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Hamas leader in Gaza: Ties with Iran now ‘fantastic’; we’re preparing battle for Palestine

Hailing fully restored relations with Tehran, Yahya Sinwar says his group doesn't want war yet but is building up military power for 'the liberation of Palestine'
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Suicide attack on Kabul Shi'ite mosque kills at least 30

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in Kabul as other attackers stormed the building, killing at least 30 people including worshippers gathering for Friday prayers, officials said....
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Children among 14 dead in new air strike on Yemen capital

Children were among at least 14 people killed in an air strike that toppled residential blocks in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Friday, witnesses and medics said....
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Iraqi forces capture Tal Afar center from Islamic State

TAL AFAR, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces have dislodged Islamic State from 70 percent of Tal Afar, a stronghold of the militants in northwestern Iraq, including its central citadel neighborhood, officials and military commanders said on Saturday....
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Israeli Negotiator for Return of Hamas Captives Quits

The Israeli official charged with negotiating the return of Israelis held captive in Gaza by Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has resigned, a statement said Friday....
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PA's Abbas Will Fire 30k Gazan Workers to Put Pressure on Hamas Unity Plan

In a move that shows Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas is holding firm against the Gaza Strip-ruling terror group Hamas, some 30,000 Gaza-based public sector workers whose salaries are paid by the PA will be fired or forced into early retirement, a senior Palestinian official told Israel Hayom....
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Row over haj pilgrimage helps fuel Qatar rift

DOHA (Reuters) - A row over access for Qataris to Islam's annual haj pilgrimage is further poisoning relations between their country and Saudi Arabia and aggravating a wider diplomatic rift with other Arab powers. ...
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Israel to High Court: Law seizing Palestinian land is humane response to 'distress' of thousands of settlers

Private lawyer representing the state says expropriation of Palestinian lands in West Bank is constitutional under both Israeli and international law...
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19 Israelis to have citizenship revoked for fighting with ISIS

Some 60 Israeli citizens have traveled to Syria or neighboring Iraq to fight with rebel groups including the Islamic State. ...
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Saudi says Qatar blocks planes from transporting pilgrims

Riyadh (AFP) - Saudi Arabia on Sunday said Qatar had refused to allow its planes to land in Doha to transport Qatari Muslims to Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage....
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