More than 1,500 children killed in Yemen since March 2016, UN says

Yemen saw a 70-per-cent uptick in child deaths during the past year - for a total of 1,546 - the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said in a report on Monday.

Egypt sentences 56 to jail over migrant boat tragedy

Fifty-six people were Sunday handed down varying sentences in connection with the sinking of a boat carrying hundreds of illegal migrants off the coast of Egypt last year, state television reported.

London attacker attracted no attention during stints in Saudi Arabia

London attacker Khalid Masood spent time in Saudi Arabia between 2005 and 2015 but was not on the radar of the country's security services, the Saudi embassy in the British capital said.

Ousted by 2011 revolt, Egypt's Mubarak freed after 6 years' detention

Hosny Mubarak, the long-time Egyptian president who was toppled in the 2011 revolution against his rule, was released Friday from detention after nearly six years, his lawyer said.

120 schoolchildren hospitalized in Egypt for food poisoning

Some 120 schoolchildren in an Egyptian province had to be taken to hospital this week after showing symptoms of food poisoning, a health official said Wednesday.

Leading archaeologist: Colossus found in Cairo depicts Rameses II

A massive statue unearthed this week in a Cairo district depicts Rameses II, one of ancient Egypt's most powerful pharaohs, well-known archaeologist Zahi Hawass said on Friday.

Clashes erupt between rival Kurdish forces in northern Iraq

Clashes erupted Friday between rival Kurdish forces in northern Iraq, near the Sinjar mountains, local media outlets reported, raising concerns for the battle against Islamic State.

Egypt says at least 118 Christian families escape Sinai attacks

At least 90 families reached Egypt's Ismailiya governorate, after escaping targeted killings by a local Islamic State militia in northern Sinai in recent days, an official at the Coptic Orthodox Church said Sunday.

Report: Militant convicted in 1993 Trade Center attack dies in jail

Leading militant Muslim cleric Omar Abdel-Rahman died Saturday in a US prison where he was serving a life sentence, his family said.

Heaviest woman - at 500 kg - leaves Egypt for treatment in Mumbai

A 36-year-old Egyptian woman - reportedly the heaviest in the world, at 500 kilograms - reached Mumbai Saturday in a cargo plane with hopes high that several rounds of surgery could help her reduce weight.

Airlines allow banned travellers on US flights after court ruling

Several airlines were on Saturday allowing travellers hit by a US travel ban to board flights to the United States after a federal judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration's move.

Egyptian activist: Christians in Trump's favour could face backlash

US President Donald Trump's willingness to prioritize refugee claims from members of persecuted religious minorities could actually rebound against Middle Eastern Christians, according to a prominent rights activist from Egypt's Christian minority.

Monitor: Al-Qaeda group unifies with jihadists in Syrian flashpoint

The al-Qaeda-linked Fatah al-Sham Front has unified ranks with jihadists in volatile northern Syria, a monitoring group reported Saturday, a move likely to stoke infighting among rival insurgents in the area.

Arabs blocked from US flights after Trump ban

Egyptian authorities Saturday stopped six Arabs from leaving for the United States, according to sources at Cairo airport, just hours after President Donald Trump suspended refugee admissions and barred people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Rebels handing over source of Damascus' water supply, monitor says

Syrian government forces and repair workers have arrived at the springs that are the main source of Damascus' water supply after rebels began an agreed pullout, a monitoring group said on Saturday.

Eight Egyptian police killed in attack on desert checkpoint

Eight Egyptian policemen were killed and three others wounded in an attack by gunmen Monday on a checkpoint in the country's western desert, the Interior Ministry said.

Blow to al-Sissi as Egypt court bans islands handover to Saudi Arabia

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi suffered a blow Monday when a key court sided with a lower body and ruled that two strategic Red Sea islands al-Sissi had hoped to hand over to Saudi Arabia must stay under Egyptian control.

Merkel, Egypt's al-Sissi discuss terrorism fight and ties

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday discussed anti-terrorism cooperation in the wake recent deadly attacks in their countries.

Forces loyal to Libya’s self-appointed premier take Tripoli buildings

Libya’s self-appointed prime minister, Khalifa Ghweil, Thursday announced that loyal forces had seized buildings from a rival UN-backed government in the capital Tripoli in a fresh blow to efforts to end the country’s strife.

Reports: 8 detained after Islamic State claims Istanbul club attack

Turkish police have detained eight suspects in connection with an Islamic State terrorist attack at a nightclub in Istanbul that left 39 people dead on New Year's Eve, local media reported.

Policeman killed in Bahrain prison attack freeing terrorist inmates

Several convicted terrorists escaped a prison in Bahrain on Sunday after an armed attack in which one policeman was killed, the Interior Ministry said.

Egypt detains Al Jazeera news producer for false reporting

Egyptian authorities have detained a news producer working with Al Jazeera on charges of spreading false news, state television reported Sunday.

Tunisia says it has dismantled "dangerous" militant group

Tunisian police have dismantled a "dangerous" militant group suspected of recruiting young people and sending them to fight in regional hotspots, the Interior Ministry said Sunday.

Passengers of hijacked Libyan plane arrive in Tripoli from Malta

Passengers of a Libyan plane, which was hijacked and forced to land in Malta the day before, arrived in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Saturday, Libya's state news agency LANA reported.

Egypt: Jail sentence upheld for ex-auditor but implementation delayed

An Egyptian court Thursday upheld a one-year prison term for the country's former chief auditor on charges of spreading false news, but suspended implementation of the sentence for three years.

Islamic State claims Jordan attack on police and tourists

The Islamic State extremist group Tuesday claimed a series of attacks by gunmen who killed ten people and fought police from a Crusader-era castle two days earlier.

Libya declares "liberation" of Sirte from Islamic State

Libya's UN-backed government said it has regained full control of the city of Sirte from Islamic State after a campaign of nearly eight months against the extremist militia.

Egypt denies Bin Laden's son entry to the country

Egyptian authorities on Saturday denied entry to a son of al-Qaeda's late chief, Osama bin Laden, due to security reasons, sources at Cairo airport said.

Islamic State claims Cairo cathedral bomb attack

The Islamic State extremist group Tuesday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack that killed 23 people during Mass two days earlier at a church adjoining Cairo's main cathedral.

Egypt cathedral bombing was suicide attack, al-Sissi tells funeral

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi says Sunday's bomb attack on a church adjoining Cairo's main cathedral was carried out by a suicide bomber using an explosive belt.

Residents claim new chlorine gas attack as more flee eastern Aleppo

Residents and activists in the remaining rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo Saturday reported a suspected chlorine gas attack overnight in the area.

Leading Egyptian militant's death sentence upheld for police killings

Egypt's highest court on Saturday confirmed a death sentence against a leading Islamist militant on charges of murdering 25 policemen more than three years ago.

Six policemen killed in Cairo blast

Six policemen were killed in a blast on a main street in Cairo on Friday, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said.

Egypt arrests 41 over alleged organ-trafficking ring

Egyptian authorities said on Tuesday they had broken up a major organ-trafficking ring, arresting 41 people including doctors, nurses and university professors.

Egypt Interior Ministry warns citizens against foreign "pollsters"

The Egyptian Interior Ministry warned citizens against "media companies" calling them from abroad to carry out supposed surveys about economic, political and security issues.

Egypt Court revokes life sentence against deposed president Morsi

Cairo (dpa) - Deposed Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi had one of the life sentences facing him revoked by Cairo's Cassation Court Tuesday, but he will have to return to court for a retrial on the charges of leaking state secrets.

Egyptian journalist union leaders sentenced to two years in prison

Three leading members of Egypt's journalist union were sentenced to two years in prison on Saturday, each on charges of harbouring fugitive colleagues inside the union's premises.

Egyptian police out in force to block anti-austerity protests

Egyptian police deployed in large numbers in Cairo and other main cities on Friday to block feared protests against recent economic austerity measures.

Egypt's al-Sissi calls Trump, hopes for "new spirit" in relations

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi telephoned Donald Trump to congratulate him on his election and invite him to Cairo, in what al-Sissi's office said was the US president-elect's first call from a world leader.

Egyptian judge survives car bombing in Cairo

A judge who is currently hearing cases involving followers of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood survived an assassination attempt in Cairo, a security official said.

Egypt raises fuel prices after floating local pound

Egypt has raised the price of various types of fuel as of Friday by between 30 and 47 per cent, a day after the local pound was floated against the US dollar, an official said.

Islamic State leader urges Mosul fighters to turn "blood into rivers"

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urged his fighters in an audio recording posted online on Thursday not to retreat from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, but also to invade Turkey and attack Saudi Arabia.

Flash floods kill 26 in Egypt, state media reports

Twenty-six people have been killed in accidents related to flash floods in parts of Egypt this week, state television reported on its website Saturday.

Yemen ceasefire expires as UN envoy pleads for extension

A three-day long truce in the Yemeni conflict expired at 11:59 pm local time (2059) GMT Saturday, despite a plea from the UN's Yemen envoy for its extension.

Key Egyptian army officer shot dead in Cairo

A senior Egyptian army officer was killed in Cairo on Saturday, state television reported.

Cairo court upholds 20-year sentence against ex-president Morsi

Egypt's top appeals court on Saturday upheld a 20-year prison sentence against former Islamist president Mohammed Morsi for attacks on protesters who took to the streets in 2012 against his one-year rule.

Egypt launches airstrikes against militants after deadly attack

The Egyptian army said it had carried out intense airstrikes against militants in the volatile Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, a day after 12 soldiers were killed there in an attack claimed by an Islamic State affiliate.

Hardline Muslim Brotherhood leader killed by Egypt police

A senior leader in the banned Muslim Brotherhood was killed late Monday by Egyptian police, the Interior Ministry and a Brotherhood spokesman said, although they offered conflicting accounts of the incident.

22 killed in suicide attack on wedding in Kurdish-held Syria

At least 22 people were killed in a suicide attack on a wedding in Kurdish-held north-eastern Syria, near the city of al-Hassakeh, a monitoring group says.

Five Egyptian police officers shot dead in volatile Sinai

Five police conscripts were killed Saturday in a drive-by shooting in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, the Interior Ministry said.

Egypt's al-Sissi warns of illegal migration after boat tragedy

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi on Monday called on his people to avoid risking their lives for overseas jobs after dozens of Egyptians died in the Mediterranean Sea last week in a migrant boat sinking.

More than 50 found dead after migrant boat capsizes off Egypt

More than 50 people have been found dead after a migrant boat capsized off the coast of Egypt, a health official said Thursday.

Egypt jails four over deadly migrant boat sinking

Egyptian prosecutors on Thursday ordered four people to be remanded in police custody pending an investigation into the sinking of a migrant boat that left at least 42 dead, state television reported.

Eastern Libyan port exports oil for first time since 2014

A tanker left the eastern Libyan port of Ras Lanuf on Wednesday carrying the first oil export from the terminal in two years, a company official said. 

Islamic State claims Minnesota mall attacker as "own soldier"

The Islamic State extremist militant organization claimed Sunday that a knife-wielding man who went on a slashing rampage in a shopping mall in the Midwestern United States was a "soldier" of the terrorist group.

Syria says US-led coalition bombing allows Islamic State advance

A US-led air alliance has struck a Syrian army position in eastern Syria and has allowed the Islamic State terrorist militia to advance in the area, Damascus says.

Egypt freezes activists' assets over illegal foreign funding case

An Egyptian court upheld an order to freeze assets of five leading human rights campaigners on Saturday in a case related to claims of accepting foreign funds without government authorization.

Over 1.3 million Muslims arrive in Saudi Arabia for Hajj pilgrimage

Around 1.32 million Muslims have arrived in Saudi Arabia from around the globe for the annual Hajj pilgrimage that starts on Saturday, a Saudi official said.

Saudi minister slams Iran in escalating spat over Hajj

Iran does not want the Hajj to pass safely for the millions who take part, a Saudi minister said, in an escalating spat between the two regional rivals over the annual Muslim pilgrimage.

East Aleppo under siege again as US-Russia deal falters

The rebel-held eastern half of Syria's largest city was once again cut off by government advances on Sunday, a monitoring group said, as attempts by the US and Russia to close a deal on the Syrian conflict faltered.

Egypt toughens punishment against female genital mutilation

Egyptian parliament on Wednesday approved a bill toughening penalties against those involved in female genital mutilation (FGM), a practice believed to be rife in the country although illegalized in 2008.

Egyptian Parliament approves law to facilitate church construction

The Egyptian Parliament approved a law Tuesday to regulate the building of churches, in a move intended to address long-standing grievances of the country's Christian minority.

Syrian rebel group claims recapture of Jarablus from Islamic State

Syrian rebels, backed by Turkey, have retaken control of Jarablus from Islamic State, a rebel group claims.

Two suspected Islamic State would-be bombers arrested in Saudi Arabia

Saudi authorities said on Wednesday they had arrested two would-be suicide bombers linked to the Islamic State terrorist group before they could carry out an attack in a mostly Shiite town.

Islamic State suicide bombings kill 10 Libyan fighters in Sirte

Forces loyal to Libya’s UN-backed government said that 10 of its fighters were on Thursday killed in suicide car bombings carried out by Islamic State in the extremist militia’s former stronghold of Sirte.

Reports: Islamic State members named in papers found in Libya

Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed government found documents containing the names of some leaders and members of Islamic State when they liberated the city of Sirte, reports in the Libyan and Italian media said Saturday, citing unnamed military officials.

More than 270 civilians killed in four months in Yemen conflict: UN

The United Nations' human rights office says 272 civilians have been killed in Yemen's conflict in four months alone this year.

Centre of Minbij captured from Islamic State, Kurdish-led forces say

Kurdish-led forces say they have captured the centre of Minbij city in northern Syria from the Islamic State extremist group.

12 reported killed in Syria as Russia strikes back after chopper downed

Twelve people were killed in Russian air raids on northern Syria, a monitoring group said Monday, hours after Moscow said one of its helicopters had been shot down in the area with the apparent loss of all five crew members.

Morocco arrests 52 suspected of Islamic State links in crackdown

Moroccan authorities have arrested 52 people suspected of having links with the Islamic State extremist militia, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.

Islamic State claims attack at church in France where priest killed

French President Francois Hollande said two "terrorists claiming to be followers of Islamic State" entered a church in northern France on Tuesday morning, killing an 84-year-old priest and seriously wounding another person.

Islamic State claims Ansbach, Germany bomb attack

Islamic State says the perpetrator of the Ansbach bomb attack was one of its "soldiers," who was acting in response to calls to target member states of the international coalition fighting Islamic State.

Aleppo hospitals shut down due to air raids, activists say

At least four hospitals have been forced to close in Aleppo due to airstrikes by Russian or government forces, a monitoring group and a local medical official said on Sunday.

Solar Impulse 2 leaves Cairo on final leg to Abu Dhabi

Solar Impulse 2 took off early Sunday for Abu Dhabi on the 17th and last leg of its around-the-world journey, after an unexpected delay in Cairo due to bad weather.

UN condemns war crimes after 14 bodies found in Libya's Benghazi

Fourteen unidentified bodies, victims of execution-style slayings, have been discovered in a garbage dump in the volatile eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, independent Libyan news website Alwasat reported on Friday.

Reports: Saudi Arabia arrests Turkish diplomat

Saudi authorities have arrested the Turkish military attache to Kuwait during a stopover in the kingdom, Saudi-owned broadcaster Al Arabia reported late Sunday.

Monitor: Syrian regime seizes last road into rebel-held east Aleppo

Syrian government forces on Sunday gained full control of Castello Road, the last paved road into rebel-held eastern Aleppo, a monitoring group said, amid fears of a humanitarian crisis in the area.

Kurdish-led forces: Incirlik closure not affecting Islamic State push

The halt of operations at Turkey's Incirlik airbase has not delayed the campaign to capture Minbij in northern Syria from Islamic State jihadists, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led forces advancing on the city says.

Syrian regime seizes last road into eastern Aleppo, watchdog says

Syrian government forces Sunday gained full control of the Castello Road, the last paved road into rebel-held eastern Aleppo, a monitoring group said.

Black box of crashed Egyptair plane suggests fire on board

Data downloaded from one black box of the Egyptair plane which crashed in the Mediterranean Sea in May suggested a fire had occurred on board, investigators said on Saturday.

Collapse of Turkey coup comes too late for Egyptian media

Media in Egypt, where the government of President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi has long been at odds with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, rushed into print Saturday with stories that the Turkish leader had been deposed.

Islamic State claims Nice attack on social media

The perpetrator of the Bastille Day attack in Nice was an "Islamic State soldier," according to a statement published on social media outlets close to the extremist organization.

Over 180 civilians slain in battle for Minbij, watchdog says

Some 182 civilians have been killed since US-backed, Kurdish-led forces launched an offensive to seize the strategic northern Syrian city of Minbij from Islamic State jihadists at the end of May, a monitoring group said on Sunday.

Report: Islamic State has lost 12 per cent of its territory in 2016

The Islamic State extremist group has lost 12 per cent of its territory in the first six months of 2016 as well as suffering a drastic decline in its revenues, analysis firm IHS said on Sunday.

Russian helicopter shot down in Syria by Islamic State; crew dead

A Russian military helicopter was shot down by Islamic State fighters in Syria on Thursday, killing both crew, the Russian Defence Ministry says.

Under pressure, Islamic State steps up fatal attacks in Iraq

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a spate of deadly attacks in Iraq in an apparent response to territorial losses the extremist militia has suffered there in recent months.

Memory chips of crashed Egyptair jet intact, investigators say

The memory chips of the second black box on the Egyptair plane that plunged into the Mediterranean Sea in May are intact, investigators said on Saturday, a step that could help determine the cause of the crash.

Egyptair flight data found after repair of black box, committee says

French experts have found the flight data for the Egyptair plane that crashed in the Mediterranean last month after successfully repairing the flight data recorder, the Egyptian-led investigation committee said Monday.

Egyptair black box parts sent to Paris for repair

Parts of the black boxes from the Egyptair Paris-Cairo flight that crashed in the Mediterranean last month have been sent to France for repairs, Egyptian authorities said on Monday.

US-backed Syrian forces enter Islamic State-held town, monitor says

US-backed Syrian forces on Thursday entered Minbij, a strategic town controlled by Islamic State near the Turkish border, a monitoring group reported.

Egypt acquits 22 who protested Red Sea islands' handover to Saudis

A Cairo court on Wednesday acquitted 22 people accused of illegally protesting Egypt's plan to hand two strategic Red Sea islands over to Saudi Arabia.

Syria's al-Assad names new prime minister

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has appointed Emad Khamis as prime minister and tasked him with forming a new government, Syria's state news agency SANA reports.

Iraqi forces only control one-third of Fallujah, US military says

Iraqi forces are so far in control of one-third of the western city of Fallujah, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, four days after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the city liberated from the Islamic State extremist group.

Egyptian court blocks island handover, in blow to al-Sissi

Egypt's plan to hand two Red Sea islands over to Saudi Arabia has been struck down by an administrative court, in a major blow to President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi on one of the most controversial issues he's faced since taking office.

Egyptian court: Strategic islands' handover to Saudi "null and void"

Egypt's handover of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in April has been ruled “null and void,” an Egyptian judiciary source tells dpa.

Crashed Egyptair plane's black boxes badly damaged, sources say

The black boxes recovered from the wreckage of an Egyptair plane that crashed in the Mediterranean a month ago are badly damaged, meaning that extracting data will take considerable time, sources in the investigation committee said on Sunday.

Investigators receive black boxes of Egyptair flight

The Egypt-led committee investigating the case of the Egyptair passenger jet that had crashed in the Mediterranean Sea earlier this month said Friday it had received the plane's two black boxes from the general prosecution.

Second black box of crashed Egyptair flight found

The flight data recorder of the Egyptair passenger jet that crashed last month has been found and recovered from the Mediterranean Sea, a day after the cockpit voice recorder had been retrieved, investigators said Friday.

Second black box of crashed Egyptair flight found, investigators say

The flight data recorder of the Egyptair passenger jet that crashed last month has been found and recovered from the Mediterranean Sea, investigators said Friday.

EgyptAir plane wreckage found in several locations, investigators say

Wreckage of an EgyptAir Paris-Cairo flight that crashed in the Mediterranean last month killing all 66 people on board has been found in "several main locations," the Egyptian-led investigation committee said on Wednesday.