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Eleven killed, including 11-year-old boy, as Saudi airstrike hits market in northern Yemen, more than 10,000 have died in conflict

Thousands of Iranians sentenced for drug crimes could escape death penalty and be handed prison sentences after softening in country's law, possessing two kilograms of cocaine could trigger capital punishment compared to 30 gram under previous law

Iran bans teaching of English in primary schools after Supreme Leader Khamenei said early learning of language opened way to Western cultural invasion

At least 20 civilians killed after Saudi-led airstrikes hit market and gas station in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, death toll likely to increase as many critically injured

Coptic church in Giza stormed by hundreds of Muslim demonstrators, church's contents destroyed and visitors assaulted until security personnel broke up attack, church not state-sanctioned and building permits hard to get as local authorities fear protests by Muslim conservatives

230 partying youths in Tehran arrested by police for drinking alcohol, mixed parties of unrelated men and women illegal

Israel fires several missiles hitting military position near Damascus according to Syrian state television, has launched almost 100 attacks in Syria during last six years of war

At least 235 killed after bomb and gun attack against Sufi Muslims at Friday prayer in Egypt's North Sinai province, assailants blocked of mosque with burning cars, set off bomb and shot people trying to flee, no group has yet claimed responsibility

Police lieutenant Sayed Basam Pacha bear hugs suicide bomber in Kabul just before detonation, limiting number of casualties to 14, half of which policemen

At least 450 dead and 7,000 injured as magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits western Iran, 13 killed in Iraq

Saudi Arabia urges its citizens to leave Lebanon, Lebanese PM who resigned on Saturday says Hezbollah has taken country hostage while group calls on Riyadh to stay out of Lebanese affairs

Houthi rebels in Yemen offer political asylum to Saudi princes detained after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's anti-corruption purge

UN warns hundreds of thousands of children in Yemen will be on brink of starvation if Saudi blockade of air, sea and land access lasts for even two weeks as only one fourth of Yemenis have access to food program

Gunmen storm private television station in Afghan capital Kabul after detonating explosives at gate, reports of gunfire

Saudi Arabia says will treat Lebanon as having declared war due to not acting to deter Hezbollah, stresses country will use all political and other means to confront ”Party of Satan”

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of being behind firing of ballistic missile by Houthi rebels in Yemen, describes attack as act of war threatening peace and security in region and globally

Saudi Arabia claims to have shot down missile fired from Yemen by Houthi rebels which targeted airport on outskirts of Riyadh, third missile launch toward Saudi capital this year according to rebel-backed news channel

Lebanon’s Prime Minister and Saudi Arabia ally Saad al-Hariri resigns, flees to Riyadh to escape alleged assassination plot and accuses Iran and Hezbollah of sowing strife in Arab world

King Salman of Saudi Arabia changes ruling structure of kingdom, several royals and ministers arrested

Syria's army claims IS terrorists' last remaining major stronghold Deir al-Zour retaken, according to state TV – most parts of city terrorist-controlled since 2014, of strategic importance due to Iraq proximity

Iraq bans the Israeli flag after it was used by the Kurds during independence demonstrations

Afghan government continues to lose districts to Taliban, ability to control territory deteriorates and number of areas under state control record low

Daniel Larison: Saudi Arabia's lie that war in Yemen continues because of Iran yet another way to escape responsibility, war cannot be won but politically impossible for country to withdraw

Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani resigns as independence vote received weak support from rest of world and Kurds lost city of Kirkuk to Iraqi government forces

Mohammad bin Salman announces Saudi Arabia's new approach to religion, moderate and open Islam to be practiced in kingdom and extremist ideas will be destroyed, Crown Prince driving force behind Vision 2030 which aims to wean country off dependence on oil

Around 60 killed in Afghanistan in separate attacks on Shia mosque in Kabul and Sunni mosque in Ghor province, number of casualties likely to rise

Mass murderers honored by ceremony at the Palestinian Al-Quds University, the murderers responsible for terrorist attacks in which children died, Fatah representative spoke at the event

Iraqi elite forces capture Kirkuk from Kurds largely unopposed, Baghdad will be made to pay heavy price for triggering war on Kurdish people according to Peshmerga

Kurdish Peshmerga say Iraq has ordered them to quit oil fields and strategic positions in Kirkuk, fighting erupts between Kurdish forces and Shia militia backing Iraqi government

Coptic priest dies after knife attack in Cairo, one in a series of attacks against the Christian minority in Egypt

UK man arrested in Dubai for public indecency and alcohol consumption after touching another person in bar according to own statement, gets passport confiscated and could face three years in jail

UAE taxes sugary drinks 50%, energy drinks and tobacco 100%, hope to compensate for lower oil revenue and decrease diabetes prevalence at 20%

40 people sentenced to life imprisonment for the planned assassination attempt against Turkish President Erdoğan, the majority ex-servicemen involved in last year's coup attempt

Yemen cholera outbreak fastest growing epidemic in modern history, will soon surpass number of cases recorded in Haiti after 2010 earthquake and is expected to hit one million by November

Russian Foreign Ministry officially rejects Iraqi Kurdish referendum for independence

Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani says yes side won the referendum for independence

Saudi King Salman issues royal decree giving women right to obtain driving licences, to be implemented by June 2018

Palestinian kills three Israelis at entrance to Jewish settlement in West Bank, comes as Trump's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt arrived in Jerusalem to try to revive peace talks

Lebanon's president Michel Aoun wants to repatriate 1.5 million Syrian refugees living in country, says UN assistance to refugee camps would be better used to facilitate return

Iraq hangs 42 Sunni Muslims convicted on terrorism charges – Amnesty International criticizes move, saying there is no evidence showing death penalty deters crime more than other means of punishment

Iraq's Kurds to hold independence referendum according to plan, will never go back to failed partnership says Regional Government President Massoud Barzani

Eight protesters arrested in Jerusalem Mea She’arim district after demonstration against High Court striking down law exempting religion-studying ultra-Orthodox men from military service, at least two protesters and seven police injured after violent clashes

Hamas agrees to dissolve Gaza shadow regime and hand power to some form of unity government, Fatah cautiously welcomes new position

Egyptian cassation court sentences ousted president Mohammed Mursi to 25 years in prison for spying for Qatar, Mursi already serving 20-year sentence for involvement in killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012

Israel's Supreme Court annuls 2015 law exempting Orthodox Jews from military service, says it is discriminatory

Sharmine Narwani: Regional balance of power in Middle East shifts in adverse direction for Israel as Islamist terror groups are defeated, Iran with allies have after fighting in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon built close cooperation supported by Russia and China

Iraq's PM Haider al-Abadi says IS terrorists have been defeated in city of Tal Afar and entire Nineveh province, urges remaining terrorists to surrender or they will be killed

At least 13 killed and 19 injured as car bomb explodes in Nawa district in Afghan Helmand province, responsibility for the attack has not been established, comes one month after Afghan forces claimed recapture of Nawa from the Taliban

Iran's education department prohibits teachers with acne, burns or major birthmarks in the face, women may not have facial hair or be infertile

Saudi airstrike in Yemen capital Sanaa kills 12, half were children according to witnesses

Taliban warn Trump in open letter not to listen to warmongering congressmen who seek to prolong war in Afghanistan, says President should have sense of loyalty to Afghan people who defeated communist invaders

Two US soldiers killed and five injured during combat operations in Iraq, more than 5,000 American troops take part in war against IS terrorists in country

Israel plans to block Al Jazeera's English and Arabic channels and close its local bureau, accuses Qatar based TV network of supporting terrorism

Afghan police seize truck loaded with 18 tons of explosives in Kabul, 16.5 tons more than bomb that killed 150 people in city in May

At least 40 Taliban fighters killed by Afghan security forces in 12 hour gun battle following attack on local market in southern Helmand province

Worlds fifth tallest residential building ablaze in Dubai, evacuation of residents successful according to local authorities, the same tower was on fire in 2015, at that time the owners claimed the building was correctly built and had passed all government inspections

Russia reaches cease-fire agreement with rebel forces in northern Homs provinces, agreement to cover 87 towns and villages

More than a million Yemeni children risk dying of cholera, 200,000 out of those also at imminent risk of starving to death, according to Save the Children

Saudi Arabia plans turning 34,000 square kilometers with 50 islands into global tourist destination with laws "on par with international standards", project start planned for 2019 and first phase completion 2022

Jordan parliament votes to repeal law allowing rapists to avoid punishment when marrying their victims for at least three years – 159 rapists avoided punishment by marrying their victims between 2010 and 2013, according to official numbers

IDF seizes cars Palestinian relatives of convicted terrorist paid for with Hamas compensation funds, West Bank raid part of continuing crackdown by Israeli authorities against funding for Palestinian terrorists and their families

Palestinian Authority now uses half of foreign aid budget to support terrorists and their families, 13% boost to imprisoned terrorists and 4% increase to families of those killed “in the struggle against Zion” in new budget, according to Institute for Contemporary Affairs

400,000 cholera cases suspected in Yemen, 1,900 people dead from associated cases in last three months, destroyed water pipelines and continuous bombing of schools and hospitals behind situation

Warning shots fired by US patrol ship at Iranian vessel in Persian Gulf, approximately 60 unsafe interactions with Iran's navy recorded by US military since 2015

Iran and Iraq sign agreement to increase military cooperation with aim to fight terrorism and extremism, countries' ties have improved after Iraq's Shiite government came to power after fall of Saddam Hussein

US drone strike in Helmand province in Afghanistan kills 16 Afghan policemen, 52 airstrikes have been carried out by US in area over past five days

Seven villagers killed after being kidnapped by Talibans in southern Afghanistan, 30 kidnapped released and 30 still missing – villagers accused of cooperating with the authorities, according to local media

Three Israelis stabbed to death and one critically wounded as 19-year-old Palestinian broke into home in settlement Halamish, terrorist arrested after being shot by IDF soldier on leave

Israeli police bar Muslim men under 50 from Old City and Temple Mount during Friday prayers, tensions risen after metal detector installations – 37 injured after police fire rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to disperse protesters throwing rocks and bottles

The Palestinian Authority's costs of terrorist wages increase sharply, terrorists and their families cost USD 355 million annually

Iran's president Hassan Rouhani's brother transferred to hospital on second day of detention in connection with corruption case, charges interpreted as attempt to discredit president according to his followers

United Arab Emirates arranged for hacking Qatari government social media and news sites in late May, prompting current diplomatic crisis, according to Washington Post report citing US intelligence officials

At least one dead, 56 injured after clashes between police and residents on al-Warraq island in Cairo, state claims land ownership and wishes to demolish buildings while residents say they built the houses 30 years ago and have proof of ownership

Banks in Yemen capital Aden to close for three days and suspend all clearing operations to protest armed robbery spate, threaten further measures if protection keeps lacking

Head of IS terrorists in Afghanistan Abu Sayed killed in strike on group's headquarters in Kunar province according to Pentagon, third leader of terror organization to be killed in country since July 2016

Three injured of which two seriously in a terrorist attack outside Temple Mount in Jerusalem, terrorists shot dead by police

165 German dairy cows flown into Qatar via Budapest as first part of total 4,000 dairy cows to be delivered within a month from among others Australia and U.S., majority of country's fresh milk and dairy formerly imported from now boycotting Saudi Arabia

Gaza beyond unlivable after ten years of Hamas governing, all indicators including income, healthcare, education, electricity and fresh water in decline according to UN report

Syrian Kurds to begin imposing an income tax in northern Syria, government claims taxes will be used to fund health and education services, 75% of population likely to be taxed

Israeli intelligence minister proposes incorporation of 5 West Bank settlements into Jerusalem without full annexation, residents would be able to vote in Jerusalem municipal elections, 100,000 Palestinians to be removed from census as part of the plan

IS terrorists completely defeated in Mosul, says Iraq PM Haider al-Abadi

Cholera outbreak in Yemen continues, more than 275,000 cases identified and more than 1,600 dead since late April

Thousands demonstrate in southern Yemen for reinstating regional autonomy

At least 23 Egyptian soldiers killed in suicide bombings in North Sinai, IS terrorists claim responsibility for attack which is the most severe in area since 2015

Israel cuts USD 1 million from UN funding after UNESCO declared Hebron's Old City, and with it the Cave of the Patriarchs, as a Palestinian World Heritage Site in danger

Israeli military buys drones for use in urban warfare, can be equipped with machine guns, grenade launchers or other weapons

Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar announces capture of Benghazi from Islamist militias, UN does not recognize Haftar or Tobruk-based government

Head of Amnesty International in Turkey arrested by police with 7 other activists, are being held incommunicado, Amnesty International decries "grotesque abuse of power"

Mahmoud Abbas says he will never stop giving salaries to terrorists, would rather resign than cease payments

Saudi coup d'état likely as supporters of king's brother Ahmed bin Abdulaziz seek to reverse recent change of crown prince, according to whistle-blower

At least 20 dead by suicide bomb in Syrian capital Damascus, two other bombs destroyed in controlled explosions by authorities claiming to have foiled plot to strike crowded areas

Cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen spreads, 246,000 people suspected sick and 1,500 dead since April, according to WHO

Small autonomous police vehicles paired with companion drones to patrol Dubai around the clock by end of year, equipped with facial recognition, thermal imaging, and licence plate readers

US-backed SDF launch counterattack on key neighborhood Al-Senaa in Raqqa, took area on June 12 but was pushed out on June 30, has now retaken 30% of the neighborhood

Nearly 500,000 Syrians have been able to return to their homes during 2017 as security has improved according to UNHCR, uncertain whether de-escalation zones decided by Russia, Iran and Turkey have accelerated return trend

Israeli author Assaf A. Voll releases book with 120 blank pages, said to be about the history of Palestine, retracted by Amazon after several complaints from customers

Satellite image from Iranian ballistic missile test appears to show Star of David as target, Israel complains to United Nations

Saudi foreign minister says Yemen war is tragedy, points to own country being largest donor of humanitarian aid to victims

Turkish police interrupt pride parade in Istanbul with rubber bullets and detentions, organisers pressed ahead with march despite it being banned for third time in three years

Israel attacks tanks in Syria with air strike after mortar fire strikes Golan Heights