Tributes for 'brave, dedicated' reporter killed in Iraq

Kurdish journalist was killed by a roadside bomb blast while covering the Iraqi forces' push against ISIL in Mosul.

Battle for Mosul

Kurdish journalist killed while covering Mosul battle

Rudaw channel says roadside bomb explosion kills its reporter Shifa Gardi and wounds cameraman Younis Mustafa.

Middle East

Homs blasts threaten to derail Syria talks in Geneva

Officials and rebels spar over attacks targeting government positions as UN envoy suspects 'spoilers' behind violence.

Middle East

Palestinian diaspora holds first global conference

Palestinians from 50 countries gather in Istanbul to discuss forming new political entity to represent their views.


Saudi foreign minister visits Iraq after 27-year gap

Adel al-Jubeir, kingdom's first foreign minister to visit since 1990, promises to build ties and install new ambassador.

Middle East

Syria says army's top spy killed in Homs bombing

General Hassan Daabul among dozens of victims of a series of suicide attacks on military installations, says state TV.

Middle East

Suicide attacks hit security forces in Syria's Homs

At least 32 people killed - including army's top spy - after attacks on security offices in third-largest city.


Turkey's ruling AKP begins push to amend constitution

Prime Minister Yildirim joins 40,000 AKP party members urging vote that would extend President Erdogan's powers.


In Berlin, politics trump art in Arab films

The Arab film selection at the 67th Berlinale was dominated by themes such as the Syrian War and the Palestinian cause.

by Joseph Fahim

Middle East

Syrian White Helmets cinematographer barred from US

US bars Syrian cameraman from entering to attend Oscars after documentary nomination on emergency rescuers.

Middle East

Suicide bombs kill dozens near Syria's Al Bab

Attacks leave more than 60 people dead, day after ISIL's retreat from northern town.


Syrian opposition positive after meeting UN envoy

Opposition official praises Staffan de Mistura's 'positive ideas' at first meeting of new round of Geneva talks.

Human Rights

Jordanians protest over price increases

Demonstrations across country oppose new taxes on goods and services and call on cabinet to resign amid economic crises.

Middle East

Palestinian demonstrators send 'message to Trump'

Demonstrators in Hebron condemn US president's pro-Israel stance and demand reopening of street near settler enclave.

Middle East

Suicide bomber kills soldiers in Yemen's Zinjibar

Bomber wearing a military uniform was driving a car that exploded at the entrance of military camp in Abyan province.