Romania`s coast guard rescued 70 migrants - mostly Syrians and Iraqis - packed on to a small fishing boat that was in danger of sinking as they attempted to make the crossing to Europe in stormy seas on Saturday.
Italian lawmakers on Friday backed a non-binding resolution that encourages the government to recognise Palestine as a state, a move that underlines European frustration over stalled Middle East peace negotiations.
A Hong Kong woman found guilty of beating and starving her Indonesian maid was sentenced to six years in jail on Friday, in the latest high-profile abuse case of foreign domestic workers working across Asia and the Middle East.
The dreaded Islamic State released a grisly video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya, as Egypt today sent warplanes to bomb IS targets across the border in swift retaliation, pulling Egypt directly into the militancy-caused turmoil for the first time.
President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday the world needs Iran to help stabilise the troubled Middle East, in remarks pointing to the wider ramifications of a deal over Tehran`s disputed nuclear programme.
A Qatar-based senior Hamas leader on Monday praised the Gulf state`s "courageous" foreign minister, Khalid al-Attiyah, after an apparent spat with Israel`s intelligence minister Yuval Steinitz at a German security conference.
The Japanese government scored higher public approval ratings for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe`s handling of the hostage crisis involving two Japanese captured in Syria and killed by Islamic State militants, polls published this week showed.
The number of anti-Semitic incidents in Britain rose to a record level in 2014, more than double the previous year, due to events in the Middle East involving Israel, a Jewish advisory body said on Thursday.
Jordan`s army said on Friday state agencies were working to get information on an air force pilot held by Islamic State militants, after a deadline passed for a proposed prisoner swap, but offered no new word on his fate.