Middle East

'Death looms for Yemenis by air, land and sea'

Yemen is facing a triple tragedy of famine, the world's largest cholera outbreak, and worsening conflict says the UN.


In memory of Abdulhussain Abdulredha

The popular Kuwaiti actor, director, playwright and producer left a legacy of laughter, unity and defiance.

Alaa Shehabi

by Alaa Shehabi

Alaa Shehabi

Middle East

Twin offensives target ISIL on Lebanon-Syria border

Lebanese army starts operation near Ras Baalbek while separate Hezbollah-Syrian army offensive begins in Qalamoun.

Offensives target ISIL on Lebanon-Syria border

Middle East

Seven million in Yemen face threat of famine

The UN Security Council has been told that seven million people in Yemen are facing the threat of famine.

Business & Economy

Iran, Afghanistan top money laundering index

Annual index ranks 140 countries in terms of risk of money laundering and 'terrorism' financing.

Iran and Afghanistan top 2017 Basel AML Index

Inside Story

How open is the Saudi invite for Qatar's Hajj pilgrims?

The Saudi king reopened the border to allow Qataris to attend Hajj, but some are still being turned away.


Yemen's Houthi rebels arrest prominent online activist

Rights groups and journalists urge the release of Hisham al-Omeisy, who was detained by armed security forces on Monday.

Yemen's Houthi rebels arrest activist Hisham al-Omeisy

Human Rights

Week in pictures: From Kenya protest to alt-right rally

A photo round-up of some of last week's key events, including Sierra Leone mudslide and a fire in the Philippines.

Week in pictures: From Kenya protest to alt-right rally

Middle East

Libya force arrests key ally of General Khalifa Haftar

Unclear if Mahmoud al-Werfalli will be handed over to ICC, which issued his arrest warrant for 'murder as a war crime'.

Libya: Khalifa Haftar ally Mahmoud al-Werfalli arrested

Middle East

UN blasts Saudi coalition for children deaths in Yemen

UN report blames Saudi-led military alliance for 'unacceptably high' number of child casualties during war.

UN: Saudi coalition attacks kill many children in Yemen

Middle East

UN to include Saudi-led coalition on a child rights blacklist

A draft United Nations report says the Saudi-led military coalition is responsible for an "unacceptably high" number of child deaths and injuries in Yemen.

Middle East

Qatar welcomes Saudi move to allow pilgrims to perform Hajj

Qatar's government has welcomed an announcement from Saudi Arabia that its people will be allowed to cross the border for the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Middle East

Saudi, Iraqi leaders 'draw closer' after Sadr meeting

For Saudi Arabia, talks with Iraq are attempt to build alliances with its Shia leaders, analysts say.

Saudi, Iraqi leaders 'draw closer' after Sadr meeting


Saudi to open land border for Qatar's Hajj pilgrims

Qatar welcomes decision, but says move should include a full lifting of the blockade imposed by the Saudi-led group.

Saudi King Salman invites Qatar pilgrims to Hajj

Middle East

Hamas guard killed in suicide bombing in southern Gaza

Several Hamas security men also injured in the bombing blamed on ISIL near the Palestinian enclave's border with Egypt.

Hamas guard killed in suicide bombing in southern Gaza