Malaysia urges Muslim world to give education top priority

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said here Tuesday that education should be given top priority in the Muslim world.

Philippine militants holding German hostages say may extend deadline

Islamist militants in the southern Philippines have said they are willing to extend Friday`s deadline to execute one of two German hostages by two hours if they receive word that ransom will be paid.

Kerry calls for renewed commitment to Middle East peace

Describing the current status quo in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process as "unacceptable and unstable", US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called for a renewed commitment for achieving peace in the Middle East.

China accuses American hand behind Hong Kong protests

Accusing the US of "manipulating" the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, China on Saturday claimed that an American official, who was linked to the Tibetan and Xinjiang's separatist movements, met with key protest leaders.

UAE surprised at Biden's remarks, asks for clarification

A surprised UAE has asked US Vice President Joe Biden to clarify his statement after he suggested that America's Middle Eastern allies were partly to blame for aiding the Islamic State militant group.

Pope convenes Mideast envoys amid Islamic threat

Pope Francis has convened his ambassadors from across the Middle East for three days of meetings to try to better protect Christians targeted by Islamic militants.

No information on possible Islamic State subway attacks: French foreign minister

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday there had been no confirmation of Iraqi information about possible attacks on the Paris subway system by Islamic State militants.

British parliament set to approve air strikes against IS in Iraq

Prime Minister David Cameron urged lawmakers on Friday to vote in favour of Britain joining US-led air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq, hours ahead of a crunch parliamentary vote he is expected to win.

Islamic State drags Obama back into Mideast quagmire

American-led and Arab-backed air strikes carrying the fight against Islamic State from Iraq into Syria have dragged Washington into a new Middle East war - exactly the kind of conflict Barack Obama spent his presidency trying to avoid.

Arabic Twitterati cast US as an enemy: Study
Arabic Twitterati cast US as an enemy: Study

Researchers used Twitter as an instrument to measure public sentiment, in ways an opinion poll cannot, and revealed that millions of Arabic language tweets confirm high levels of anti-Americanism in the Middle East.

Pope arrives in Albania for one-day visit

Pope Francis arrived in Albania on Sunday for a one-day visit that will highlight the mainly-Muslim country as a model of inter-religious harmony, amid turmoil in the Middle East and rising intolerance in Europe.

Middle East ready to host Olympics, says OCA chief
Middle East ready to host Olympics, says OCA chief

Doha and Dubai are capable of hosting the Middle East`s first Olympic Games and the region would simply have to trust itself to deliver a great event in the face of doubt and criticism, the president of the Olympic Council of Asia has told Reuters.

Russia calls for international efforts to combat terrorism

Russia is calling on the international community to join efforts in defeating terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Australia contributing planes for anti-IS campaign

Terrorists will use Australia's deployment of troops and war planes to the Middle East as an excuse to target Australians, Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned today.

US sees Middle East help fighting IS, Britain cautious after beheading

Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

Obama points to "silver lining" in IS mayhem in the region

US President Barack Obama has pointed to a "silver lining" in the violence wrought by the Islamic State, saying it has brought "clarity" in the Muslim world in a long time about the need to snuff out this "brand of Islamic extremism".

Australia raises terror alert level to `high`
Australia raises terror alert level to `high`

Australia on Friday raised the terror threat level to "high" from "medium" for the first time in a decade, on concerns about Australians returning from fighting in the Middle East.

Iraq's new govt "heart" of fight against Islamic State: John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday endorsed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi`s plans to mend Baghdad`s relations with Sunnis and Kurds, and said Iraq`s new government was "the heart and backbone" of the fight against Islamic State.

We will hunt down and destroy Islamic State, says Barack Obama
We will hunt down and destroy Islamic State, says Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama on Thursday announced that his country will launch a systematic campaign of air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) militants and ensure they have 'no safe haven'.

John Kerry to arrive in Middle East

US Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to arrive in the Middle East on Tuesday to garner support for efforts to combat the Islamic State (IS) militants.