US condemns Shiite rebels in Yemen

President Barack Obama`s top counter-terrorism advisor called President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi on Wednesday to condemn Shiite rebels the Yemeni leader says have brought his country to the brink of civil war.

Yemen leader vows to restore authority, warns of civil war

Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi vowed to restore state authority and warned of "civil war" in the Sunni-majority country as Shiite rebels were seen in near-total control of the capital on Tuesday.

Israeli spy device blast kills Hezbollah man in Lebanon

A member of Lebanon's Hezbollah was killed when an Israeli listening device exploded in the south of the country, the Shiite militant group said on Saturday.

12 killed as Yemen rebels clash with tribes, Army

At least 12 people were killed in fierce overnight clashes between army-backed Yemeni tribes and Shiite Huthi rebels pressing a protest campaign against the government, tribal sources said on Saturday.

Iraqi forces press advance as parliament stormed

Iraqi forces made more progress today in their fightback against jihadists, but in Baghdad anger boiled over as hundreds stormed parliament over the fate of missing soldiers who surrendered in June.

Iraq Shiite bloc names alternative to Maliki as PM candidate

Iraq`s National Alliance parliamentary bloc has chosen Haidar al-Abadi as its nominee for prime minister in place of incumbent Nuri al-Maliki, sources in parliament said today.

Car bombs kill 51 in Baghdad Shiite neighborhoods

Iraqi medical and security officials say two car bombs have exploded in Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad killing 51 people.

Yemen Shiite rebels seize city near capital: Official

Yemeni Shiite rebels seized control on Tuesday of the northern city of Amran, near the capital Saana, after three days of fierce fighting, an official said.

Shi`ite cleric Sadr urges Maliki`s bloc to choose new Iraq PM candidate

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki`s coalition should withdraw its support for his bid for a third term and pick another candidate, Shi`ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr urged, amid parliamentary deadlock over the formation of a new government.

Fleeing Shiite Turkmen caught in Iraq limbo

Dozens of families who fled a Shiite Turkmen town in northern Iraq overrun by Sunni militants want to move south but are stuck in limbo between the Kurdish authorities and insurgents.

Oil prices mixed as Iraq keeps markets on edge

Global oil prices traded in mixed fashion ahead of the weekend Friday, with Brent slightly higher as traders watched developments in the jihadist-led offensive in Iraqi, OPEC`s second-largest oil producer.

Iraq insurgents capture fourth town in Anbar

Iraqi officials say Sunni militants have seized another town in Iraq`s western Anbar province, the fourth to fall in their hands since Friday.

Shiite fighters parade as militants take Iraq border town

Shiite fighters paraded in Baghdad Saturday in a dramatic show of force aimed at Sunni militants who seized a Syrian border crossing, widening a western front in an offensive threatening to rip Iraq apart.

Iraq Shiite cleric says Sunni militants must be ousted

Iraq`s top Shiite cleric urged all of its people Friday to unite and expel Sunni Muslim insurgents, as Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki came under growing pressure at home and abroad.

Twitter account associated with Iran leader warns of "war in Muslim world"

A Twitter account Iran experts believe is run by the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in comments apparently inspired by Iraq`s turmoil, accused Sunni militants on Thursday of wanting to bring about a war in the Muslim world.

Bombings in Shiite areas of Iraq kill 37

Bombings that included a suicide attack on tribal leaders in Baghdad hit Shiite areas of central and southern Iraq today, killing at least 37 people, officials said.

Bahrain hands heavy jail terms to Shiite protesters

A Bahraini court today handed down jail sentences of up to 13 years against 13 defendants convicted of attacking police during an anti-government demonstration in 2012, a judicial official said.

Bahrain opposition to boycott legislative election

Bahrain`s top Shiite opposition parties say they will boycott parliamentary and municipal elections slated for October.

63 killed in brutal Iraq post-election attacks

Attacks across Iraq, including a spate of car bombs in Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul, killed 63 people Wednesday in the bloodiest violence to hit Iraq since April elections.

Baghdad bombs against Shiites kill 25

A spate of rush hour bombs, mostly targeting Shiite-majority areas of Baghdad, killed 25 people Tuesday in the first major series of attacks to hit the capital since elections last month.