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.

Fresh EU sanction hinders international security cooperation: Russia

Russia Saturday accused the European Union (EU) of curtailing bilateral cooperation over international and regional security issues by imposing new sanction measures against it.

Iraq crisis: Three new helplines set up

In a bid to enable quicker access, the government Friday set-up three new telephone lines in the Ministry of External Affairs` round-the-clock control room to provide information to families of Indians stranded in violence-hit areas of Iraq.

UN chief heads to Middle East to help end conflict

Amid an escalation of violence in the Middle East, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will leave for the region on Saturday to help end the conflict between Israel and Palestinians that has killed more than 300 people, mostly civilians.

Israel must show restraint: Hollande

Israel should protect itself from militant`s rockets but must show restraint to not further fuel "a highly sensitive situation in the Middle East", French President Francois Hollande said Monday.

Kerala CM happy over employment offers for Iraq returned nurses

Expressing his happiness over the employment offers and financial assistance pouring in for the nurses who recently returned from the war-torn areas of Iraq, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday said that he was extremely glad about it.

Bahrain questions opposition leader after expelling US diplomat

Bahrain interrogated its top opposition leader on Wednesday after expelling a senior US diplomat for meeting him, a remarkable slap at Washington from an ally that hosts the US Navy`s Middle East fleet.

Despite jihadist drive, Mideast colonial borders seen intact

A blistering jihadist offensive has sparked debate on the Middle East`s colonial-era borders being redrawn, but experts say this is unlikely as Arabs have grown accustomed to their nation states.

Syria`s Assad says `terror` will strike West

Ever since a revolt broke out in March 2011, Assad has blamed all violence in Syria on a foreign-backed "terrorist" plot.

Iraq`s implosion could redraw Middle East boundaries

The capture of Iraqi cities Mosul and Tikrit by al Qaeda-influenced jihadis has not only redrawn the map of a country corroded by sectarian hatred.