The Daily Star : Middle East (123)

Who are the Sufis associated with the mosque attacked in Egypt?

The mosque where Friday's massacre unfolded in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula had been widely associated with Sufi Muslims who have been attacked by Daesh wherever the extremists operate

US condemns attack at mosque in Egypt: White House statement

The United States condemned an attack on a mosque in Egypt on Friday, the White House said in a statement that also called on the international community to strengthen its efforts to defeat terrorist groups

US backs 'first step' in addressing Yemen crisis, urges political talks: Statement

The United States on Friday welcomed what it called a "first step" by Saudi Arabia to allow humanitarian aid to reach Yemen, and called for political negotiations to address the ongoing crisis in the wake of the Saudi-led coalition's blockade there

Egypt military carries out air strikes in area of Sinai mosque attack: Security sources

Egypt's military has begun conducting air strikes around the area of North Sinai where a deadly mosque attack that killed more than 230 occurred on Friday, security sources and eyewitnesses said

Iran says Saudi Crown Prince's behavior "immature, weak-minded": State TV

Iran said on Thursday that Saudi Arabia's crown prince was discredited internationally by his "immature" behavior, state television reported, after Mohammed bin Salman called Iran's Supreme Leader "the new Hitler of the Middle East"

Russian bombers hit Daesh targets in Syria: RIA

Russia's Defense Ministry said on Friday six TU-22M3 long-range bombers had carried out air strikes on Daesh targets on the western bank of the Euphrates river in Syria, the RIA news agency reported

Egypt's president condemns mosque attack

Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi has condemned the extremist attack on a mosque in the troubled Sinai Peninsula, calling it "criminal" and "cowardly" and expressing condolences to the victims and their families

Iraq to resume paying war reparations to Kuwait

Iraq is to resume paying war reparations to Kuwait at the start of 2018, in U.N.-endorsed compensation for Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of the emirate, the president's office announced Friday.

Turkey says Trump told Erdogan weapons won't be supplied to Kurdish YPG

Turkey said Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump told President Tayyip Erdogan he had issued instructions that weapons should not be provided to Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria, and that the Turkish government hoped to see that order carried out.

UN: Saudi coalition OKs resumption of UN flights to Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition that has imposed an air, sea and land blockade on war-battered Yemen since Nov. 6 has authorized the resumption of UN flights to the Yemeni capital starting Saturday, a UN aid official said

US appeals court agrees Jordanian woman faces threat at home

A recent US appellate court ruling offers a window on "honor killings," an ancient practice across the globe that calls for defending a family's reputation by slaying female relatives who violate traditional taboos

Turkey's Erdogan, US Trump discuss Syria, bilateral ties and Sochi summit: Turkish sources

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump discussed recent developments in Syria, bilateral ties and a summit in Russia's Sochi during a phone call on Friday, sources in Erdogan's office said

Death toll in attack on mosque in Egypt's north Sinai up to 184 killed: State TV

Death toll in attack on mosque in Egypt's north Sinai up to 184 killed: State TV

'Unfortunate' that Syria probe's mandate blocked: OPCW chief

The head of the international chemical weapons watchdog said Friday that Russia's veto of United Nations Security Council resolutions to extend the mandate of an investigation team that lays blame for chemical attacks in Syria "creates a gap which needs to be addressed by the international ...

Iraq forces say Daesh retreating deep into desert

Iraqi forces said on Friday that Daesh extremists are withdrawing deep into the desert to escape an offensive now in its second day aimed at finally defeating them.

Russia working with Saudi Arabia to unify Syrian opposition: Lavrov

Russia is working together with Saudi Arabia to unify the Syrian opposition, Russia's RIA news agency quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as saying Friday.

Trump to speak with Turkey's Erdogan on peace efforts

U.S. President Donald Trump said he will speak with President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey later Friday to discuss Middle East peace efforts.

Attack on mosque in Egypt's Sinai kills at least 235: state media

Egyptian security officials say militants have attacked a mosque in the volatile Sinai Peninsula, leaving dozens of casualties.

Majority of graft suspects agreeing to settle: Crown prince

The vast majority of about 200 businessmen and officials implicated in a sweeping crackdown on corruption are agreeing to settlements under which they hand over assets to the government, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told the New York Times.

Libyan government says investigating migrant "slave market" reports

Libya's U.N.-backed government said on Thursday it was investigating reports of African migrants being sold as slaves and promised to bring the perpetrators to justice

Morocco to pray for rain

Parched Morocco which is heavily dependent on its agricultural sector is to hold prayers for rain Friday in mosques across the country under a royal decree

Russia likely to reduce forces in Syria before year-end: General

Russia's military forces in Syria are likely to be "substantially" reduced and a drawdown could begin before the end of the year, the head of the Russian general staff, Valery Gerasimov, said on Thursday

Head of Russian General Staff says military force in Syria likely reduced substantially' by end of the year

Head of Russian General Staff says military force in Syria likely reduced substantially by end of the year

Merkel ally calls Russia's new Syrian peace push "height of cynicism"

A top member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Thursday dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin's push to host a new Syrian peace process with the backing of Iran and Turkey, calling it "the height of cynicism

Algerians elect local leaders as oil-reliant economy falters

Ailing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika made a rare public appearance Thursday to encourage turn out in the country's local elections that have been marred by voter frustrations amid rising poverty

Syrian opposition pushes for unity in Saudi talks

Syria's fragmented opposition doubled down on attempts to unify their ranks on Thursday, the second day of a Saudi-sponsored meeting ahead of next week's UN-brokered peace talks

Aid agencies say Yemen blockade remains, Egeland calls it 'collective punishment'

The Saudi-led coalition's blockade of Yemen, which has cut off food imports to a population where 7 million people are on the brink of famine, is "illegal collective punishment" of civilians, a prominent aid official said on Thursday

Egypt police kill 3 Islamists in shootout: ministry

Egyptian police killed three alleged Islamist militants in a shootout and arrested nine belonging to the Lewaa al-Thawra group that assassinated an army general last year, the interior ministry said Thursday

Iraqi militia indicates will hand heavy guns to army after Daesh quashed

A prominent Iraqi militia indicated Thursday it would give any heavy weapons it had to the military once Daesh was defeated and rejected a proposed U.S. congressional bill designating it a terrorist group.

Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia tensions over dam flare up again

Tensions between Egypt and upstream Nile basin countries Sudan and Ethiopia flared up again Thursday over the construction and the effects of a massive dam being built by Ethiopia on the Blue Nile, the waterway's main tributary.

Erdogan to make first Turkish presidential visit to Greece 'since 1952'

Istanbul, Nov 23, 2017 - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will in the coming days visit Turkey's sometimes uneasy NATO ally Greece, a top official said Thursday, the first visit by a Turkish head of state to its neighbour in 65 years.

In Russia, Sudan's Bashir asks Putin for 'protection' from US

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and war crimes, Thursday asked Russia's Vladimir Putin to protect his country from the United States.

Syria's Assad should leave before start of transition: opposition

The main Syrian opposition meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh said Thursday they rejected any role for Syrian President Bashar Assad at the start of a U.N. sponsored interim period leading to a political transition, according to a communique.

Assad adviser says rebels must lay down arms: Syrian state media

Russia's planned peace talks among Syrian groups will only succeed if the opposition ends its fight against the government, a senior adviser to President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday.

Iran sets Dec. 10 court date for jailed UK aid worker

Iran has told jailed aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe that she will appear in court on Dec. 10, her husband, Richard said Thursday.

China forges 'strategic' ties with Djibouti after opening base

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Djibouti's visiting leader Omar Ismail Guelleh, whose African nation is hosting China's first overseas military base, agreed Thursday to elevate their nations' diplomatic relations.

Syria congress to go ahead despite Turkey 'reservations' over Kurds: Kremlin

The Kremlin said Thursday Turkey's opposition to the participation of Kurdish militias in Syria's political process would not stand in the way of a peace "congress" Moscow is seeking to organise in the near future.

UN urges Iraq to probe troop violations during fight with Daesh

A top U.N. official has called on the Iraqi government to speed up investigations into allegations of human rights violations committed by security forces during the fight against Daesh and to make the results of those probes public.

UN's de Mistura to visit Moscow on Friday: RIA

U.N. special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura will visit Moscow on Friday, RIA news agency reported on Thursday, citing Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov.

Turkish official: Assad's future up to Syrians to negotiate

A top Turkish ruling party official says Ankara supports a political solution for Syria but retains its "red lines" on the subject of Syrian President Bashar Assad remaining president.

Sudan's Bashir: we want to discuss nuclear power cooperation with Russia

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin Thursday he wanted to discuss nuclear power cooperation with Russia.

Egypt PM leaves country for medical treatment

Egypt's Prime Minister Sharif Ismail left the country Thursday for a three-week course of medical treatment and surgery in Germany amid speculation he would be permanently replaced in a cabinet shuffle.

Iraq launches operation to clear desert bordering Syria of Daesh

Iraqi forces launched an operation on Thursday to clear the desert bordering Syria of Daesh , a final campaign to rid Iraq of the militant group, the military said in a statement.

Yemen port, airport to reopen to aid: Saudi-led coalition

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said Wednesday it would reopen a key Red Sea port and Sanaa airport to aid, after a more than two-week blockade following a missile attack on Riyadh.

Putin urges 'compromise' over Syria at summit with Turkey, Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday a "new stage" had been reached in the Syria crisis but achieving a political solution would require compromises from all sides, including the Syrian government.

Migrants sold into slavery in Libya tell of 'total hell'

Survivors of slave auctions in Libya have described a "total hell" that they wouldn't wish on their "worst enemy" as global outrage grows over footage showing migrants being sold off in the war-torn country.

Somalia says it requested US air strike which killed 100 militants

Somalia's government said Wednesday it had requested the U.S. air strike which killed more than 100 suspected militants on the previous day to help pave the way for an upcoming ground offensive against Islamist militant group al-Shabaab.

Putin to hold Syria peace talks with Erdogan, Rouhani

Vladimir Putin will meet with the presidents of Turkey and Iran Wednesday for a key summit aimed at re-booting the peace process in Syria, a day after the Russian leader hosted surprise talks with Bashar Assad.

Saudi minister says Syria crisis solution requires consensus

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told representatives of the Syrian opposition meeting in Riyadh Wednesday that the only solution to the crisis in Syria was through a consensus that would achieve the demands of the Syrian people.

In Sochi, Putin and Assad plan Syria post-war measures

Syrian government allies declared military victory over Daesh Tuesday, as Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Syrian leader Bashar Assad for three hours of talks where they discussed potential new peace initiatives for post-war Syria.