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Rex Tillerson demands Iran-backed militias out of Syria

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday called for Iranian-backed militias to withdraw from Syria after meeting with opposition negotiators from the war-torn nation during a visit to Jordan.

UN chief calls for immediate de-escalation in Syria

The UN chief has called "for an immediate and unconditional de-escalation of violence" after Israel launched intensive air raids on what it called Iranian bases in Syria, raising tensions in the region.

Hezbollah hails Syrian air defences for downing Israel F16

Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah hailed Syria's air defences after they downed an Israeli fighter jet on Saturday, saying it marked the start of a "new strategic era".

Israel hits 12 targets in Syria after F-16 crash

Israel on Saturday said it launched heavy air strikes in Syria, and hit air defenses and Iranian targets in retaliation of its F-16 fighter jet that was downed by Syria.

Iran denies Israeli ‘lies’, says Syria acting in ‘self-defence’

Iran denounced Israeli “lies” on Saturday and said Syria had the right to “legitimate self-defence” in response to Israeli air strikes launched after an alleged drone incursion into its territory.

US sanctions 3 people, 3 firms for supporting Islamic State

The U.S. on Friday said it has imposed sanctions on three people and three companies in the Philippines, Turkey and Somalia that supported the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Syrian anti-aircraft downs Israeli fighter jet

An Israeli F-16 fighter jet has been shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire on a raid to destroy Iranian facilities allegedly responsible for launching a drone into Israel.

Israel missiles strike Syrian research centre

Israeli missiles targeted a Syrian government research centre early Wednesday, sources close to the government told dpa.

Israel cracks Palestinian militant recruitment cell

Israel on Wednesday said it had cracked a Palestinian militant cell suspected of having been recruited and handled by Iranian intelligence officers who worked out of South Africa.

Lebanese premier Saad Hariri ‘pressured to resign’ by the Saudis – report

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh expecting to spend the day with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but instead found himself manhandled by Saudi security forces and forced to resign his position, according to a report by the New York Times.

Lebanon premier Saad Hariri withdraws resignation

Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri has withdrawn his resignation, following his shock announcement to stand down a month ago.

Fifth day of protests in Middle East over Donald Trump’s Jerusalem move

A fifth day of angry protests was expected in the Middle East on Monday over US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, as Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas visited Cairo for crisis talks.

Palestinians clash with police at US Embassy in Lebanon

Lebanese security forces fired tear gas at protesters near the US Embassy in Lebanon during a demonstration against President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Iran ready to restore ties with Saudi Arabia – Hassan Rouhani

In a speech broadcast Sunday, President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran is ready to restore ties with Saudi Arabia if it stops bombing Yemen and cuts its alleged ties with Israel.

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Federal govt uncovers more prominent tax defaulters

The Federal Government has identified fresh defaulting taxpayers and dispatched letters to them to take advantage of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme in regularising their tax status.

Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola to wear yellow ribbon at Carabao Cup final against Arsenal

The City manager was charged by the FA on Friday for "wearing a political message," which is in breach of the English governing body's kit regulations.

DPR seals three stations for hoarding petrol in Plateau

The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, Jos Field Office, which discovered over 40, 000 litres of petrol hoarded by independent Marketers in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, has ordered its sale at regulated price to members of the public. It also sealed three fuel stations in Jos South and Mangu LGA, for operating illegally.

Senator Ekweremadu: Dapchi girls possibly starving, ill in the forest

Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, says the abduction of Dapchi schoolgirls is one of the signs that Nigeria is facing difficult times under the Buhari administration, saying they were possibly ill and starving in the forest.

Governor Gaidam offers jobs to 38 Yobe State University first class graduates

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has offered jobs to 38 first class graduates of the Yobe State University (YSU).

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NSCDC intercepts two trucks in Kano for petrol diversion

Operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Kano State Command, have intercepted two trucks laden with 85,000 litres of petrol while trying to divert the product.

Governor Ahmed’s wife establishes anti-cancer clubs in tertiary institutions

The wife of Kwara governor, Mrs Omolewa Ahmed, has promised to support students to establish anti-cancer clubs in tertiary institutions in the state to jointly wage war against the scourge in the country.

Australian deputy premier steps down over extra-marital scandal

Embattled Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said Friday he would step down on Monday following a scandal which began when a newspaper revealed he had impregnated an ex-staffer during an extra-marital affair.

Mofe Pirah: Three modular refineries to begin operation in Delta December

Delta State Commissioner, Ministry of Oil and Gas, Mofe Pirah, has given indication that three out of the four envisaged modular refineries in Delta located at Kwale, Okpai and Sapele with 10,000 bpd capacity upon getting approval will commence construction hopefully before the end of this year.

President Buhari orders 24-hour monitor for Dapchi schoolgirls

President Muhammadu Buhari said his government has sent more troops and surveillance aircraft to the entire North East territory on a 24-hour basis, to recover the schoolgirls abducted from the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi in Yobe State.