Middle East

Egypt's Sisi visits Saudi after months of tension

Egyptian president heads to Riyadh for meeting aimed at 'bolstering strategic relations' between the two powers.

Middle East

Qatar hunters held captive for 16 months express relief

Two men abducted while hunting in southern Iraq relish their new-found freedom as they return home.

Middle East

Syrian army and allies gain ground north of Hama

Government forces retake the town of Halfaya near Hama city and push deeper into rebel-held areas of Damascus.

Middle East

Canada: Quebec maple syrup producers facing huge fines

Maple syrup is an occasional treat for most people. Canada's Quebec province produces 80 percent of the syrup consumed around the world, largely through a strict system of quotas and price controls.

Middle East

ISIL targets Iraqi police station with 'suicide attack'

Fighters target police base in Hamam al-Alil, south of Mosul, killing at least one police officer, Iraqi officials say,

Middle East

Deadly Israeli strikes target Syria's Quneitra

Deaths of fighters reported as government positions in Golan Heights are targeted for second time in recent days.

Middle East

US defence secretary visits Qatar to 'reinforce' ties

ISIL, Syria's war and Iran's regional role expected to top the agenda of Pentagon chief's meeting with Qatar's Emir.

Middle East

Rights group seeks end to military aid for Egypt

US and others urged to cut military aid to Egypt after video of apparent summary executions surfaces.

Middle East

Performers flock to Palestine dance festival

Palestinian artists are attempting to overcome obstacles imposed by the Israeli occupation to enrich their cultural heritage.

Middle East

Activists ramp up pressure on Lebanon's rape law

Calls increase for the repeal of controversial law allowing rapists to avoid punishment if they marry their victims.

Middle East

Qatari hunters kidnapped in Iraq freed after 16 months

Iraqi interior ministry says gunmen have released a Qatari hunting party that includes members of the royal family.

Sinai Peninsula

Video shows Egyptian troops executing detainees

Footage posted online purportedly shows soldiers executing detainees in Sinai and then trying to cover up the facts.

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Ahmadinejad: Iran can be better managed

Former president of Iran talks about his surprise election run and calls for regional peace and unity.

Middle East

Foreign fighters join Syrian Democratic Forces

Fighters from Western countries, including the US, are joining the ranks of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. They are taking on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

Middle East

Fighting forces 30,000 people from homes in South Sudan

Since fighting between government and rebel forces erupted again last July, more than 100,000 people in South Sudan’s Kajo Keji county have fled to Uganda.