• Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on May 5, 2016. ©AFP

    Israeli warplanes bomb Gaza for third day

    Israeli warplanes have bombed the Gaza Strip for the third day running, escalating fears of a new flare-up in a military confrontation with the Palestinians.
  • The picture taken on November 10, 2015 shows an employee of Doctors Without Borders as he walks in the remains of a hospital after it was hit by a US airstrike in Kunduz, Afghanistan. ©AP

    MSF boycotts UN-backed aid summit, cites ineffectiveness

    Doctors Without Borders has withdrawn from the upcoming UN-backed World Humanitarian Summit, citing the meeting’s anticipated failure to make countries engage in humanitarian action.
  • Russian conductor Valery Gergiev led a concert in the amphitheatre of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra on May 5, 2016. ©AFP

    Russian maestro conducts concert in ruins of Syria’s Palmyra

    Renowned Russian conductor Valery Gergiev has led a classical music concert in the ruins of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, which was recently liberated from Daesh.
  • In this file photo, a Pakistani policeman stands guard as security personnel conduct demolition works on the compound where al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed. (File Photo)

    Former CIA chief who presided over 2011 Osama raid ‘poisoned’ by ISI?

    A former CIA station chief in Pakistan, who presided over the May 2011 raid that killed al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, is believed to have been poisoned by the ISI, a media report said on Friday.
  • This file photograph taken on October 29, 2014, shows Bangladeshi Jamaat-e-Islami party leader Motiur Rahman Nizami as he sits inside a van while being taken to a prison after being sentenced at the International Crimes Tribunal court in Dhaka.AFP

    Bangladesh JI leader set to hang for war crimes

    Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence of top religious party leader Motiur Rahman Nizami for war crimes, paving the way for his execution within days.
  • This file photo shows an Israeli F-16 fighter jet. (By Reuters)

    Israeli warplanes pound Gaza Strip, injure four

    At least four people have been injured in Israeli airstrikes against the Gaza Strip in new acts of aggression against the blockaded coastal territory.Palestinian sources said the first airstrike struck a metal workshop
  • The entrance to the Hira cave, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, where Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) often went to in order to pray. (File photo)

    World Muslims celebrate Eid al-Mab’ath

    Muslims in Iran and across the globe are holding celebrations to commemorate the auspicious occasion of Eid al-Mab’ath — the anniversary of the day Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was chosen as God’s messenger
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures after speaking to the media after his marathon call-in TV show in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, April 14, 2016. (Source: AP)

    Russia says bolstering forces to counter NATO

    Russia’s defence minister said on Wednesday that Moscow will set up three new divisions in the west and south of the country by the end of the year to counter NATO forces close to its border.
  • Turkey PM quits as Erdogan tightens grip

    Turkey PM quits as Erdogan tightens grip

    Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday announced he was stepping down as ruling party chief and premier, in a shock resignation set to further boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's growing powers.
  • Map of Iraq locating Mosul, where Australia's top Islamic State group recruiter was killed on April 29. (AFP)

    Australian IS leader Neil Prakash killed in air strike in Iraq

    Australia’s most wanted Islamic State terror suspect Neil Prakash, linked to several failed attacks in Sydney and Melbourne, has been killed in a US air strike in Iraq, Canberra said on Thursday.
  • The mother shows her son’s hands. He has 15 fingers, two palms on each hand and no thumbs. PHOTO: CNN

    Chinese baby born with 31 fingers and toes

    In a rare incident, a baby in China was born with 15 fingers and 16 toes. Hong Hong, born on January 15 in Pingjiang County, Hunan province, also has two palms on each hand and no thumbs.
  • Iran may call off Hajj this year

    Iran may call off Hajj this year

    If Saudi Arabia does not carry out its responsibilities towards Hajj, Iran will be forced to cancel its annual pilgrimages, the Iranian Foreign Ministry says.
  • UNSC to meet on Aleppo crisis

    UNSC to meet on Aleppo crisis

    The UN Security Council will hold an urgent meeting Wednesday to discuss the crisis in Syria’s frontline city of Aleppo, where fighting threatens to unravel international peace efforts.
  • Yemen peace talks to resume in Kuwait after 3 days: UN

    Yemen peace talks to resume in Kuwait after 3 days: UN

    The UN says peace talks between Yemen’s warring sides will resume in Kuwait on Wednesday, three days after delegates loyal to Saudi-backed leader Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi abandoned them.
  • UK Labour leader refuses to denounce Hamas, Hezbollah

    UK Labour leader refuses to denounce Hamas, Hezbollah

    Britain’s Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn has refused to give in to calls from Israeli officials and British Jewish figures to denounce Islamic resistance movements Hamas and Hezbollah, vowing to continue talking to the two groups.