Saudi Arabia frees Prince Khaled bin Talal after months of detention

Saudi Arabia frees Prince Khaled bin Talal after months of detention

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Princes and other senior figures were held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Riyadh last year over corruption allegations A Saudi prince arrested for criticising a crackdown on corruption is reported to have been freed from detention. Relatives of Prince Khaled bin Talal shared pictures on social media, purportedly taken […]

Syria war: UN convoy reaches Rukban desert camp

Syria war: UN convoy reaches Rukban desert camp

Image copyright AFP Image caption The camp is a cluster of makeshift tents and mud huts A UN aid convoy has reached about 50,000 civilians stranded on the Syria-Jordan border – bringing the first aid the camp has received since January. The convoy was meant to arrive at Rukban camp on 27 October, but was […]

Khashoggi murder: Turkish leader blames Saudi state directly

Khashoggi murder: Turkish leader blames Saudi state directly

Media captionHow has the death of Jamal Khashoggi impacted the war in Yemen? Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for the first time accused the Saudi government directly of murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “We know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government,” he wrote in an article […]

Trump administration to reinstate all Iran sanctions

Trump administration to reinstate all Iran sanctions

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Trump began reinstating sanctions on Iran in May The Trump administration is to reinstate all US sanctions on Iran removed under the 2015 nuclear deal. The White House said it was “the toughest sanctions regime ever imposed on Iran” and targeted Iran’s energy, shipping and banking sectors. However, eight […]

Israel’s Netanyahu welcomes Brazil Jerusalem embassy vow

Israel’s Netanyahu welcomes Brazil Jerusalem embassy vow

Image copyright Getty Images Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has welcomed a decision by Brazil’s president-elect to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Mr Netanyahu praised it as “historic, [and] correct”. Palestinians called the move “provocative and illegal”. Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right politician, expressed strong support for Israel during his election campaign. Jerusalem’s status […]

Egypt attack: Gunmen target bus with Coptic Christians

Egypt attack: Gunmen target bus with Coptic Christians

At least seven people have been killed in Egypt by gunmen who opened fire on a bus carrying a group of Coptic Christians, officials say. A number of people were also injured in the attack in the Minya region, south of the capital Cairo. The bus was heading towards a local monastery, a senior Coptic […]

Khashoggi murder: Body ‘dissolved in acid’

Khashoggi murder: Body ‘dissolved in acid’

Media captionHow has the death of Jamal Khashoggi impacted the war in Yemen? A top Turkish official has said he believes Jamal Khashoggi’s body was dissolved in acid after being cut up. Yasin Aktay said the “only logical conclusion” was that those who killed the journalist in Istanbul destroyed the body “to leave no trace […]

Khashoggi murder: Saudi prince ‘said he was dangerous Islamist’

Khashoggi murder: Saudi prince ‘said he was dangerous Islamist’

Media captionHow has the death of Jamal Khashoggi impacted the war in Yemen? Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told the US he considered murdered writer Jamal Khashoggi to be a dangerous Islamist, media reports say. Prince Mohammed reportedly said this in a phone call with the White House after Khashoggi disappeared but before Saudi […]

Khashoggi murder: Turkey gives official details of Saudi writer’s death

Khashoggi murder: Turkey gives official details of Saudi writer’s death

Image copyright PA Image caption Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi was a columnist for the Washington Post Turkey has given its first official statement on how it believes Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed, saying he was immediately strangled. The statement follows weeks of media reports about the murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on […]

Yemen war: Mattis and Pompeo urge swift ceasefire

Yemen war: Mattis and Pompeo urge swift ceasefire

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Air strikes have caused widespread damage and many civilian casualties US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have both called for a swift cessation of hostilities in Yemen. Mr Mattis said the US wanted to see all sides around the negotiating table and an end […]