Bombs in Iraq, including twin blasts on busy street, kill 31

A series of bombings in Iraq, including twin blasts in a busy street in a Baghdad suburb, killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens on Tuesday, Iraqi officials said.

Yemen leader meets governors after fleeing capital

Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi led a meeting of governors in the southern city of Aden on Sunday as he resumed some of his duties after escaping house arrest in Sanaa.

Militia seizes 30 US vehicles as diplomats quit Yemen

Shiite militiamen seized some 30 vehicles used by US embassy staff from Sanaa's international airport shortly after their departure from Yemen, diplomatic and airport sources said.

Suicide attack, bombing kill at least 22 in Iraq's capital

Attacks in Baghdad killed at least 22 people and wounded dozens on Monday, just days after the government lifted a nighttime curfew that had been in place in the Iraqi capital for over a decade.

Bahrain strips 72 of citizenship after unrest

Sunni-ruled Bahrain said Saturday it had revoked the citizenship of 72 people convicted of "harming the interests of the kingdom", which has experienced unrest by its Shiite majority since 2011.

Hezbollah will pay `full price` for deadly attack: Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Lebanon`s Hezbollah it will pay the "full price" after missiles killed two Israeli soldiers Wednesday in an attack that raised fears of another all-out war.

US in contact with Huthis in Yemen: Pentagon

US officials are holding discussions with representatives of the Shiite militia in Yemen who have forced the resignation of the country`s president, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

Gunmen seize Yemen president’s chief of staff: Official

Gunmen on Saturday seized Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi`s chief of staff, whose nomination as prime minister last year was rejected by Shiite militiamen controlling the capital, an official said.

Pakistan hangs militant, 20th execution since moratorium lifted

Pakistan on Saturday hanged a militant of a banned anti-Shiite outfit here after a court rejected a "compromise" and upheld the death penalty awarded to him, taking the number of executions in the country since the lifting of the moratorium on capital punishment to 20.

Saudi police arrest suspect in Shiite unrest

Saudi police have arrested a man wanted in connection with a 2011 protest movement organised by Shiite residents of the kingdom`s restive Eastern Province, the interior ministry said Friday.

Bahrain opposition chief re-elected, gets summons

Bahrain`s main opposition movement Al-Wefaq said Saturday that it had re-elected the leader of the banned Shiite group, who was summoned by police hours later.

Saudi soldier shot dead in Shiite area

A Saudi soldier died Sunday in a Shiite area of the Sunni-dominated kingdom`s east after a gunman opened fire, official media said.

Saudi Arabia says Islamic State ordered attack on Shiites in al-Ahsa

Saudi Arabia has arrested the four main suspects in an attack on Shiite Muslims this month and believes it was ordered by Islamic State militants from abroad, the state news agency cited an Interior Ministry security spokesman as saying on Monday.

Voting underway in Bahrain amid Shi'ite opposition boycott


Manama: Bahrainis went to the polls on Saturday for the first Legislative Elections since a 2011 uprising, but the vote is being boycotted by the Shi'ite opposition that led Gulf kingdom`s pro-democracy movement.

Three killed as police, rebels clash at Yemen airport

Clashes at Sanaa airport between Yemeni police and Shiite rebel gunmen have left three dead, in a rare confrontation since the rebels overran the capital in September, a security official said Tuesday.

Shiite rebels reject new Yemen cabinet, demand reshuffle

Shiite rebels rejected Saturday Yemen`s newly formed cabinet, which was hoped to defuse the country`s political crisis, demanding a reshuffle to dismiss members they consider unqualified and corrupt.

Bahrain orders probe into death of prisoner

Bahraini authorities ordered Saturday an investigation into the "beating and death" of an inmate in custody, the interior ministry said.

Policeman kills Shiite man for alleged blasphemy in Pakistan

A Pakistani policeman has been accused of killing a detained Shiite man with an axe for alleged blasphemy in the Punjab Province, a day after a Christian couple was burnt alive by a mob for the same crime.

Dozens feared killed in Nigeria suicide bomb attack

Dozens of people were feared killed Monday after a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at a religious gathering in Potiskum area of Nigeria`s northeastern state of Yobe, witnesses said.

Baghdad area bombings kill at least 24: Officials

Bombings in the Baghdad area killed at least 24 people on Saturday, just days ahead of major Shiite religious commemorations that face significant danger from militants, security and medical officials said.