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Arms depot in Syria’s Idlib province kills 39 – monitor

Arms depot in Syria’s Idlib province kills 39 – monitor

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Rescuers used bulldozers to remove the rubble and free trapped people At least 39 people – including 12 children – have been killed in a blast that brought down a building in Syria’s mainly rebel-held north-western province of Idlib, reports say. The building in the Sarmada town is said […]

Yemen war: Saudis to probe air strike child deaths

Yemen war: Saudis to probe air strike child deaths

Media captionThe Red Cross said a hospital it supports in Saada had received dozens of casualties The Saudi-led military coalition has announced it will investigate an air strike in Yemen which killed at least 29 children. On its Twitter feed, Saudi-funded Al-Arabiya TV quoted a senior official who said the coalition was probing “collateral damage” […]

Looted 5,000-year-old artefacts to be returned to Iraq

Looted 5,000-year-old artefacts to be returned to Iraq

Image copyright British Museum Image caption The three clay cones are identified as coming from a temple in southern Iraq Eight 5,000-year-old artefacts looted from Iraq following the fall of Saddam Hussein will be returned after being identified by the British Museum. The objects were seized by police from a now-defunct London dealer in 2003. […]

Hala Shiha: Egyptian actress returns without the hijab

Hala Shiha: Egyptian actress returns without the hijab

Image copyright AFP Image caption Photos of Hala Shiha before her 2005 retirement have been circulating on social media An Egyptian actress who retired for religious reasons and began wearing a hijab, has recently announced her comeback on social media. Hala Shiha, who starred in films such as El-Selem We El-Teaban (The Ladder and the […]

Yemen war: Saudi-led air strike on bus kills 29 children

Yemen war: Saudi-led air strike on bus kills 29 children

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Red Cross said a hospital it supports in Saada had received dozens of casualties At least 29 children have been killed and 30 wounded in a Saudi-led coalition air strike in Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross says. The children were travelling on a bus that was […]

Iran sanctions: US can’t stop our oil exports, says minister

Iran sanctions: US can’t stop our oil exports, says minister

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Iranian rial has lost half its value since April Iran’s foreign minister has said the United States will not be able to prevent the country from exporting oil. Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Iran newspaper that President Donald Trump’s goal of forcing the rest of the world not to […]

Asma al-Assad: Syria’s first lady treated for breast cancer

Asma al-Assad: Syria’s first lady treated for breast cancer

Image copyright Getty Images The wife of the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Officials confirmed on Wednesday that Mrs Assad was receiving treatment for an early-stage malignant tumour. Born and raised in London, the Syrian first lady has been a highly controversial figure. She was one of twelve people placed […]

Israeli tank fire kills two Hamas militants in Gaza

Israeli tank fire kills two Hamas militants in Gaza

Image copyright EPA Image caption Relatives of the two men killed reacted with grief and anger The Israeli military has struck a Hamas border post in northern Gaza with a tank shell, killing two members of the Palestinian group’s military wing. The military said the tank responded to shots fired at soldiers from the post. […]

Iran sanctions: Rouhani condemns US ‘psychological warfare’

Iran sanctions: Rouhani condemns US ‘psychological warfare’

Media captionUS-Iran sanctions: What do they mean? Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has hit out at the United States over its reinstatement of economic sanctions. He described the measures, which came into effect overnight, as “psychological warfare” which aimed to “sow division among Iranians”. The sanctions take aim at various sectors, with further punitive action planned […]

Saudi Arabia freezes Canada trade ties for urging activists’ release

Saudi Arabia freezes Canada trade ties for urging activists’ release

Image copyright AFP Image caption Samar Badawi, pictured here with Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, received an International Women of Courage Award in 2012 Saudi Arabia has said it is freezing all new trade with Canada and expelling its ambassador over its “interference” in the kingdom’s domestic affairs. A Saudi foreign ministry statement said it […]