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Turkey failed coup: More than 200 suspects on trial
London [U.K.], May 23 : Turkey has begun the trial of more than 200 suspects including senior military officers accused of plotting and orchestrating 2016 failed coup. Read Full Story

Trump in Israel: 'Rare opportunity' to achieve peace in Middle East
London [U.K.], May 22 : After his meeting with the Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia, United States President Donald Trump has said that the meet was a rare opportunity to bring peace to the strife-torn Middle Eastern region. Read Full Story

Worry about Saudi carrying out another 9/11: Iran to Trump
London [U.K.], May 22 : Rejecting Donald Trump's continuous attacks on Tehran, Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari said that the U.S. President should rather discuss how to prevent Saudi Arabia from carrying out another 9/11 attack. Read Full Story

U.S. might be "milking" S. Arabia of USD 480 billion: Iran's Foreign Minister
Tehran [Iran], May 22 : Launching a scathing attack on United States President Donald Trump for his comments on Iran during an Arab-Islamic-American Summit in Riyadh on Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the U.S. might be milking Saudi Arabia of $480 billion after the two sides signed major deals. Read Full Story

Suicide attacks by Daesh militants kill 17 Iraqi soldiers in Mosul
Mosul [Iraq], May 22 : At least 17 Iraqi soldiers were killed in separate suicide attacks by Daesh militants in Mosul on Sunday. Read Full Story

Trump acknowledges India as 'victim of terrorism' at Riyadh summit
Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], May 21 : United States President Donald Trump, during his speech at the Arab-Islamic-U.S. summit, acknowledged that India was a victim of terrorism and asked countries to ensure that terror groups don't find sanctuaries on their soil. Read Full Story

Trump holds Iranian regime responsible for 'instability' in Middle-east
Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], May 21 : United States President Donald Trump has lashed out at Iran, citing Tehran was responsible for the instability in the Middle-East. Read Full Story

Trump receives royal welcome in Saudi Arabia
Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], May 20 : U.S. President Donald Trump was welcomed with pomp and show in Saudi Arabia at an event, which featured a military brass band and a fighter jet flyover. Read Full Story

Timeline on Iran's Presidents
Tehran [Iran], May 20 : The 12th Presidential Election in Iran concluded on Saturday with incumbent President Hassan Rouhani being reelected for a second four-year term. Read Full Story

Encouraging turnout for Iran's presidential election, says foreign minister
Tehran [Iran], May 19 : Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, has applauded the massive voter turnout for the presidential election. Read Full Story

Tehran seeking constructive talks with neighbours: Iran's envoy
Tehran [Iran], May 20 : Iran's ambassador to Kuwait Alireza Enayati has said that Tehran is seeking constructive and peaceful talks with its neighbours to develop better ties with them. Read Full Story

Iran to elect its new president on May 19
Tehran [Iran], May 19 : Iranians will cast their votes on May 19 to elect their 12th President that will have huge impact on their country's international ties and foreign policy. Read Full Story

UN urges Israel to end mistreatment of Palestinian prisoners
Geneva [Switzerland], May 17 : The United Nations has urged Israel to abide by the international law and standards of Read Full Story

President Trump's aide comment on West Bank shock Israel
New York [U.S.], May 16 : : A rift has been created between Washington and Jerusalem after an American diplomat described the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City as part of the West Bank. Read Full Story

Israeli minister calls for assassination of Bashar al-Assad
Jerusalem [Israel], May 16 : An Israeli minister on Tuesday called for the assassination of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and said his rule is the worst since the Nazis in World War-II. Read Full Story

State of emergency in Yemen's capital as cholera kills 180
Sanaa [Yemen], May 16 : Yemen has declared a state of emergency in its capital city of Sana'a as a massive cholera outbreak killed more than hundred people in the recent weeks. Read Full Story

US accuses Syria of mass killings in Sednaya military prison
Washington D.C. [USA], May 16 : The United States has accused the Bashar al-Assad regime of carrying out mass killings of prisoners on a daily basis and then burning their bodies in a large crematorium inside its Sednaya military prison outside Damascus, Syria. Read Full Story

Palestinian President arrives in India to strengthen ties
New Delhi May 14 : Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived on Sunday on a four-day visit to India in a bid to strengthen ties with New Delhi ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's historic trip to Israel. Read Full Story

Turkey: 23 killed as bus plunges off 15 metre cliff
Ankara [Turkey], May 14 : At least 23 people were killed and 11 other seriously injured after a bus carrying women and children plunged off a cliff near the Turkish resort of Marmaris. Read Full Story

Barzeh district in Syria's Damascus evacuated
Damascus [Syria], May 9 : As a part of the implementation of an agreement to put an end to all armed manifestations in Syria, more than a thousand of militants left the Barzeh district in the Syrian capital of Damascus, Syrian media reported, citing Damascus governor Bishr Sabban. Read Full Story

Syria engulfed in turmoil as safe-zones take effect
Washington [U.S.A.] May 6 : Soon after the Russian-led lead to establish safe zones took effect, the Syrian Government forces and rebels clashed in Hama, reported a monitor and a rebel official. Read Full Story

De-escalation agreement in Syria comes into force
Moscow [Russia] May 6 : The agreement to create de-escalation zones in Syria came into force today. Read Full Story

Syrian rebels reject Russia, Turkey, Iran's 'Safe Zone' deal
London [U.K.], May 4 : Russia, Turkey and Iran signed an agreement calling for the creation of four "safe zones" in Syria, but the proposal was rejected by Syrian rebels, who walked out of a press conference in the Kazakh capital, Astana, where the deal was announced. Read Full Story

Coal mine blast kills 23 in northern Iran
Tehran [Iran] May 4 : At least twenty three miners have reportedly been killed and many others injured in a blast in northern Iran's Zemestan Yurt coal mine, local media reports said. Read Full Story

Iran attempted missile launch from submarine: U.S. officials
Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], May 3 : Iran on Tuesday attempted to launch a cruise missile from a submarine in the Strait of Hormuz, two U.S. officials told Fox News. Read Full Story

ISIS attack on refugee camp kills 32 in Syria
Damascus [Syria], May 3 : As many as 32 persons were killed and several others injured in a suicide attack by Islamic State of Iraq and the Syria (ISIS) militants on a refugee camp in Syria's Hasakeh province, local media reports said. Read Full Story

Dubai Parks and Resorts announces its summer campaign 'Amazing List' for Indians
New Delhi , May 2 : Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Middle East's largest integrated theme park destination, today announced their summer campaign, 'The Amazing List' exclusively for Indians. Read Full Story

India, Turkey to hold bilateral talks today
New Delhi , May 1 : With the arrival of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's arrival in New Delhi, India and Read Full Story

West Bank clashes: Dozens of Palestinians injured
Ramallah [Palestine], Apr 29 : Dozens of Palestinians were injured in the clash erupted between the Israeli forces and Palestinians demonstrating in support of jailed hunger striker, in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Anadolu news agency reported, citing a Palestinian Red Crescent. Read Full Story

Iran summons Pak envoy over terror attack on border guards
Tehran [Iran] April 28 : Iran on Friday summoned Pakistan's Ambassador to Tehran, Asif Ali Khan Durrani, to lodge a protest over the terrorist attack on Iranian border guards in which nine soldiers were killed and two others injured. Read Full Story

Damascus airport explosion caused by Israeli airstrike: Report
Jerusalem [Israel], Apr 27 : Explosions were heard near Damascus's airport on Thursday morning, allegedly caused by an Israeli airstrike. Read Full Story

Turkey: Over 1,000 'secret imams' detained in raids
Istanbul [Turkey], Apr 27 : At least 1,000 people, accused of being 'secret imams' for an American-based cleric, have been detained in Turkey. Read Full Story

U.S. sanctions Syrian research employees over developing 'chemical weapons'
Moscow [Russia], Apr. 25 : The United States has declared to pursue anyone connected to the use of chemical weapons in Syria and also threatened to shut down their financial networks. Read Full Story

Prince Khaled bin Salman appointed as S. Arabia's new envoy to U.S.
Jeddah [Pakistan], April 23 : Saudi Arabia's Prince Khaled bin Salman has been appointed as the country's new ambassador to the United States. Read Full Story

Ten Yemeni soldiers killed after blast struck military camp in Aden
Aden [Yemen], April 23 : As many as 10 soldiers were killed in a blast that struck a military camp in Yemen's southern Aden city on Sunday, Anadolu news agency reported citing a military source. Read Full Story

Syria: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's close associate killed
Washington.D.C [U.S.A], Apr. 22 : An ISIS terrorist, linked to the deadly New Year's eve attack on Istanbul's Reina nightclub, was killed in Syria last month by the American forces, U.S.' Middle East command confirmed. Read Full Story

Syrians babies are being named 'Putin' in honour of Russian President
Moscow [Russia], Apr 22 : Syrian families are naming their children Putin as a mark of gratitude for the Russian President's support for his Syrian counterpart in the six-year war, a government official has said. Read Full Story

Taliban suicide attackers kill 50 Afghan soldiers at army base
New York [U.S.A.], Apr 22 : More than 50 Afghan soldiers have been killed after some Taliban suicide attackers disguised as army personnel targetted a national army base in northern Afghanistan. Read Full Story

Donald Trump's remark raises fears of U.S. disengagement in Libya
New York [U.S.A.], Apr 22 : Donald Trump's declaration that the United States had o role in Libya has raised doubts about whether a political compromise can still be reached with the help of Americans in the embattled oil-rich country, possibly opening the door to greater Russian involvement in the region. Read Full Story

Syria still has chemical weapons: U.S. defence secy
Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], Apr 22 : The Syrian Government has retained an unspecified amount of chemical weapons and dispersed its aircraft after a U.S. cruise-missile attack this month, United States Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday. Read Full Story

Qatari royals held hostage released in Iraq
Abu Dhabi, [UAE], Apr 21 : Members of the Qatari royal family held hostage in Iraq since 2015 were among the 26 Qataris released on Friday, the CNN reported citing a Qatari source Read Full Story

Trilateral talks on Syria postponed after U.S. backs out
Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], Apr 21 : The United States, Russian and United Nations trilateral talks on Syria scheduled for Monday have been postponed, says U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. Read Full Story

Turkish President insists constitutional reforms don't make him 'dictator'
Ankara [Turkey], April 19 : Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has insisted the new constitutional reforms in the country don't make him a dictator. Read Full Story

Egypt: One dead, four injured in attack near St. Catherine's Monastery
Cairo [Egypt], Apr 19 : At least one policeman died and four others were injured in an attack on the security officials near Egypt's St. Catherine's Monastery, local media reports said. Read Full Story

Erdogan slams criticism of Turkey referendum
London [U.K.], Apr 18 : Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday rejected the criticism by international monitors of a referendum, which would see the country switch from the Parliamentary to the Presidential system. Read Full Story

Pak extends felicitations to Turkey on outcome of referendum
Islamabad [Pakistan], Apr. 17 : Pakistan has extended felicitations to the Government and people of Turkey on the outcome of the referendum for the constitutional amendment, according to the unofficial results. Read Full Story

Woman held after Lahore encounter had visited Syria to join ISIS
Lahore/Hyderabad [Pakistan], Apr. 17 : A woman, who was arrested after the Lahore encounter, had earlier visited Syria to join the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group. Read Full Story

Pope Francis calls for end to 'horror and death' in Syria in Easter sermon
New York [U.S.A.], Apr 17 : While delivering the traditional Easter Sunday Mass sermon in Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis called for an end to the horror and death in Syria and prayed for Jesus to help world leaders end the arms trade. Read Full Story

Turkey votes 'Yes' in referendum, President Erdogan thanks people for support
Istanbul [Turkey], Apr 17 : Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed victory in the referendum, which would see the country switch from the Parliamentary to the Presidential system. Read Full Story

Turkey votes in historic constitutional
Ankara [Turkey], Apr 16 : More than 55 million Turkish citizens began voting across the country on Sunday in a historic referendum proposing key constitutional changes that would allegedly give wide-ranging executive powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Read Full Story

Syrian Army expels Daesh terrorists near Deir ez-Zor Airbase
Damascus [Syria], Apr. 16 : Syrian government forces have freed territories to the south of the Syrian airbase in Deir ez-Zor from Daesh terrorists. Read Full Story

Turkish President rejects regime shift after referendum on constitutional amendments
Ankara [Turkey], Apr. 15 : Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has discarded claims of a regime change after Sunday's referendum on constitutional amendments. Read Full Story

Iranian President to run for second term
Tehran [Iran], Apr 14 : Iranian President Hasan Rouhani has registered to run for a second term in the upcoming presidential elections in the country, set for May 19. Read Full Story

British woman allegedly stabbed to death by Palestinian in Jerusalem
Jerusalem [Israel], Apr. 14 : A British woman in her twenties has been stabbed to death in Jerusalem according to police, as thousands of Jewish and Christian pilgrims thronged the city's holy sites for Good Friday and the continuing Passover holiday. Read Full Story

Syria responds to Trump's 'animal' remark for Assad
Moscow [Russia], Apr. 14 : Following Donald Trump's 'animal' remark for Syrian President Bashar Assad in the wake of the Idlib chemical attack, Syria's senior diplomat has come down heavily on the U.S. President. Read Full Story

Chemical attack 'fabricated' as 'pretext' to justify US strike: Assad
Damascus [Syria], April 13 : Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed Thursday that the alleged chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun was a "fabrication" to justify the U.S. missile strike. Read Full Story

Syrian Army says US-led airstrike killed hundreds, including civilians
Damascus [Syria], April 13 : The Syrian Army claimed Thursday that a US-led airstrike against the Islamic State near Deir ez-Zor killed a large number of civilians, due to the suffocation resulted from inhaling toxic substances. Read Full Story

Ivanka influenced Syria missile strike decision: Eric Trump
New York [U.S.], Apr. 12 : Following President Donald Trump's asserted that the horrific images from a chemical weapons attack in Syria forced him to authorize a missile strike last week, it has come to light that his daughter Ivanka also had a hand in taking the crucial decision. Read Full Story

Trump administration open to more strikes on Syria
Washington D.C. (U.S.), Apr. 11: The White House on Monday said U.S. President Donald Trump is open to authorising additional strikes on Syria if the use of chemical weapons continues in the country. Read Full Story

Egyptians protest against Church attack, says 'Your terrorism brings us together'
Cairo (Egypt), Apr. 10 : Outraged Egyptians of different faiths rallied together on Sunday in defiance of ISIS, after the group claimed responsibility for two Coptic Christian Church bombings hundreds of miles apart. Read Full Story

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