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Dozens of Syrian and Iraqi migrants rescued off Romanian coast

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 urge recognition of Palestinian state

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.

Hong Kong maid abuse case the latest in Asia, Mideast

 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.

Russia accuses US of bringing 'chaos' to Middle East

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States on Monday of plunging the Middle East into chaos and fuelling the rise of extremists because of its drive to dominate the world.

Six French have passports confiscated for planning Syria trip

Six French citizens have had their passports confiscated after allegedly planning to travel to Syria, a security source said on Monday -- the first time the measure has been used.

Warnings after blizzards sweep across Middle East

Snow blanketed much of Israel, Jordan and Lebanon early on Friday, with many residents urged to stay in their homes because of blocked or icy roads.

Japan unveils $15.5 mn aid against Mideast terrorism

 Japan on Tuesday announced $15.5 million to fight "terrorism" in the Middle East and Africa, as Tokyo tries to demonstrate its resolve despite the murder of two citizens by Islamist extremists.

Egypt bombards IS targets after 21 Egyptians beheaded in video

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.

No end to Middle East strife without Iran: Rouhani

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.

British Embassy in Yemen closes, evacuates staff amid chaos

The British government says it has closed its embassy in Yemen and evacuated all its diplomatic staff amid turmoil there following Shiite rebels seizing power in the Arab world's poorest country.

Hamas backs Qatar minister`s `courage` in Israel spat

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.

Prophet's grandson Hussein honoured on grounds of Israeli hospital

About 50 Shi`ite Muslim pilgrims settle down to chant and prostrate themselves in worship near an ancient tomb.

PM Shinzo Abe's approval ratings rise in Japan after hostage crisis

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.

Bulgarian diplomat named UN envoy for Middle East

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Nickolay Mladenov of Bulgaria as the new UN envoy to the Middle East, replacing Robert Serry.

Anti-Semitic incidents in UK reach record level: Advisory group

 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.

Sprinting for security: police wearing spycams to run in Tokyo marathon
Sprinting for security: police wearing spycams to run in Tokyo marathon

Mingling with more than 30,000 runners at this month`s Tokyo Marathon will be a small, elite crew of police runners equipped with cameras capturing real-time footage of the course.

Jordanian army 'working round the clock' for info on captured pilot

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.

`You will die alone` French government warns would-be jihadists

"You will discover hell on earth, and will die alone" -- that is the stark message from the French government in a new social media campaign aimed at discouraging would-be jihadists.

Americans still confusing Sikhs for Muslims: Study

More than a decade after 9/11, Americans who come across a turban-wearing Sikh are still prone to mistaking him for a Muslim, according to a study released on Monday.

Obama hails late Saudi king's commitment to ties with US

President Barack Obama expressed condolences on Thursday on the death of Saudi Arabia`s King Abdullah and saluted the late king`s commitment to close US-Saudi ties.