The Islamic State group has received between $35 million and $45 million in ransom payments in the past year.
Yemeni security forces freed seven Yemeni hostages and one foreigner in a special operation.
Razing family homes of Palestinian attackers, Israel is reviving a draconian punishment it largely halted a decade ago.
Iraqi troops recaptured two towns seized previously by militants, new victory in their attempt to regain lost areas.
Israel charged a policeman on Sunday in the fatal shooting of a teenage Palestinian protester.
Israeli PM Netanyahu warned that France’s parliament would be making a “grave mistake” if it recognises Palestine.
Bahrain holds legislative elections for the first time since a 2011 uprising, despite a boycott by the Shia opposition.
The Islamic State (IS) group launched a major attack on the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Friday.
1,500 new US troops authorised to advise and train Iraqi forces will deploy to the country in the next few weeks.
Once touted to become the biggest industrial zone in the Middle East, Aleppo is now simply hoping for a second chance.
Kurdish peshmerga forces launched a new offensive targeting Islamic State group extremists in Iraq.
Israel on Wednesday demolished the home of a Palestinian behind a deadly car attack in Jerusalem.
Ten people including women and children were killed in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula hen a rocket struck their home.
Kurdish fighters captured six buildings from Islamic State militants besieging the Syrian town of Kobani.
After Sweden recognised Palestinian state, Spain followed the UK and adopted a motion urging the government for same.
Two Palestinian assailants entered the synagogue with knives, axes and guns and attacked worshippers.
How these expeditions are set up, who arranges them and exactly who gets paid is a mystery.
Britain’s Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, was in Saudi Arabia to reinforce longstanding ties.
Israel has sent notices to the families of several Palestinians in the West Bank to vacate their homes.
Qatar pledged on Sunday to introduce new legislation to replace the controversial “kafala” sponsorship system
Bahraini authorities have arrested 13 women in a crackdown on activists calling for an “anti-regime” referendum