Middle East

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

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.


Selahattin Demirtas Co-Leader of the HDP

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 Counter Terrorism forces have fully liberated the Mosul University

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 President Bashar al-Assad speaks to French media in Damascus on January 9, 2017( SANA )

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.


Iran's chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

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.


Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia

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.


Syrian fire fighters are seen battling to extinguish fire with a water tanker and hoses after an explosive-laden tanker blew up in A'zaz

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.


Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi  and his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim are seen during a welcoming ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq

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.


UN warns of war crime as more than 5 million in Syrian capital are suffering water shortages

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.


Flowers are placed in front of a police barrier near the entrance of Reina nightclub in Istanbul

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.


the coffin of Ayhan Arik, a victim of an attack by a gunman at Reina nightclub

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.


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

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.


An armoured police vehicle blocks a road leading to a nightclub where a armed attack took

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 truce between Syrian government forces and opposition has come into forces.

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.


Aerial view of the front of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem al-Quds’s Old City

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.


Foreign Ministers of Turkey,Russia,and Iran

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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