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.

Obama repeats commitment to Israel

US President Barack Obama repeated on Friday that his commitment to the security of Israel "is and always will be unshakeable", and that he will not accept a "bad deal" with Iran concerning its nuclear programme.

Chandy praises Modi's help in evacuating Keralites

Politically he doesn't agree with the prime minister but Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is happy that Narendra Modi helped evacuate Keralites from troubled spots in the Middle East.

Cairo blasts strain Egypt`s bomb squad

 Egyptian bomb disposal expert Diaa Fathy had long predicted he would die in a flash, before that fateful day in January when a bomb exploded on a busy road leading to the pyramids.

Middle East nuclear weapons ban proposal stumbles at UN

A UN attempt to work out a ban on nuclear weapons in the Middle East was in jeopardy after Egypt complained on Monday about the lack of progress and demanded the resignation of the Finnish coordinator of the initiative.

Djibouti President warns of Yemen`s risks to region

Djibouti`s President has warned Yemen`s civil war and a resurgent al Qaeda pose a threat to the Middle East, but pledged continuing support to refugees fleeing the conflict, he told a news agency in an interview.

Regional crises push Turkey, Saudi closer despite ideological rift

Turkey is cultivating closer relations with Saudi Arabia’s new leadership, putting aside long-standing differences over political Islam and aligning efforts to solve regional crises including the war in Syria.

Nuclear deal can make Iran region's 'number one' energy power

A nuclear agreement will allow Iran to become the number one energy player in the Middle East and herald major opportunities for foreign companies, top Iranian officials said on Wednesday.

Pakistan seizes 3 tonnes of hashish bound for Middle East, Europe

 Pakistani authorities have seized more than 3 tonnes of hashish bound for the Middle East and Europe on an oil tanker, one of the country`s largest hauls of the drug ever, police and coastguard officials said on Wednesday.

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.