Blood diamonds: Dawood Ibrahim's latest business interest

Underworld don and 1993 Mumbai blasts mastermind Dawood Ibrahim, who is known to have interests in real estate, money laundering and illegal financial services, is now in the business of `blood diamonds`.

Austria death truck suspects held, second vehicle found

 Four suspects in Austria`s migrant truck tragedy were remanded in custody in Hungary on Saturday, as Austrian police rescued three "severely dehydrated" refugee children packed into another vehicle.

Four held over Austria truck tragedy as migrant deaths mount
Four held over Austria truck tragedy as migrant deaths mount

 Hungary said on Friday it had arrested four people over the discovery of the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants, believed to be Syrian, in an abandoned truck in Austria.

Hungary mulls stiff penalties for border jumpers, people smugglers

 Hungary moved on Friday to stiffen penalties for illegal border crossing in a new bid to deter the wave of migrants surging into the country in record numbers.

FBI warns US art dealers about antiquities looted from Syria, Iraq
FBI warns US art dealers about antiquities looted from Syria, Iraq

The FBI on Wednesday urged art dealers in the United States to be careful when buying antiquities from the Middle East, saying there is evidence collectors have recently been offered artifacts plundered by Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq.

Italy rescuing 3,000 migrants, 18 boats in trouble

Italy's coastguard said on Saturday it was coordinating the rescue of up to 3,000 migrants from waters off Libya after receiving SOS calls from 18 different crowded vessels.

US hopefuls split on sending ground troops to Middle East

Republican presidential candidates are split on whether the US should send ground troops to the Middle East to combat Islamic State forces.

Regional issues best solved by countries involved, says PM Modi in UAE

Making a strong case against "outside interference" in the Middle East, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said regional or bilateral problems are best solved by the countries involved.

Iran deal can speed solutions in Syria, Yemen: Rouhani

Iran`s president said Sunday his country`s nuclear deal with the West would create better prospects for faster solutions in Syria and Yemen, two of the Middle East`s worst conflict zones.


Kerry assures allies Iran deal makes Mideast `safer`

US Secretary of State John Kerry sought to assure Middle East allies Sunday that the Iran nuclear deal would make them safer, as he began a regional tour.


Kerry gears up to defend Iran deal for Mideast, Asia swing

US Secretary of State John Kerry sets out this weekend on a multistop tour of the Middle East and Southeast Asia that will see him energetically defend the US deal with Iran.

India concerned over downward trend in Middle East peace process

India has expressed concern over the downward trend in Middle East Peace Process, saying unilateral actions by parties involved are moving them further apart, as it criticised the UN Security Council for being a "standby witness" to the "unsettled issue."

Farming emerged 23,000 years ago in present Israel

People who lived on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in present day Israel made the first attempt at agriculture around 23,000 years ago, much earlier than previously thought, new research shows.

Kerala mulls schools in Middle East

 Kerala Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb told the assembly on Thursday that the education department would conduct a feasibility study to see if state-run schools can open in Middle East countries.

Risk of war in Middle East without Iran nuclear deal: Barack Obama

 A risk of war in the Middle East looms large in the absence of an Iranian nuclear deal which was achieved last week, US President Barack Obama has said as he exhorted the Republican-controlled Congress to approve it.

Obama, Stewart jest over messy Middle East, retirement

 President Barack Obama made a final appearance Tuesday on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, joking with the outgoing host about his looming retirement and the messiness of the Middle East.

Italian coast guard rescues 414 boat migrants including four newborns

Three Italian ships rescued 414 migrants from four boats in the Mediterranean sea on Tuesday, Italy`s coast guard said, with four newborns and one young child among those saved.

With Iran nuclear deal, an undersea gas pipeline to India holds promise

The Iran nuclear deal could see not just more imports of Iranian crude to India, the lifting of Western sanctions now holds the promise of kick-starting an undersea pipeline project that would bring Iranian gas to India via the Arabian Sea, bypassing Pakistan.

Nuclear deal could herald major change within and beyond Iran
Nuclear deal could herald major change within and beyond Iran

An unlikely group in the Middle East has found common ground in recent days: Saudi Arabia, Israel and hardliners within Iran have all made clear they consider the landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers a very bad idea.

Iran should use nuclear deal to improve its economy, not on 'adventures': Saudi FM

Iran should use a nuclear deal agreed this week with six world powers to improve its own economic situation, and not to pursue "adventures" in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia`s foreign minister said on Thursday.