Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has expressed the Islamic Republic's opposition to the participation of the United States in the forthcoming Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan, which aim to boost efforts to end the nearly six-year-old conflict in the Arab country.
Turkish prosecutors have called for an imprisonment term of up to 142 years for the co-head of the country's pro-Kurdish opposition party over alleged charges of links to Kurdish militants.
Iraqi forces have managed to retake Mosul University as part of their full-scale offensive to push back ISIS terrorist group from their major stronghold in the country, Iraqi sources reported.
Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad says his administration is ready to take part in proposed peace talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana, stressing discussion of "Syrian issues" must be held among Syrian groups.
Former Iranian president Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has died at the age of 82 in hospital in Tehran due to heart condition, state-run Press TV reported.
The young prince leading Saudi Arabia's drive for economic reform has laid out a three-pronged strategy to avoid a backlash from any religious conservatives opposed to his plan, according to remarks reported by Foreign Affairs magazine on Saturday.
A massive tanker truck bomb ripped through a market by a courthouse in Syrian town of Azaz on Saturday, killing at least 50 people and wounding dozens near the Turkish border.
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says Turkish administration has agreed on withdrawal of its military forces from the town located in northern Iraq.
The United Nations says millions of Damascus residents have difficulty for access to clean water after supplies from the main source for the Syrian capital were disrupted in the wake of contamination due to militant sabotage.
Turkish security forces have intensified efforts to identify and arrest an assailant who killed 39 people at Reina nightclub in Istanbul, and who reportedly fought in Syria for Islamic State terrorist group.
A gunman forced his way in and then opened fire in a nightclub on the shores of Istanbul's European side on Sunday, killing at least 39 people, including many foreigners, then fled the scene.
The Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has hailed a recent landmark UN Security Council resolution against illegal Israeli settlements, saying an independent Palestinian state will be fulfilled this year.
At least 39 people were reportedly killed in New Year carnage when a gunman dressed in Santa Claus outfits entered a nightclub in Istanbul while party-goers were celebrating the New Year, there has been no claim of responsibility.
A nationwide ceasefire, backed by Russia and Turkey, was holding across Syria despite initial instances of violations by insurgents, a monitoring group and militant sources said.
Such a provocative act by the United States would have severe consequences for its national interests in short term and also for the Middle East region developments on the whole.
Turkey and Russia have agreed on a proposal toward a general ceasefire in Syria that should come into effect this evening at midnight, Anadolu news agency reported.
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