Saudi vows to cover UN aid call for Yemen, keeps up air raids

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed to have carried out a deadly suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday that killed at least 33 people and injured more than 100, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said, in what, if verified, would be the first major attack claimed by the group in the country.

Formula One publishes human rights commitment
Formula One publishes human rights commitment

Formula One has published a statement committing the sport to respect for human rights as it prepares for one of the more controversial races on the calendar in Bahrain this weekend.

Hundreds defy ban to protest Saudi Arabia in Iran's capital

Defying a government ban, hundreds of Iranians are protesting against Saudi Arabia over the alleged abuse of two Iranian pilgrims visiting the Sunni kingdom.

Middle East political rivalries stoke dangerous sectarianism

Across the Middle East, fierce rivalry between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran is heightening sectarian tensions, even in conflicts that analysts say are primarily political.

Islamic world risks `disintegration`: Erdogan

The Islamic world is at risk of "disintegration" due to the current conflicts in the region between the Sunni and Shiite strands of the Muslim faith, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in comments published Thursday.

Shi'ite fighters leave Tikrit after looting: Iraqi officials

Almost all Shi`ite paramilitaries had left Tikrit on Saturday after locals complained that some fighters had spent several days looting the Sunni city after helping retake it from Islamic State.

Yemen air strike kills family of nine: Residents

An air strike on a village near the Yemeni capital Sanaa killed a family of nine, residents said on Saturday, in what appeared to be a hit by the Saudi-led military campaign against Houthi militia.

Yemen militia send reinforcements to south

Yemen`s Shiite militia has sent reinforcements to the south, security sources said Monday, amid warnings the Arabian Peninsula country is on the brink of civil war.

Beirut says UAE to expel 70 mostly Shiite Lebanese

The United Arab Emirates will expel 70 Lebanese nationals, mostly Shiite Muslims, within the next 24 hours, Lebanese officials said on Friday.

Iraqi forces advance after seizing key town from IS

Iraqi security forces regained the town of al-Baghdadi after fierce clashes with the Islamic State (IS) militants and also fought with them in the province of Anbar, security and medical sources said Saturday.

Beleaguered Hadi says Aden Yemen 'capital'

Beleaguered Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled to Aden after escaping from Shiite militia controlling Sanaa, considers the southern port city the country`s capital, an aide said on Saturday.

Bombings kill 19 people in Iraq

A series of car bombs on Saturday ripped through a crowded marketplace and Shiite militia's checkpoint, killing a total of 19 people in separate attacks north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, officials said.

ISIS militants reportedly burn alive 45 people in Western Iraq

Islamic State militants reportedly have burned to death 45 people in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi on Tuesday, just five miles away from an air base staffed by hundreds of US Marines.

Hardline Sunni leader shot dead in Pakistan

Unidentified gunmen on Sunday shot dead a leader from a hardliner Sunni religious group in Pakistan in an apparent sectarian attack, police said.

Sunni Iraqi MPs boycott parliament over murder of tribal chief

Sunni politicians announced Sunday they were boycotting Iraq`s Shiite-dominated parliament after the killing of a prominent tribal leader whose death has been blamed on Shiite militias.

Fighting in Yemen kills 16 Shiite rebels, 10 Sunni tribesmen

Yemeni security and military officials say fighting between Shiite rebels and Sunni tribesmen in the country's south has left 26 dead.

Islamic State destroys ancient religious sites in Mosul

The militants of Sunni radical group Islamic State (IS) over the past few days have been looting and destroying ancient religious sites in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, a government official said Sunday.

Pakistan's Shiites mourn 61 killed in mosque bombing

Thousands of Shiite Muslims rallied Saturday to protest against the killing of 61 people in a suicide bombing at a mosque, as southern Pakistan shut down to mourn the nation`s worst sectarian attack in nearly two years.

Bahrain opposition chief rejects charges as trial opens

 Bahraini Shi'ite opposition chief Sheikh Ali Salman, in custody for allegedly trying to overthrow the kingdom`s Sunni regime, rejected the charges as his trial opened on Wednesday, a judicial source said.

Iran condemns terrorist acts against Pakistan Shias

Iran Monday condemned the recent terrorist attack in the city of Rawalpindi in Pakistan in which a number of Shia Muslims were killed.