Middle East News

UAE participating in Bali Democracy Forum
Bali, Dec 8 : The United Arab Emirates is participating in the Bali Democracy Forum on December 8 and 9 with a delegation headed by Mohammed Abdullah Al Ghafli, UAE Ambassador to Indonesia. Read Full Story

Heavy clashes in Mosul as Iraqi troops advance
Baghdad, Dec 8 : Fierce clashes have erupted in war-torn Mosul as Iraqi forces made gains against Islamic State (IS) militants deep inside the northern city, media reported on Thursday. Read Full Story

Breather for over 24,000 illegal Indian workers in Kuwait
Kuwait City, Dec 8 : In a rare gesture, the Kuwait government has stated it would not imprison or penalise over 24,000 illegal Indian workers if they report to the Interior Ministry for deportation or transfer of job visas. Read Full Story

12 IS terrorists, nine civilians killed in Iraq airstrikes
Ramadi, Dec 8 : At least 12 terrorists affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group and nine civilians were killed on Wednesday in airstrikes in an IS-held town near Iraq's western border with Syria, security and medical sources said. Read Full Story

Israel rejects Hollande's invite for Paris peace conference
Jerusalem, Dec 8 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday talked over the phone with France's President Francois Hollande, declining his invitation to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Paris in December. Read Full Story

Syrian army enters Aleppo's ancient citadel
Damascus, Dec 8 : After capturing the old city of Aleppo, Syrian forces entered the citadel of Aleppo on Wednesday, meeting with a military unit that has been besieged at that place. Read Full Story

60 missing after ship capsizes off Yemen's Socotra island
Sana, Dec 7 : A total of 60 persons went missing after their ship capsized off the remote island of Socotra in Yemen, authorities said on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Indian killed in UAE vehicle pile-up
Dubai, Dec 7 : A 60-year-old Indian man was killed in a pile-up traffic accident in Ras Al Khaimah city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a newspaper reported on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Syrian 'Twitter girl' safe amid heavy bombing
Damascus, Dec 7 : The seven-year-old Bana al-Abed, whose tweets about bombing in Syria's Aleppo brought international attention, has fled her home amid intense fighting. But her father said she and her family was safe. Read Full Story

Saudi court sentences 15 to death for spying for Iran
Riyadh, Dec 6 : A Saudi court on Tuesday sentenced 15 persons to death on charges of spying for Iran, media reported. Read Full Story

UAE President congratulates Thai King
Abu Dhabi, Dec 6 : UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a congratulatory message to Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn on the occasion of his accession to the throne. Read Full Story

Indian trio in Dubai hack businessman's account, steal money
Dubai, Dec 6 : Three Indian men have been accused of hacking into a businessman's mobile banking application and stealing $272,249 (Dh 1 million), local media reported. Read Full Story

Syrian girl's tweets about war capture world's attention
Damascus, Dec 6 : Bana Alabed, a seven-year-old Syrian girl tweeting in English with the help of her mother, became focus of the world, asking for pray and saying goodbye. Read Full Story

Arrest warrant issued for female IS sympathiser
Milan, Dec 5 : Police have issued an arrest warrant for an Albanian Islamic State sympathiser who went to Syria with her six-year-old son and allegedly enrolled him in jihadist training camps there. Read Full Story

Russian Sukhoi skids into Mediterranean
Moscow, Dec 5 : A Russian Sukhoi Su-33 fighter jet skidded off the country's sole aircraft carrier deployed in the Mediterranean after completing a combat mission in Syria but the pilot successfully ejected, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Monday. Read Full Story

UAE highlights efforts on biodiversity protection
Dubai, Dec 5 : The UAE on Monday highlighted its efforts on biodiversity protection at the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Read Full Story

IS online activities decline in 2016: Saudi group
Riyadh, Dec 5 : A Saudi counter-terrorism campaign has reported a drastic decline in the online activities of the Islamic State militant group this year, the media reported on Monday. Read Full Story

Russia, US to talk on rebel withdrawal from Aleppo: Moscow
Rome, Dec 5 : A proposal made by US Secretary of State John Kerry to Russia about the divided Syrian city of Aleppo details the procedure for withdrawal of rebel forces, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov revealed on Monday, adding that the two countries will discuss the issue in the coming days. Read Full Story

Saudi jets kill 6 Pakistani sailors off Yemen
Sanaa, Dec 5 : At least six Pakistani sailors were reportedly killed in a Saudi air strike targeting their boat off the Yemeni coast, Press TV reported on Monday. Read Full Story

Airstrikes kill 34 in Syria
Damascus, Dec 5 : At least 34 people were killed on Sunday by intensified airstrikes on rebel-held areas in Syria's northern province of Idlib, a monitor group reported. Read Full Story

Visiting Qatari royals hunt endangered 'Houbara' in Pakistan
Lahore [Pakistan], Dec. 4 : A 12-member delegation of Qatari royals including Prince Hamad bin Jassim that arrived here on Saturday went on a hunting spree for the internationally protected migratory bird Houbara Bustard in Bhakkar district of Punjab. Read Full Story

Aleppo: Russia 'ready for talks' on withdrawal of rebels
London [UK], Dec. 4 (ANI): Russia has said it is "ready" for talks with the United States to allow for withdrawal of rebels from eastern Aleppo as the Syrian forces continue to advance in the besieged city. Read Full Story

2 Palestinian prisoners refuse to end hunger strike in Israel
Jerusalem, Dec 4 : Two Palestinians in an Israeli jail who have been on hunger strike for more than two months, rejected Israel's deal to end their strike in exchange for being released within four months, media reports said. Read Full Story

2 pilots killed as warplane shot down in Aleppo
Damascus, Dec 4 : At least two pilots were killed as rebels in Syria shot down a warplane near the international airport of on Saturday, media reports said. Read Full Story

UAE, Japan look forward to stronger bilateral relations
Dubai, Dec 4 : United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan met with his Japanese counterpart Kentaro Sonoura in Abu Dhabi to discuss ways of bolstering strategic relations between the two countries, media reports said. Read Full Story

Syrian crisis resolvable, people's participation key: Iranian Foreign Minister
New Delhi, Dec 3 : The participation of the Syrian people themselves is important to solve the Syrian problem, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday. Read Full Story

UAE, Japan discuss regional, international developments
Abu Dhabi, Dec 3 : The foreign ministers of UAE and Japan discussed ways of bolstering strategic relations between the two countries in all spheres, and exchanged views about the latest regional and international developments here on Saturday. Read Full Story

Egypt court rules parts of protest law unconstitutional
Cairo, Dec 3 : Egypt's Supreme Court on Saturday ruled that parts of an article of a controversial protest law were unconstitutional, a move that cancels the authority of the Interior Ministry to ban rallies. Read Full Story

UAE-based Indian teen wins Children Peace Prize
The Hague, Dec 3 : An Indian schoolgirl based in UAE has won this year's International Children's Peace Prize for her fight to save the planet. Read Full Story

2,000 people evacuate rebel-held town in Syria
Damascus, Dec 3 : As many as 2,000 people evacuated the rebel-held suburb of Tal about 16 kms from here, as part of a deal between the Syrian government and the armed rebels, local media reports said. Read Full Story

Police quiz Netanyahu's wife over misusing public money
Jerusalem, Dec 2 : Israeli police on Friday said Sara Netanyahu, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife, was interrogated for 11 hours on suspicion of misusing public money. Read Full Story

Indian man captures 'ghost' on camera in Sharjah
Sharjah, Dec 1 : An Indian man caught a ghostly figure on camera during a desert outing with his family and friends in Sharjah, a local media report said. Read Full Story

Syria lashes out at Turkish president, calls him 'tyrant'
Damascus, Dec 1 : Syria's Foreign Ministry lashed out at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the remarks he recently made against the Syrian government, branding the Turkish leader as "tyrant." Read Full Story

Man from Kerala lights up UAE skyline
Abu Dhabi, Nov 30 : An Indian man is behind most of the lluminations and street decorations that light up the UAE skyline and are the symbol of Emirati pride and achievement. Read Full Story

Kuwait Airways, IndiGo aircraft wings collide at Mumbai airport
Mumbai, Nov 30 : The wing tips of an IndiGo and a Kuwait Airways aircraft collided while taxiing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport early on Wednesday, official sources said. Read Full Story

Saudi Arabia tops Gulf states among remittance sending countries
Abu Dhabi, Nov 30 : Three Gulf countries rank in the top 10 category among remittance-sending countries, with Saudi Arabia ranking second to the US with regard to remittances sent abroad - at $37 billion. Read Full Story

Moscow seeks clarification on Erdogan's Syria remarks
Moscow, Nov 30 : Russia expected Ankara to clarify reports that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wanted the country's army to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the Kremlin said on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Crown Prince joins people to mark UAE Commemoration Day
Abu Dhabi, Nov 30 : Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Wednesday joined citizens in to mark UAE's Commemoration Day. Read Full Story

Israel arrests 24 over wildfires
Jerusalem, Nov 30 : Israeli authorities have arrested 24 people suspected of being linked to the wildfires that raged through the country, police said on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Filipino-Indian beauty queen in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, Nov 30 : Filipino-Indian beauty queen and Miss Universe 2010 fourth runner-up Maria Venus Raj is visiting the UAE to conduct modelling workshops in Abu Dhabi, said a media report. Read Full Story

Israel fired 2 missiles near Damascus: Syria
Damascus, Nov 30 : The Syrian army said Israel fired two missiles at an area near the capital Damascus on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Zardari congratulates new Pak Army chief
Dubai [UAE], Nov.30 : In a significant political development, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) co-chairman and former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has congratulated the country's new army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa on his appointment. Read Full Story

Italian hostage appears in Syrian jihadist video
Rome, Nov 29 : An Italian allegedly being held captive by jihadists in Syria has appeared in a video and appealed to his government to save him from possible execution. Read Full Story

16,000 civilians flee war ravaged Aleppo: UN
Geneva, Nov 29 (IANS/MAP) Around 16,000 civilians have fled strife-torn parts of Syria's Aleppo as the rebels lost all of the northern neighbourhoods of their stronghold, UN official said on Tuesday, describing the situation as "chilling". Read Full Story

11 IS terrorists killed in Turkish airstrikes in Aleppo
Ankara, Nov 29 (IANS/MAP) At least 11 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in Turkish airstrikes in Syria's Aleppo city, authorities said on Tuesday. Read Full Story

UAE pardons 1,100 prisoners ahead of National Day
Abu Dhabi, Nov 29 : UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Tuesday ordered the release of over 1,100 prisoners on the occasion of the country's 45th National Day. Read Full Story

500,000 children under siege in Syria, UNICEF calls for help
United Nations, Nov 29 : As nearly 500,000 children are living under siege amid escalating violence across Syria, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for lifting sieges and allowing immediate humanitarian access. Read Full Story

Israel won't allow IS to open new border front: PM
Jerusalem, Nov 29 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel will not allow a new "front of terror" in the Golan Heights, a day after Islamic State (IS) militants clashed with Israeli soldiers. Read Full Story

Israeli jets strike IS base in Syria
Jerusalem, Nov 28 : The Israeli Air Force overnight struck a compound used by Islamic State militant group in Syria, military said. Read Full Story

Section of rebel-held area captured in Aleppo
Damascus, Nov 28 : The Syrian forces have gained control of the northern section of the rebel-held areas in Aleppo city, a monitor group reported on Monday. Read Full Story

IS, Israel clash for first time near Golan Heights
Jerusalem, Nov 28 : Israeli forces reportedly killed four Islamic State militants in Syria in the first direct clash between the country and the jihadi group, the media reported. Read Full Story

Morrison Menon case studies in Dubai Women College curriculum
Doha, Nov 27 : UAE-based chartered accountants Morison Menon on Sunday said that two of studies have been included in the business curriculum of Dubai Women College-Higher College of Technology (HCT). Read Full Story

Egypt denies military presence in Syria
Cairo, Nov 28 : Egypt on Sunday denied any military presence in Syrian territories as circulated by some Arab newspapers. Read Full Story

Israeli army kills 4 IS militants in Syria
Jerusalem, Nov 27 : Four IS militants were killed on Sunday when Israeli soldiers opened fire in response to rockets launched from a vehicle approaching Israeli-held territory from Syria, a military statement said. Read Full Story

22 injured in IS's chemical attack in Syria
Ankara, Nov 27 : The Islamic State (IS) terror outfit carried out a chemical attack in northern Syria, leaving 22 opposition fighters wounded, officials from the Turkish army said on Sunday. Read Full Story

NASA to work with UAE on Mars probe
Dubai, Nov 27 : US space agency NASA will work with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Space Agency to put communications capability on the UAE's Mars spacecraft Hope that will reach the Red Planet in 2021, an official said on Sunday. Read Full Story

IS launches chemical attack in Syria, 22 injured
Ankara, Nov 27 : The Islamic State (IS) error outfit carried out a chemical attack in northern Syria, leaving 22 opposition fighters wounded, officials from the Turkish army said on Sunday. Read Full Story

Israeli police detains 23 on suspicion of arson in connection with wildfires
Jerusalem [Israel], Nov. 27 : Twenty-three people have been detained by Israeli police on suspicion of arson in connection with wildfires that swept across central and northern parts of the country this week, said police spokeswoman Luba Samri. Read Full Story

Israeli PM thanks Palestinian President for help in fighting fires
Jerusalem, Nov 27 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to thank him for sending firefighting teams and trucks to help Israel put out fires. Read Full Story

Pakistanis among five ISIS militants killed in Afghanistan
Kabul [Afghanistan], Nov. 26 (ANI): At least five loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group, including two Pakistanis, were killed during the joint operations in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. Read Full Story

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