Israel is to accelerate the building of a huge barrier along its boundary with Gaza aimed at preventing militants from tunnelling under the border.
The 64km (40-mile) long construction will reach a depth of 40m (131ft) below and 6m above ground, at a cost of 3bn shekels ($833m).
An Israeli army commander said the barrier should be completed in 2019.
Israel has sought to neutralise the...
North Korea says its plan to fire four missiles near the US territory of Guam will soon be ready, as a war of words with Washington intensifies.
State media said Hwasong-12 rockets would pass over Japan and land in the sea about 30km (17 miles) from Guam, if the plan was approved by Kim Jong-un.
It denounced Donald Trump's warnings of "fire and fury" and said the US leader was "bereft of...
Two murals depicting President Donald Trump have appeared on the wall that separates the Palestinian West Bank town of Bethlehem from Jerusalem.
In one 25-foot-tall drawing, Trump is wearing a Jewish skullcap -- called a kippah -- and placing a hand on a wall.
A cartoon "thought bubble" next to him says, "I'm going to build you a brother," a likely reference to Trump's plans to build a wall...
Israel is seeking to close Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera's offices in the country and revoke its journalists' media credentials.
Communications Minister Ayoub Kara alleged that the channel supported terrorism, and said both its Arabic and English-language channels would be taken off air.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accuses the broadcaster of "incitement".
Al Jazeera has...
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned US President Donald Trump he risks political suicide if he scraps the nuclear deal with Tehran.
At his swearing-in ceremony, Mr Rouhani said Iran would continue to abide by the terms of the deal as long as the other signatories do the same.
The White House says Iran is complying with the deal but Mr Trump says Iran is violating its spirit.
A son of the Israeli prime minister is facing a public backlash amid an escalating row over his reported failure to pick up his dog's droppings.
Yair Netanyahu, 25, responded with an obscene gesture, a neighbour said on Facebook, after she told him to clear up the waste left in a Jerusalem park.
Mr Netanyahu hit back at critics, leading the son of a former Israeli PM to accuse him of racism...
A large fire has ripped through a residential skyscraper in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates - for the second time in two years.
Footage posted on social media showed flames spreading up the Torch Tower, and burning debris falling down.
The authorities later said that civil defence workers "successfully evacuated" the building and the blaze was brought under control.
It is not clear what...
Seventy percent of Jewish Israelis support giving the death penalty to terrorists who kill Israeli citizens for nationalistic reasons, a poll released Wednesday indicates.
The Israel Democracy Institute monthly peace index poll found 25.3 percent do not support the death penalty in these cases and 4.9 percent did not know or didn't answer.
For those who murder Israeli solders, 66 percent...
Saudi Arabia has launched a massive tourism development project that will turn 50 islands and other sites on the Red Sea into luxury resorts.
It hopes to attract both foreign tourists and domestic visitors as part of efforts to diversify the Saudi economy, as oil prices have fallen.
Visa restrictions on foreigners are to be eased in the tourist zone.
However, it is not clear whether dress...
A Saudi woman activist campaigning against the restrictions of male guardianship has been freed after over 100 days in detention, reports say.
In what is being seen by campaigners as a significant step, Maryam al-Otaibi was also reportedly released without the presence of a male guardian.
She was detained after she fled her father's house to try to lead an independent life.