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    Iran’s influential religious leader cleric Mesbah-Yazdi dies

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 10:35am on January 02, 2021

    Influential Iranian cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi, an ultraconservative figure close to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, died in Tehran on Friday, state news agency...

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    Car bomb hits near Russia base in Syria

    Agence France-Presse . Beirut | Updated at 10:57pm on January 01, 2021

    A car bomb detonated near a Russian military base in northeastern Syria Friday in the first such jihadist attack in the area against the ally...

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    Iran’s FM says Trump aims to fabricate ‘pretext for war’

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 02:01am on January 01, 2021

    Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday accused outgoing US president Donald Trump of aiming to fabricate a ‘pretext for war’ as tensions mount...

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    Yemen airport blasts kill 26 as government plane arrives

    Agence France-Presse. Aden | Updated at 10:35am on December 31, 2020

    At least 26 people were killed when explosions rocked Yemen's Aden airport moments after a new unity government flew in, in what some officials charged...

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    IS bus ambush kills 37 soldiers in Syria

    Agence France-Presse . Beirut | Updated at 10:30am on December 31, 2020

    Islamic State group jihadists killed 37 soldiers when they ambushed a bus Wednesday in one of the deadliest attacks since the fall of their ‘caliphate’...

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    Yemen airport blasts kill 26

    Agence France-Presse . Aden | Updated at 12:37am on December 31, 2020

    At least 26 people were killed Wednesday as explosions rocked Yemen’s Aden airport moments after a new unity government flew in, in what some officials...

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    Syrian soldier killed, three others injured in Israel attack

    Agence France-Presse . Damascus | Updated at 11:58am on December 30, 2020

    One Syrian soldier was killed and three others were wounded in an Israeli strike on a military position near Damascus, state news agency SANA said...

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    Saudi extends flight suspension

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 12:06am on December 29, 2020

    Saudi Arabia has extended its suspension of commercial passenger flights by at least one week and possibly two amid concerns over a new variant of...

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    Saudi activist who fought for women’s driving rights sentenced to prison

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 10:06pm on December 28, 2020

    A Saudi court on Monday handed prominent activist Loujain al-Hathloul a prison term of five years and eight months for terrorism-related crimes, but a suspended...

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    Iran alarmed as US for vaccine money to go via its banks

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 10:36pm on December 27, 2020

    President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that Washington was demanding Iranian transactions for novel coronavirus vaccines pass through US banks, and expressed fear the money could...

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