Egypt MPs to vote on extending presidential term limits

Egypt MPs to vote on extending presidential term limits

Image copyright AFP Image caption Abdul Fattah al-Sisi was re-elected last April after winning 97% of the vote An Egyptian parliamentary committee has given initial approval to a proposal to amend the constitution in a way that would extend President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi’s time in office, state media say. Mr Sisi is due to stand […]

Briton held in UAE ‘after wearing Qatar football shirt’

Briton held in UAE ‘after wearing Qatar football shirt’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Qatar defeated Japan 3-1 in the Asian Cup final A British football fan has been arrested and detained in the United Arab Emirates after reportedly wearing a Qatar team shirt to a match. Ali Issa Ahmad, 26, from Wolverhampton, is said to have been unaware of a law against “showing […]

John Cantlie: British IS hostage ‘believed to be still alive’

John Cantlie: British IS hostage ‘believed to be still alive’

Image copyright Aamaq News Agency/AFP/Getty Image caption The Free John Cantlie campaign said they hoped and prayed the latest news was true A British hostage who was captured by the Islamic State group more than six years ago is thought to still be alive, the UK’s security minister has said. John Cantlie, a photojournalist from […]

Top cleric urges Middle East’s Muslims to ’embrace’ Christians

Top cleric urges Middle East’s Muslims to ’embrace’ Christians

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb signed a “document on human fraternity” The head of Sunni Islam’s highest seat of learning has urged the Middle East’s Muslims to “embrace” local Christians. Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of al-Azhar in Egypt, told an interfaith meeting in Abu Dhabi attended by […]

Iraq angered by Trump idea to watch Iran from US base

Iraq angered by Trump idea to watch Iran from US base

Image copyright U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Phillip McTaggart Image caption About 5,000 US troops are in Iraq to train, advise and assist Iraqi security forces Iraq’s President Barham Saleh has rebuked Donald Trump over his comments that he wanted to maintain a US military presence there to watch Iran. Mr Trump told CBS on […]

Pope Francis to embark on historic visit to UAE

Pope Francis to embark on historic visit to UAE

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UAE is home to nearly one million Roman Catholics Pope Francis will arrive in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) later on Sunday, becoming the first pontiff to visit the Arabian peninsula. The Pope has been invited by Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan to take […]

Syria war: Aleppo building collapse kills 11

Syria war: Aleppo building collapse kills 11

Image copyright AFP Image caption The war-damaged block was in a formerly rebel-held area that had been bombed before Syrian forces retook it At least 11 people including four children were killed when a war-damaged apartment block collapsed in the city of Aleppo, state media said. A child was the only survivor from the collapse […]

US stops all aid to Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza

US stops all aid to Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption A Palestinian man carries sacks of flour supplied by the UN in Gaza City The US has confirmed it stopped all aid to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, in a step linked to new anti-terrorism legislation. More than $60m (£46m) in annual funds for the Palestinian […]

Lebanon forms new government after long delay

Lebanon forms new government after long delay

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Lebanese Prime Minister urged to “turn the page and start working” Lebanon has agreed a new government of national unity, ending nearly nine months of political wrangling. “We must turn the page and start working,” said Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, who is now in his third term. The 30-member cabinet […]

Saudi Arabia ends major anti-corruption campaign

Saudi Arabia ends major anti-corruption campaign

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Princes and other senior figures were held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh last year Saudi Arabia says it has ended its anti-corruption drive, launched in 2017, that saw hundreds of princes, tycoons and business chiefs rounded up. More than $100bn (£76bn) in assets – including property and cash – […]