Muslims in several countries mark end of Ramadan by celebrating Eid al-Fitr

ANKARA, Jul 17: Muslims in several countries are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a major religious festival marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Among...

Hamas chief, Saudi king hold rare meeting

DUBAI, Jul 17:  Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal and other top officials from the Palestinian militant group met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and senior...

Thousands still stranded in Indonesia as airports remain closed

SURABAYA, Jul 17:  Thousands of Indonesians were spending a miserable Eid Friday after failing to make it home to see their families after erupting...

Killings of US Marine heartbreaking, says Obama

WASHINGTON, Jul 17: US President Barack Obama has voiced deep regret over two shootings in the state of Tennessee that left at least four...

Afghan president backs peace talks with Taliban

KABUL, Jul 17: Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani says negotiations with Taliban could help "end the bloodshed" in the war-wracked country. Speaking at the presidential palace...

Senior Iranian cleric challenges nuclear deal with world powers

DUBAI/BEIRUT, Jul 17:  A senior cleric challenged Iran's historic nuclear deal with world powers on Friday, echoing a cautious early assessment of the accord...

Exiled government ministers return to Yemen’s Aden

ADEN , Jul 16:  Senior members of Yemen's exiled administration flew into Aden on Thursday to make preparations for the government's return, an official...

Noose tightens around thousands caught in Iraq’s Anbar offensive

BAGHDAD/ERBI, Jul 16:As Iraqi forces prepare to try to recapture the city of Falluja, tens of thousands of civilians find themselves trapped between Islamic...

China says Japan, China preparing for ‘high-level’ talks

BEIJING, Jul 16:China is preparing for "high-level political dialogue" with Japan, China's top diplomat told the head of Japan's National Security Council on Thursday,...

Zambian president gives death row inmates life sentences

LUSAKA, Jul 16:   Zambia's President Edgar Lungu on Thursday reduced the sentence of 332 prisoners awaiting death by hanging to life imprisonment to ease...