Iraq's top cleric has warned that enemies of Iraq and affiliated groups in the country are plotting to create internal strife and bring the country back to the "era of dictatorship", an apparent reference to the former rule of Saddam Hussein.
Ayatollah Sistani warns of enemy plot seeking to create civil strife, bring back 'era of dictatorship'
Yemen's armed forces downed a Saudi Apache helicopter using "new technology" and have filmed the operation, the force's spokesman said.
Yemeni forces down Saudi Apache helicopter: Spokesman
Influential Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has condemned an arson attack on the Iranian consulate in Najaf, dismissing allegations that his followers were behind the Wednesday incident.
Influential Iraqi cleric condemns mob attack on Iran consulate in Najaf
A court in Bahrain has sentenced five anti-regime activists to life imprisonment and handed down jail term to another dissident as the ruling Al Khalifah regime presses ahead with its heavy-handed clampdown on political dissidents and pro-democracy campaigners in the Persian Gulf kingdom.
Bahrain court gives life sentence to five anti-regime activists
Russia says creating a so-called investigative team within the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) only suits the ends of the sponsors, urging the member states of the watchdog to vote against funding such a biased team.
Russia urges OPCW members not to fund new Syria chemical weapons probe team
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it has flown as many as 128 prisoners belonging to Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement to the capital Sana’a after they were released by Saudi Arabia.
128 Houthi prisoners return to Yemen from Saudi Arabia: Red Cross
The Lebanese parliament's budget and finance committee will approve the 2020 budget by the end of the year as the country is struggling to form a new government amid mass protests.
Lebanese parliamentary panel set to approve 2020 budget this year
Iraq's foreign minister has apologized to Iran after rioters set fire to the Islamic Republic's consulate in the holy city of Najaf.
Iraq apologizes to Iran for arson attack on consulate in Najaf
Turkey’s state prosecutor has called for the conviction of Amnesty International’s local head, Taner Kilic, former director Idil Eser and four other human rights defenders over allegations of involvement in the failed July 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkey prosecutor urges conviction of Amnesty's local chief

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