Saudi Arabia issues first driving licences to women

Saudi Arabia issues first driving licences to women

Image copyright EVN Image caption Saudi Arabia is the only country where women cannot drive legally Saudi Arabia has issued driving licences to women for the first time in decades just weeks before a ban on female drivers is lifted. Ten women swapped their foreign licences for Saudi ones on Monday in cities across the […]

Iran nuclear deal: Tehran to give notice of uranium work

Iran nuclear deal: Tehran to give notice of uranium work

Media captionWhat is the Iran nuclear deal? Iran is to inform the United Nations’ nuclear agency that it is beginning the process of increasing its capacity to enrich uranium on Tuesday. It said it would increase its capacity to produce uranium hexafluoride, a key ingredient for enrichment. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, said he had […]

Jordan PM Hani Mulki quits after austerity protests

Jordan PM Hani Mulki quits after austerity protests

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hani Mulki had refused to scrap a controversial tax bill Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani Mulki has resigned after several days of protests against tax rises and austerity measures. The recent demonstrations are the country’s biggest in years. Protesters have chanted anti-government slogans and clashed with police, who have fired tear […]

Tunisia footballer ‘fakes injury’ to break Ramadan fast

Tunisia footballer ‘fakes injury’ to break Ramadan fast

Image copyright AFP Image caption When goalkeeper Mouez Hassen appeared to fake injury at sundown his teammates feasted on dates Tunisia’s World Cup football team has apparently found an ingenious way to fight fatigue as they fast for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. In friendly matches against Portugal then Turkey, goalkeeper Mouez Hassen appeared […]

Jordanians in third night of tax rise protests

Jordanians in third night of tax rise protests

Media captionDemonstrators have scuffled with police Protests in Jordan against tax rises and austerity measures – the biggest demonstrations in years – continued for a third consecutive night. Police fired tear gas and blocked roads in the capital Amman to stop protesters getting close to the cabinet office. The protesters say a new tax bill […]

Gaza violence: Thousands attend funeral for Palestinian medic

Gaza violence: Thousands attend funeral for Palestinian medic

Image copyright EPA Image caption Razan al-Najar’s body was carried through the streets by mourners Thousands of Palestinians have attended the funeral in Gaza of a volunteer medic who was killed by Israeli fire during protests along the border on Friday. Razan al-Najar, 21, was shot dead as she ran towards the border fence in […]

Egypt’s Sisi sworn in for second term with vow to fight terrorism

Egypt’s Sisi sworn in for second term with vow to fight terrorism

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jets accompanied the swearing-in ceremony in central Cairo Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been sworn in for a second term as Egypt’s president with a vow to fight “those who choose violence, terrorism and extremism”. Fighter jets flew overhead and there was a 21-gun salute as Mr Sisi took his oath […]

Vogue defends Saudi princess cover after backlash

Vogue defends Saudi princess cover after backlash

Image copyright Vogue Arabia / Boo George Image caption The June edition is the first magazine cover the princess has appeared on Vogue Arabia has defended its use of a princess on its cover to mark “trailblazing women of Saudi Arabia”, after being accused of ignoring a crackdown on women’s rights activists. The edition features […]

United Arab Emirates jails activist for 10 years ‘for defaming nation’

United Arab Emirates jails activist for 10 years ‘for defaming nation’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ahmed Mansoor, a 48-year-old father of four, was arrested in March last year A prominent activist in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for “defaming” the country on social media. Ahmed Mansoor, a 48-year-old father of four, was arrested in March last year. […]

Gaza violence: Red Cross sends surgeons ‘to help health crisis’

Gaza violence: Red Cross sends surgeons ‘to help health crisis’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Red Cross is bolstering its existing medical presence in Gaza The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it will send two surgical teams to Gaza to help with an “unprecedented health crisis”. More than 13,000 Palestinians have been injured since violence flared up along the border with […]