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Hunt for MERS source should look beyond camels: Veterinary officials

Last Updated: Thursday, May 29, 2014, 03:32

Scientists lack proof that camels are the source of a deadly new virus that has killed 186 people in Saudi Arabia and should widen their hunt to other animals, veterinary experts meeting in Paris said.

UN warns against new European, Arab extremist networks

Last Updated: Thursday, May 29, 2014, 01:13

New extremist networks in Europe and the Middle East may emerge from the war in Syria as thousands of foreigners fight alongside local militants, the UN Security Council heard Wednesday.

Gaza`s Hamas government says ready to step aside

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 01:21

Gaza`s Hamas government says it has concluded its last meeting and is "ready to hand over full responsibility" to a Palestinian unity government.

Pope Francis urges an end to Israel-Palestine conflict

Last Updated: Sunday, May 25, 2014, 21:45

Pope Francis Sunday afternoon urged Israelis and the Palestinians to search for a peaceful solution to their conflict.

Pope Francis in Bethlehem urges an end to Middle East conflict

Last Updated: Sunday, May 25, 2014, 15:29

Pope Francis made a plea for peace on Sunday at the start of a pilgrimage to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, saying the prolonged Israel-Palestinian conflict had become unacceptable.

Pope in Syria peace appeal at start of Mideast tour

Last Updated: Sunday, May 25, 2014, 02:44

Pope Francis made what he called a "heartfelt appeal" Saturday for peace in war-torn Syria as he began a three-day pilgrimage to the Middle East.

Pope begins Middle East pilgrimage in Jordan

Last Updated: Saturday, May 24, 2014, 15:09

Pope Francis headed for Jordan today at the start of a Middle East tour aimed at boosting ties with Muslims and Jews as well as easing an age-old rift within Christianity.

Pope to start delicate Middle East trip in Jordan

Last Updated: Saturday, May 24, 2014, 04:32

Pope Francis arrives in Jordan on Saturday to start an intense three-day trip to the Middle East, bringing hope to the dwindling Christian population and an appeal to members of all religions to work together for peace.

Pope prepares for `high-wire act` in Middle East

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 15:48

Pope Francis will be treading on sensitive ground on an upcoming trip to the Middle East that is intended to promote inter-faith dialogue but has already sparked protests from ultra-orthodox Jews and radical Islamists.

Foreign doctors, nurses in Saudi Arabia could take MERS global

Last Updated: Sunday, May 18, 2014, 20:27

The biggest risk that Middle East Respiratory Syndrome will become a global epidemic, ironically, may lie with globe-trotting healthcare workers.

Pope heads to Middle East with hope for Christian unity

Last Updated: Sunday, May 18, 2014, 09:16

Pope Francis will take part in an unprecedented joint prayer in Jerusalem next weekend with representatives of all the main branches of Christianity in a bid to put aside old rivalries.

Netherlands reports first case of MERS virus

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 19:24

A first case of the dangerous Middle East Respiratory Virus (MERS) has been detected in the Netherlands, in a man who had travelled to Saudi Arabia, authorities said Wednesday.