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Protesters gather at JFK International Airport's Terminal 4 to demonstrate against President Donald Trump's executive order in New York. (AFP)
08:00 GMT
A US judge has been urged to expand a temporarily block on the deportation of 114 Iraqi immigrants arrested in Detroit to apply to Iraqis nationwide.
Iraqi forces make gains in east Mosul in January 2017. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
06:00 GMT
Iraqi forces have retaken two thirds of old Mosul, a week after launching an offensive against Daesh's last bastion in the city, a senior commander said on Sunday.

June 25, 2017

US President Donald Trump. (AFP)
18:00 GMT
US President Donald Trump is reportedly considering abandoning Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations following a "tense" meeting between senior adviser Jared Kushner and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.
Qatar Airways A350. (AFP)
16:00 GMT
The United Nations aviation agency will hold a special hearing on June 30 after Qatar requested that the UN body intervene in the diplomatic crisis which has seen a Saudi-led bloc close its airspace to flights from Doha.
(Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)
13:26 GMT
At least six people have been wounded after a car ran ploughed into a large crowd of people marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan in the British city of Newcastle.
Smoke billowing following a suicide car bombing in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, that targeted buses carrying Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya. (AFP)
13:00 GMT
At least 10 people were killed Saturday when a vehicle bomb exploded in the town of Dana.
A handout picture made available on June 8, 2014 by the Egyptian presidency shows former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signing the handing over of power document from outgoing interim president Adly Mansour in Cairo. (AFP/Egyptian Presidency)
11:00 GMT
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has endorsed a controversial agreement with Saudi Arabia on the transfer of the sovereignty of two Red Sea islands to the kingdom.
(AFP)
08:39 GMT
Fuel leaking from an overturned tanker has caught fire in a Pakistani city, killing over 120 people.
A spokesperson for the UAE government denied the allegations. (AFP)
08:00 GMT
A number of United States lawmakers have called for investigations into a report claiming the US military interrogated Yemeni prisoners that were allegedly tortured by UAE forces.
An Iraqi forces member is seen patrolling the area of the industrial zone in Mosul on June 23, 2017. (Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP)
06:00 GMT
The liberation of Mosul from Islamic State group militants will be announced in a few days, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday.

June 24, 2017

A picture taken from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights shows smoke billowing from the Syrian side of the border on June 24, 2017, after projectiles fired from the war-torn country hit the Golan. (Jalaa Marey/AFP)
18:00 GMT
Israel retaliated within an hour with drone strikes on a group of Syrian tanks.
A person waves a rainbow flag in front of Istanbul courthouse on June 19, 2017 in support to eleven LBTG activists who went on trial. Eleven LBTG activists appeared on trial on June 19 in Istanbul for having marched during last year's Gay Pride, which was banned. All charges against them have been dropped, and activists called for a demonstration on June 25. (Ozan Kose/AFP)
16:00 GMT
The Istanbul governor's office has banned a gay pride parade planned for Sunday on the city's popular Istiklal Avenue, citing concern for the "security of citizens and tourists" and "public order."
A judge speaks during the so-called "Conrad princesses" trial in front of the Brussels criminal court for human trafficking on May 11, 2017. (AFP)
14:00 GMT
Eight princesses from the United Arab Emirates were convicted Friday by a court in Belgium for "human trafficking and exploiting their servants".
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (file photo)
12:00 GMT
Qatar says demands presented by Saudi Arabia and three of its allies that have imposed a blockade on Doha are not "realistic", as the unprecedented diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf region seems headed for a stalemate.
Mohammed bin Salman (AFP)
10:00 GMT
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on newly-appointed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to put an end to the country’s longstanding human rights violations and make a commitment to rights reforms.
Muslim worshippers pray at the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on June 23, 2017, during the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan. (Bandar Aldandani/AFP)
08:00 GMT
A planned suicide attack on the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca was foiled, according to Saudi security forces, who say they cornered the would-be bomber in an apartment where he blew himself up.
Iraqi families displaced by the ongoing operation by Iraqi forces to retake the city of Mosul from Daesh gather in an area near Qayyarah. (AFP)
06:00 GMT
Fighters for Daesh "the Islamic State group" are targeting children in Mosul to prevent civilians from fleeing the city as Iraqi forces push into the last stronghold held in Iraq by the militants there, the United Nations said on Thursday.

June 23, 2017

Civilians flee Mosul fighting as Iraq forces battle Daesh. (AFP)
19:47 GMT
A suicide bomber blew himself up on Friday among civilians fleeing Mosul's Old City, where Iraqi forces are gaining ground against extremists mounting a fierce but desperate defense.
Pakistani security officials inspect the site of a powerful explosion that targeted a police vehicle in Quetta on June 23, 2017. (AFP)
19:36 GMT
Separate bomb blasts and shootings in the west, east and south of Pakistan have killed a total of 44 people as militants step up attacks on police and security forces.
PKK fighters take position with their rife during a traning session. (AFP)
16:00 GMT
Weapons delivered to the PKK/PYD will be taken back after Daesh is defeated, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a letter sent to his Turkish counterpart on Thursday.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, right, in a talk with US President's senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner in Ramallah on Wednesday. (AFP)
14:00 GMT
A meeting held on Thursday between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and US President’s Advisors Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt was “tense and strained”.
A Syrian boy looks at rebel fighters from the Jaish al-Fatah (or Army of Conquest) brigades marching through the northwestern city of Idlib in March 2017. (AFP)
11:00 GMT
Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Thursday that Turkey, Russia and Iran have been working on a plan to station their forces in de-escalation areas in Syria.
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. (AFP)
09:00 GMT
Kuwait has reportedly given Doha a steep list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies boycotting Qatar in an attempt to end the unprecedented diplomatic crisis unfolding in the Persian Gulf region.
A spokesperson for the UAE government denied the allegations. (AFP)
07:00 GMT
At least eighteen separate secret prisons were found to be in operation across south Yemen, all either run or supported by the UAE.
Khalil, 67, had been a leader of Egypt’s student movement during the 1970s. (AFP)
06:00 GMT
Egyptian authorities arrest prominent leftist activist known for his vocal opposition to a controversial maritime border demarcation agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

June 22, 2017

With no previous diplomatic experience, Jared Kushner has been talking peace in the Middle East. (AFP)
20:00 GMT
In a visit lasting just 20 hours, the 36-year-old real-estate developer also met with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, in Ramallah on the West Bank.
The Turkish troops will take part in joint exercises with Qatari soldiers, pursuant to agreements signed between the two countries. (AFP)
18:00 GMT
Turkish media reports said a contingent of 25 soldiers would depart for Doha on Thursday to join some 90 troops already there.
Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his only public appearance in 2014 at al-Nuri mosque. (AFP)
16:00 GMT
The 12th-century mosque, also known as the Great Mosque, is named after Nour al-Din Zanki, the Sunni Muslim ruler who ordered its construction.
The attack comes ahead of Eid celebrations on Sunday, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.(AFP)
14:00 GMT
Police said at least 26 people were killed and 59 wounded in the attack outside a Kabul Bank bank in Lashkargah, the capital of the southern Afghan province of Helmand.
Doctors at the camps told them their children had died, but refused to hand over the bodies or death certificates. (AFP)
12:38 GMT
The 20-year-old allegations were presented to a special committee that has been investigating the case that involves more than 1,000 children from Yemen, who were illegally experimented on for research purposes.
In less than two months, at least 23 children have been killed and 123 have been injured in West Mosul alone. (AFP)
10:00 GMT
Since 2014, in Iraq, 1,130 children have been maimed and injured, 255 in the first six months of 2017.
The stabbing occurred at about 9:45 am (1345 GMT) at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan - about 100 kilometres north-west of Detroit. (AFP)
08:58 GMT
Police in the US state of Michigan are holding a 50-year-old Canadian man in connection with the stabbing of a police officer.
IS proclaimed its self-styled "caliphate" in June 2014. (AFP)
08:39 GMT
The Nuri and Hadba mosques, the city's two best known landmarks and the sites from which al-Baghdadi made his first and only public appearance in 2014.
Iran fires missiles into Syria in revenge for attacks. (AFP)
07:00 GMT
Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri says the country’s security is a red line, pledging to firmly respond to any threats or acts of aggression against the Islamic Republic’s national security.
Egypt began to deliver a million litres of fuel to Gaza, in an attempt to ease the Palestinian enclave’s desperate electricity crisis. (AFP)
06:00 GMT
The Egyptian authorities on Wednesday allowed several trucks laden with industrial fuel into the Hamas-run Gaza Strip to allow the enclave’s only functioning power plant to resume operations following a two-month hiatus.

June 21, 2017

The incident was reportedly caused by bad weather in Northern State. (AFP)
20:00 GMT
A Sudanese military helicopter has crashed in northern Sudan, killing all four people aboard.
Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran have strained since Riyadh severed diplomatic ties with Tehran early last year. (Wikimedia Commons)
18:00 GMT
Tehran has denied the men were IRGC members and accused Saudi coast guards of killing another fisherman after opening fire on Iranian fishing boats.
A US soldier advising Iraqi forces is seen in the city of Mosul on June 21, 2017, during the ongoing offensive by Iraqi troops to retake the last district still held by Daesh. (Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP)
16:00 GMT
According to International Press Institute’s Death Watch, Iraq ranked as the most dangerous place to be a journalist in 2016.
But Israel has not built a fully-fledged new settlement since the 1990s. (AFP)
14:00 GMT
Over 600,000 Israelis now live in settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
US special operations personnel ride in a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016 (AFP Photo/Delil Souleiman)
12:00 GMT
A US senator has warned against the United States' measures in Syria, which is pushing Washington "closer and closer" to a military conflict with Iran and Russia.
The meaning of "Mainstream Media" often seems to depend on what side of the political aisle a writer or journalist belongs to.
11:29 GMT
Gotcha. As you clicked on the link which brought you to this article, you probably thought you had a pretty good idea of what “mainstream media” was (CNN, BBC, FOX...right?).
Despite the fact that Muslims commit far fewer attacks, US media coverage increases by an average of four and a half times in those circumstances. (twitter)
10:52 GMT
The study showed the average attack with a Muslim perpetrator is covered in 90.8 articles, those with a Muslim, foreign-born perpetrator are covered in 192.8 articles.
People attend a vigil outside Finsbury Park Mosque in north London on June 20, 2017, following a van attack on pedestrians nearby on June 19. Ten people were injured and a man also died at the scene after a van drove into a crowd of Muslim worshippers near a mosque in London in the early hours of Monday. (Tolga Akmen/AFP)
10:25 GMT
How far away from the mainstream actually are far-right hate speakers?
A handout picture released on February 25, 2017 shows Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (R) meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in the capital Baghdad. (AFP via the Iraqi Foreign Ministry's press office)
10:22 GMT
At the invitation of King Salman, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi paid an official visit to Saudi Arabia on Monday.
Mohammed bin Salman (AFP)
09:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, according to a royal decree carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
A soldier stands alert in a cordoned off area outside Gare Central in Brussels on June 20, 2017, after an explosion. (AFP/ Emmanuel Dunand)
08:00 GMT
A suspect allegedly involved in a small explosion at Brussels Central station, that authorities are now treating as an act of terrorism, has died according to the Belgian news agency Belga.
Protests in Cairo against the decision to sell the Red Sea islands to Egypt. (AFP)
07:00 GMT
The incident took place during the sessions to discuss the Egyptian-Saudi maritime demarcation agreement, known as the Red Sea islands agreement.

According to the report, the violators of the ban would also be banned from applying for a new passport. (AFP)
06:00 GMT
Bahrain’s Interior Ministry has issued an order according to which the passport of any Bahraini citizen who travels to Qatar, resides there, or even crosses Qatari soil en route to other countries, would be revoked.

June 20, 2017

10.3 million of the world's displaced people fled their homes last year alone. (AFP)
20:00 GMT
UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi described the number as "the highest figure since we started recording these figures".
A US airstrike on Raqqa in December 2016. (Wikimedia Commons)
18:00 GMT
Australia announced a temporary suspension of its air operations in Syria on Tuesday, following the downing of a Syrian bomber by a U.S. jet.

"After decades, I have the honour to be the first prime minister to build a settlement in Judea and Samaria." - Benjamin Netanyahu (AFP)
16:00 GMT
According to Israeli rights group Peace Now, the new settlement will be the first official one since 1991.
A member of Iraq's elite Counter-Terrorism Service patrols an alley during the advance towards the Old City of Mosul on June 19, 2017 as the ongoing offensive continues to retake the last district still held by Daesh fighters. (Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP)
14:00 GMT
Erbil- Iraqi forces began storming ISIS-held Old City of Mosul on Sunday, in an assault they hope will be the last in the eight-month-old campaign to seize the militants’ stronghold.
Bagram Air Base, the largest US military base in Afghanistan, near where the eight security guards were killed. (Wikimedia Commons)
12:00 GMT
Eight Afghan security guards from Bagram Airbase were killed when their vehicle was attacked by unknown gunmen late Monday night.
Only weeks before the attack, Robinson released a video in which he warned that "militias will be set up" to "clean out this Islamic problem". (twitter)
10:49 GMT
Despite rallying against terror and jumping to condemn extremism at every dreaded news flash, key figures on the right and in the right-wing media continue to spew divisive rhetoric that fuels anti-Muslim hatred.
An Iranian fishing boat in 2012. Reports emerged on Saturday that Saudi Arabia had killed an Iranian fisherman. (Wikimedia Commons)
10:16 GMT
An official with the Iranian Interior Ministry has denied a claim by Saudi Arabia that Riyadh has arrested three members of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
President Trump has taken to Twitter during previous terror attacks to make the case for tighter restrictions on travel from predominantly Muslim countries. (AFP)
10:04 GMT
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert issued an official condemnation of the deadly assault but Donald Trump – often quick to comment on Twitter after extremist violence – kept his counsel.

“If they want to be isolated because of their perverted view of what their political role is then let them be isolated.” (AFP)
08:03 GMT
A senior UAE official said Qatar isolation could last 'for years'.
Chief executor of Qatar Airways speaks on new Qatar Airways Business plan. (AFP)
07:34 GMT
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani described the measures aimed at isolating Qatar "an act of aggression."
The Defence Ministry said the Syrian plane was destroyed and the fate of the pilot unknown. (AFP)
07:25 GMT
Russia has said it will treat all US coalition aircraft west of Euphrates river in Syria as 'airborne targets'.

June 19, 2017

Malian security forces escort to safety hostages outside the Kangaba Le Campement in the outskirt of Bamako on June 19, 2017 a day after suspected jihadists stormed the resort, briefly seizing more than 30 hostages and leaving at least two people dead. (Fototala King Massassy/AFP)
20:00 GMT
Unidentified gunmen stormed a Mali luxury resort popular with Western expatriates just outside the capital Bamako, killing four guests and leaving one other guest missing, a security source at the scene said on Monday.
A possible hate-crime motivation is among the things authorities are investigating. (twitter)
19:00 GMT
Fairfax County police found the body of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen in a pond on Sunday afternoon.
The attack on Finsbury Park Mosque was a "sickening attempt" to destroy the freedom to worship. (AFP)
16:00 GMT
Additional police have been deployed at British mosques to protect Muslims following a van attack on worshippers near a north London mosque.
Iraqi forces launched the battle for Mosul in October retaking the eastern part of the city in January. (AFP)
14:00 GMT
The push into Mosul's Old City marks the culmination of a month long campaign by Iraqi forces to retake last major Daesh stronghold.
Community members who have led initiatives to support those affected without help from government say that this is not enough. (AFP)
12:11 GMT
Families affected by the devastating London tower block inferno last week will receive £5,500 from the British government.
Smoke billows from buildings in the northern Syrian city of Raqa on June 18, 2017, during an offensive by US-backed fighters to retake the Islamic State (IS) group bastion. (Delil Souleiman/AFP)
10:34 GMT
A United States fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane near Raqqa on Sunday, an incident confirmed by both Washington and Damascus despite varying accounts.
Iran said on Sunday it launched missiles into Syria targeting Daesh positions in response to last week's attacks in Tehran which killed 23 people. (Wikimedia Commons, for illustrative purposes only)
09:26 GMT
Iran said on Sunday it launched missiles into Syria targeting Daesh positions in response to last week's attacks in Tehran which killed 23 people.
London mayor Sadiq Khan labelled the incident a "horrific terrorist attack on innocent people." (AFP)
08:26 GMT
he suspect screamed "I'm going to kill all Muslims," according to witness Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi who was assisting victims.
A picture taken on Jan. 11, 2016 shows Kurdish Peshmerga forces monitoring trenches in Daquq in Kirkuk. (AFP)
07:00 GMT
Four Daesh bombers attacked a position held by Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq on Sunday amid reports of casualties, according to a local military officer.
Turkish soldiers in Afghanistan in 2010. 731 Turkish soldiers took ill on Saturday night. (Wikimedia Commons)
06:00 GMT
More than 700 soldiers have fallen sick in a mass outbreak of food poisoning at a military barracks in the western Turkish province of Manisa.

June 18, 2017

Mayor of Pedrogao Grande, Valdemar Alves, said that some villages had been "completely surrounded by flames." (AFP)
20:00 GMT
Forest fires kill scores of people in central Portugal.
Yemenis stand on the rubble of houses destroyed in a separate Saudi-led coalition air strike in Sanaa on June 9, 2017. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
18:00 GMT
At least 24 civilians were killed after a Saudi-led air coalition bombarded a market in Yemen, the country's rebel-held news agency Saba reported on Sunday.
Iraqi forces patrol in the Shifa neighbourhood, on the west bank of Mosul, on June 17, 2017. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP)
16:00 GMT
Iraqi forces launched an assault to retake Mosul's Old City and push out the Islamic State group on Sunday, three years after the militants seized the city and announced their so-called "caliphate".
Smoke rises from buildings following a reported air strike on a rebel-held area in the southern Syrian city of Daraa, on June 14, 2017. (Mohamad Abazeed/AFP)
14:00 GMT
The Syrian regime army on Saturday declared a 48-hour ceasefire in the southern city of Daraa as two separate peace talk initiatives scheduled for July take shape.
The file photo shows a fishing boat in the Persian Gulf.
12:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia’s coastguard has killed an Iranian fisherman in the waters south of Iran, a senior border official of the Islamic Republic says.

Both Djibouti and Eritrea have good relations with Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and have taken their side in the row. (AFP)
10:04 GMT
Following the departure of Qatari troops, Djibouti accuses Eritrea of occupying territory.
Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian youth in East Jerusalem. (AFP)
09:00 GMT
Israeli authorities have rescinded Ramadan permits for Palestinians to enter Jerusalem after an Israeli border policewoman was killed on Friday by three attackers.
Taliban in Afghanistan (AFP)
08:16 GMT
At least five policemen were killed and eight others injured early Sunday in a suicide bombing and subsequent firefight in Afghanistan's south-eastern Paktia province, an official said.
The Qatar-based Al Jazeera news channel said on Saturday it had regained its Arab-language account on Twitter after a brief suspension. (File photo)
08:00 GMT
The Qatar-based Al Jazeera news channel said on Saturday it had regained its Arab-language account on Twitter after a brief suspension.
Members of the emergency services work on the middle floors of the charred remnains of the Grenfell Tower block in Kensington, west London, on June 17, 2017, follwing the June 14 fire at the residential building. (Tolga Akmen/AFP)
07:00 GMT
Some 58 people are now feared dead in the Grenfell Tower fire in west London, according to British police.

June 17, 2017

Israeli security forces and an ambulance are seen at the scene of an attack outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on June 16, 2017. (Thomas Coex/AFP)
18:00 GMT
Hamas has rebuffed the Islamic State group's claim that it was behind the fatal stabbing of an Israeli policewoman in Jerusalem.
AFP: Egypt's parliament agreed on June 14, 2017, a controversial maritime agreement with Saudi Arabia that transfers the two Red Sea islands to the kingdom, state television and a lawmaker said. The deal, which is still under challenge in court, had sparked rare protests in the country with the opposition accusing the government of selling Egyptian territory to its Saudi benefactors.
16:48 GMT
This weeks MENA update considers the timing of the $12 billion US arms deal with Qatar, and Egypt's cotroversial bill to secede the Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.
Egypt's General Prosecutor Hesham Barakat, who was murdered in June 2015 (Image: YOUM7/Hossam Atef)
16:00 GMT
An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced 31 people to death for murdering the country's former chief prosecutor almost two years ago.
Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi speaks in Mosul in 2014 (screenshot)
14:00 GMT
Russia’s Defense Ministry revealed on Friday it was checking information that a Russian air strike in Syria may have killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in late May although the US-led coalition battling the terrorist organization said it could not confirm his death.
An Iraqi soldier walks down a street in Mosul's western Al-Shifa district on June 15, 2017, during the ongoing offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. (Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP)
12:00 GMT
Iraqi forces have seized from Daesh one of the official border crossings between the country and Syria, thus choking a key supply line feeding the terrorist group.
Israeli forensic police check the body of a suspected Palestinian assailant outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on June 16, 2017 following an attack. (Thomas Coex/AFP)
10:00 GMT
Israeli police reported on Friday evening that an attack took place outside the Damascus Gate, saying that one Israeli police officer was critically injured and later succumbed to her wounds, while the three attackers - were shot dead.
Egyptians protest the government’s handover of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, April 25, 2016. (AFP)
08:00 GMT
Egyptians continue to take to the streets against the parliament’s recent approval of a controversial plan to transfer the sovereignty of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.
Trump's ban on Muslims coming to the United States, has drawn a fierce backlash from immigration experts and America's Muslim community (AFP/Kena Betancur)
06:00 GMT
Iraqi immigrants sued the US government on Thursday to avoid deportation following raids last weekend in the Detroit area, saying they feared religious persecution if sent home.

June 16, 2017

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. (AFP)
18:00 GMT
Turkey’s foreign minister is expected to visit Saudi Arabia on Friday as part of his tour of mediatory talks with Middle East leaders over the Qatar blockade.
Rebel fighters dig and fill sandbags for barricades behind a sniper curtain to protect them from government forces in the southern Syrian city of Daraa. (AFP)
16:00 GMT
The United Nations urged Russia, Iran and Turkey on Thursday to open up areas of Syria to the delivery of humanitarian aid in “de-escalation” zones whose parameters the three are meant to finalize.
US soldiers in Afghanistan (AFP)
14:00 GMT
The United States will deploy about 4,000 additional troops, including hundreds of Special Operations forces, to Afghanistan, according to a Trump administration official.
A picture taken on December 20, 2016 shows the US Embassy in Ankara, closed for the day after a shooting incident overnight. (AFP)
10:00 GMT
Turkey summoned the U.S. Ambassador in Ankara, John Bass, to the Foreign Office on Thursday after American authorities issued arrest warrants for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bodyguards.
Afghan protesters shout anti-government slogans during a protest against the government following a truck bomb attack near Zanbaq Square on 2 June. (AFP/ Wakil Kohsar)
08:22 GMT
Two suspected suicide bombers attacked a mosque belonging to the Shia community in the capital Kabul on Thursday, leaving at least one person dead and two others injured, according to an official.
Daesh gunmen in Mosul. (AFP)
08:10 GMT
More than a hundred Daesh "Islamic State group militants" are said to have been killed in a suspected US bombing on their Iraq hideout on Wednesday, after fighters took over a west Mosul neighbourhood in a surprise counterattack.

June 15, 2017

Yemen's war has seen more than 8,000 people killed and millions displaced since a Saudi-led Arab coalition intervened in March 2015. (AFP)
20:53 GMT
$2.1 billion humanitarian response plan for Yemen for 2017 has only been 29 percent funded.
Prime Minister Theresa May and London Mayor Sadiq Khan visited the scene of the deadly blaze on Thursday, promising a full investigation into the catastrophe. (AFP)
18:21 GMT
The police have said the number of confirmed fatalities from Wednesday’s inferno is now 17.

ETI also made exports to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Morocco and Algeria. (AFP)
14:00 GMT
BAE first sold the technology to Tunisian ex-dictator, Ben Ali, who used it monitor his opponents and imprison them without trial.
Turkish foreign minister at a press conference in Kuwait City. (AFP)
12:41 GMT
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, chief of the centre-left Republican People's Party (CHP), was surrounded by supporters holding up signs saying "justice" as they began the long walk.
The French president is welcomed by King Mohammed VI and his wife, Princess Lala Salma. (AFP)
12:00 GMT
Ahead of the visit, the French presidency said Macron would discuss with Mohammed VI the dispute between Qatar and several countries.
The Pentagon did not provide additional details on the sale but Bloomberg reported it could include as many as 36 warplanes. (AFP)
10:29 GMT
Pentagon announced today the $12-billion sale will give Qatar a state-of-the-art capability and increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar
A state of emergency was imposed in late 2015 after a terrorist attack in capital Tunis left dozens dead, including security personnel. (AFP)
09:08 GMT
Tunisia extends state of emergency a further four months.