Qatar

Qatar-Gulf crisis: All the latest updates

Here are all the latest updates of the Qatar-Gulf crisis, now in its eighth month.

Syria's Civil War

Syria: 77 civilians killed in regime bombardment

Death toll includes 20 children in Syrian government attack on besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta, war monitor says.

Syria: 77 civilians killed in regime bombardment

Turkey-Syria border

'Major disaster': Turkey warns Syria over aid to YPG

Turkey says reports Syrian army will aid Kurdish YPG in Afrin are false, adding such a move will be a 'major disaster'.

Turkey denies reports Syria will help YPG in Afrin

Inside Story

Will Turkish and Syrian armies fight in Afrin?

Tensions escalate amid reports the Syrian military is deploying forces to fight the Turks alongside the Kurdish YPG.

Israel

Egyptian, Israeli firms sign $15bn natural gas deal

Israel to export $15bn worth of natural gas to Egypt over 10-year period.

Egyptian, Israeli firms sign $15bn natural gas deal

Iraq

ISIL ambush kills 27 Iraqi militiamen in Kirkuk

ISIL claims responsibility for an attack that killed more than two dozen fighters in Iraq's Kirkuk province.

ISIL claims attack on pro-government militia in Iraq

Turkey

Turkey says 'nobody can stop' its forces in Afrin

Turkish foreign minister made remarks in response to reports that Syrian forces will fight alongside YPG against Turkey.

Egypt

Stranded Palestinians in Egypt leave for Rafah crossing

Groups say 160 Palestinians were stranded for 13 days after Egyptian authorities suddenly closed Rafah crossing.

Palestinians stranded in Egypt leave for Rafah crossing

Weather

Winter storm strikes the Middle East

The most extensive and significant winter weather of the season has just swept through the Middle East.

Winter storm strikes the Middle East

Syria's Civil War

Civilian death toll rising in Syria's Eastern Ghouta

Since the end of last December, a stepped-up government campaign has killed more than 400 civilians, including at least 100 children.

Opinion

Abuse of foreign domestic workers must end now

Joanna Demafelis' death in Kuwait highlights the urgent need for better protections for foreign domestic workers.

Teresita Cruz del Rosario

by Teresita Cruz del Rosario

Teresita Cruz del Rosario

Middle East

Syria's brides searching for love online

As conditions in Syria worsen, women are connecting with their future partners online.

Sudan

Sudan releases activists arrested over 'bread protests'

More than 80 activists and students, imprisoned last month during protests against rising food prices, released.

Turkey

'Syrian forces to back YPG' in fight against Turkey

A Kurdish YPG official claims regime forces will join Kurdish fighters in Afrin.

'Syrian forces to back YPG' in fight against Turkey

Iraq

12 ISIL widows sentenced to death, life by Iraqi court

A dozen foreign women who joined ISIL husbands while fighting in Iraq sentenced by a court in Baghdad.

12 ISIL widows sentenced to death, life by Iraqi court