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

Thousands flee as Iraqi forces gain ground in Tal Afar

As battle for the ISIL-held city of Tal Afar intensifies, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis makes unannounced visit to Iraq.

Iraqi forces make gains against ISIL in Tal Afar push

Middle East

Iran 'needs just 5 days' to resume uranium enrichment

Iran's atomic boss says Tehran 'loyal' to nuclear deal but ready to respond if US renegotiates or walks away from it.

Iran: Five days needed to ramp up uranium enrichment

Middle East

Israeli forces 'jeopardising' Palestinian patients in hospital raids

The medical director of the main Palestinian hospital in occupied East Jerusalem is calling on Israeli forces to end what he says have become increasingly aggressive tactics on hospital grounds.

Middle East

UN accuses two sides in Yemen war of international law violations

Two new UN reports have accused both sides in Yemen's war of violating international laws.

Qatar

Dubai TV airs 'fake news' about rallies, curfew in Doha

Qatar dismisses false report by UAE channel claiming anti-government protests took place with demonstrators teargassed.

Dubai TV airs 'fake news' about rallies, curfew in Doha

Syria's Civil War

Syria: US-led attacks 'kill 100 civilians in 48 hours'

Women and children among the dead as a barrage of US-led coalition raids hit ISIL-held city.

Raqqa: US-led attacks 'kill 100 civilians' in 48 hours

Middle East

Palestinians decry arrest of Islamic movement leader

Raed Salah's arrest is part of a wider political trend in Israel targeting Arab political life, Palestinians say.

Palestinians decry arrest of Islamic movement leader

Middle East

Poor conditions await refugees in Syrian camps

Russia is increasing the scale of its air campaign against ISIL in Syria. Thousands of civilians are trying to escape the violence.

Hajj 2017

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

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

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

Middle East

Trump vows US will keep fighting in Afghanistan

In first address as commander-in-chief, US President Trump argues against withdrawal from Afghan war and slams Pakistan.

Middle East

Russia says 200 ISIL fighters killed in Syria air raid

Russia has intensified an air campaign this month to help drive ISIL out of its major stronghold of Deir Az Zor.

Russia says 200 ISIL fighters killed in Syria air raid

Middle East

UN accuses Saudi, UAE of funding armed groups in Yemen

A confidential report by the United Nations accuses Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of financing armed groups in Yemen. It also accuses all parties of violating international humanitarian laws in a war that has killed thousands of people.

Middle East

Chemical attacks continued in Syria despite Ghouta outrage

Four years ago a chemical attack in Ghouta, a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, killed hundreds of people.

Opinion

Post-ISIL Iraq: Decoding Muqtada al-Sadr's Gulf visits

By reaching out to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the Shia leader is attempting to counterbalance Iran's influence in Iraq.

Zaid al-Ali

by Zaid al-Ali

Zaid al-Ali