US arrests New Jersey man on IS support charges

US authorities arrested a 23-year-old New Jersey man Monday on charges of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group after he helped his brother travel to the Middle East, allegedly to join the group.

Gunmen kill senior Iraqi oil official in Iraq's Kirkuk

Gunmen shot dead a senior oil official working for Iraq`s state-run North Oil Company (NOC) on Sunday, police and company officials said.

Vatican signs historic accord with Palestine

The Vatican today signed a historic first accord with Palestine, two years after officially recognising it as a state.

EU leaders agree plan to confront migrant crisis
EU leaders agree plan to confront migrant crisis

Fractious European leaders argued into the early hours on Friday over how to handle a migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, agreeing a plan to share out the care of desperate people fleeing war and poverty in North Africa and the Middle East.

Australian intelligence denies terror maps a security breach
Australian intelligence denies terror maps a security breach

Australia's domestic spy agency today played down concerns that maps shown in a media briefing revealing the source of homegrown fighters travelling to the Middle East were classified, after fears their publication was a security breach.

South Korea reports four new MERS cases, total rises to 179

South Korea`s health ministry reported four new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 179. 

Italy's Renzi says no tension with France over migrant crisis
Italy's Renzi says no tension with France over migrant crisis

Italy`s prime minister and France`s president put on a show of unity on Sunday, dismissing suggestions of tensions between their countries over handling the waves of migrants landing on southern Europe`s shores.

S Korea reports two deaths, three new MERS cases

 South Korea Monday reported two MERS fatalities and three new cases, taking the country`s death toll to 27 in the largest outbreak of the virus outside Saudi Arabia.

Islamic State flag waved during rally in Kashmir
Islamic State flag waved during rally in Kashmir

 Islamic State (IS) flag was on Friday waved during a rally organised by a separatist outfit in south Kashmir's Anantnag district.

Amnesty urges release of Bahrain opposition leader ahead of verdict
Amnesty urges release of Bahrain opposition leader ahead of verdict

Amnesty International called on Bahrain on Monday to free its most prominent opposition figure, a day before an expected verdict on charges that he incited violence against the Gulf Arab state`s monarchy.

Australia to expand on security crackdown with tougher new laws
Australia to expand on security crackdown with tougher new laws

Australia will expand a crackdown on Islamist militant groups with more tough security legislation, the attorney general told a regional summit aimed at combating violent extremism on Friday.

Gulf states attack `hateful campaign` against Qatar
Gulf states attack `hateful campaign` against Qatar

Foreign ministers from the Gulf states on Thursday hit out at the "hateful campaign" directed against Qatar`s controversial hosting of the 2022 World Cup.

Aviation security endangered by spread of missiles: Study

The spread of portable anti-aircraft missiles in the Middle East and North Africa could pose a threat to aviation security if the weapons fall into the hands of Islamic extremists, a report said on Wednesday.

Two California men plead not guilty of seeking to help Islamic State: Report

 Two Southern California men pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join the militant group Islamic State, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Hong Kong sets ''serious'' response to South Korea's MERS outbreak

Hong Kong upgraded to "serious" on Monday its response to an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea, where the number of cases jumped and fears grew about the economic impact of the disease.

Syria to hike pay of frontline soldiers with bonus: PM

Syria`s prime minister said on Monday the government would give a monthly bonus of 10,000 Syrian pounds ($37) to soldiers fighting on the frontlines, a significant pay rise that could boost morale after a series of setbacks for the armed forces.

Kerala looks to sea route to ferry returnees from Middle East

 The Kerala government is considering pressing into service ships to transport Keralites settled in the Middle East who wish to return home during the coming holiday season.

Tony Blair resigns as Middle East peace envoy

Former British prime minister Tony Blair has resigned as the Middle East peace envoy representing the US, UN, Russia and the European Union in the regional peace talks, a role he undertook after leaving 10 Downing Street in 2007, media reports said on Wednesday.

Nuclear Iran 1,000 times worse than Islamic State militants: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Tuesday that a nuclear-armed Iran would be "a thousand times more dangerous and more destructive" than the Islamic State group, his office said.

Obama stays the course despite Islamic State militants group`s advance

President Barack Obama`s war strategy failed to stop Islamic State jihadists from overrunning Ramadi but he appears reluctant to change course despite the group`s advances on the battlefield.