Iraq

ISIL's smouldering footprint in Qayyara

Although oil fires set by fleeing ISIL fighters have been extinguished, environmental fallout looms in Iraq's Qayyara.

ISIL's smouldering footprint in Qayyara

Saudi Arabia

Eid is on Friday, September 1

Saudi Arabia officially declares Friday, September 1 the first day of Eid al-Adha 2017.

Saudi Arabia declares Eid al-Adha on September 1

Middle East

Deadly clashes grip Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon

Five die and dozens suffer injuries as fighting between rival groups continues in Lebanon's largest Palestinian camp.

Deadly clashes grip Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp

Middle East

Iran, Saudi Arabia 'to exchange diplomatic visits'

Foreign minister of Iran says the visits could take place after the Hajj pilgrimage ends in first week of September.

Javad Zarif: Iran, Saudi to exchange diplomatic visits

Yemen

'Deadly night': Air raid on Yemen hotel kills dozens

Bombs hit close to Houthi-controlled capital, Sanaa, leaving dozens dead and injured, local media reports.

Middle East

Iraqi forces battle to retake Tal Afar from ISIL

Many areas in Iraq have been taken from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant group by government forces backed by militias, but a few cities remain under ISIL control.

Middle East

Yemen: Dozens killed by Saudi-led coalition strike

A Saudi-led coalition air raid near Yemen's capital, Sanaa, has killed dozens of people, many of whom are thought to be civilians.

Hajj 2017

Hajj 2017: When is it and how long does it take?

The dates for the five-day Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca have been officially announced after moon sighting on August 22.

Hajj 2017: When is it and how long does it take?

Opinion

Why Kushner’s Middle East visit is set for failure

Palestinians should not waste their time by expecting concrete results from Jared Kushner's mediation efforts.

Ibrahim Fraihat

by Ibrahim Fraihat

Ibrahim Fraihat

Middle East

Qatar approves new law to protect domestic staff

Workers will be able to limit their services to 10 hours a day, work six days a week and be entitled to annual holiday.

Qatar approves new law to protect domestic staff

Middle East

Turkey urges Iraqi Kurds to abandon independence vote

In an official visit to Baghdad and Erbil, Turkey's foreign minister lobbies Kurds to cancel next month's referendum.

Middle East

Trump relative leads US team seeking Middle East peace

President's son-in law and White House adviser, Jared Kushner, to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Jared Kushner leads US team seeking Middle East peace

Middle East

Calls grow to delay Iraqi Kurdistan vote for independence

Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, is in Iraq to hold meetings in Baghdad and the northern Kurdish region. His visit came hours after US Defense Secretary James Mattis held similar meetings to push for a united Iraq.

Shorts

How to be a Palestinian supermom

To Manal Tamimi, being a Palestinian parent brings a lot of unique responsibilities.

Middle East

US to withhold $290m in Egyptian aid over human rights

US will cut $95.7m in aid and delay another $195m due to Egypt's failure to make progress on respecting human rights.