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.

Biden says US will deliver new F-35 jets to Israel

Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday the United States would deliver new F-35 fighter jets to Israel next year to help its ally maintain its military edge in the Middle East.

Use of military against Iran would be `last resort`: Eshel

Asserting that use of military force to foil Iran's nuclear ambitions would be an act of "last resort", Israel's Air Force chief has said that his unit has the capacity "to get job done" if ordered to do so.

EU leaders to pledge rescue for migrants, but no fix for problem

European Union leaders will effectively reverse a cutback in rescue operations the Mediterranean on Thursday to try to prevent record numbers of people drowning as they try to flee war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

For peace in Mid-East, India urges political settlement, action on terror

To bring peace to the Middle East, India has called for political dialogue to find solutions to the hostilities wracking the region while urging strong action against extremist groups whose deadly violence "strikes at our common humanity."

Headline US seeking to allay Gulf fears amid regional chaos

With conflicts raging across the Middle East, the US is seeking to reassure its Gulf allies that it has a regional strategy which will be bolstered, not shredded, by any Iran nuclear deal.

Saudi vows to cover UN aid call for Yemen, keeps up air raids

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed to have carried out a deadly suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday that killed at least 33 people and injured more than 100, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said, in what, if verified, would be the first major attack claimed by the group in the country.

Rouhani says Iran`s military strategy purely defensive

Iran`s military is purely for defence and should not be seen as a threat in the Middle East, President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday amid rising tension with Saudi Arabia.

Israel military networks breached by hackers: Researchers

Hackers have managed to penetrate computer networks associated with the Israeli military in an espionage campaign that skillfully packages existing attack software with trick emails, according to private security researchers.

Kerala to make nurses' recruitment in Middle East free of cost

The Kerala government on Thursday said it is actively looking into the feasibility of making recruitment of Kerala nurses seeking employment in the Middle East completely free of cost.

Germany `can accept more refugees`: Merkel ally

Germany, Europe`s top destination for asylum seekers, could take in more refugees, an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday, against the backdrop of a rise in far-right protests.

Millions of Middle East children out of school, UN warns

More than 12 million children in the Middle East are not being educated despite advances in efforts to expand schooling, the UN children`s agency UNICEF said on Wednesday.

UN says Iraq government responsible for protecting journalists

The Iraqi government is responsible for protecting foreign and local journalists, the United Nations said on Monday, after the Baghdad bureau chief for Reuters had to leave the country when he was threatened in reaction to a Reuters report.

Somali refugees flee Yemen fighting to return to war-torn home

Somali refugees in Yemen are now coming back to their war-torn home as fighting rages in the Middle East country, officials said Saturday.

'Suspected Australian anti-IS fighter should be probed'

A former official from Australia`s Labour Party, who is believed to have fought for Kurdish forces against the Islamic State (IS), should be investigated, the leader of opposition said on Tuesday.

Australian held on return from fighting Islamic State: Report

A former unionist and Australian political figure has been detained at Darwin Airport after returning from the Middle East where he is believed to have been fighting against the Islamic State group, a report said Sunday.

Obama invites Gulf leaders to spring Camp David summit

US President Barack Obama said Thursday that he has invited Gulf leaders to a spring summit at Camp David to discuss security cooperation in the region.

From brides to battlefield, women taking up new roles with Islamic State

Women travelling to join Islamic State militants are no longer just seeking to become "jihadi brides" but are taking on new roles, on the frontline in logistics and intelligence and as medics, according to military and expert sources.