The Daily Star : Middle East (124)

Iran's Rouhani calls for better Gulf ties in call with Qatar Emir

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for improved relations with Gulf Arab countries during a telephone call with the emir of Qatar, which has come under fire from its Gulf neighbors over its relationship with Tehran

Earthquake of 5.1 magnitude hits Turkey, no casualties or damage: CNN Turk

An earthquake of 5.1 magnitude hit Turkey's Manisa province east of the Aegean coastal city of Izmir on Saturday, broadcaster CNN Turk said, adding that initial reports showed no casualties or damage

Syrian army, allied militia gain ground against ISIS

Syrian troops and allied militia have pushed back ISIS militants and U.S-backed opposition fighters, gaining control of a large swath of territory in the country's strategic southern desert, the government-controlled media and a war monitor said Saturday

Pro-Haftar air force says took part in Egyptian raids

The air force loyal to Libya's strongman Khalifa Haftar said Saturday it took part in Egyptian air strikes on jihadist positions in the country after a deadly attack on Egypt's Copts.

Senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard killed fighting ISIS in Iraq: Tasnim

A senior commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps was killed fighting ISIS west of the Iraqi city of Mosul, the Tehran-based Tasnim news agency reported Saturday

Turkey jails 2 journalists from opposition newspaper

Turkey's state-run news agency says two journalists from an opposition newspaper have been arrested and accused of aiding a terror organization

'52 dead' in militia clashes in Libya capital

Forces loyal to Libya's unity government said Saturday that 52 of its fighters were killed as they repelled rival militias in fierce clashes in the capital Tripoli

ISIS claims deadly shooting of Egyptian Christians

ISIS said Saturday that its fighters had carried out a shooting that killed dozens of Egyptian Christians Friday, according to a statement from the group

Erdogan told Merkel of anger over asylum for 'putschists'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Angela Merkel of his displeasure over Germany's reportedly giving asylum to troops accused of links to last year's failed coup, he said in an interview published Saturday

Iraq forces launch broad attack on ISIS holdouts in Mosul

Iraqi forces have launched a broad assault on parts of battleground second city Mosul still held by ISIS, the military announced on Saturday

Egypt continues airstrikes against militant camps: state TV

The Egyptian military is continuing to carry out air strikes against militant training camps outside the country, state television reported Saturday

Erdogan told Merkel of anger over asylum for 'putschists'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his disapproval to German Chancellor Angela Merkel over her country's reportedly giving asylum to people accused of links to last year's failed coup, he said in an interview published Saturday

Iraq forces launch broad attack on ISIS holdouts in Mosul

Iraqi forces have launched a broad assault on parts of battleground second city Mosul still held by the Islamic State group, the military announced Saturday

Palestinians end mass hunger strike in Israel jails

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails on hunger strike since April 17 have ended their mass protest under a deal brokered by the Red Cross, Palestinian and Israeli sources said Saturday

Palestinian prisoners in Israel jails end hunger strike

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails on hunger strike since April 17 have ended their protest, Palestinian and Israeli sources said Saturday

Egypt launches strikes in Libya after attack on Christians: sources

Egyptian air force planes on Friday carried out six strikes directed at camps near Derna in Libya where Cairo believes militants responsible for a deadly attack on Christians earlier in the day were trained, Egyptian military sources said.

Egypt forces hit jihadists after attack on Copts: Sisi

Egyptian forces hit a jihadist training camp Friday in retaliation for an attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians that killed at least 28 people, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said.

S.Sudan frees UN journalist held for 2.5 years without charge

The South Sudanese government on Friday freed a local journalist working for a United Nations radio station who spent two and a half years in jail without ever being brought to trial, U.

UN fears Gaza energy crisis could spark fresh violence

The United Nations warned Friday that an energy crisis in the Gaza Strip was severely affecting water supplies and health services, and could trigger an outbreak of violence

Syria army takes control of Damascus-Palmyra road: monitor

The Syrian army is in full control of the highway from Damascus to ancient Palmyra for the first time since 2014 after driving out extremits, a monitor said on Friday

At least 5 dead as militias clash in Libya capital

At least five people were killed in fierce clashes on Friday between rival armed groups in the Libyan capital Tripoli, seat of a UN-backed unity government, a hospital official said

Tunisia opens trial over 2015 beach massacre

A Tunisian court held its first public hearing Friday in the trial of 26 people in connection with a 2015 extremist beach massacre that killed dozens of foreign tourists

New US-led Syria strike kills 80 relatives of ISIS fighters: activists

A U.S.-led coalition airstrike on the eastern Syrian town of Mayadeen early Friday killed at least 80 relatives of ISIS fighters, activists told AFP

26 killed in fresh attack on Egypt Christians

Masked gunmen attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians on a visit to a monastery south of the Egyptian capital Friday, killing at least 26 people, officials said

Turkish security forces kill 29 Kurdish militants in clashes: governor's office

Turkish security forces killed 29 Kurdistan Workers Party militants in an operation in a mountainous area of eastern Turkey's Agri and Van provinces, the Agri governor's office said Friday

U.S. lawmakers to fight massive Trump Saudi arms deal

U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday seeking to stop at least a portion of President Donald Trump's sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia

US-led strikes kill 35 civilians in east Syria: activists

U.S.-led coalition airstrikes Thursday killed at least 35 civilians in an eastern Syrian town held by ISIS, activists said

Bahrain fines reporter $2,650 for working without press card

A Bahrain court has given a journalist working for France 24 and Radio Monte Carlo Doualiya a $2,650 fine for reporting without government accreditation

Turkey says no record of Manchester bomber travelling to Syria

The suicide bomber who killed 22 people in Manchester passed through Istanbul on his way to Europe but there were no records of him entering Syria during his travels, Turkish security officials told Reuters on Thursday

Sisi's Egypt cracks down on news websites

Egypt's government, already accused of muzzling freedom of expression and opposition to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has blocked access to a host of news websites including Qatar's Al-Jazeera

Syrian army advances south towards rebel-held area

The Syrian army said it had retaken a swathe of territory from ISIS in southern Syria Thursday in a rapid advance near areas held by U.S.-backed Syrian rebels at the border with Jordan and Iraq

Four members of Egypt's security forces killed in Sinai attacks

Three soldiers were killed in a bombing of an armored vehicle by Islamist militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, security and medical sources said Thursday

Qatar says it is victim of hostile US media campaign

Qatar said Thursday it is the target of a hostile media campaign, particularly in the US, a day after accusing hackers of attributing false remarks to its emir on state media

Iran says it has built 3rd underground ballistic missile factory

Iran has built a third underground ballistic missile production factory and will keep developing its missile program, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted a senior commander of the elite Revolutionary Guard as saying

Qatar plays down fears of rift with Gulf states over 'fake' criticism by emir

Qatar Thursday played down fears of a rift with fellow Gulf Arab states over what it said were fake remarks by its emir criticizing U.S. foreign policy, saying they shared the same interests and fate

UN wants investigation into attack on Yemen envoy's convoy

The United Nations urged authorities in Houthi-controlled Sanaa Thursday to investigate a "grave attack" on the convoy of its envoy to Yemen during his visit to the capital

Iran has built third underground ballistic missile factory: Fars news agency

Iran has built a third underground ballistic missile production factory and will keep developing its missile program, the semi-official Fars news agency reported Thursday, in a development likely to fuel tension with Arab neighbors and Washington

Kurdish militants kill three Turkish security force members: sources

Two Turkish soldiers and a policeman have been killed in two separate clashes with Kurdistan Workers Party militants in eastern Turkey, security sources said Thursday

Iraq radio show finds talent amid rubble of Mosul

It's a radio talent contest with a mission: showcasing the skills of Mosul's youth after years of extremist rule and a months-long battle for the city

Bahrain, Egypt block Al-Jazeera websites amid Qatar dispute

Bahrain and Egypt Thursday apparently joined Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in blocking access to websites run by the pan-Arab satellite network Al-Jazeera, part of a growing regional dispute with Qatar after an alleged hack of its state-run news agency

U.S. to step up sanctions on Iran, Syria, NKorea

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers Wednesday that his department would work to increase sanctions pressure on Iran, Syria and North Korea and is reviewing licenses needed for Boeing Co and Airbus to sell aircraft to Iran.

Qatar probes hacking as Gulf split exposed

Qatar launched an investigation and went into damage control mode Wednesday after accusing hackers of putting what it called false remarks by the emir on state media.

Five dead, 286 arrested in Bahrain raid

Bahraini police raid on the hometown of a prominent Shiite spiritual leader facing possible deportation has left at least five demonstrators dead and 286 people arrested in an assault in which officers fired tear gas and shotguns at protesters.

Barghouti briefly transferred to hospital along with 60 others

Prominent Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti and 60 other Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons were transferred to hospitals Wednesday, as they entered their 38th day of hunger strike, Barghouti's brother told The Daily Star.

France, Germany to agree to NATO role against ISIS: sources

France and Germany will agree to a U.S. plan for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but insist the move is purely symbolic, four senior European diplomats said

Israeli defense minister says uneasy over US-Saudi arms deal

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Wednesday he was uneasy over a massive US-Saudi arms deal announced at the weekend, saying it was part of a "crazy" regional arms race

Businessman gets 15-year sentence in UAE dispute

A court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced a businessman accused of stealing $1.5 billion while working for one of its sheikhdoms to 15 years in prison over one alleged scam, authorities said Wednesday

Algeria's presidency names new prime minister: state media

Algeria's presidency has named former housing minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune as the new prime minister, replacing Abdelmalek Sellal in a cabinet reshuffle, APS state news agency reported on Wednesday

16 civilians dead in coalition strikes near Raqqa: monitor

At least 16 civilians were killed in bombing raids early Wednesday by the US-led coalition near ISIS's Syrian bastion Raqqa, a monitor said

French journalist held by Turkey begins hunger strike: activist group

A French photographer detained two weeks ago by Turkish police while on assignment in the mainly Kurdish southeast has begun a hunger strike to protest against his detention, a press activism group said on Wednesday, citing his lawyer