Middle East

World's first rotating, shape-shifting tower planned for Dubai

(CNN)Dubai is home to many man-made wonders: The world's largest man-made island, the world's largest shopping mall, the world's tallest building.<p>It may soon be adding a new one -- the world's first rotating skyscraper.<p>It's the brainchild of architect David Fisher of Dynamic Architecture.<p>Fisher …

Dubai

Islamic State vows more attacks on Egypt's Christians

CAIRO (AP) — An Islamic State group affiliate in Egypt released a video Monday showing the suicide bomber who killed nearly 30 people when he attacked a packed church in December and vowing more attacks on the country's Christian.<p>A narrator says in the 20-minute video that the Egyptian Christians …

Egypt

ISIS group expands in southern Syria near Israel border

Islamic State-linked Syrian militant groups on Monday launched a surprise attack on moderate rebels in southwestern Syria near the Golan Heights near …

Syria

Dubai's bid to cash in on climate change

During the 5th World Government Summit in Dubai, the government set out a bold vision for how adapting to climate change could form the basis of an industry worth billions to the country.<p>Flanked by palm trees lining a vast network of artificial waterways, the giant white cube of the Dubai Future …

Climate Change

Islamic State has gained a foothold in Pakistan – and the government allowed it

The Sehwan bombing is a result of the Saudi-funded fundamentalism that has taken a grip in the country<p>Last week, only three days after a suicide bomb went off in Lahore, an Islamic State supporter struck a crowd of Sufi dancers celebrating in the great Pakistani shrine of Sehwan Sharif. The attack, …

Pakistan

U.S. advisors are now fighting alongside Iraqi forces in the battle for Mosul

U.S. military advisors are now fighting alongside Iraqi forces near the front lines against Islamic State, a sign of President Trump's willingness to grant more latitude to American commanders than they've had since Iraq’s ground war against the militants was launched more than two years ago.<p>The …

Iraq

Russia seeks to avoid sanctions by buying equipment from Iran

Russia hopes to get around European Union sanctions by reaching a deal with Iran for the supply of gas turbine equipment for two power plants in Crimea, the head of Russian state defence conglomerate Rostec said on Monday.<p>EU sanctions bar European individuals and companies from providing energy …

Iran

Is Iran Preparing For War In The Middle East? Russia To Send $1B In Weapons To Tehran

Russia was set to send Iran about $1 billion worth of missile defense systems, Russian news agency Tass reported Monday. The deal was the result of a …

Iran

'Islamic State' fighters rape and torture Sunni Arab women: Human Rights Watch

Fighters for the "Islamic State" terror group are raping and torturing Sunni Arab women in areas they control in Iraq, Human Rights Watch reports. Similar abuses against Yazidi women have been well documented.<p>Sunni Arab Muslim women and girls suffered arbitrary detentions, beatings, sexual abuse …

Human Rights

Syria conflict: Rebels warns truce may collapse after attacks

<b>Rebel factions in Syria that backed recent peace moves say an intensification of government attacks has put the current truce in jeopardy.</b><p>They warn that they reserve the right to respond to recent bombings of areas around Damascus, Homs and the south.<p>The rebels describe the attacks as a "bloody …

Syria

Iran summons Turkish envoy over comments by president, foreign minister

Iran summoned the Turkish ambassador in Tehran on Monday over comments made by Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accusing the Islamic Republic of destabilising the region.<p>Tehran and Ankara support opposite sides in the conflict in Syria with mostly Shi’ite …

Iran

The rising risk of showdown between Trump and Iran

<b>Are the US and Iran heading for a new confrontation? After a turbulent first three weeks in which President Donald Trump described Iran as "the world's number one terrorist state" and put it "on notice", it is a question many are asking.</b><p>For Iranians with connections in the United States, these are …

Iran

Rockets fired into southern Israel from Egypt's Sinai

No casualties as two handmade rockets land in Eshkol region after similar missile attack on Eilat in early February<p>Two rockets, apparently fired by Islamic militants in Egypt’s northern Sinai, have landed in southern Israel. It comes a day after an Isis affiliate claimed that several of its members …

Egypt

Donald Trump's Shift On Yemen Risks Plunging The Country Into Famine

A Saudi-led coalition appears set to attack the port in Yemen where nearly all the country's food comes in.<p>WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump may be on the brink of sparking a full-blown famine in Yemen ― all because of a subtle shift in messaging that risks effectively cutting off humanitarian …

Yemen

Iran Says It's Focused on Building Persian Gulf Alliances

Iran's foreign minister mocked being "put on notice" in a tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump and said his country is focused on building Persian …

Iran

The complex politics of the battle for Syria's al-Bab

Sami Moubayed, The Arab Weekly<br>BEIRUT, Lebanon -- For decades, most Syrians had heard little to noth­ing about al-Bab, a largely Sunni Arab town 25 …

Syria

Trump's defense chief, in Iraq, says: We're not here for your oil

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military is not in Iraq "to seize anybody's oil", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, distancing himself from remarks by President Donald Trump before arriving on an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Monday.<p>Mattis, on his first trip to Iraq as Pentagon chief, is hoping to …

Iraq

Building An Iranian App Ecosystem That Promotes Business And Pushes Boundaries

Apps for podcasting, tracking ovulation, and finding a lawyer extend a nonprofit's mission of supporting democracy in Iran.<p>There are an estimated 40 million smartphone users in Iran. But ongoing government censorship, language barriers, and economic sanctions imposed on the country have made the …

Iran

Where to Eat, Drink, and Shop in Istanbul, According to Turkey's Favorite Chef

<i>This story originally appeared on foodandwine.com.</i><p>Chef Mehmet Gürs’ Istanbul Food & Beverage Group runs so many restaurants, cafes, and coffee spots …

Istanbul

Egyptian man claims to find missile launcher in rubbish heap outside Cairo airport

An Egyptian man claims to have found a shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missile launcher lying in a heap of rubbish next to Cairo’s main international airport.<p>The man’s claim could not be verified but if the weapon is real, it would mark an alarming breach of security in a country that has seen two …

Egypt

Good news: Islamic State is hemorrhaging money

Ahmad al-Rubaye, AFP/Getty ImagesIraqi forces advance toward the village of Sheikh Younis, south of Mosul, on Sunday during their attempt to retake …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Iran launches 'advanced' rockets during new military exercises

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard has launched several sophisticated rockets during military exercises, Iranian media reported on Monday.<p>The semi-official Tasnim news agency , considered to be close to the Revolutionary Guard, said the launch of the "smart and advanced" rockets came …

Iran

Russia Screwed Up — And Accidentally Bombed the Turkish Army

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Syria

Why The Aramco IPO Is Doubtful

Aramco IPO is the centerpiece of Saudi Vision 2030.<p>$2 trillion valuation is desired.<p>But Aramco pays a 20% royalty and 85% tax rate.<p>Net present value …

Oil

Egypt's top court upholds 10 death sentences over football violence

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's top court upheld death sentences for 10 men on Monday for their part in Egypt's worst violence at a football stadium, in which more than 70 fans were killed in February 2012.<p>Many of the dead were crushed when panicked fans tried to escape from the Port Said stadium after a …

Egypt

Russia says 4 soldiers killed in roadside bombing in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Four Russian servicemen were killed last week in Syria when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb, the Russian military said Monday, raising the total Russian combat casualties so far in Syria's war to 27.<p>The four died when they were travelling as part of a Syrian military convoy to …

Syria

Footage shows ISIS fighters smiling before suicide attack

A new video posted by ISIS reportedly shows a team of suicide car bombers — including one smiling Brit — driving Mad Max-style death-mobiles towards …

North Africa

Iran Postpones Unification Of Official And Open Market Exchange Rates

The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has indicated that it will not be able to unify the country’s official and open market exchange rates by March 20, as previously planned.<p>Iran has been living with two exchange rates for the Iranian rial for several years, which has both helped to fuel corruption and …

Iran

Syria crisis: Footage shows girl 'Aya' rescue

Footage released by Syria Civil Defence - also known as the White Helmets - shows a girl being pulled alive from rubble, apparently in Damascus' Tishreen neighbourhood on Sunday.

Syria

Canadian troops mount pressure on Islamic State outside of Mosul

Canadian special forces have shifted their operations in northern Iraq to put pressure on ISIL in places outside the strategic city of Mosul — including along the border with Syria.<p>Rather than firing, now they’re mainly scrutinizing.<p>High atop a rocky hilltop Monday, two Canadian soldiers sat in a …

Iraq