Emirati authorities are holding 12 people as part of an investigation after multiple fires were lit onboard an Etihad Airways flight from Australia to the United Arab Emirates.
Iran is building "an economy of resistance" to counter the damaging effects of sanctions rather than "do something to make sanctions be lifted", according to its supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, as foreign leaders met to discuss the country's nuclear programme.
General Salim Idriss has rejected his dismissal as military chief of the rebel Free Syrian Army, saying the whole chain of command needed a "total restructuring" - highlighting deep divisions in the opposition.
A twin suicide bombing hit the southern suburbs of Beirut during the morning rush hour, killing at least five people and wounding more than 100 in an attack targeting Iran's cultural centre, the country's health ministry said.
A Qatar rights body has said the reported deaths of 478 Indian workers in Qatar over the last two years was "normal", a figure that a rights group has called "horrendous".
Syrian government forces have recaptured a village in central Hama province, Syria's state news agency reported, as activists say 17 were killed barrel bombs in northwest Daraa.
Negotiators are due to meet in Vienna to discuss Iran's nuclear programme, a day after the country's supreme leader said he was not optimistic about talks and that they would lead nowhere.
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