Middle East

Libya Red Crescent: 74 dead refugees wash ashore

Seventy-four bodies of refugees recovered from beach in western city of Zawiya on the Mediterranean Sea, officials say.

Middle East

Turkish Kurds appeal to EU court over leaders' arrest

Pro-Kurdish HDP files application at European Court of Human Rights over arrest of its leaders, Demirtas and Yuksekdag.

Battle for Mosul

Iraqi troops advance on western Mosul as US holds talks

With aerial support from US-led coalition, Iraqi forces launch offensive to drive ISIL from Mosul's western half.

Battle for Mosul

Iraqi forces push into ISIL-held southern Mosul

Troops backed by jets battle their way to Mosul airport, as US defence chief arrives in Baghdad on unannounced visit.

Middle East

Libya's UN-backed leader escapes attack unharmed

No injuries as motorcade carrying prime minister of Libya's UN-backed government comes under fire in Tripoli.

Middle East

Netanyahu rejected secret peace offer: Ex-officials

Benjamin Netanyahu turned down regional peace initiative last year brokered by John Kerry, former US officials confirm.

Middle East

Egypt court upholds death sentences over football riot

Ten men sentenced to death over violence at Port Said football match, with one additional suspect still at large.

Turkey attempted coup

Erdogan 'assassination plot' trial begins in Turkey

Trial of 47 people accused of plotting to kill President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has begun in the southern city of Mugla.

Politics

Ten things Iranians can do to preempt a Trump war

Donald Trump wants the US to go to war with Iran, but Iranians can still stop or at least delegitimise his efforts.

by Hamid Dabashi

Middle East

US defence chief Mattis: Not in Iraq to seize oil

Jim Mattis arrives on unannounced visit to Iraq as Pentagon considers acceleration of military campaign against ISIL.

Middle East

Iraqi government launches offensive on west Mosul

Prime minister announces start of military operation to take back ISIL's last major urban territory in Iraq.

Middle East

Iran accused of undermining Middle East security

Zarif backs dialogue with 'brothers in Islam' but Saudi counterpart Jubeir urges 'red lines' to halt Iran's actions.

Inside Story

Will latest Iraqi offensive mean end of ISIL in Mosul?

Iraqi forces and their allies have been fighting for months to push ISIL out of Mosul.

Middle East

Timeline of attacks in Turkey

Bombings since start of 2015 have mostly been blamed on ISIL and armed Kurdish groups.

Middle East

Saudi sci-fi fans flock to kingdom's first Comic Con

Colourful event in Jeddah comes as Saudi Arabia boosts its entertainment sector amid economic and social reform.