Thirteen nuns seized from Christian town of Maaloula in December released as part of female prisoner exchange.
Israel has been pushing to make recognition of Israel as a Jewish state a requirement for peace with the Palestinians.
Leaked testimonies describe arbitrary arrests, forced confessions, torture and filthy conditions in overcrowded cells.
At least 40 people have been killed in three days of fighting between Houthi rebels and Sunni tribesmen.
Two Emirati commentators in Doha-based beIN Sport channel forced to resign by their government.
At least 47 people killed at a security checkpoint near the southern Shia Muslim city of Hillah, officials say.
Defence Ministry authorises military to use force to stop North Korea-flagged tanker loading crude oil sold by rebels.
EU foreign policy chief says agreeing on a final agreement with Tehran is still "difficult and challenging".
Dozens of teenagers sign letter saying they refuse to join the army over its role in the occupation of Palestinian land.
Ashton expected to meet with President Rouhani on her first trip there, as talks on nation's nuclear programme continue.
Iraqi prime minister accuses Riyadh and Doha of declaring war against his country in rare direct attack on Gulf states.
One attacker and two soldiers killed in assault carried out by suspected al-Qaeda fighters.
Protesters organise rally on International Women's Day for approval of country's first law against domestic violence.
Assad troops capture Zara, one of two last strongholds for rebels along the Lebanese border leading to the city of Homs.
Interim President Adly Mansour signs controversial decree paving the way for Sisi to run in presidential elections.
Two bombs were diffused at station in eastern Cairo, in the latest of a series of blasts rocking the capital.
Rebel faction slams rival group Jabhat al-Nusra for "betrayal and treason" as it responds to demand to end infighting.
President announces two new ministers and intelligence chief amid criticism of the government's performance.
At least eight die in Egypt, while UN report says Cairo is using disproportionate levels of violence against protesters.
Islamist group branded along with al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria, as kingdom cracks down on those it sees as threats.