Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi journalist vanishes in Istanbul

Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi journalist vanishes in Istanbul

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since lunchtime on Tuesday A prominent Saudi journalist known as a fierce critic of his country’s policies has vanished after visiting a Saudi consulate in Turkey. Jamal Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post, entered the consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday afternoon. Khashoggi went […]

Iraq parliament elects Barham Salih as country’s new president

Iraq parliament elects Barham Salih as country’s new president

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Barham Salih has previously served as Iraqi Kurdish PM and Iraqi deputy prime minister Iraq’s parliament has elected the moderate Kurdish politician Barham Salih as president. Mr Salih, a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), beat his main rival Fuad Hussein, of the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP), by […]

France blames Iran for foiled Paris bomb plot

France blames Iran for foiled Paris bomb plot

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The rally in Paris brought together opponents of the Iranian government French officials say Iran’s ministry of intelligence was behind a plot to bomb a rally of Iranian opposition groups in Paris in June. In a statement, the French government said it had frozen the assets of two senior Iranian […]

S-300 missile system: Russia upgrades Syrian air defences

S-300 missile system: Russia upgrades Syrian air defences

Image copyright EPA Image caption Russia said the S-300 system would “significantly increase the Syrian army’s capabilities” Russia says it has delivered new anti-aircraft missiles to Syria, two weeks after a Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down in the country. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said four S-300s launchers had arrived in Syria on Monday. […]

Saudi woman ‘barred from marrying man who played musical instrument’

Saudi woman ‘barred from marrying man who played musical instrument’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The oud is an ancient Middle Eastern stringed instrument A Saudi woman has reportedly lost a legal battle to marry the man of her choice after her family objected because he played a musical instrument. Relatives of the woman, a bank manager, refused to allow her to wed the man, […]

Syrian man Hassan al-Kontar removed from Malaysia airport

Syrian man Hassan al-Kontar removed from Malaysia airport

Image copyright Joshua Paul Image caption Hassan al-Kontar was a regular sight at Malaysia’s KLIA2 airport A Syrian man who spent months living in a Malaysian airport has been removed and placed in police custody, officials say. Hassan al-Kontar’s situation made headlines earlier this year after it emerged that he had been living in Kuala […]

Iran fires missiles at militants in Syria over Ahvaz attack

Iran fires missiles at militants in Syria over Ahvaz attack

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Revolutionary Guards said the missiles travelled a distance of 570km (354 miles) Iran’s Revolutionary Guards say they have fired missiles at eastern Syria targeting the ringleaders of the deadly attack on a military parade in Ahvaz. A statement said “many terrorists” were killed or injured in the strikes. Iranian […]

Iran launches missile strikes at Syria over Ahvaz attack

Iran launches missile strikes at Syria over Ahvaz attack

Media captionThe moment gunmen open fire on an Iranian military parade Iran’s Revolutionary Guards say they have fired missiles at militants in eastern Syria in response to a deadly attack on a military parade last month. A statement said “many terrorists were killed or injured” in the strikes. At least 25 people were killed in […]

Basra protests: US closes consulate after weeks of deadly protests

Basra protests: US closes consulate after weeks of deadly protests

Media captionAnti-government protesters in Basra are demanding reliable electricity and water The US has said it will close its consulate in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, blaming increasing threats from Iran and Iranian-backed forces. In a statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said all but emergency staff would be relocated to Baghdad. He […]

Autopsy on Coptic Christian monk shows signs of poisoning

Autopsy on Coptic Christian monk shows signs of poisoning

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A bishop was found dead in July at the Monastery Of Saint Macarius The Great An autopsy on a Coptic Christian monk found dead in central Egypt shows signs of poisoning, officials say. Zeinoun al-Maqari was one of six monks banished from a desert monastery after its abbot was […]