IS conflict: Coalition strikes on Raqqa ‘killed 1,600 civilians’

IS conflict: Coalition strikes on Raqqa ‘killed 1,600 civilians’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption At the height of the battle for Raqqa, the coalition conducted some 150 air strikes a day More than 1,600 civilians were killed in US-led coalition air and artillery strikes during the offensive to oust the Islamic State group from the Syrian city of Raqqa in 2017, activists say. Amnesty […]

Egypt Coptic monks sentenced to death for killing bishop

Egypt Coptic monks sentenced to death for killing bishop

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The bishop was found dead in July last year at the Monastery of Saint Macarius the Great Two former Coptic Christian monks have been sentenced to death in Egypt over the murder of a bishop last year, officials have confirmed. Bishop Epiphanius, 64, was found dead in a pool […]

Egypt president could rule until 2030 as constitutional changes backed

Egypt president could rule until 2030 as constitutional changes backed

Image copyright AFP Image caption More than 23.4 million people voted in favour of the constitutional changes, officials said Egyptians have overwhelmingly approved in a referendum constitutional changes that could allow President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to stay in power until 2030. The National Election Authority said 88.8% of those who took part endorsed the proposals. […]

Saudi prisoner ‘executed and crucified’

Saudi prisoner ‘executed and crucified’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Amnesty International says that some 149 people were executed in Saudi Arabia last year A Saudi prisoner has been executed and crucified, according to a statement by the country’s state media. The man was one of 37 people executed on Tuesday on charges of terrorism. The statement added that […]

I will name a Golan town after Trump, says Israel’s Netanyahu

I will name a Golan town after Trump, says Israel’s Netanyahu

Media captionNetanyahu praises Trump for recognising Israel control of Golan Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he intends to name a new settlement in the Golan Heights after US President Donald Trump. Mr Netanyahu said the move would honour Mr Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan in March. Israel seized the Golan from […]

UAE woman Munira Abdulla wakes up after 27 years in a coma

UAE woman Munira Abdulla wakes up after 27 years in a coma

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Prolonged disorders of consciousness are usually caused by a sudden brain injury A woman from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who was seriously injured in a traffic accident in 1991 has made a seemingly miraculous recovery after emerging from a 27-year-long coma. Munira Abdulla, who was aged 32 […]

Saudi Arabia executes 37 for terrorism

Saudi Arabia executes 37 for terrorism

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Amnesty International says that some 149 people were executed in Saudi Arabia last year Saudi Arabia has said that it executed 37 of its citizens on Tuesday on charges of terrorism. One of the men was crucified after his execution, according to a statement by the official Saudi Press […]

UAE woman wakes up after 27 years in a coma

UAE woman wakes up after 27 years in a coma

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Prolonged disorders of consciousness are usually caused by a sudden brain injury A woman from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who was seriously injured in a traffic accident in 1991 has made a seemingly miraculous recovery after emerging from a 27-year-long coma. Munira Abdulla, who was aged 32 […]

Iran oil: US to end sanctions exemptions for major importers

Iran oil: US to end sanctions exemptions for major importers

Image copyright AFP Image caption The sanctions on Iran’s oil industry have led to a sharp downturn in the country’s economy US President Donald Trump has decided to end exemptions from sanctions for countries still buying oil from Iran. The White House said waivers for China, India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey would expire in […]

Algeria protests: Police ‘detain top businessmen’

Algeria protests: Police ‘detain top businessmen’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Protesters have demanded that those close to the ex-president should also relinquish power Four billionaire brothers with links to ousted Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika have been detained by police, state TV reports. They are being held over a corruption investigation, it adds. A fifth top industrialist, Issad Rebrab, on Twitter […]

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