Egypt Hisham Barakat killing: 30 sentenced to death

Egypt Hisham Barakat killing: 30 sentenced to death

Image copyright STR/AFP/Getty Images Image caption Egyptian state prosecutor Hisham Barakat died in a car bomb attack A court in Cairo has recommended the death penalty for 30 people convicted of involvement in the killing of Egypt’s top public prosecutor. Hisham Barakat was assassinated in a car bomb attack in June 2015. He was the […]

Israeli policewoman stabbed to death in Jerusalem

Israeli policewoman stabbed to death in Jerusalem

Image copyright EPA Image caption Heavily armed police patrolled the attack area Israeli police have shot dead three Palestinians after a deadly knife attack outside the Old City of Jerusalem, in which a policewoman died. Two of the Palestinians attacked police officers with guns and knives while the third stabbed the policewoman, police say. The […]

Nigeria apologises to Saudi Arabia over Ramadan dates

Nigeria apologises to Saudi Arabia over Ramadan dates

Image copyright AFP Image caption Saudi dates on sale in Jeddah. Those sent to Nigeria were meant as a gift Nigeria has apologised to Saudi Arabia after 200 tonnes of dates the kingdom sent as a Ramadan gift were found on sale in local markets. Dates are traditionally the first things Muslims eat when they […]

Islamic State leader Baghdadi ‘may have been killed by Russia’

Islamic State leader Baghdadi ‘may have been killed by Russia’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi seen delivering a sermon in 2014 Russia’s defence ministry is investigating whether one of its air strikes in Syria killed the leader of the Islamic State militant group (IS). The ministry said an air strike may have killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and up to 330 other fighters […]

Qatar buys F-15 fighter planes in billion-dollar US deal

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The deal is reportedly for the purchase of 36 F-15s Qatar has signed a $12bn deal to buy F-15 fighters jets from the US. The sale was finalised at a meeting in Washington between US defence chief Jim Mattis and his Qatari counterpart. It comes days after US President […]

Man Booker International Prize: David Grossman wins for stand-up comic novel

Man Booker International Prize: David Grossman wins for stand-up comic novel

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Translator Jessica Cohen and author David Grossman split the prize David Grossman has become the first Israeli author to win the Man Booker International Prize. He split the £50,000 cash award for his winning book, A Horse Walks Into a Bar, with translator Jessica Cohen. Chosen from 126 titles, […]

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 […]

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