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Iran accuses US of trying to hide own role in Yemen war

TEHRAN — Iran’s foreign minister accused the United States on Friday of trying to divert attention from its own responsibility for the deadly war in …

Middle East

US Urges Negotiations between Syria Regime, Opposition as France Accuses Damascus of Mass Crimes

The United States called on Friday the supporters of the Syrian regime to press it to “fully” take engage in negotiations with the opposition in …


Cold Worsens Conditions of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon’s Bekaa

Hamida Al-Qassem, a 50-year-old Syrian widow from the town of Jussiyeh, collects papers, cartons and plastic wastes from Lebanese streets and shops …


UNESCO Celebrates World Arabic Language Day

The role of new technologies and how to harness them is the theme of this year’s World Arabic Language Day, which will be celebrated at UNESCO …

Arabic Language

Egypt Temporarily Opens Gaza Border

Egypt temporarily opened its largely sealed border with Gaza on Saturday for only the second time since the Palestinian Authority took control of the …

Palestinian Authority

Yemeni Army Advances on Shabwa

The Yemeni army made advances in its battle against the Iranian-backed Houthi militias in the Shabwa province, reported the SABA news agency.<p>A …


Lebanon to hold first parliamentary polls in 9 years

Lebanon is to hold its first parliamentary elections in nine years on May 6 next year, the media reported.<p>Citing Lebanese news agency NNA, Efe news …

Middle East

UN Urges Iraq to Immediately Halt Executions

The United Nations rights office has urged Iraq to immediately halt all executions, stressing that putting to death 38 terrorist suspects was “deeply …

Middle East

Palestinians reject US' Western Wall call

A Palestinian official has rejected a call by a US official for the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem to remain under Israeli control.


France says Syria's Assad not looking for peace, committing mass crimes

PARIS (Reuters) - France on Friday accused Syria of doing nothing to reach a peace agreement after almost seven years of war and said it was “committing mass crimes” in the Eastern Ghouta region where 400,000 people are besieged by government forces.<p>U.N.-led peace talks in Geneva ended on Thursday …


Syria blame game continues after failed Geneva talks

US calls on Syrian government to 'participate fully' in Geneva talks, while Damascus blames stalemate on preconditions.<p>The United States has urged the Syrian government to "participate fully" in negotiations with the opposition, while a Syrian official blamed opposition preconditions for yet …


Inside the First Museum in Iran Devoted to a Female Artist

The new museum houses 50 works by the acclaimed artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian<p>Comment on this Story


Iran allows German musician Schiller to play first Western concerts since 1979

TEHRAN, Iran — No Western musician has been given permission to play concerts in Iran since the country's Islamic Revolution of 1979.<p>This week marked a watershed then, with German electronic musician Schiller bringing his pulsating beats to awestruck audiences in the capital Tehran.<p>"I couldn’t …


Pentagon fears dangers of 'risky flying' by Russian pilots in Syria

The Pentagon is voicing growing alarm that the risky flying of Russian pilots in Syria could lead to a mishap – or even the nightmare scenario of a US jet shooting down a Russian warplane.<p>Defense officials this week highlighted several recent close calls with Russian planes, including one …


City where Jesus grew up ‘cancels Christmas’

<b>The city where Jesus grew up has ‘cancelled Christmas’ in protest at Donald Trump‘s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.</b><p>Nazareth, the …


Saudi Arabia driving ban on women to be lifted from June, riding motorcycles, trucks will also be allowed

<b>Riyadh:</b> Saudi Arabian women will be able to drive trucks and motorcycles, officials have said three months after the kingdom announced a historic …

Saudi Arabia

Exclusive: Qatari dairy company battling Arab boycott to go public next year - sources

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatari company Baladna, which is creating a dairy industry in the desert to help the country to cope with a boycott by other Arab states, is planning an initial public offer of its shares (IPO) to raise funds and bring in strategic investors, sources familiar with the matter …

Arab States

World's First AI Citizen in Saudi Arabia Is Now Calling For Women's Rights

It's a little ironic if you think about it.<p>When the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia granted a citizenship to Hanson Robotics' female-looking robot Sophia, …


Likelihood of US-Iranian Confrontation in 2018

A US strategic report issued by the Center for Preventive Action (CPA) that operates under the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) warned of a …

Council on Foreign Relations

Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia: sources

AMMAN (Reuters) - Sabih al-Masri, a Palestinian billionaire and the chairman of Jordan's largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday.<p>They said Masri, a Saudi citizen and Jordan's most prominent …

Saudi Arabia

Energy Minister: Lebanon's Oil and Gas Exploration to Begin in 2019

Lebanon will start exploratory offshore drilling for oil and gas in 2019 after the government has given the green light for drilling in two blocks in …


Erdogan says Turkey starting initiatives at U.N. to annul U.S. decision on Jerusalem

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey is starting initiatives at the United Nations to annul a decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.<p>Speaking to crowds gathered in the central Anatolian city of Konya via teleconference, Erdogan said …


More than 20 Islamic State militants killed in Syria: U.S.-led coalition | Reuters

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.<p>Published Date: Dec 15, 2017 01:00 am | Updated Date: Dec 15, 2017 …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Prayers, rocks and tear gas: Clashes over Jerusalem heat up in West Bank | The Province

Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra said five Palestinians were injured in clashes in two locations along Gaza's border with Israel<p>GAZA, …


Yemeni officials say foreign aid workers have left port city

Yemeni officials say foreign humanitarian workers with the U.N. and other international organizations have left the port city of Hodeida because of …

Middle East

Russia's transportation minister: Direct flights between Moscow and Egypt's capital, Cairo, are to resume in February

MOSCOW – Russia's transportation minister: Direct flights between Moscow and Egypt's capital, Cairo, are to resume in February.


Yemeni army pushes Houthis from outpost in southern Yemen

ADEN (Reuters) - The Yemeni army and allied fighters on Friday drove Houthi militants from a town that was one of the last positions they held in the country's south, military sources and local officials said.<p>The forces advanced into Bayhan, about 300 km (190 miles) southeast of the Houthi-held …

Middle East

Syrian opposition says U.N. talks are in 'great danger'

GENEVA (Reuters) - The international community must do more to persuade the Syrian government to negotiate in U.N.-led talks, which were in “great danger”, the head of the opposition delegation said after an eighth round ended in failure in Geneva on Thursday.<p>Opposition negotiator Nasr Hariri told …


Congress advances bill imperiling Iran nuclear deal

The House today passed a bill that could undermine the Iran nuclear deal by complicating civilian aircraft sales to Iran, but its future in the …


Robot to explore secret chamber inside Great Pyramid of Giza

French researchers are building an exploration robot that is set to reveal the secrets of mystery chambers inside the Great Pyramid of Giza.<p>The new …