The Daily Star : Middle East (124)

Iran's two top opposition leaders in poor health, one in hospital

The two opposition leaders who disputed the results of Iran's 2009 presidential election, triggering mass protests, are in poor health and one has been hospitalized after a heart attack, news outlets cited family members saying.

Group of nations urge UN Security Council to act to ensure access for Syrian aid

The United States, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and other nations are demanding the U.N. Security Council takes action to ensure aid convoys reach millions of needy Syrians, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

U.N. report accuses Saudi coalition of deadly migrant boat attack off Yemen

U.N. investigators accused a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition of carrying out a deadly March attack on a Somali migrant boat off Yemen and said the alliance had become a cover for some states to avoid individual blame, according to a confidential report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

Czech woman injured in Egypt knife attack on brink of death

The Foreign Ministry says a Czech woman who was injured in a knife attack at a hotel in the popular Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada earlier in July is on the brink of death and only life support is keeping her alive

Germany, Sweden protest to Turkey over jailing of activists

Germany and Sweden made a joint protest to Turkey on Wednesday about the jailing of two human rights activists, demanding that the men be told what exactly they are accused of, the foreign ministry in Berlin said

Bahrain charges 60 in mass 'terrorism' trial

Bahrain on Wednesday charged 60 people with forming a "terrorist group", with a judicial source saying all 60 are Shiites, as authorities tighten their grip on dissent in the Sunni-ruled kingdom

Suspected Qaeda gunmen kill 3 Yemeni soldiers: army

Three Yemeni soldiers have died in an attack by suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen on a local security chief in the southeastern Hadramawt province, the army said Wednesday

Algeria busts Daesh cell led by veteran militant: security source

Algerian police have broken up a Daesh cell led by a former al-Qaeda commander convicted in France more than a decade ago for planning an attempted bombing in Strasbourg, a security source said on Wednesday

Israeli removal of holy site metal detectors not enough: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday welcomed Israel's removal of metal detectors from a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site but said it was "not enough".

Libya asks Italy to help fight human trafficking in Libyan waters: PM Gentiloni

Libya's Tripoli-based government has asked Italy to provide naval support in fighting human trafficking in Libyan territorial waters, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Wednesday

Clashes rock Syria truce zone: monitor

Clashes erupted overnight in a rebel-held enclave outside Damascus, which was also hit by government air strikes despite a truce deal, a monitor said Wednesday

26 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack on Kandahar base: MoD

At least 26 Afghan soldiers have been killed and 13 wounded in a Taliban attack on a military base in southern Kandahar province, the defence ministry said Wednesday, the latest blow to the country's struggling security forces

Top EU court keeps Hamas on EU terror list, refers case back

The European Union's top court kept Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on the EU terrorism blacklist on Wednesday and removed Sri Lankan separatist rebels, the Tamil Tigers

Muslims pray outside holy site despite Israeli concessions

Muslim worshippers have once again held their morning prayers outside Jerusalem's most contested holy site despite Israel's removal of the metal detectors that sparked the protest

Kurdish official says US role essential in post-Daesh Syria

The Kurdish-led effort to secure Raqqa once it is liberated from Daesh will require long-term U.S. political and financial support for the battered city's governance and reconstruction, a senior Syrian Kurdish official said Tuesday

Kurdish official says US role essential in post-Daesh Syria

A senior Kurdish official says the U.S. role in the fight against Daesh militants in Syria's Raqqa must not end with the liberation of the city but continue as a guarantor of its future stability.

US Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel

An American defense official says a U.S. Navy patrol boat fired warning shots near an Iranian naval ship during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf.

Jordan mourners chant 'death to Israel' after deadly embassy shooting

Thousands of Jordanian mourners chanted "death to Israel" as they attended the funeral Tuesday of a teenager shot dead by an Israeli embassy security guard.

Egypt tells EU no 'compromise' over Qatar

Egypt warned the EU on Tuesday that four Arab states would accept no compromise in their dispute with Qatar over allegations that the gas-rich emirate supports terrorism

14 Saudis at 'imminent risk' of execution: Amnesty

Fourteen Saudi Arabians face "imminent" execution after a "grossly unfair mass trial" in which they were convicted of rioting, theft and rebellion, Amnesty International warned Tuesday

Rival Libyan leaders 'commit to ceasefire, elections' at France talks

The two main rivals in conflict-ridden Libya are committed to a ceasefire and holding elections "as soon as possible", according to a draft statement released ahead of French-brokered talks Tuesday

Amnesty chief urges EU to bring Turkey back into line

Rights group Amnesty International urged the EU on Tuesday to get bloc membership candidate Turkey back in line and "reset" relations with Ankara if it does not reverse its human rights crackdown

Turkey's Erdogan says Gulf trip 'productive', will continue efforts

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday described his trip to the Gulf to deal with the Qatar crisis as "productive and successful", following two days of talks that appeared to yield no immediate progress towards healing the rift

Deadly strike hits Syria rebel town despite truce: monitor

An air strike killed eight civilians late Monday in a rebel-held town east of Damascus where a truce was supposed to have taken effect at the weekend, a monitor said

Saudi, allies unveil Qatar 'terrorist' blacklist

Saudi Arabia and its allies unveiled a "terrorist" blacklist on Tuesday of 18 organisations and individuals suspected of links with Islamist extremism that they said had ties with regional rival Qatar

U.S. judge halts deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals

A federal judge in Michigan halted on Monday the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals from the United States, the latest legal victory for the Iraqi nationals facing deportation in a closely watched case.

Israel dismantles metal detectors from key Jerusalem shrine

Israel began Tuesday to dismantle metal detectors it installed a week earlier at a contested Jerusalem shrine, hoping to defuse a crisis with the Muslim world, including security ally Jordan, the Muslim custodian of the holy site

Al-Aqsa must be resolved by Friday: U.N.

United Nations Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov warned Monday that a solution was needed by Friday to the Jerusalem mosque crisis, which he said threatens to have potential catastrophic costs well beyond the walls of the Old City.

Israel to stop use of metal detectors at sensitive holy site of Al-Aqsa: officials

Israel to stop use of metal detectors at sensitive holy site of Al-Aqsa: officials

Jordan king urges Israel to cancel holy site security measures

Jordan's King Abdullah II Monday urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to remove new security measures at an ultra-sensitive Jerusalem holy site.

Jordan releases security footage of shooting of 3 US troops

Jordan's military released security camera footage Monday of a shooting in which a Jordanian soldier killed three U.S. military trainers at an air base in the kingdom.

Turkey says Israel violating human rights at al-Aqsa mosque

Turkey said on Monday that Israel was violating human rights at al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and called on global powers to take a unified stance in response.

Libya coastguard rescues nearly 300 migrants off the coast

Libya's coastguard rescued an estimated 278 migrants including women and children Monday off the shores of two different towns west of the capital Tripoli, a spokesman said.

Kuwait MP proposes jail terms for Hezbollah backers

A Kuwaiti member of parliament on Monday proposed legislation calling for members and supporters of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement be sentenced to up to 20 years in jail.

Russia says has deployed forces to police Syria safe zones

Russia has deployed military police to monitor two safe zones being established in Syria, the defense ministry in Moscow said Monday.

Russian Defense Ministry says plans to establish de-escalation zone in Syrian province of Idlib

Russian Defense Ministry say plans to establish de-escalation zone in Syrian province of Idlib

Israel Embassy shooting in Jordan complicates shrine crisis

A deadly shooting at Israel's Embassy in Jordan further complicated Israeli government efforts on Monday to find a way out of an escalating crisis over a major Jerusalem shrine, including mass Muslim prayer protests and Israeli-Palestinian violence

Jordan seeks to question Israel guard over embassy shooting

Jordan said Monday it was looking to question an Israeli security guard who killed two Jordanians at the Amman embassy compound, as Israel insisted he had diplomatic immunity

Iran says ambassador to remain in Kuwait despite row

Iran on Monday denied reports that Kuwait had expelled its ambassador, saying it would maintain a dialogue with the Gulf Arab state after a diplomatic row over Tehran's alleged links to a "spy and terror" cell

US holding Iranians 'in gruesome prisons': judiciary chief

Iran's judiciary chief on Monday accused the United States of holding Iranians "in gruesome prisons", as the two countries trade charges of illegally jailing each other's citizens

Qatari websites unblocked in Saudi due to technical glitch: royal adviser

Websites and some television channels linked to Qatar were unblocked in Saudi Arabia on Monday morning but the change arose from a technical glitch and the restrictions will be reimposed shortly, a key Saudi royal court adviser said

Trump aide to visit Israel Monday in bid to ease tensions: US official

Jerusalem, July 24, 2017 - A top aide to US President Donald Trump was due in Israel Monday in a bid to ease tensions over new security measures at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site, a US official said.

Two Jordanians killed, Israeli wounded at Amman embassy

An Israeli security guard shot dead a Jordanian who attacked him with a screwdriver at the Israeli embassy compound in Amman, while a second Jordanian was accidentally killed, officials and a security source said

Turkish leader wades into Qatar dispute with Gulf tour

Turkey's president waded into the diplomatic crisis gripping Qatar and four other Arab nations on Sunday, traveling to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait as part of a three-country Gulf tour aimed at helping break the impasse

Israel under pressure over holy site, shooting at Amman embassy

Israel faced mounting pressure Monday over tougher security at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site after a shooting at its embassy in Jordan raised further concerns following a weekend of deadly unrest

'I just want to go home,' says German girl who joined Daesh: media

A German teenager who joined Daesh is now being held in detention in Iraq and says she regrets joining the extremist group and just wants to come home to her family, media reported on Sunday

Erdogan in the Gulf seeking to ease Qatar crisis

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Sunday began a key trip to the Gulf aimed at defusing the standoff over Turkey's ally Qatar, saying no one had an interest in prolonging the crisis

Libya's rival leaders due in Paris for talks: report

The heads of the opposing sides in Libya's crisis are planning to meet in Paris on Tuesday for talks to find a way out of the impasse, according to reports

Netanyahu faces pressure over holy site after violence kills eight

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced mounting pressure Sunday over new security measures at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site after a weekend of violence left eight people dead, with fears of further unrest

Don't interfere in Turkish affairs, Erdogan tells Germany

Germany has no right to interfere in Turkey's domestic affairs, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, his latest broadside in a blistering row sparked by the waves of arrests under the current state of emergency