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Iran's defense minister visits Syria to boost ties

Iran's defense minister arrived in Syria on Sunday for talks on boosting cooperation and is expected to meet with President Bashar Assad, state media reported.

Yemen tribal leaders say senior al-Qaida leader killed  

A senior al-Qaida leader was killed in Yemen's central province of Marib while fighting alongside the government forces battling Shiite rebels, officials and tribal leaders said Saturday.

Iran water heater explosion downs building, kills 10

Iranian media are reporting that a water heater has exploded in Mashhad in the country's north, causing a building to collapse and killing 10 people.

Muslim pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat for hajj's pinnacle

Muslim pilgrims have gathered in the valley of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for a day of prayer that marks the pinnacle of the annual hajj.

Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage

More than 2 million Muslims have begun the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Taliban storm Afghan army base, kill 17 troops

The spokesman for the Defense Ministry in Kabul says the Taliban have overrun a military base in northern Afghanistan, killing 17 soldiers and wounding at least 19 troops.

UN report: Up to 30,000 Islamic State members in Iraq, Syria

The Islamic State extremist group has up to 30,000 members roughly equally distributed between Syria and Iraq and its global network poses a rising threat — as does al-Qaida, which...

9 people killed in Taiwan nursing home fire; 16 hurt

A fire at a nursing home in Taiwan early Monday left nine people dead and 16 injured.

Iran: China's state-owned energy CNPC takes over French TO

Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that China's state-owned petroleum corporation has taken a majority share of the country's South Pars gas project after French oil and gas company...

Iran says 10 militants killed in Kurdish area near Iraq

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard says it has killed 10 militants in a Kurdish region near the border with Iraq.