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Muslim pilgrims climb Mount Arafat for peak of hajj

20 August, 2018

More than two million Muslim pilgrims began ascending Mount Arafat on Monday, marking the pinnacle of the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

19 August, 2018

Saudi Arabia launched a "smart hajj" initiative this year, mobilising vast resources for the six-day journey.

Qatar says Saudi Arabia barring citizens from hajj pilgrimage

18 August, 2018

Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of barring its citizens from this year's hajj pilgrimage amid a year-long blockade imposed on the gulf state by a Saudi-led coalition.

Turks destroy iPhones to protest US sanctions

17 August, 2018

In one video , a man collects iPhones from youths squatting in front of a Turkish flag, lays the devices on the ground and pounds them with a sledgehammer.

US threatens more Turkey sanctions if pastor not freed

16 August, 2018

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin warned the United States would levy more sanctions on the troubled Turkish economy if Ankara does not soon release a jailed American pastor.

Hundreds of Egyptian Hajj pilgrims ‘poisoned’ in Saudi Arabia

16 August, 2018

118 pilgrims from Egypt had been struck by an unknown poisoning epidemic in their hotel in Saudi Arabia.

'Arab NATO would be a disaster for democracy

16 August, 2018

Comment: An 'Arab NATO' would represent the final nail in the coffin for the region's wave of Arab revolutions, writes Sam Hamad.

Imprisoned Saudi cleric faces 'secret trial' without legal representation

16 August, 2018

Saudi authorities are prosecuting a prominent detained cleric in a secret trial without legal representation, the cleric's son has said.

Turkey's Erdogan thanks Qatar emir for $15bn investment pledge

16 August, 2018

Turkey's president has thanked the Qatari Emir after he pledged $15 billion in investments to invigorate Ankara's economy, prompting a rebound in the battered Turkish lira.

Qatar emir pledges $15bn to Turkey amid lira crisis

15 August, 2018

Qatar's emir has pledged to invest $15 billion into the Turkish economy after arriving in Istanbul to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday.

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