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February 18, 2018 8:53 AM Dozens dead after plane crashes in southern Iran

An Iranian commercial plane has crashed in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran – killing all 66 people on board, state media reported. An Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down near its destination of the southern Iranian city of Yasuj, some 780 kilometres (485 miles) south of the Iranian 10

February 12, 2018 2:03 AM Qatari soccer team plays in UAE amid Gulf diplomatic rift

The eight-month long boycott of Qatar by regional neighbors has been broken by a soccer team. Al Gharafa of Qatar was opening its Asian Champions League campaign on Monday in Abu Dhabi against Al Jazira, the champions of the United Arab Emirates. Rather than taking a short direct flight from Doha to Abu Dhabi, Al Gharafa was forced to go via Oman on Sunday 5

February 10, 2018 9:24 AM Israel says Iran, Syria 'playing with fire' but does not want escalation

Israel's military said Saturday Iran and Syria were "playing with fire" but that it was not seeking an escalation after a confrontation resulted in large-scale Israeli air strikes inside Syria. Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus made the comments after Saturday's confrontation, the most serious between arch foes Israel and Iran since the start 9

February 10, 2018 9:08 AM The Latest: Lebanon protests Israel's use of its airspace

Lebanon is protesting Israel's use of its airspace to target Syria, saying it will complain to the U.N. Security Council. In a statement Saturday, Lebanon's Foreign Ministry also said it supports Syria's "legitimate" right to respond to Israel's "aggression." The statement said such "aggressive policy" threatens stability in the region. Israel said an Iranian 14

February 10, 2018 8:58 AM Israel launches `large-scale attack´ on Syria after drone incident

The Israeli military has shot down an Iranian drone that infiltrated the country before launching “large-scale attack” on at least a dozen Iranian targets in Syria. Israel called the drone incident a “severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty”. The military said its planes faced massive anti-aircraft fire from Syria that forced two pilots 8

February 10, 2018 8:37 AM 'They are LIARS' Middle East tensions erupt as Israeli fighter jet attacked by Iran

AN Israeli fighter jet has crashed after being attacked from the Syrian air defences during attacks against “Iranian targets” as Iran labels the Israelis "liars". The deputy head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Corps declined to comment on reports that Israel had intercepted an Iranian drone launched from Syria on Saturday, the semi-official Tasnim 24

February 10, 2018 6:14 AM Israel jet crashes after 'Iranian targets' attacked in Syria

An Israeli F16 fighter jet crashed in Israel Saturday as the air force was carrying out attacks against "Iranian targets" in Syria after intercepting a drone, a spokesman said. "IDF (Israel Defence Force) has targeted the Iranian control systems in Syria that sent the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) into Israeli airspace. Massive Syrian anti-air fire, one F16 crashed 5

February 5, 2018 7:28 PM Stop attacking Syria! Huge tensions erupt in Middle East as Iran gives Turkey ultimatum

IRAN has urged Turkey to stop its military offensive against Kurds in a northern region of Syria, claiming Ankara’s actions have breached the war-ravaged country’s sovereignty and helped to increase instability. Last month Turkey launched the ‘Operation Olive Branch’ air and ground campaign against the Kurdish YPG militia in the northern region of Afrin 28

February 1, 2018 3:52 PM ON THIS DAY: Thursday, February 1 2017

SWINDON 1952: Swindon was strongly combatting the Home Office refusal of the application for a separate Magistrates County Committee, for which the borough was qualified by the size of its population. A joint deputation from the Town Council and the local magistrates went to the Home Office to argue the town’s case. 1952: The culminating feature of the special 16

January 29, 2018 9:08 AM Netanyahu says Iran wants Lebanon to be 'giant missile site'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of wanting "to turn Lebanon into one giant missile site" and warned of the consequences as he left Monday for talks in Moscow. Netanyahu has held a series of discussions with President Vladimir Putin in recent months on Iran's influence in war-torn Syria and in Lebanon. The premier has sought to persuade 4