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Saudi minister in talks with Iran team over hajj

24 February, 2017

A Saudi minister held talks with an Iranian delegation about the possibility of Iranian pilgrims rejoining the annual hajj despite ruptured ties between the two countries

Bahrain lawmakers approve military trial for civilians

22 February, 2017

Bahrain's MPs voted on Tuesday to change the constitution to allow civilians to be tried in military courts amid a crackdown on dissent.

Saudi Arabia and Israel 'working together against Iran': Tehran

20 February, 2017

Tehran accused Saudi Arabia and Israel of coordinating actions to damage the Islamic Republic, in the latest tit-for-tat between the rival nations.

Turkey's Syria policy: Fighting IS to contain the Kurds

17 February, 2017

Analysis: Ankara wants its forces to be the ones to vanquish the Islamic State group from Raqqa, to stop Kurdish groups from laying claim to the city, writes Paul Iddon.

'Cross-dressing' Iranian women busted sneaking into men-only football game

16 February, 2017

Eight Iranian women who disguised themselves as men to attend a football match despite an official ban were prevented from entering the stadium.

Bahrain mourners clash with police following jailbreak funerals

16 February, 2017

Police fired buckshot to disperse crowds that gathered to mourn three people killed while allegedly attempting to flee to Iran last week, witnesses in Manama said on Wednesday.

Turkish minister defends Syria 'safe zones' plan

15 February, 2017

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has again defended Ankara's calls for safe zones in Syria, designed to encourage refugees to return to their homes in the north of the country.

Clashes erupt as Bahrain protesters mark uprising anniversary

14 February, 2017

Protesters that gathered in Manama to mark the sixth anniversary of the revolution were met with tear gas and stun grenades on Tuesday.

Nubians of Egypt and Sudan seek recognition and return

14 February, 2017

Nubians have been sidelined by the state in Egypt and Sudan, they face a struggle to return to the lands of their people after decades of being ignored.

Erdogan renews call for safe zone in northern Syria

14 February, 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday renewed his calls for the establishment of a "safe zone" in northern Syria where refugees could be housed.

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