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.

Iran nuclear deal best way to avoid more Middle East war: Obama

President Barack Obama, seeking to sell the Iran nuclear deal to sceptical US lawmakers and the American public, insisted on Wednesday that the landmark agreement was the best way to avoid a nuclear arms race and more war in the Middle East.

Kerala mulling use of ships to ferry expatriates: Chandy

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday said the state government was considering operating ships from the Middle East to ferry Kerala expatriates to their native state during peak travel season.

Iran nuclear deal reached, Obama hails step towards 'more hopeful world'
Iran nuclear deal reached, Obama hails step towards 'more hopeful world'

Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of negotiations with an agreement that could transform the Middle East.

Genocide against Christians in Middle East: Pope Francis

Pope Francis called for an end Thursday to what he said was the "genocide" of Christians taking place in the Middle East and beyond.

Foreigner in Philippines tests positive for MERS virus

Health officials say a 36-year-old foreigner who arrived in the Philippines from the Middle East is under quarantine after testing positive for the MERS virus.

Swiss railway posts 'how-to' toilet signs for Asian tourists

 Fed up with having to clean up messes in the public toilets, a Swiss railway company has come up with a series of graphic illustrations for visitors from Asia and the Middle East to instruct them how to sit on a toilet seat.

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.