Fifa drops plan to expand Qatar World Cup

Fifa drops plan to expand Qatar World Cup

France won the 2018 World Cup in Russia Plans to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams have been abandoned by Fifa. Fifa president Gianni Infantino said last year the expansion from 32 teams could be brought forward from 2026 to the 2022 tournament in Qatar. The change would have required Qatar to share […]

Iranian singer gets summons over solo performance

Iranian singer gets summons over solo performance

Image copyright Negar Moazzam/Instagram Image caption Negar Moazzam initially uploaded the video to her Instagram account A female singer in Iran has been summoned to appear in court after performing solo in public, according to media reports. Negar Moazzam sang for a group of tourists in the historic village of Abyaneh last week, wearing the […]

Man Booker International Prize: Jokha Alharthi is first Arabic winner

Man Booker International Prize: Jokha Alharthi is first Arabic winner

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jokha Alharthi (l) shared the award with translator Marilyn Booth Omani author Jokha Alharthi has won this year’s Man Booker International Prize – the first Arabic writer to do so. Her novel Celestial Bodies centres on the lives of three sisters and their families coming to terms with social changes […]

Israeli researchers brew ‘ancient beer’ with antique yeast

Israeli researchers brew ‘ancient beer’ with antique yeast

Image copyright EPA Israeli researchers have unveiled a “breakthrough” beer made from ancient yeast up to 5,000 years old. Researchers from the Antiquities Authority and three Israeli universities extracted six strains of the yeast from old pottery discovered in the Holy Land. It is believed to be similar to beverages enjoyed by the Pharaohs of […]

Yemen war: UN appeals to Houthi rebels over aid

Yemen war: UN appeals to Houthi rebels over aid

Media captionThe hidden victims of the Yemen war The UN says food aid is being diverted by some corrupt and uncooperative officials in Houthi-held areas of Yemen, where millions of people are believed to be on the verge of famine. David Beasley, head of the World Food Programme (WFP), told the BBC the agency’s efforts […]

Iranian threats ‘put on hold’, says US defence chief

Iranian threats ‘put on hold’, says US defence chief

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the US had been “very prudent” Potential attacks by Iran have been “put on hold” by US counter-measures, acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Tuesday. The US has warned in recent weeks of a threat from Iran but has not given […]

Al Jazeera suspends journalists for Holocaust denial video

Al Jazeera suspends journalists for Holocaust denial video

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The video was published by Al Jazeera’s online video network AJ+ Al Jazeera has suspended two journalists over a video they produced that denied the facts of the Holocaust. The Qatari state-funded broadcaster had published the video on its online AJ+ video service in Arabic. During World War Two, six […]

Egypt explosion: Tourists on bus injured near Giza pyramids

Media captionBomb targets tourist bus in Egypt An explosion targeting a tourist bus has injured at least 16 people near the Grand Egyptian Museum, next to the pyramids in Giza. South African tourists are among the injured. Most of those hurt suffered minor injuries, while three were treated in hospital, officials say. A device went […]

Blast injures tourists on bus near Giza pyramids in Egypt

Blast injures tourists on bus near Giza pyramids in Egypt

An explosion targeting a tourist bus has injured at least 16 people near the Grand Egyptian Museum, next to the pyramids in Giza, security sources say. Most of those hurt are foreign tourists, Reuters news agency reports. A device went off close to the museum fence as the bus was passing. It is the second […]

Iran-US tensions: ‘There will be no war’, says Zarif

Iran-US tensions: ‘There will be no war’, says Zarif

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif says people around US President Trump are “pushing him towards war” Iran’s foreign minister has said he does not believe a war will break out in the region amid concerns over rising tensions with the US. Mohammad Javad Zarif told state news agency IRNA that Tehran […]

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