken by Syrian government forces. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
18:00 GMT
Housing and Construction Minister Yoav Galant went on to say that Assad's actions in Syria amounts to nothing less than a 'genocide.'
t is not the first time that Erdogan's security detail have violently attacked protesters. In 2016, his bodyguards attacked Turkish journalists and staff outside an event at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. (YouTube)
17:00 GMT
Witnesses to the mass fight said that clashes erupted when Erdogan's security detail attacked protesters carrying the Kurdish PYD flag.
Many of the deaths are caused by suicide or through botched escape attempts. (shutterstock)
16:00 GMT
According to Lebanon's intelligence agency migrant workers are dying at a rate of two every week.
At least two civilians have been killed and 14 others wounded so far. (AFP)
14:00 GMT
Suicide bombers stormed the national television station in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday.
Rukban refugee camp, northern Jordan (File photo)
13:31 GMT
It is not yet known how many have been injured in the latest attack on the refugee camp.
Pro-Erdogan supporters wave Turkish flags during a rally in front of the White House in Washington,DC on May 16, 2017. (AFP/Olivier Douliery)
12:00 GMT
Turkey's President Erdogan has called for the US' decision to arm the YPG to be reversed.
The villages of Dalhis, Hodley, Halaney and Hul-adur were hard hit by the outbreak. (AFP)
10:00 GMT
Over 13 out of 18 Somali regions have been hit by the outbreak.
Trump will address a gathering of Muslim leaders on his "hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam." (AFP)
09:00 GMT
US President Donald Trump is set to give a major speech on the Islamic faith during his upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia.
UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura gestures as he speaks during a press conference on the eve of a sixth round of Syria peace talks on May 15, 2017 at the United Nations office in Geneva. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
08:12 GMT
On Tuesday US officials claimed up to 50 prisoners a day were being executed and their bodies disposed of at Saydnaya Prison.
changing dynamics on the ground could lead to the decision to move the corridor 140 miles south for Iran. (AFP)
08:00 GMT
Iran is diverting the course of a land corridor it aims to carve through Syria ultimately linking Tehran, through Iraq, to the Mediterranean coast.
There is a possibility some detainees may die as a result of the announcement. (AFP)
06:00 GMT
More than 800 people are currently languishing in the centre, which was deemed illegal by Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court last year.

May 16, 2017

Ghalibaf encouraged his voters to back Hardliner candidate Ibrahim Raisi in order to ensure the ‘preservation of the interests of the people, the revolution and the country’. (twitter)
20:43 GMT
Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf has withdrawn from the presidential race, but what will this mean on election day?
Palestinians want the capital of their future independent state to be Jerusalem, which is home to the al-Aqsa Mosque - the third-holiest site in Islam. (File/Photo)
20:00 GMT
A diplomatic spat has erupted between the US and Israel after a US official said the Western Wall "was not part of Israeli territory".
The Astana track produced a May 4 deal to create four "de-escalation" zones across some of Syria's bloodiest battlegrounds. (AFP)
19:00 GMT
New round of Syria peace talks in Geneva is the latest push by the UN to resolve a six year conflict that has killed 320,000 people to date.
The recapture came after Afghan forces launched a major operation against Taliban positions early in the morning and engaged the militants in fierce battles. (AFP)
18:00 GMT
Afghan forces recapture key district in Northern province of Kunduz from the Taliban.
The deaths came after another strike by the US-led coalition in Raqa province on Sunday that killed 12 women. (AFP)
16:00 GMT
US led airstrikes kill 23 civilians in a Syrian town on the border with Iraq.

His appointment comes a week before Trump is due to visit Israel on May 22 and 23, with the US president seeking ways to restart the moribund peace process. (AFP)
14:00 GMT
US ambassador to Israel David Friedman, a staunch backer of illegal settlements, arrives in the country to take up his post.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
A report by Amnesty International in February outlined various abuses by the Syrian government at Sednaya and called the prison a 'human slaughterhouse.
The king expressed confidence that the Saudi-US Summit, to be held on Saturday, will boost the strategic relations between the two countries. (AFP)
11:26 GMT
As Trump heads to Saudi Arabia to join the 17th consultative meeting of GCC leaders, King Salman is feeling hopeful about outcomes.
About 4,000 fishermen work off the coastal strip, more than half of whom live below the poverty line. (AFP)
09:00 GMT
An Israeli patrol boat fired at Palestinian fishermen accused of breaching the blockade off the shore of Northern Gaza.
The World Health Organisation now classifies Yemen as one of the worst humanitarian emergencies in the world. (AFP)
08:00 GMT
Yemen declared under a state of emergency over deadly outbreak of cholera.
Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The Shia cleric called on the rival countries to hold 'serious dialogue' to prevent more sectarian fighting.
German planes at Incirlik air base in Turkey. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
It marks a new escalation in an ongoing diplomatic row between the two countries.

May 15, 2017

France's new President was greeted by his predecessor, François Hollande, outside the Elysee presidential palace
20:15 GMT
Before the just-concluded French presidential election, the United States’ National Public Radio (NPR) requested that I give an interview about the outcome. But there was a catch: The interview would take place only if the far-right National Front’s Marine Le Pen won. It seems that good news, like Le Pen’s defeat, is barely news at all nowadays.
Trump's Latest Target: Embattled FBI Director James Comey
19:25 GMT
Donald Trump launched a stinging attack on his critics last night at the end of the most turbulent week of his presidency. Mr Trump has been heavily criticised over his brutal firing of FBI boss James Comey while he was in the middle of a...
Al-Azhar Committee to Prepare New Law to Confront Hatred and Violence
17:25 GMT
The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb announced on Saturday the formation of a new committee which is assigned to prepare a new law to confront hatred and violence in the name of religion, according to a statement from the institution.
Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri and Saeb Erekat, PLO’s executive committee’s secretary and chief Palestinian negotiator, during a press conference in Amman on Sunday (Petra photo)
15:25 GMT
Jordan, Palestine and Egypt on Sunday reiterated their commitment to the two-state solution as the only solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, expressing keenness to cooperate with the US administration in this regard.
A member of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) walks with a Kalashnikov assault rifle slung behind his back.
14:00 GMT
Experts say the U.S. decision to arm Kurdish forces in Syria will strengthen U.S.-backed forces fighting ISIS and result in possible tacit agreements between the U.S. and unlikely partners.
US President Donald Trump is pondering whether moving the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
13:00 GMT
US President Donald Trump is pondering whether moving the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Palestinian children play with chicks in the streets in Jabalia refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, on May 14, 2017 one day before the marking of the 69th anniversary of the "Nakba." (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
12:00 GMT
'The Day of the Catastrophe' marks the anniversary of the forcible eviction of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes in 1948.
The earthquake caused extensive damage to houses and other buildings. (Twitter)
10:07 GMT
the 5.7 quake struck the city of Bojnurd near Iran's border with Turkmenistan.
Sheikh Abdullah Nimr Darwish died Sunday at age 69. (Flickr)
09:00 GMT
Sheikh Abdullah Nimr Darwish was buried in the northern town of Kufr Qasem.
Bana al-Abed receiving her Turkish citizenship from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Twitter)
08:00 GMT
Bana captured the world's attention with her vivid portrayals of Syria's war from her home in east Aleppo.
Civilians flee Mosul fighting as Iraq forces battle Daesh. (AFP)
07:00 GMT
The number of people fleeing the ongoing battle in the Iraqi city of Mosul is reaching new highs and the condition of the displaced civilians is deteriorating, an aid group said on Saturday.
Families of Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails demonstrate in the Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds on April 29, 2017 in support of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. (AFP)
06:00 GMT
The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs demanded that Palestinian prisoners who entered their 28th day on hunger strike in Israeli prisons on Sunday be hospitalized, as their health continued to decline.

May 14, 2017

Voting for around 300 municipal councils opened at 7:00 am. (AFP)
20:00 GMT
Their failure to reconcile is seen as a major obstacle to any settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Two officers were also killed and five soldiers injured in a militant attack in the North Sinai. (AFP)
19:00 GMT
A military vehicle struck a landmine in central Sinai, killing one and injuring three others.
Yemeni men suspected of being infected with cholera receive treatment at a hospital in Sanaa on May 12, 2017. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
18:30 GMT
UNICEF has said that 97 people have died of cholera as a result of collapsing health and sanitation systems in Yemen.
In recent weeks, U.S.-backed Iraqi troops have slowly closed in on a small cluster of neighborhoods in the city's west. (AFP)
18:00 GMT
Iraqi government forces launch new push to drive Daesh militants from four neighbourhoods in West Mosul.
Mohammed Assaf, the Palestinian winner of the second season of Arab Idol. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
17:30 GMT
Unlike reality TV shows in the West, in the Arab World it becomes a form of political participation - and the winners have to take up the banner of uniting their country.
A US soldier drives a bus ahead of handover ceremony at Leatherneck Camp in Lashkar Gah in the Afghan province of Helmand on April 29, 2017. (AFP/Wakil Kohsar)
17:00 GMT
Trump’s advisers are reportedly urging him to allow some 3,000 to 5,000 additional troops to be sent to Afghanistan, adding to the 8,400 already stationed in the country.
Members of the Iraqi forces get ready in Mosul's northwestern al-Haramat neighborhood before going to the front line on May 13, 2017, during the ongoing offensive to retake the city from Daesh fighters. (AFP/Fadel Senna)
16:30 GMT
Defeating Daesh means changing the root cause of the problem, and giving people a third choice besides one oppressor and another.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that two Palestinians were detained in al-Bireh overnight.
  (AFP)
16:00 GMT
Local sources said Qatamish was detained from his home in the city of al-Bireh near Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank.
One of the victims (2ndR) arrives to attend the so-called "Conrad princesses" trial in front of the Brussels criminal court for human trafficking, on May 11, 2017. (AFP/Dirk Waem)
14:00 GMT
Belgian police launched an investigation after it was reported in 2008 and found that the women were being held in 'inhumane' conditions.
Rouhani is seeking to draw the estimated 40 percent Iran's 55 million population who do not usually vote to the polls. (AFP)
12:00 GMT
Rouhani: "Mr. Raisi, you can slander me as much you wish. As a judge of the clerical court, you can even issue an arrest order. But please don't abuse religion for power."
Demonstrators protest before Israeli forces West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, north of Ramallah, on May 12, 2017, after a demonstration following Friday prayers in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
11:27 GMT
Jordan's foreign ministry has responded, demanding the full details of the incident.