Huckabee, TV-savvy ex-preacher, enters White House race

Fox News personality Mike Huckabee threw his hat in the race for the US presidency today, joining a swelling crowd of contenders for the Republican nomination.

3,000 kg of hashish seized in Pakistan

In one of the biggest drug hauls in Pakistan, coast guards have seized nearly 3,000 kilogrammes of hashish being smuggled to the Middle East where its market value is estimated to be around USD 50 million.

Iraqi forces plead for help as Islamic State closes in on refinery

Iraqi forces besieged inside the country`s largest oil refinery are running low on food and pleading for reinforcements to save them from Islamic State militants who have advanced deep into the compound in the past week.

French Mideast policy helped Rafale jet sales: Experts

It struggled for years to sell its Rafale jets abroad but French defence group Dassault has finally scored several lucrative deals, thanks in part to anti-US suspicion in the Middle East, experts say.

'US intel agencies misjudged Arab Spring, impact on al Qaeda'

US intelligence agencies badly misjudged al-Qaeda's ability to take advantage of political turmoil in the Middle East and regain strength across the region after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan, according to a new book by a former top CIA official.

Israel blames Arab neighbours for stalling on nuke-free zone

Israel is blaming its Arab neighbours for the failure of progress toward achieving a Middle East free of nuclear weapons, saying that "if a serious regional effort has not emerged in the Middle East during the last five years, it is not because of Israel."

Eyeing Arab ties, Israel to observe nuclear pact meeting

Israel will take part as an observer in a major nuclear non-proliferation conference that opens at the United Nations on Monday, ending a 20-year absence in hope of fostering dialogue with Arab states, a senior Israeli official said.

Iran summons Saudi diplomat over plane interception in Yemen: Report

Iran`s Foreign Ministry summoned the Saudi charge d’affaires on Friday to protest Riyadh`s interception of two Iranian planes carrying humanitarian aid to Yemen, the Students News Agency ISNA reported. 

US appeals court upholds dismissal of suit by Abbas' son

A US appeals court has upheld a decision to throw out a USD 10 million libel suit by the son of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Biden says US will deliver new F-35 jets to Israel

Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday the United States would deliver new F-35 fighter jets to Israel next year to help its ally maintain its military edge in the Middle East.

Use of military against Iran would be `last resort`: Eshel

Asserting that use of military force to foil Iran's nuclear ambitions would be an act of "last resort", Israel's Air Force chief has said that his unit has the capacity "to get job done" if ordered to do so.

EU leaders to pledge rescue for migrants, but no fix for problem

European Union leaders will effectively reverse a cutback in rescue operations the Mediterranean on Thursday to try to prevent record numbers of people drowning as they try to flee war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

For peace in Mid-East, India urges political settlement, action on terror

To bring peace to the Middle East, India has called for political dialogue to find solutions to the hostilities wracking the region while urging strong action against extremist groups whose deadly violence "strikes at our common humanity."

Headline US seeking to allay Gulf fears amid regional chaos

With conflicts raging across the Middle East, the US is seeking to reassure its Gulf allies that it has a regional strategy which will be bolstered, not shredded, by any Iran nuclear deal.

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.

Rouhani says Iran`s military strategy purely defensive

Iran`s military is purely for defence and should not be seen as a threat in the Middle East, President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday amid rising tension with Saudi Arabia.

Israel military networks breached by hackers: Researchers

Hackers have managed to penetrate computer networks associated with the Israeli military in an espionage campaign that skillfully packages existing attack software with trick emails, according to private security researchers.

Kerala to make nurses' recruitment in Middle East free of cost

The Kerala government on Thursday said it is actively looking into the feasibility of making recruitment of Kerala nurses seeking employment in the Middle East completely free of cost.

Germany `can accept more refugees`: Merkel ally

Germany, Europe`s top destination for asylum seekers, could take in more refugees, an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday, against the backdrop of a rise in far-right protests.

Millions of Middle East children out of school, UN warns

More than 12 million children in the Middle East are not being educated despite advances in efforts to expand schooling, the UN children`s agency UNICEF said on Wednesday.