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UAE, Saudi Arabia pledge quake relief to Syria, Turkey

The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday pledged $100 million to Syria and Turkey, one of the largest sums yet following a massive earthquake that has killed thousands. Fellow Gulf country Saudi Arabia, which severed diplomatic ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime in

UAE pledges $100 million in quake relief to Syria, Turkey

The United Arab Emirates Tuesday pledged $100 million to Syria and Turkey, one of the largest sums yet following a massive earthquake that killed more than 5,400 people across both countries. The oil-rich Gulf nation -- which had already pledged some $13.6 million to Syria --

Health of French-Irish citizen in Iran failing: sister

The health of Bernard Phelan, a French-Irish prisoner in Iran who last month suspended a dry hunger strike, is deteriorating, his sister told AFP on Tuesday. Phelan, a Paris-based travel consultant, was arrested in October while travelling and is being held in Mashhad in

Historic Turkish synagogue damaged in quake

Turkey’s Ashkenazi rabbi, Rabbi Mendy Chitrik said that he tended to community members who were in distress and lacked shelter, adding that ‘fortunately we were able to get twelve people out and bring them to Istanbul’

Palestinian woman trailblazer dons clerical collar

Trailblazer Sally Azar is hoping that her role as the Holy Land's first Palestinian woman pastor will inspire other women to reach for influential positions in religious and political life. Wearing her clerical collar and with clasped hands before an altar at the Lutheran

In search of Iranian food in Tokyo

Yalla! Let's Eat: Nestled deep within the sprawling streets of Tokyo is an enticing, nourishing Persian restaurant called BolBol. For one Iranian expat, the welcoming presence of Iranian food culture abroad conjures up feelings of pride and comfort.

Syria newborn pulled alive from quake rubble

Extended family members pulled a newborn baby alive from the rubble of a home in northern Syria, after finding her still tied by her umbilical cord to her mother, who died in Monday's massive quake, a relative said. The infant is the sole survivor of her immediate family, the

Iran unveils underground base for fighter jets

Iran's army on Tuesday unveiled its first underground base for fighter jets designed to withstand possible strikes by US bunker-busting bombs, state media reported. The base -- named Oghab 44 ("Eagle" in Persian) -- can accommodate "all types of fighter jets and bombers, in