Middle East

Egypt launches Libya raids after attack on Christians

Air raids target camps near Derna where armed men responsible for deadly Minya attack are alleged to have trained.

Middle East

Libya: Dozens killed as heavy fighting grips Tripoli

At least 52 Government of National Accord fighters killed, shattering period of relative calm in the capital.

Rival factions clash in Libya's Tripoli

War & Conflict

Libyans seek inquiry into escape of ISIL followers

Awaqir tribesmen demand answers to how escape from Derna and Benghazi was possible through Haftar-controlled areas.

Inquiry sought into ISIL escape under Khalifa Haftar

Saudi Arabia

Saturday declared first day of Ramadan

Ramadan Mubarak! Saudi Arabia officially declares May 27 as the first day of Ramadan. Pakistan, India start on Sunday.

Ramadan: Saudi, 30 countries declare Saturday first day

Middle East

'Coalition strikes kill 106 civilians' in Al Mayadeen

Monitor says most of those killed were Moroccan and Syrian nationals who had fled from ISIL-controlled Raqqa.

Middle East

'Over 100 civilians dead in coalition strikes' in Syria

Monitor says most of those killed were Moroccan and Syrian nationals who had fled from ISIL-controlled Raqqa.

Middle East

28 Coptic Christians killed in Egypt bus attack

Children among bus passengers targeted while going to a monastery in Minya province, prompting hunt for the attackers.

Middle East

Egypt: Coptic Christians killed in Minya bus attack

Children among bus passengers targeted while going to a monastery in Minya province, prompting search for the attackers.

UpFront

What is Iran's endgame in Syria?

We ask close ally of newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani and prominent former Iranian diplomat, Hossein Mousavian.

Middle East

Syria: SDF makes gains in Raqqa

Syrian Democratic Forces have seized the town of Al-Hamra, five kilometres east of the city. The US-backed Kurdish-led fighters are closing in on the Raqqa stronghold of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Religion

When is Ramadan?

Scientifically, Ramadan's new moon should be visible on Friday evening, confirming Saturday as the first day of fasting.

Ramadan 2017: First day of fasting expected May 27

Middle East

Tunisia opens trial over 2015 beach killings

Twenty-six people, including six policemen, are on trial over a 2015 beach attack that left dozens of tourists dead.

Tunisia opens trial over 2015 Sousse beach killings

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: Moon sighting continues

Lebanon, Turkey, Yemen and Iraq declare Saturday as the first day of Ramadan while Saudi Arabia postpones confirmation.

Saudi Arabia: Ramadan moon sighting continues on Friday

Middle East

Libya and UK ‘work closely’ to investigate Manchester bombing

Libya's UN-backed government says it is working with British authorities to identify what it describes as terrorist networks behind a bombing in the English city of Manchester.