More than two million Muslims took part in the symbolic stoning of the devil Tuesday in Saudi Arabia, the last major ritual of the hajj pilgrimage that heralds the start of the Eid al-Adha feast. Muslims on the annual hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam, made their...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser met in Jerusalem Monday and called on European nations to do more to pressure Iran. John Bolton arrived in Israel on Sunday for three days of talks expected to focus mainly on Iran and its presence in...
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has signed off on a law tightening controls over the internet in the country, the official gazette said Saturday. The legislation on “cybercrime” allows authorities, through a judge, to order the blocking of websites that “constitute a threat” to Egypt’s national security or economy. Those who...
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared Saturday that his country would not be cowed by the United States, his latest broadside in the bitter feud between Ankara and Washington. The two NATO members are at odds over Turkey’s detention of an American pastor, which has triggered a trade row and...
Taliban fighters overran a northern Afghan army base, officials said Tuesday, killing at least 14 soldiers with dozens feared captured and others said to have fled in the latest blow to the country’s security forces. Militants gained control of the base in Ghormach district of volatile Faryab province after days...
The head of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and other leaders of the banned group were sentenced to life in prison on Sunday, judicial sources said, on charges of incitement to murder and violence during protests five years ago. The sentence is the latest among several trials and re-trials against Mohamed Badie...
Egyptian security forces have killed “terrorists” in a shootout in the north of the Sinai Peninsula, where the Islamic State group is active, an interior ministry source said Sunday. The Egyptian army has since February been conducting a major operation focused on Sinai to wipe out jihadists from IS. The deadly...
Iran gave its most explicit rejection yet of talks with the United States on Saturday, and accused Washington of an “addiction to sanctions” over its latest spat with Turkey. The US reimposed harsh sanctions on Iran on Tuesday following its May withdrawal from a landmark 2015 nuclear agreement, dealing a...
Islamic State group jihadists killed five members of the same family at a checkpoint on the edge of their village north of Baghdad early on Saturday, a police official said. The killings took place in Baiji district, around 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of the capital, the official said. “A group...
Iran dismissed a US offer to renegotiate a historic 2015 nuclear deal signed with other major powers as President Donald Trump reimposed crippling sanctions on Tuesday. Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement in May has infuriated European partners who were determined to keep it alive and now find their businesses operating...