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The US accuses Hamid Aboutalebi of links to the group that seized the US embassy in Tehran in 1979

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Iran has insisted it will not replace Hamid Aboutalebi as its new envoy to the UN in New York and accused the US of...
Syria’s government and opposition forces have accused each other of using poison gas in an attack on Kafr Zita village on Friday

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Syria’s government and opposition forces have accused each other of using poison gas in an attack on Kafr Zita village on Friday. State TV said...
Hamid Aboutalebi, Iran's nomination for UN ambassador, was involved in seizure of the US embassy in 1979

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The US has refused to issue a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi - Iran's nomination for UN ambassador - who was involved in seizure of...
Violence broke out at the Zaatari camp in northern Jordan after Syrian refugees have clashed with police

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Violence broke out at the Zaatari camp in northern Jordan after Syrian refugees have clashed with police, officials say. At least 22 Jordanian police have...
The previous three releases of Palestinian prisoners were deeply unpopular with the Israeli public

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Israel has decided to cancel the release of a fourth group of Palestinian prisoners. Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said Palestinian actions had violated the...
Ehud Olmert has been convicted of bribery in a case which forced him to resign to office in 2008

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Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert has been convicted of bribery in a case which forced him to resign to office in 2008. Ehud Olmert was...
Javier Espinosa and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova were seized by the ISIS rebels near the Turkish border in September 2013

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Spanish journalists Javier Espinosa and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova - kidnapped in Syria six months ago by radical Islamist rebels - have been released. Spanish newspaper...
Egypt's military chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has resigned in order to stand for the presidency

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Egypt's military chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has resigned in order to stand for the presidency. In a widely expected announcement, Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi...
529 Muslim Brotherhood members were convicted of charges including murdering a policeman and attacks on people and property

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An Egyptian court has sentenced to death 529 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. Muslim Brotherhood members were convicted of charges including murdering a...
Turkey shot down a Syrian military jet it says violated its airspace

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Turkey shot down a Syrian military jet it says violated its airspace, but Damascus calls this "blatant aggression" and says the jet was over...
Israel has attacked several Syrian military sites in retaliation for a bombing that wounded four of its troops in the occupied Golan Heights

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Israel has attacked several Syrian military sites in retaliation for a bombing that wounded four of its troops in the occupied Golan Heights. Among the...
Egypt has seen an upsurge in violence since the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last July

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Gunmen have killed six Egyptian soldiers at a checkpoint in the northern Cairo suburb of Shubra al-Khayma, state media reports. A security official said two...
The Greek Orthodox nuns were kidnapped in the Christian town of Maaloula in December

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Syrian rebels have released a group of Greek Orthodox nuns, who were kidnapped in the Christian town of Maaloula in December. The 13 nuns and...
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has told visiting EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton that a nuclear deal could come in the next...
Three Gulf countries have withdrawn their ambassadors from Qatar amid accusations that it has meddled in internal affairs

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Three Gulf countries have withdrawn their ambassadors from Qatar amid accusations that it has meddled in internal affairs. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE, which...
Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has indicated he will run for Egypt’s presidency

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Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has indicated he will run for Egypt’s presidency. Abdul Fattah al-Sisi was quoted by the state news agency Mena as...
Egyptian prosecutors have accused ousted President Mohammed Morsi of leaking state secrets to Iran's Revolutionary Guards

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Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi has been accused by prosecutors of leaking state secrets to Iran's Revolutionary Guards. The claim came during the second hearing...
Mohamed Morsi’s lawyers have walked out of his trial on charges of espionage and conspiring to commit acts of terror

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Mohamed Morsi’s lawyers have walked out of his trial on charges of espionage and conspiring to commit acts of terror. The former Egyptian president’s trial...
A Bahraini policeman has died of wounds from a bomb blast during protests marking Friday's third anniversary of the country's uprising

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A Bahraini policeman has died of wounds from a bomb blast during protests marking Friday's third anniversary of the country's uprising. According to the interior...
Vladimir Putin has announced he backs Egypt's military chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in his bid for the presidency

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Vladimir Putin has announced he backs Egypt's military chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in his "bid for the presidency". Vladimir Putin, meeting Field Marshal Sisi in...
The UN has restarted its aid mission in the besieged rebel-held Old City of Homs

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The UN has restarted its aid mission in the besieged rebel-held Old City of Homs, Syria, after hours of talks aimed at saving a...
More than six hundreds civilians have been evacuated from the rebel-held Old Quarter of Homs

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More than six hundreds civilians have been evacuated from the rebel-held Old Quarter of Homs, Syria, state media report. This was despite mortar fire and...
A UN aid convoy bringing supplies into the besieged district of the central Syrian city of Homs has come under fire, leaving at least one person hurt

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A UN aid convoy bringing supplies into the besieged district of the central Syrian city of Homs has come under fire, leaving at least...
Mohamed Morsi has arrived in court in the capital, Cairo, for the resumption of one of the four trials against him

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Egypt’s former President Mohamed Morsi has arrived in court in the capital, Cairo, for the resumption of one of the four trials against him. Mohamed...
Lakhdar Brahimi is optimistic despite slow progress at Geneva talks on Syria

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Syria’s government and opposition have traded insults after a week-long peace conference in Geneva ended with no firm agreement. Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said the...
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