Top News

Death Toll From Air Strike in Yemen Rises to 26

SANAA, Sept 22  – The death toll from an Arab coalition air strike which hit a house in a residential area in western Yemen has risen to 26 people, medics and residents said on Thursday. A spokesman for the Saudi-led alliance was not immediately available for comment on the strike, the latest in a string

[ Read More ]

As Obama’s Term Wanes, so Does Focus on Israeli-Palestinian Issue

By Arshad Mohammed and John Irish UNITED NATIONS, Sept 22 – In his first major United Nations speech eight years ago, President Barack Obama said he would not give up on Israeli-Palestinian peace. In likely his last U.N. speech, on Tuesday, he spoke little about the conflict beyond voicing the unsurprising sentiment that matters would

[ Read More ]

Death Toll After Migrant Boat Capsizes off Egypt Reaches 52

CAIRO, Sept 22  – Egyptian rescue workers have found nine more bodies in the Mediterranean Sea a day after a boat carrying hundreds of migrants capsized, bringing the death toll so far to 52, two officials said on Thursday. Egyptian authorities have arrested four crew members of the boat, which had been carrying almost 600

[ Read More ]

Saudi Plane Isolated at Manila Airport after False Hijack Alarm, Incident Over

MANILA, Sept 20 – A Saudi Arabian Airlines plane was temporarily isolated after landing at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Tuesday following a false hijack alarm, airline and airport officials said. Passengers were taken off the aircraft and transported to the airport’s main terminal while Philippines security personnel carried out checks of the plane.

[ Read More ]

Air Strikes Hit Aid Convoy as Syria says Ceasefire Over

By Tom Perry and John Davison BEIRUT, Sept 20 – Syrian or Russian aircraft struck an aid convoy near Aleppo on Monday and killed 12 people, according to a war monitor, as the Syrian military declared a one-week truce brokered by the United States and Russia over. The United Nations confirmed the convoy was hit

[ Read More ]

Turkey-Backed Rebels Could Push Further South in Syria, Erdogan says

ISTANBUL, Sept 19  – Turkey-backed rebels may extend their zone of control in northern Syria by pushing south and were now focused on heading toward the Daesh-held town of al-Bab, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. Speaking at a news conference before departing for New York where he is due to address the United

[ Read More ]

Eastern Aleppo Aid Stuck in Turkey as Syria Truce Expires

BEIRUT, Sept 19 – Two 20-truck aid convoys destined for eastern Aleppo with enough supplies to feed 185,000 people for a month are still stuck in Turkey, a U.N. spokesman said on Monday, hours after a ceasefire in Syria expired. The U.N. has said it does not have sufficient security guarantees from all sides in

[ Read More ]

Kerry Tackles Yemen, Syrian Conflicts in Saudi Arabia Talks

By Lesley Wroughton JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Aug 25 – Secretary of State John Kerry met Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and the country’s powerful deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday to discuss ways to end conflict in Yemen and resume peace talks between the warring sides. Kerry arrived in Jeddah late on Wednesday from

[ Read More ]

German Military Muls Options if Planes Withdrawn from Turkish Base

By Andrea Shalal BERLIN, Aug 25 – Germany still wants its military to use Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base for reconnaissance flights in the fight against Daesh but is looking for alternatives due to a dispute with Ankara, the Defence Ministry said on Thursday. A ministry spokesman said the armed forces were studying other basing options for

[ Read More ]

Rebels Launch Major Assault to Try to Break Aleppo Siege

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT, Aug 1 – Syrian rebel fighters have launched a major assault on government-held southwestern parts of Aleppo to try to reopen supply lines after the army and its allies tightened their siege of opposition-held parts of the city last week. The rebels are trying to break through the strip of government-controlled

[ Read More ]