Pope arrives in Albania for one-day visit

Pope Francis arrived in Albania on Sunday for a one-day visit that will highlight the mainly-Muslim country as a model of inter-religious harmony, amid turmoil in the Middle East and rising intolerance in Europe.

Russia calls for international efforts to combat terrorism

Russia is calling on the international community to join efforts in defeating terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Australia contributing planes for anti-IS campaign

Terrorists will use Australia's deployment of troops and war planes to the Middle East as an excuse to target Australians, Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned today.

US sees Middle East help fighting IS, Britain cautious after beheading

Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

Obama points to "silver lining" in IS mayhem in the region

US President Barack Obama has pointed to a "silver lining" in the violence wrought by the Islamic State, saying it has brought "clarity" in the Muslim world in a long time about the need to snuff out this "brand of Islamic extremism".

Australia raises terror alert level to `high`
Australia raises terror alert level to `high`

Australia on Friday raised the terror threat level to "high" from "medium" for the first time in a decade, on concerns about Australians returning from fighting in the Middle East.

Iraq's new govt "heart" of fight against Islamic State: John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday endorsed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi`s plans to mend Baghdad`s relations with Sunnis and Kurds, and said Iraq`s new government was "the heart and backbone" of the fight against Islamic State.

We will hunt down and destroy Islamic State, says Barack Obama
We will hunt down and destroy Islamic State, says Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama on Thursday announced that his country will launch a systematic campaign of air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) militants and ensure they have 'no safe haven'.

John Kerry to arrive in Middle East

US Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to arrive in the Middle East on Tuesday to garner support for efforts to combat the Islamic State (IS) militants.

ISIS actions against Islamic law: Malaysian PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has strongly condemned the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), saying the group's actions are against the teachings of the Prophet and run counter to the Islamic law.

Scientists find mild cases of MERS among patients' families

Fewer than half of Saudi Arabian patients in a study passed the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus to household members, and many of those who developed secondary infections contracted mild cases of MERS, global researchers reported on Wednesday.

Hollywood stars campaign for peace in Middle East

Actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Seth Rogen are among about 200 Hollywood stars who have signed a statement calling for peace in the Middle East.

Oldest metal object found in woman`s grave

Archaeologists have unearthed from a woman`s grave in the Middle East the world`s oldest metal object ever discovered.

Second jihad suspect leaves Australia in bungle

Australia`s prime minister says the nation`s border security is not good enough after a second suspected jihadist flew to the Middle East using a brother`s passport.

Israeli-Palestinian talks face major hurdles as new truce begins

Israel and the Palestinians have given themselves five days to come up with a comprehensive agreement to end the war in Gaza. While that is a welcome extension on past ceasefires, there is still a dangerously long way to go to bridge their differences.

Ten more nurses arrive in Kerala from Libya

Ten more Indian nurses working in strife-torn Libya arrived here Wednesday morning from Dubai.

Emirates halts flights to Guinea over Ebola fears

Emirates, the Mideast`s largest airline, said on Sunday that it halted flights to the West African nation of Guinea because of concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus there.

Indian nurses who survived Iraq look for jobs in Gulf

Less than four weeks after Sunni insurgents freed them in Iraq, the nurses who returned home after days of terror are already looking for new jobs in the Middle East.

Chinese nationals may be fighting in Iraq, says special envoy

Expressing concern over the growth of Islamic militant groups in the Middle East, China`s special envoy to the region on Monday said that radicals from its restive Xinjiang province may be taking part in the recent upsurge in violence in Iraq and Syria.

China says may have citizens fighting in Iraq

Muslim extremists from China`s far western region of Xinjiang have gone to the Middle East for training and some may have crossed into Iraq to participate in the upsurge of violence there, China`s special envoy for the Middle East said on Monday.