Mideast powers trade blame as Yemen teeters

Regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran traded accusations Tuesday over the escalating conflict in Yemen, which the UN rights chief warned was on the brink of "total collapse".

Japan pledges USD 2.5 billion non-military aid for Mideast

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Saturday that his country will contribute USD 2.5 billion in non-military aid for the Middle East as he visits the volatile region.

Pope says Christians `being driven from Mideast`

 Pope Francis said Christians are being "driven from the Middle East" in a message to Iraqi Christians forced to flee by Islamic State group jihadists.

US Air Force pilot killed in crash in Mideast

A US Air Force pilot was killed when an F-16 crashed late last night while returning to its base in the Middle East.

Gaza war rages on, Hamas says Israel tried to kill its military chief

An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed the wife and infant son of Hamas`s military leader, Mohammed Deif, the group said, calling it an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed.

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to `hug it out` and party?

ormer US secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and President Barack Obama are set to come face-to-face on Wednesday, a day after claiming that her comments on country`s foreign policy in a recent interview were not intended “to attack him”.

BRICS regret lack of progress in Mideast, Ukraine

25. The BRICS group of emerging powers regrets the lack of progress in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and crises in Ukraine, Iraq and Syria, Brazil`s president said Tuesday.

Anti-Israel protests in Srinagar

Dozens of students Monday staged a peaceful protest in Srinagar against Israel`s bombing in Gaza.

US Mideast envoy quits after attempt at peace deal

US special Mideast envoy Martin Indyk is resigning after nearly a year of unsuccessful efforts to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Israeli and Palestinian presidents to meet at Vatican on June 8

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet at the Vatican and pray for peace together at an unprecedented gathering on June 8, the Vatican said on Thursday.

Japan PM to visit Africa, Mideast with cash pledge: Reports

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Africa and the Middle East this week, reports said today, bearing development cash pledges as Tokyo pushes back against growing Chinese influence in the resource-rich region.

Kerry seeks to allay fears on Mideast deal

US Secretary of State John Kerry held a second day of talks with Israelis and Palestinians on Friday, seeking to overcome deep reservations about a framework to guide negotiations towards a peace deal.

Mideast turmoil, union proposal top Gulf summit agenda

Gulf Arab states will hold a summit this week to discuss a controversial proposal to form an EU-like union at a time of regional turmoil and fresh Iranian overtures.

Hope for Mideast talks `diminishing`: Palestinians

Israel and the Palestinians struck a grim tone over their renewed peace talks at a Security Council debate, with both sides lashing out at each other over recent violence and the Palestinian envoy saying "tangible progress remains elusive."

US Navy redeploys ships in Mideast

The US Navy has redeployed warships in the Middle East for any potential strikes against Syria, defence officials said on Tuesday.

Turkish, Palestinian presidents discuss Mideast peace process

Visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held talks with Turkish President Abdullah Gul Monday over the latest developments in the Middle East.

John Kerry heads back to Mideast for fresh peace push

US Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to the Middle East on his third trip there in just two weeks in a fresh bid to unlock long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Hillary meets Netanyahu, calls for durable outcome

Hillary Clinton met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and called for efforts to achieve a "durable outcome" for both Israelis and Palestinians.

`Russia not losing influence in Mideast`

"The idea that Russia is losing influence in the Arab world as a result of the Arab Spring is "wishful thinking," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

‘Syria conflict part of Mideast geopolitical game’

Russia has said some countries are apparently interested in fuelling violence in Syria as part of a "geopolitical remapping" of the Middle East.