Saudi prince killed in helicopter crash

Saudi deputy governor and 7 others killed in helicopter crash A helicopter carrying several Saudi officials, including a high-ranking prince, has crashed in the kingdom’s southwest near the border with Yemen, the... Read more »
A Syrian child being treated following a suspected chemical attack in Syria

Chemical attack kills dozens in Syria

Syria chemical attack death toll now at 72 World leaders from Washington to London to Istanbul expressed shock and outrage Tuesday at reports of a suspected chemical attack in northwestern Syria that... Read more »
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) poses with Janna Jihad (L) after giving an award titled "brave heart journalist" to Jihad in Istanbul, Turkey on March 12, 2017. (Anadolu Agency )

10-year-old journalist Janna Jihad honoured with Award in Turkey

“I am very proud that I have managed to deliver Palestine’s message to Turkey and the world,” young Janna said Janna Jihad, a 10-year-old Palestinian girl, who highlights her country’s problems via... Read more »

Children’s suffering in Syria at its worst, says UNICEF

“The depth of suffering is unprecedented. Millions of children in Syria come under attack on a daily basis, their lives turned upside down” DAMASCUS – Grave violations against children in Syria were... Read more »

Nearly 100 migrants feared dead as boat sinks off Libyan coast

Italy’s coast guard says only four people survived the sinking of a migrant ship off Libya’s coast Saturday. An estimated 100 people were aboard and only eight bodies have been recovered. Nearly... Read more »
A school classroom was damaged and 22 students and six teachers killed in an air strike in rebel-held Idlib province. Photo: Omar Haj Kadour, AFP/Getty Images

22 children killed in one of the worst school bombings in Syria’s war: UNICEF

Air strikes that hit a school in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province killed 22 children and six teachers, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said Wednesday. “This is a tragedy. It is an outrage.... Read more »

Airstrikes hit Aleppo aid convoy as Syria ceasefire collapses

At least 12 aid workers killed in Syria airstrike on a convoy carrying aid to war-torn Aleppo after ceasefire ends An aid convoy carrying life-saving aid to 78,000 people was attacked near... Read more »
Members of the Australian Armed Forces march along Adelaide Street. Photo: Brisbane Times

Heroes’ welcome for Australian soldiers returning from Middle East

Brisbane warmly welcomes Australian men and women who served in the Middle East Brisbane gave a warm welcome to their local heroes, more than 1000 troops from the local 7th Combat Brigade, who... Read more »
Australian defence force personnel would be empowered to strike Islamic State ‘at its core’, Malcolm Turnbull said on Thursday. Photograph: Dave Hunt/AAP

Australia to expand its role in fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq

PM Turnbull announces intentions to heavily target ISIS, warns of increased terror attacks in Asia CANBERRA — Australia will step up airstrikes against Islamic State, allowing its military for the first time... Read more »
Suicide bombers hit 3 Saudi cities, including one of Islam's holiest sites

Suicide bombers hit 3 Saudi cities, including one of Islam’s holiest sites

Four security guards killed at Prophet’s Mosque in Medina in third attack to hit kingdom in one day. At least four security officers have been killed and five wounded after a suicide... Read more »
At least 131 killed in biggest terror attacks in Baghdad this year

Baghdad blast: Deadliest terror attack in Iraq’s capital kill at least 200

At least 200 people have been killed and over 200 injured in bombings that hit crowded market areas in Baghdad on Saturday night, in the deadliest single attack in the Iraqi capital... Read more »
A boy looks on behind a net at the refugee camp of Schisto in Athens, Greece, on June 8. Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

At 65 million, the world has more refugees now than ever before

Conflict in places like Syria and Afghanistan raised the total number of refugees and internally displaced people worldwide to a record 65.3 million The number of people displaced worldwide has hit a... Read more »
Global Peace Index 2016

Middle East and Africa conflicts making world less peaceful: Global Peace Index 2016

Global peace deteriorating as terrorism hits new all-time high World became less peaceful in the last year, reveals 2016 Global Peace Index (GPI). The Report shows growing global inequality in peace, with... Read more »

Angelina Jolie warns of breakdown for global refugee system

UN special envoy criticises Donald Trump on immigration, saying ‘America is built on people coming together for freedom’ Angelina Jolie Pitt, who is the United Nations special envoy for the UNHCR refugee... Read more »

Dubai Airport will now charge service fee of Dh35 per passenger

Collected fees will be transferred to Dubai Airports and subsequently to the Dubai Government public treasury: Officials DUBAI (United Arab Emirates) – Passengers departing from Dubai will pay a 35-dirham ($9.50) service... Read more »

Australian ambassador James Larsen escapes Ankara bomb blast

James Larsen has narrow escape from explosion in Turkish capital that killed at least 34 people Australia’s ambassador to Turkey, who narrowly escaped a car bomb attack that killed 37 people and... Read more »
India emerged as the world’s largest arms importer while US and Russia remain major global arms suppliers

India is world’s largest arms importer, US dominates arms sales

India emerged as the world’s largest arms importer, accounting for 14% of the global imports in the 2011-2015 timeframe. The latest data on international arms transfers released by a global think-tank, SIPRI, also... Read more »
Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

United Arab Emirates names official Minister of Happiness

The prime minister of the United Arab Emirates says “national happiness isn’t a wish,” and in order to make good on his promise, he’s appointed a minister of state for happiness. His... Read more »

Social media made the Arab Spring, but couldn’t save it

The Arab Spring carried the promise that social media and the Internet were going to unleash a new wave of positive social change. But the past five years have shown that liberty isn’t the... Read more »
The execution of Nimr al-Nimr has brought the Middle East to a boiling point.

The Execution of Sheikh Nimr and Sunni-Shia Feud

The unity of Muslims as one nation would remain a myth and unattainable goal unless the Muslim clergies of both the sects reconcile on living in harmony despite their mutual differences of... Read more »

Oil dives below $33 – the lowest in 11 years

Oil prices hit their lowest in over 11 years on Wednesday, as the row between Saudi Arabia and Iran was seen making any cooperation between major exporters to cut output even more... Read more »
Shiites carrying a placard with an image of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr at a protest in Srinagar, in the disputed region of Kashmir, on Saturday. Credit Dar Yasin/Associated Press

Saudi Arabia breaks off Diplomatic ties with Iran over cleric’s execution

Tensions sparked by cleric’s execution raise alarm about growing hostilities in regional battle for influence between two countries Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic relations with Iran as tensions between the two long-time regional... Read more »
Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman announced a new Islamic coalition to combat terrorism.

Saudi Arabia forms 34-state Islamic coalition to fight Terrorism

List of coalition countries include Egypt, Qatar, Turkey, Malaysia, and Pakistan, among others; Iran absent from alliance RIYADH (Saudi Arabia) – Saudi Arabia on Tuesday formed a 34-state military coalition to combat terrorism,... Read more »

The Intractable Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Finds a Practical Approach Towards Resolution

Palestine – President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine met with Mr. Man Hee Lee, Chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) on 4 December to discuss Chairman Lee’s proposal on... Read more »