US airstrikes have killed several senior Islamic State (IS) leaders in recent weeks, blunting the group's ability to fight Iraqi and Kurdish forces, the Pentagon said on Thursday.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Baghdad Tuesday to consult with Iraqi government officials and confer with US commanders about the campaign to defeat Islamic State fighters.
The Israeli Knesset (parliament) on Monday approved a new bill allowing the authorities to detain African asylum seekers for up to 20 months without trial.
Israeli politicians voted in favor of dissolving the Knesset (parliament) on Monday night, and Israelis are expected to head to the polls next March.
Iran seeks a political solution to the Syria crisis, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said here on Monday.
US journalist Luke Somers was killed during a rescue operation in Shabwa in southern Yemen on Saturday, a senior official in the president's office says.
An American hostage kidnapped by al-Qaida in Yemen was freed on Saturday during a military operation in which ten al-Qaida fighters were also killed.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in a conference here on Thursday that the country's new cabinet will be formed in two to four weeks.
An oil spill flooded overnight a desert nature reserve in southern Israel, causing "one of the worst" ecological disasters in Israel, officials and local media said Thursday.
Delegates from over 50 countries gathered in London Thursday for an international conference on Afghanistan, seeking to discuss the country's future after US -led coalition forces withdraw.
Iran's top nuclear negotiator has said that the ground is prepared for a final deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear issue, Press TV reported on Thursday.
A Syrian newspaper said Thursday that government troops are trying to achieve national reconciliation to help implement a UN envoy's initiative to "freeze battles" in the war-torn country.