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A helicopter hovers with an oil tanker in the background as the USS John C Stennis makes its way to the Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz, December 21st, 2018. File photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

Saudi Arabia said on Monday that two of its oil tankers were among those attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and described it as an att(...)

 UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths greets Yemeni delegates at the opening press conference on UN-sponsored peace talks for Yemen in Rimbo, Sweden. Photograph: Stina Stjernkvist /TT News Agency/via Reuters

Yemen’s warring sides agreed to free thousands of prisoners on Thursday, in what a UN mediator called a hopeful start to the first peace talks in year(...)

Yemeni pro-government forces take part in military operations. Photograph: EPA

Saudi Arabia and the United States have agreed to end US refuelling of aircraft from the Saudi-led coalition battling Houthi insurgents in Yemen, endi(...)

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arriving at a poll station in the capital Baghdad’s Karrada district, as the country votes in the first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State  group

Prime minister Haider al-Abadi appears to be on course to retain office in Iraq’s parliamentary election, followed by influential Shia cleric Moqtada (...)

Aftermath of a reported air strike on the rebel-held town of Ayn Tarma, in Syria. Photograph: Amer Almohibany/AFP/Getty Images

The US, Russia and regional countries have reached a ceasefire deal in southwestern Syria, one of the combat zones in a six-year civil war, a US offic(...)

Picture released by the Turkish police of the main suspect in the Reina nightclub attack.  Photograph: Dogan News Agency/AFP/Getty Images

The man who killed 39 people in an attack on an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Day is probably an ethnic Uighur and Turkish security services now kn(...)

Turkish soldiers carry the coffin of  Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov during a ceremony at Esenboga airport. Photograph: Tumay Berkin/EPA/

Police investigating the murder of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey on Monday have detained six people, including three members of the perpetrator’s fami(...)

A man pictured  at the Khan al-Jumruk entrance to  the government controlled Old City of Aleppo, Syria  on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

What was so special about Aleppo, sitting on a bleak and dusty plain with no river, oasis, port or sheltering mountains, that led it to become Syria’(...)

A displaced Iraqi woman cries after she finds out that her 15-year-old son Maitham was killed by an Islamic State mortar in Samah neighbourhood, Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

Iraqi soldiers fighting just north of Mosul, within sight of city neighbourhoods, said on Sunday they were ready to tighten the noose around Islamic S(...)

Former general Michel Aoun commanded the country’s armed forces during the waning years of Lebanon’s 1975-90 civil war. Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

The Lebanese parliament is set to meet on Monday to elect former general Michel Aoun as president, following 2½ years of caretaker government since Mi(...)

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