Allies back Iraq plan against ISIS, Baghdad seeks more help

Western and Arab states carrying out air strikes on Islamic State fighters backed on Tuesday Iraq`s plan to retake territory from the jihadist movement after being accused by the Iraqi premier of not doing enough to help Baghdad push back the insurgents.

Iran pledges to protect shared security interests with Yemen

Iran`s deputy foreign minister said Tehran will not let regional powers jeopardise its security interests in Yemen, Tasnim news agency reported, in the strongest acknowledgement yet of Iranian involvement in the Arabian peninsula.

Arab states to ask UN to ease Libya arms embargo: Egypt

 Arab states will on Wednesday seek a UN resolution to end an embargo on weapon sales to Libya`s internationally recognised government, Egypt`s foreign ministry said.

Arab, European jets carry out 10 per cent of IS strikes: US

Arab and other allied countries have carried out about 10 per cent of the nearly 2,000 air raids against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria since early August, US defense officials have said.

Kerry manages to shore up Arab nations' support US-led anti-Islamic State coalition
Kerry manages to shore up Arab nations' support US-led anti-Islamic State coalition

Having wrapped up a “successful” Middle East trip to shore up support for US President Barack Obama's game plan against the Islamic State, Secretary of State John Kerry said he was “encouraged” by the cooperation offered by the nations to fight the IS militarily.

US banks on strong Iraq coalition, but allies are hesitant

The United States says it is "comfortable" it can forge an international coalition to fight Islamic State, but with Western and Middle Eastern allies hesitant, it risks finding itself out on a limb.

Arab governments agree to `confront` IS jihadists

Arab states agreed on Sunday to take the "necessary measures" to confront Islamic State militants, Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said, after a meeting of foreign ministers in Cairo.

Hamas official salutes `positive` Abbas speech

A senior Hamas official welcomed as "positive" a speech Saturday by Mahmud Abbas, but sidestepped the Palestinian president`s pledged that a new Palestinian unity government would recognise Israel and reject violence.

Deal with Hamas boosts two-state solution: Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that the reconciliation deal reached with his rival Hamas movement will empower the principle of the two-state solution.

Resolution targeting Israel defeated at IAEA

A proposed resolution by Arab states criticising Israel`s widely-rumoured atomic arsenal was narrowly defeated on Friday at a gathering of the UN nuclear agency.

Arab states to fund minorities in Karnataka

Nearly 20 Arab states have pledged to improve the welfare of minorities in Karnataka with financial aid to young entrepreneurs, small and medium enterprises and for empowering women.

`Turkey a model for new Arab states`

The latest opinion poll says 72 percent of respondents believe Turkey is a good model for the new Arab states.

Saudi urges pressure on Syria, withdraws monitors

Saudi Arabia said it was withdrawing its observers from Syria after an Arab monitoring mission failed to end 10 months of bloodshed.

Arab League approves Syria sanctions

The sanctions would plunge Syria deeper into economic crisis and regional isolation.

US backs Arab states` call for Libya no-fly zone

Arab countries have appealed to the UN to impose a no-fly zone on Libya.

Spanish PM calls for `Marshall Plan` for Arab states

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis
Rodriguez Zapatero urged world powers on Wednesday to create a
"Marshall Plan" to help Arab states moving towards democracy.