Former British prime minister Tony Blair has resigned as the Middle East peace envoy representing the US, UN, Russia and the European Union in the regional peace talks, a role he undertook after leaving 10 Downing Street in 2007, media reports said on Wednesday.
US President Barack Obama repeated on Friday that his commitment to the security of Israel "is and always will be unshakeable", and that he will not accept a "bad deal" with Iran concerning its nuclear programme.
A UN attempt to work out a ban on nuclear weapons in the Middle East was in jeopardy after Egypt complained on Monday about the lack of progress and demanded the resignation of the Finnish coordinator of the initiative.
Djibouti`s President has warned Yemen`s civil war and a resurgent al Qaeda pose a threat to the Middle East, but pledged continuing support to refugees fleeing the conflict, he told a news agency in an interview.
Turkey is cultivating closer relations with Saudi Arabia’s new leadership, putting aside long-standing differences over political Islam and aligning efforts to solve regional crises including the war in Syria.
Pakistani authorities have seized more than 3 tonnes of hashish bound for the Middle East and Europe on an oil tanker, one of the country`s largest hauls of the drug ever, police and coastguard officials said on Wednesday.
In one of the biggest drug hauls in Pakistan, coast guards have seized nearly 3,000 kilogrammes of hashish being smuggled to the Middle East where its market value is estimated to be around USD 50 million.
Iraqi forces besieged inside the country`s largest oil refinery are running low on food and pleading for reinforcements to save them from Islamic State militants who have advanced deep into the compound in the past week.
US intelligence agencies badly misjudged al-Qaeda's ability to take advantage of political turmoil in the Middle East and regain strength across the region after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan, according to a new book by a former top CIA official.
Israel is blaming its Arab neighbours for the failure of progress toward achieving a Middle East free of nuclear weapons, saying that "if a serious regional effort has not emerged in the Middle East during the last five years, it is not because of Israel."
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`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.