The Muslim World
Israel on Wednesday said it will boost natural gas production from its offshore Tamar field and increase exports to Egypt, which is contending with rising demand and falling output.
Angry protesters have raided the local offices of the ruling Baath party in a southern Syrian province.
Turkey’s foreign minister has denounced the separatist Kurdish Workers Party, or PKK, which operates in northern Iraqi territory, as an enemy of both Turkey and Iraq.
Iran’s Defense Ministry has unveiled a drone resembling America’s armed MQ-9 Reaper, claiming that the aircraft is capable of staying airborne for 24 hours and has the range to reach the country's archenemy Israel.
Libya’s central bank has announced its reunification after being split for nearly a decade due to the country’s long-running civil war that resulted in two rival administrations, in the east and the west.
RIYADH — Fierce storms closed schools Wednesday in Saudi Arabia’s Mecca region, home to Islam’s holiest site, the Grand Mosque, which was lashed by heavy rains and wind overnight, witnesses said.As pilgrims tried to circumambulate the Kaaba, the giant black cube towards which all Muslims pray, a bolt of lightning struck the iconic Fairmont Mecca Clock Royal Tower hotel, illuminating the night sky late Tuesday.The storm brought gale force winds exceeding 80 kilometres per hour, Hussein Al Qahtani, spokesman for the National Centre for Meteorology, told AFP.
Kuwait's economic recovery is ongoing but risks to the oil producer's outlook "remain substantial" and gridlock between the government and parliament continues to delay reforms, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.