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KARANGASEM (Indonesia) More than 144,000 people have fled a rumbling volcano on popular tourist island Bali, but officials on Saturday urged evacuees who live outside...

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah is to make his first visit to Gaza since 2015 on Monday, in a fresh attempt to reconcile...

RIYADH Saudi Arabia said it would allow women to drive, sparking euphoria in the kingdom. The announcement is part of Saudi Arabia’s reform push aimed at...

BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi demanded on Wednesday that this week’s vote on independence for the autonomous Kurdish region be annulled, as tensions...

ERBIL (Iraq) The Iraqi government ruled out talks on possible secession for Kurdish-held northern Iraq on Tuesday and Turkey threatened sanctions after a referendum in...

ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA Kurds voted in an independence referendum in northern Iraq on Monday, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings that...

DUBAI Yemen’s civil war will ‘most likely’ require a military solution because of Teheran’s influence, the country’s Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi said on the...

BEIRUT The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Wednesday its campaign to capture Raqa from Daish was in its final stages and its fighters...

BEIRUT Militants launched an offensive against government-held areas of northwestern Syria near Hama on Tuesday in their biggest attack in the area since March, triggering...

BAGHDAD Iraq’s Supreme Court on Monday ordered the suspension of a September 25 referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, as legal and political pressure...