The United Nations envoy for Syria has urged Syrian opposition groups at the opening of a meeting hosted in the Saudi capital to come up with a united delegation for the Geneva talks later this month.
A New-York based relief group has urged an end to the continuing blockade that serves as a "collective punishment" of Yemenis and risks driving 500 children into malnutrition every week.
The Latest on Prime Minister Saad Hariri's return to Lebanon (all times local): 10 a.m.
Syria's notoriously fragmented opposition is gathering in the Saudi capital for a meeting intended to close ranks and come up with a unified vision ahead of a new round of peace talks in Geneva.
Lebanon is celebrating its Independence Day with a military parade attended by the president and the prime minister who resigned from Saudi Arabia earlier this month in a move that stunned the country.
The Latest on the crisis following Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's shock resignation from Saudi Arabia more than two weeks ago (all times local): 10: 55 p.m. Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri has made an unexpected detour on what was assumed to be his flight home to Beirut and has instead landed in Cyprus to meet with President Nicos Anastasiades there.
Iran's state TV is reporting that the European Union has donated €20 million to develop safe nuclear energy in Iran.
Meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad this week, Russia's President Vladimir Putin said recent successes in battling the Islamic State group in Syria have allowed for a shift in focus to a political settlement for the war-torn country.
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A suicide bomber detonated a pickup truck loaded with explosives outside a market, killing at least 32 people in a town claimed by both the Iraqi government and the Kurdish region.
Kurdish-led fighters in northern Syria are accusing Turkey of being behind an attack there earlier this week.
Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber detonated a pickup truck loaded with explosives, killing 32 people at a marketplace in a contested town claimed by Baghdad and the Kurdish region.
Egypt says archaeologists have discovered three sunken shipwrecks dating back more than 2,000 years to Roman times off the coast of the city of Alexandria.
The leaders of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece say they'll work more closely with the European Union to tackle illegal migration and will take joint action to combat the threat of terrorism.
An international rights group is urging Egypt and the United Arab Emirates to reveal the whereabouts of an Egyptian prisoner who has disappeared, apparently after serving his prison sentence in the Emirati capital.
Saudi authorities have closed schools and universities after flooding in the kingdom's second-largest city, Jiddah, and the country's Red Sea coastal regions.
A Libyan spokesman says parliament has voted in favor of the United Nations' new action plan, which gives new life to stalled political talks and aims at healing divisions.
FIFA says three soccer officials who pleaded guilty in American courts to accepting bribes have been banned for life.
Israel's parliament is holding a special session to mark 40 years since the historic visit of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
Opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet says a court has convicted its online editor Oguz Guven on charges of engaging in "terrorist propaganda" and sentenced him to three years and one month in prison.