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Surveying the damage after a deadly suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Qatif, Saudi Arabia, 22 May 2015.
23/05/2015 - MIDDLE EAST

Islamic State armed group advances reflect regional and propaganda strategy

The Islamic State armed group claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide attack on a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia on Friday.
US President Barack Obama (R), flanked by Secretary of State John Kerry, delivers remarks to reporters at the top of a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington 21 May 2015
22/05/2015 - Syria-US-Iraq

IS group advance exposes cracks in US Middle East strategy

Islamic State group militants inched closer on Friday to carving out a caliphate state, after seizing the last government-controlled border crossing between Syria and Iraq. It follows the group's takeover of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and the Iraqi town of Ramadi in just a week.

Ruins of houses in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.
22/05/2015 - Palestine

The World Bank says Gaza’s economy is on the ‘verge of collapse’

Gaza’s economy is teetering on the verge of collapse, says a report released Friday by the World Bank.
Roman columns in Palmira, Syria.
21/05/2015 - Syria

Islamic State armed group captures historic Syrian city of Palmyra

The Islamic State armed group has seized control of the 2,000-year-old desert city of Palmyra, exposing its remarkable and well-preserved antiquities to possible imminent destruction and ...
Gilbert Chikli. File 2010.
21/05/2015 - France - Israel

French crook sentenced to 7 years for million-euro hoax

Gilbert Chikli was sentenced in absentia on Wednesday for swindling dozens of top French banks and businesses.

Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd is reported to have been the owner of the hijacked vehicle
18/05/2015 - Saudi Arabia - FRANCE

French police arrest Paris Saudi carjacking suspects

French police have arrested nine people in connection with a spectacular carjacking on the convoy of a Saudi prince last year that netted 250,000 euros.

John Kerry meeting GCC heads in September 2014

Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Camp David dominated by fears over Iran

US president Barack Obama met with leaders of the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council Thursday at Camp David.
German navy rescued around 200 refugees off the Italian Lampedusa island, 8 May 2015.
14/05/2015 - France- Europe

EU unveils migrant quotas

The European Union unveiled on Wednesday details of a plan for dealing with an unprecedented wave of migrants. The plan includes controversial migrant quotas across member states.

Senegalese President Macky Sall
12/05/2015 - SENEGAL

Senegal sends soldiers to Yemen, triggering debate, protest

Senegal is sending more than 2,000 soldiers to Riyadh to help Saudi Arabia fight rebels in Yemen.
The government of President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi is under pressure.
12/05/2015 - Report: Egypt

Egypt minister quits after judge criticism

Egypt's Justice Minister quit on Monday, after sparking controversy by saying that "the son of a garbage collector cannot become a judge." Minister of Justice Mahfouz Saber drew criticism ...
Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh: China "welcome"
11/05/2015 - DJIBOUTI

'Historic' Chinese military base to open in Horn of Africa

China is negotiating a military base in the strategic port of Djibouti, an historic development that would see the US and China each have bases in the small nation that guards the entrance to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal.

Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi claims responsiblity for the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January 2015
08/05/2015 - FRANCE - YEMEN

Al Qaida chief who claimed Charlie Hebdo attack killed in Yemen

The Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (Aqap) leader who claimed responsibility for January's Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris has been killed by a US drone, the armed Islamist group announced on ...
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Knesset
07/05/2015 - Israel

Settlers pleased, Palestinains dismayed by new Israeli coalition

Outgoing Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed an agreement giving a senior role to the far-right Jewish Home, which firmly opposes a Palestinian state, allowing him to form a new ...
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut, 3 novembre 2014
06/05/2015 - Lebanon - Syria

Hezbollah Qalamun offensive could plunge Lebanon into spiral of violence, analyst

The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, Hassan Nasrallah, has vowed to oust Syrian opposition fighters from a mountainous region on the border with his country.
Amnesty International has released a report which found that civilians in Aleppo are suffering “unthinkable atrocities”
05/05/2015 - Syria

UN tries to re-boot Syria talks

The UN's peace envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has announced the start of new consultations in Geneva with regional and domestic players. He hopes the initiative can revive the stalled dialogue on the conflict.