Dozens injured in an explosion that rocked New York City

Dozens of people were injured Saturday night in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan in an explosion that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called “an intentional act.” At least 29 people suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the blast, which occurred on the street and not inside a building, according to the New York Police Department. One […]

Emirates plane catches fire in Dubai; 13 injured, hundreds escaped, 1 firefighter killed

Hundreds of passengers escaped after an Emirates flight skidded on a runway and burst into flames Wednesday at Dubai International Airport. Thirteen passengers suffered minor injuries when the plane crashed after landing, Emirates Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said. But a firefighter, identified as Jassim Essa Al-Baloushi, was killed “while saving the lives […]

Lebanese arts festival rocks on despite Syria war

The Baalbeck arts festival in eastern Lebanon is welcoming revellers for its 60th edition this year, despite the venue’s relative proximity to war-ravaged Syria. The summer festival – which has been headlined by Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Joan Baez and other music giants – has historically been hosted in the ancient Roman ruins in the […]

Syria’s “Nusra Front” quits al Qaeda, renamed “Jabhat Fatah al-Sham”

Al Qaeda’s powerful Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday it was ending its relationship with the global jihadist network founded by Osama bin Laden, to remove a pretext used by world powers to attack Syrians. The announcement came as Russia and President Bashar al-Assad’s government declared a “humanitarian operation” in the besieged rebel-held […]

Turkish coup attempt: Erdogan seeks control

A Turkish army faction backed by tanks and fighter jets was waging a coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday, but the strongman returned to Istanbul defiantly claiming to have regained control. Soldiers and tanks took to the streets late on Friday and multiple explosions rang out throughout the night in Ankara and […]