Egypt’s parliament approves islands deal to Saudi Arabia

Egypt’s parliament approves islands deal to Saudi Arabia

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tiran (foreground) and Sanafir (background) are uninhabited save for peacekeepers and troops Egypt’s parliament has given its approval to a controversial plan to transfer sovereignty of two largely uninhabited islands to Saudi Arabia. The deal, to hand over the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir, was agreed during a […]

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi case: ICC calls for arrest of ex-Libya leader’s son

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi case: ICC calls for arrest of ex-Libya leader’s son

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was seen as Col Gaddafi’s successor The International Criminal Court (ICC) has called for the arrest and surrender of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who was released by a militia in Libya last week after six years in jail. The son of late leader Col Muammar Gaddafi is wanted […]

Raqqa battle: ‘Staggering’ civilian toll in strikes on IS

Raqqa battle: ‘Staggering’ civilian toll in strikes on IS

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tens of thousands of civilians have been displaced by the fighting for Raqqa UN war crimes investigators say US-led coalition air strikes on Islamic State militants in the Syrian city of Raqqa are causing “staggering loss of life”. Hundreds of civilians are reported to have been killed since March, as […]

Tunisian smoker jailed for not fasting during Ramadan

Tunisian smoker jailed for not fasting during Ramadan

Image copyright AFP Image caption A Tunisian protester holds a placard which in French reads: “Why is it bothering you if you fast and I eat?” A leading rights group has condemned the imprisonment of a man in Tunisia for smoking a cigarette in public during the dawn-to-dusk Muslim fast. A court in north-western Bizerte […]

Iraq displaced hit by food poisoning in camp near Mosul

Iraq displaced hit by food poisoning in camp near Mosul

Image copyright UNHCR/Amira Abd El Khalak Image caption Staff at the camp are checking the health of younger residents Hundreds of people have fallen ill and a child has died of suspected food poisoning at a camp for displaced people near the Iraqi city of Mosul. People were said to be vomiting and suffering dehydration […]

Turkey’s Erdogan decries Qatar’s ‘inhumane’ isolation

Turkey’s Erdogan decries Qatar’s ‘inhumane’ isolation

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Turks attended a demonstration in support of Qatar in central Istanbul last week Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denounced the isolation of Qatar by several Arab states, describing it as “inhumane and against Islamic values”. Last week’s decision by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt to […]

World Cup 2018: Iran join Brazil in qualifying for next year’s tournament

World Cup 2018: Iran join Brazil in qualifying for next year’s tournament

Iran are managed by former Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz Iran became the second team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup as they beat Uzbekistan 2-0 in Tehran. Goals from Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi ensured Iran, coached by Carlos Queiroz, will appear at successive World Cups for the first time. Victory meant they […]

‘Jihadi Jack in jail’ after leaving IS territory

‘Jihadi Jack in jail’ after leaving IS territory

Image caption Jack Letts, from Oxford, travelled to Syria in 2014 A 21-year-old man from Oxford, who travelled to the Islamic State-controlled area of Syria in 2014, has told the BBC he is now being held by Kurdish forces fighting the group. Jack Letts, dubbed “Jihadi Jack”, is suspected of going to Syria to fight […]

Qatar ships cargo via Oman to bypass Gulf restrictions

Qatar ships cargo via Oman to bypass Gulf restrictions

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Maersk Line said it would accept new bookings for shipments from Oman to Qatar Qatar says it has begun shipping cargo through Oman to bypass restrictions imposed by other Gulf states. Qatar Ports Management Company said direct services to Sohar and Salalah would operate three times a week. Cargo for […]

Netanyahus win libel case over car row in convoy story

Netanyahus win libel case over car row in convoy story

Image copyright AFP Image caption Benjamin Netanyahu said the story about him and his wife Sara was “absurd” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, have won a libel case against a journalist who claimed Mrs Netanyahu had once thrown her husband out of a car in a convoy. The journalist, Igal Sarna, […]