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Bahrain executes 2 Shiites on terror charges

Jul 27, 2019 - 3:13 PM

Two men are put to death by firing squad after being sentenced to death in January 2018 on terror charges

Bahrain jails 138 for planning Iran-linked 'terror' group

Apr 17, 2019 - 8:23 AM

Bahraini opposition swiftly condemns the verdict, while human rights group Amnesty International decries the 'mockery of justice' and 'mass arbitrary denaturalization'

(FILES) A photo taken on March 31, 2012 shows a Bahraini demonstrator drapped the Bahrain flag as smoke rises from tear gas fired by riot police during a protest on the southern outskirts of Manama.  The Gulf state of Bahrain, on April 16, 2019, jailed 138 people and revoked their citizenship for plotting to form a "terror" group with links to Iran's Revolutionary Guards, the public prosecutor said. AFP

Yemen foes in new talks on troubled prisoner swap deal

Feb 05, 2019 - 5:46 PM

UN envoy Martin Griffiths says he hopes the warring sides will be more successful this time as he opens 3 days of talks in Amman

NEW TALKS. In this file photo, United Nations special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths gives a press conference on September 5, 2018, ahead of peace talks with the government and Huthi rebels in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Iraq parliament orders full election recount

Jun 07, 2018 - 11:04 AM

Confusion has gripped Iraq since the vote won by Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr's electoral alliance with communists, even with negotiations to form a new government underway

IRAQ POLLS. Iraqi Shiite cleric and leader Moqtada al-Sadr (C-R) puts his ballot through an electronic counting machine into a ballot box at poll station in the central holy city of Najaf on May 12, 2018 as the country votes in the first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State (IS) group. File photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Iraq readies for first election since end of ISIS war

May 10, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Whoever emerges as premier will face the mammoth task of rebuilding a country left shattered by the battle against ISIS

ELECTIONS. A man walks past electoral campaign posters in Baghdad on May 8, 2018. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Rebel-held Yemen capital braces for 'famine' as blockade tightens

Nov 09, 2017 - 11:17 PM

A resident of Sanaa says 'the situation was already catastrophic, but that didn't stop Saudi Arabia from imposing a total blockade for us to die of hunger'

Sanaa, capital of Yemen

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of blocking Yemen peace

Oct 29, 2017 - 10:08 PM

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir accuses Tehran of smuggling arms to Yemen's Shiite Huthi rebels

PEACE. Yemenis gather in front of one entrance of a market on November 19, 2016 in the capital Sanaa as a 48-hour ceasefire, announced by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels, began. AFP photo    While fighting subsided on several fronts a few hours after the truce came into effect at midday (0900 GMT), heavy clashes still rocked areas surrounding the flashpoint city of Taez. / AFP PHOTO / Abdel RAHMAN ABDALLAH / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by STRINGER has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [ABDEL RAHMAN ABDALLAH] instead of [STRINGER]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”

Kuwait emir warns against Gulf crisis escalating

Oct 24, 2017 - 9:09 PM

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed Al-Sabah says Kuwait's goal is to save the Gulf Cooperation Council union from 'cracking and collapsing'

MEDIATOR. Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah waves during the opening ceremony of the new legislative year at the National Assembly in Kuwait City, on October 24, 2017. Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Death toll in Kabul Shiite mosque attack jumps to 56 – officials

Oct 21, 2017 - 8:20 PM

It is one of 2 deadly mosque attacks in Afghanistan on Friday, capping one of the bloodiest weeks in the country in recent memory

MOSQUE ATTACK. An Afghan resident inspects the Imam Zaman Shiite mosque the day after a suicide attack during Friday evening prayers, in Kabul on October 21, 2017. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Suicide bomber kills 6 near Kabul Shiite mosque

Sep 29, 2017 - 6:18 PM

(UPDATED) The bomber was grazing a herd of sheep and before reaching his target he detonated himself 140 meters from Hussainia mosque," General Salim Almas, Kabul's criminal investigative director, explains

Ramadan begins for world's Muslims, violently for some

May 27, 2017 - 11:26 PM

Although for many Ramadan is a time for families to gather and break the fast with an iftar meal at sunset and socialize this year it has been marked by violence

HOLY MONTH. Filipino muslims prepare for the holy month of Ramadan at the Quiapo Islamic Center on May 26, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rebel supporters flood Yemen streets on conflict anniversary

Mar 26, 2017 - 9:30 PM

UPDATED Crowds converge on Sabaeen Square chanting their vows to resist to the end

Yemeni supporters of the Huthi movement and former president former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, attend rally to mark two years of the military intervention by the Saudi-led coalition, in the capital Sanaa on March 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS

In war-torn Yemen, hungry children turn to begging

Feb 09, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Some of the children are already orphans while others are trying to help their parents make ends meet

Yemeni children beg on a street on October 27, 2016 in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS

Armed men attack Bahrain jail, policeman killed

Jan 01, 2017 - 7:49 PM

Security forces launch a manhunt for the attackers and the escapees Bahrain s interior ministry says on Twitter

UN-backed Yemen peace talks resume in Kuwait

Jul 17, 2016 - 7:45 AM

The talks resumed after the UN special envoy for Yemen convinced the country to send its delegation to Kuwait after threatening to pull out of the peace talks that began April 21

DRONES AND AL QAEDA. A gunman loyal to the Shiite Houthi movement looks at graffiti protesting US drone operations a day after a US drone killed suspected al-Qaeda in the Arabian Penninsula. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Yemeni rebels free 276 loyalists

Jun 19, 2016 - 11:40 PM

The government loyalists are reportedly freed as a sign of good will for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan

epa05376312 Houthi militia members hold up weapons during a gathering mobilizing more fighters into battlefronts in several Yemeni cities, Sana'a, Yemen, 18 June 2016. According to reports, violent clashes are still taking place between Houthi rebels and Yemen?s Saudi-backed government forces in Yemen?s several areas as UN-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait between Yemen?s warring factions come into the second month of sessions in an attempt to end more than a year of conflict in the troubled Arab country. EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

Suicide bombers 'kill 20' outside Syria shrine

Jun 11, 2016 - 4:54 PM

UPDATED The shrine south of the center of Damascus is heavily guarded by pro government forces but has still been the target of several jihadist attacks

BOMBED. Syrian men ride a motorbike past buildings damaged by earlier attacks in Syria. File photo by Karam al-Masri/AFP

UN blacklists Saudi-led coalition over child deaths in Yemen

Jun 03, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The Saudi led coalition is responsible for 60 of the total 785 children who were killed and 1 168 wounded last year in Yemen

CHILDREN AND ARMED CONFLICT. Yemeni children pose for a photo at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) after they were forced to flee their homes due to the ongoing fighting in the country, the northern province of Amran, Yemen, 01 May 2016. File photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Yemen government suspends participation in peace talks

May 17, 2016 - 8:21 PM

UPDATED A statement by the government delegation says it would continue to boycott the talks until the rebels comply with the agreed references

PEACE TALKS SUSPENSION. Armed tribesmen, loyal to the Shiite Huthirebels, cover their faces from swirling dust during a gathering to show support to the rebels, on the eastern outskirts of Sana'a, Yemen, May 14, 2016. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Rare ISIS bombings in southern Iraq kill 33

May 01, 2016 - 10:55 PM

In a statement on social media the Islamic State says two attackers detonated their car bombs against security forces

Iraqis look at the damage following a twin suicide bombing attack, claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group in the southern Iraqi city of Samawah, situated deep in Iraq's Shiite heartland, on May 1, 2016.   / AFP PHOTO / HAIDAR HAMDANI

Bombing against pilgrims kills 23 in Iraq as hundreds protest

Apr 30, 2016 - 7:06 PM

The Islamic State group claims the attack and says it was carried out by a suicide bomber who detonated a vehicle laden with three tons of explosives

Amnesty accuses Nigeria's military over deadly Shiite clashes

Apr 22, 2016 - 11:10 AM

The military which has been repeatedly accused of abuses against civilians in its fight against Sunni Muslim jihadists Boko Haram has maintained its troops acted appropriately

US: ISIS carrying out 'genocide'

Mar 18, 2016 - 12:25 AM

Secretary of State John Kerry makes the proclamation after Congress demanded Washington recognize that the group seeks to exterminate religious minorities

JOHN KERRY. US Secretary of State John Kerry listens to US President Barack Obama addressing the Chief of Missions Conference in the Dean Acheson Auditorium at the Harry S Truman State Department building in Washington, DC, USA, March 14, 2016. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/EPA

ISIS blasts kill more than 140 as US, Russia press Syria truce

Feb 22, 2016 - 12:01 AM

US Secretary of State John Kerry says a provisional deal has been reached on the terms of a truce in Syria s brutal 5 year conflict only for the bloodshed to intensify on the ground

TRIAGE. A handout picture made available by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows wounded Syrians receiving medical care at a hospital in Damascus, Syria, February 21, 2016. SANA/Handout/EPA

HRW: Iraq militia attacks may constitute war crimes

Jan 31, 2016 - 8:24 PM

Shiite paramilitary forces have been repeatedly accused of abuses including summary executions kidnappings and destruction of property

Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite fighters chant slogans as they gather at Udhaim dam, north of Baghdad March 1, 2015. Iraqi soldiers and pro-government Shi'ite militias have been massing in preparation for an attack on Islamic State strongholds along the Tigris River to the north and south of Tikrit, hometown of executed former president Saddam Hussein. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

Kuwaiti Shiite lawmakers boycott parliament

Jan 13, 2016 - 11:24 PM

All 9 Shiite lawmakers stay away from the national assembly following attacks on Sunni ruled ally Saudi Arabia s diplomatic missions in Iran

Iran accuses Saudi of air strike on Yemen embassy

Jan 07, 2016 - 10:59 PM

UPDATED This follows the bitter fallout of the two nation s diplomatic ties that escalated with Saudi s execution of a Shiite leader last Saturday January 2

Smoke rises above the military academy following an airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led alliance, in Sana'a, Yemen, 11 April 2015. According to reports, the Saudi-led alliance's airstrikes which began 25 March, have continued to target various Houthi military positions in the impoverished Arab state, but have so far done little to halt the Houthi military advances as they continue to make gains. EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

Timeline of the latest Iran-Saudi crisis

Jan 05, 2016 - 11:46 PM

A brief timeline of how the Iran Saudi Arabia tensions escalated

Iranian women gather during a demonstration against the execution of prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi authorities, at Imam Hossein Square in the capital Tehran on January 4, 2016. Tensions between Iran and its Sunni Arab neighbours reached new heights as Saudi Arabia and Gulf allies cut or downgraded diplomatic ties with Tehran in a row over the execution of a Shiite cleric. AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE

Saudi beheadings wrong response to criticism – Iran president

Jan 05, 2016 - 11:16 PM

One does not respond to criticism by cutting off heads says President Hassan Rouhani on the execution of Nimr al Nimr

Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran, speaks during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, NY, USA, 25 September 2014. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Turkey vows to help calm Saudi-Iran tensions

Jan 05, 2016 - 10:10 PM

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also urges other countries in the region to help resolve the dispute

A handout picture provided by Prime Minister Press Office shows Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (C), Turkish Chief of Staff General Necdet Ozel (L) and Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz attend a press conference in Ankara, Turkey 22 February 2015. EPA/TURKISH PRIME MINISTER PRESS OFFICE

Sudan cuts, UAE downgrades ties with Iran

Jan 04, 2016 - 8:54 PM

The moves came after Saudi Arabia severed links with the Islamic republic on Sunday amid escalating tensions triggered by the execution of a Shiite cleric in the Sunni ruled kingdom at the weekend

Asia stocks, currencies sink, oil surges on Mideast woes

Jan 04, 2016 - 2:14 PM

Oil prices in Asia increase after crude kingpin Saudi Arabia ended diplomatic ties with Iran following a flared up tension over Tehran s execution of a Shiite cleric

OIL-RICH. Saudi Arabia is the world's biggest exporter of oil

Shiites protest in Pakistan, Indian Kashmir over cleric execution

Jan 04, 2016 - 12:06 AM

Some 1 000 people in Pakistan call on their government to reconsider its longtime ties with Saudi Arabia the country that executed top cleric Nimr al Nimr

OUTRAGE. Tehran's police chief Hossein Sajedinia (C) asks protesters to end their rally against the execution of prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi authorities on January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE

Iran president says Saudi embassy attack 'totally unjustifiable'

Jan 03, 2016 - 7:25 PM

Iran President Hassan Rouhani calls the execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al Nimr and 46 others by the Saudi government as an un Islamic act

DISAPPROVAL. Iran's president Hassan Rouhani denounces protesters' attacks on the Sunni kingdom's embassy. File photo by Justin Lane/EPA

Iran supreme leader says Saudi faces 'divine revenge'

Jan 03, 2016 - 5:16 PM

A top Shiite leader and 46 Shiite activists and Sunnis have been executed in Saudi Arabia on Saturday

Iranian protesters set fire to the Saudi Embassy in Tehran during a demonstration against the execution of prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi authorities, on January 2, 2016. AFP PHOTO / ISNA / MOHAMMADREZA NADIMI

Saudi Arabia to pay 'high price' for executing Shiite cleric – Iran

Jan 02, 2016 - 9:07 PM

The execution of the prominent sheikh by Saudi Arabia shows its government s irresponsibility and imprudence says the spokesman of Iran s foreign ministry

CONDEMNED ACT. Saudi Interior Ministry's spokesman Mansur al-Turki speaks during a news conference at the Saudi Officers club in Riyadh, on January 2, 2016, following the execution of 47 people convicted of "terrorism", including a prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr. AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE

Saudi Arabia executes top Shiite cleric

Jan 02, 2016 - 4:47 PM

The list also includes Sunnis who have been convicted of involvement in deadly 2003 and 2004 Al Qaeda attacks in that killed Saudis and foreigners in the kingdom

Family of Saudi death row youth fear imminent execution

Nov 27, 2015 - 10:51 PM

Ali al Nimr s uncle says his family fears the government is serious very serious about carrying out the sentence

ON DEATH ROW. 17-year-old Shiite activist Ali al-Nimr was sentenced to death in February 2012. Photo from

ISIS claims deadly Iraq mosque attack

Nov 21, 2015 - 6:19 PM

ISIS frequently carries out attacks against civilians from Iraq s Shiite Muslim majority whom it considers to be heretics

Massive protest in Kabul over decapitation of Shiite Hazaras

Nov 11, 2015 - 9:06 PM

Protestors mourn the decapitation of 7 Shiite Hazaras and demand justice for the victims of terrorism

FOR JUSTICE. Afghan protesters carry coffins containing the decapitated bodies of 7 Shiite Muslim Hazaras, including 4 men, two women and one child, during a demonstration in Kabul on November 11. Photo bby Shah Marai/AFP

1 killed in rare attack on Bangladesh Shiites

Oct 24, 2015 - 8:52 AM

UPDATED Police say it is believed to be the first time Bangladesh s tiny Shiite Muslim community has been targeted

Yemen rebels free US, Saudi, British hostages

Sep 21, 2015 - 7:48 AM

Yemeni and US officials say Shiite rebels in Yemen released two Americans two Saudis and a Briton on Sunday September 20 after detaining them for around 6 months

DEFIANCE. Yemeni child supporters of the Shiite Huthi rebel movement chant slogans during a rally to protest against a military offensive by a Saudi-led coalition, on August 24, 2015 in the capital Sanaa. Photo by Mohammed Huwais / AFP

New wave of air strikes shake Yemen capital – witnesses

Sep 06, 2015 - 3:45 PM

UPDATED Witnesses say coalition warplanes pound positions of the Iran backed rebels and bases of splinter troops loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh

UAE pounds Yemen rebels after coalition's deadliest day

Sep 06, 2015 - 12:00 AM

The strike hit an arms depot triggering huge explosions that the exiled Yemeni government said also killed 5 Bahraini coalition troops

A handout image made available by the United Arab Emirates News Agency (WAM) on September 5, 2015, shows Emiratis carrying the body of Abdullah Ali Hassan Al Hammadi, an Emirati armed forces' soldier who was killed the previous day in Yemen's eastern province of Marib. The UAE said 45 of its soldiers fighting rebels in Yemen were killed in an arms depot blast, while five border guards from Bahrain died in the deadliest day yet for the Saudi-led coalition. AFP PHOTO / HO / WAM

DFA deploys team to assess OFWs' safety in Saudi village

Sep 02, 2015 - 7:40 PM

The village of Dhahran Al Janoub is said to be 13 5 kilometers away from the Saudi Yemen border where OFWs say they ve seen rockets being fired

Protection sought for Filipino workers near Saudi-Yemen border

Aug 26, 2015 - 3:59 PM

About 70 Filipino medical workers construction workers engineers and mechanics – some with their families – are based in Dhahran Al Janoub village

MAP. This map shows a village affected by multilateral efforts to quell the Huthi rebellion in Yemen. Photo from the Blas Ople Center

UN warns over 'deliberate starvation of civilians' in Yemen

Aug 11, 2015 - 9:48 PM

A UN official warns armed factions in Yemen over the deliberate starvation of civilians as the embattled country grapples with a food crisis that has left 850 000 children facing acute malnutrition

‘YEMEN IS CRUMBLING.’ Yemeni children peer out of a window of their historic house as UN-brokered peace talks between Yemen's warring factions started in Geneva, in the old city of Sana’a, Yemen, 15 June 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab / EPA

Loyalists retake airport in Yemen's Aden

Jul 14, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Loyalists of Yemen s exiled president recapture the airport in Aden sealing a four month battle with Iran backed rebels with Saudi led air and naval support

AFTERMATH. Yemenis peer through the bars of a window at the bodies of people killed in airstrikes allegedly carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Sana'a, Yemen, 13 July 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab / EPA

Yemen truce begins, relief agencies hope to deliver aid

Jul 11, 2015 - 9:10 AM

But the leader of the Iran backed Shiite rebels says he does not expect the truce to hold demanding an end to the Saudi aggression

HUMANITARIAN TRUCE. An armed Houthi militiaman inspects the damage of a building reportedly hit by an airstrike allegedly carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Sana'a, Yemen, July 10, 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Saudi-led air strike on Yemen rebel bastion kills 23

Jul 04, 2015 - 5:32 PM

The strike targets a munitions factory in Saqayn