US-Israel ties face tough test over Netanyahu's planned speech

2015-03-02 16:38:24

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who arrived in Washington on Sunday, is expected to speak in front of the US Congress with a hardline stance on Iran's nuclear program.

British street artist paints works in Gaza

2015-02-27 17:06:07

A Palestinian girl looks on as a mural of a playful-looking kitten, presumably painted by British street artist Banksy, is seen on the remains of a house in Biet Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip, Feb 26, 2015.

Solar Impulse 2 soars across the skies of Abu Dhabi

2015-02-27 10:15:29

The Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered plane, flies over the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi during preparations for next month's round-the-world flight, February 26, 2015.

Mosque torched in West Bank

2015-02-25 16:46:54

A mosque was set ablaze early Wednesday in the West Bank village of Jabaa near Bethlehem, in another suspected hate crime by Jewish extremists, officials said.

French woman kidnapped in Yemen's capital

2015-02-24 21:01:32

A French woman was kidnapped along with her bodyguard in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Tuesday, an interior ministry official told Xinhua.

IS kidnaps 90 Christians in northern Syria

2015-02-24 17:28:32

At least 90 Syrian Christians of the Assyrian minority have been confirmed kidnapped by the Islamic State (IS) militants from two Assyrian towns in northern Syria.

France uses aircraft carrier to fight IS in Iraq

2015-02-23 21:14:24

France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier has started military operations against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, French media reported Monday.

Iran to quit nuclear talks if pressures mount: negotiator

2015-02-23 18:22:33

Iran will quit nuclear talks if the other party aimed to impose their wills on Tehran in the ongoing negotiations, the country's senior negotiator told state IRIB TV on Monday.

Egypt sentences prominent activist to five years in jail

2015-02-23 18:10:46

An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced prominent activist Alaa Abdel Fattah to five years in prison over charges of organizing unlicensed protests and inciting violence, state-run Nile TV reported.

10 foreign workers killed in Abu Dhabi blaze

2015-02-21 19:48:32

A fire broke out in an illegal workers' compound in Abu Dhabi early Friday, leaving ten foreign workers killed and eight others injured, local media reported on Saturday.

Turkey closes Yemen embassy after telling citizens to leave

2015-02-16 17:03:38

Turkey has closed its embassy in Yemen, the latest of a number of foreign powers to withdraw their diplomats as the country's civil conflict worsens.

Iran president calls for stronger ties with China

2015-02-16 16:55:22

Iran wants to further advance its relations with China, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said.