Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have arrested Qatari "spies," an Emirati daily reported on Wednesday in a new sign of mounting tensions between Doha and its Gulf neighbours.
Bahraini police on Wednesday questioned the head of the largest Shiite opposition group in the Sunni-ruled kingdom who was summoned after having met with a US official.
Iraqi security forces found the bodies Wednesday of 53 men who had been bound and executed in a confessionally mixed province south of the capital, police and medical officials said.
The Iraqi government has told the United Nations that militants have seized one of Saddam Hussein's former chemical weapons factories, confirming an earlier claim by Washington.
Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza Wednesday, killing 24 people in a major new confrontation with Palestinian militants, as Hamas flexed its firepower and sent thousands running for shelters across the country.
Twenty members of the Islamic State (IS) were killed in Syrian air force raids on Wednesday against the extremists' bastion in Raqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Two 16-year-old twin girls from a Somalian family in Britain have disappeared from their family home and are feared to have travelled to Syria, counter-terror police said Wednesday.
The US Treasury placed a United Arab Emirates company on its sanctions blacklist Wednesday for selling specialty oil products to the Syrian government.