Iran sends new satellite into orbit: TV

2015-02-02 18:27:23

Iran launched a new satellite into orbit on Monday "successfully," state IRIB TV reported.

IS says it beheads Japanese hostage Goto

2015-02-01 05:54:56

The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed in a video it posted online late Saturday night that it beheaded the other Japanese hostage Kenji Goto.

Jordan still holding prisoner demanded by IS

2015-01-30 09:10:30

Jordan said on Thursday it was still holding an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber as a deadline passed for her release set by Islamic State militants who threatened to kill a Jordanian pilot unless she was handed over by sunset.

Jordan prisoner swap on hold, fate of Japanese IS hostage unclear

2015-01-29 09:44:42

Jordan said on Wednesday it had received no assurance that one of its pilots captured by Islamic State insurgents was safe and that it would go ahead with a proposed prisoner swap only if he was freed.

Israel fires into Lebanon, killing UN soldier

2015-01-29 09:05:42

Israeli forces were attacking southern Lebanon from the sky and ground on Wednesday, amid steep escalation in the volatile border.

Iran seeks 'quick' nuclear agreement: spokeswoman

2015-01-28 21:08:05

The Islamic Republic is seeking quick agreement with the world powers over its nuclear issue, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Marzieh Afkham, said on Wednesday.

Israeli air force strikes Syrian army targets

2015-01-28 09:31:44

The Israeli Air Force struck the Syrian army's artillery posts late Tuesday in response to an earlier rocket attack from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, the military said Wednesday.

Bullets hit flydubai passenger jet at Baghdad airport

2015-01-27 17:19:16

Bullets hit a passenger jet operated by budget carrier Dubai Aviation Corp, known as flydubai, as it was landing at Baghdad airport, the company and officials said on Tuesday.

Islamic State group nearly pushed out of Syria's Kobani

2015-01-26 22:21:52

Kurdish fighters backed by intense US-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group almost entirely out of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday, marking a major loss for extremists whose hopes for easy victory dissolved into a bloody, costly siege that seems close to ending in defeat.

17 killed in protests on Egypt uprising anniversary

2015-01-26 10:11:19

At least 17 people were killed on Sunday in Egypt's bloodiest protests since Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was elected president, as security forces fired at protesters marking the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

Yemeni president decides to withdraw resignation

2015-01-25 20:17:50

Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has decided to withdraw his resignation to continue to serve the country, a president advisor told Xinhua on Sunday.