Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday announced that the army forces had liberated the entire country from the Islamic State (IS).

A high-level defector from Kurdish-led forces that captured the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State has recanted his account of the city's fall, saying thousands of IS fighters - many more than first reported - left under a secret, U.S.-approved deal.

Yemen's exiled President Hadi calls for new uprising

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 03:26 Written by

Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has urged Yemenis to rise up against the Houthi rebels as violence further escalated in the capital, Sanaa, following the assassination of the country’s former leader, Ali Abdullah Saleh. 

Russia designated Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and Voice of America (VOA) as “foreign agents” on Tuesday, a move aimed at complicating their work in retaliation for what Moscow says is unacceptable U.S. pressure on Russian media.

Erdogan: Jerusalem status a red line for Muslims

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 03:25 Written by

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to cut diplomatic ties with Israel over reports that the United States plans to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

Such a move would be a "red line" for Muslims, Erdogan said on Tuesday.

Ex-Georgian president Saakashvili arrested in Ukraine

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 03:25 Written by

Ukraine has detained the former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili on suspicion of assisting a criminal organization, the SBU state security service has said, an offence that could land him in prison for up to five years.

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has sought to rally last-minute diplomatic support to persuade Donald Trump not to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, amid persistent speculation that he might do so in a speech this week.

US, South Korea begin largest-ever joint air drill

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 03:23 Written by

The US and South Korea on Monday kicked off their largest ever joint air exercise, an operation North Korea has labeled an “all-out provocation”, days after Pyongyang fired its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile.

The UK government has suspended a Syrian aid program to investigate reports that the money is ending up in the wrong hands.

Saleh's fate unknown after house bombed by Houthis

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 03:22 Written by

Conflicting reports on the fate of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh swirled on social media after residents said his house in the capital Sanaa had been bombed by Houthi rebels.