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Saudi Arabia ‘arrests clerics in crackdown on dissent’

Saudi Arabia ‘arrests clerics in crackdown on dissent’

Image copyright Facebook/@SalmanAlodah Image caption Salman al-Odah is a popular cleric with 14 million followers on Twitter The authorities in Saudi Arabia have arrested more than 20 clerics and intellectuals in an apparent crackdown on dissent, activists say. Prominent Islamist clerics Salman al-Odah and Awad al-Qarni are among those reportedly detained since the weekend. There […]

Egypt detains lawyer investigating enforced disappearances

Media captionEgypt’s disappeared Human rights groups have called on the Egyptian authorities to release a prominent lawyer who investigates alleged enforced disappearances. Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy was arrested at Cairo International Airport on Sunday as he prepared to fly to Geneva to address a UN meeting. He had been due to speak about cases including that […]

Syria war: ‘Russian air strikes’ kill dozens in Deir al-Zour

Syria war: ‘Russian air strikes’ kill dozens in Deir al-Zour

Image copyright AFP Image caption The provincial city of Deir al-Zour has been devastated by years of fierce fighting Dozens of civilians have been killed since Sunday in suspected Russian air strikes along the River Euphrates in eastern Syria, activists say. Jets are reported to have hit camps for displaced people on the western bank […]

Iraq holds 1,300 foreign wives and children of IS suspects

Iraq holds 1,300 foreign wives and children of IS suspects

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Iraqi army officers said most of the women being held at Hammam al-Alil camp were Turkish The Iraqi authorities are holding more than 1,300 foreign family members of suspected Islamic State militants at a displaced people’s camp south of Mosul, officials and aid workers say. The women and children, from […]

Iraqi Kurds ‘prepared to draw own borders’, Barzani warns Baghdad

Iraqi Kurds ‘prepared to draw own borders’, Barzani warns Baghdad

Media captionMassoud Barzani spoke to the BBC The president of Iraqi Kurdistan has signalled it will draw the borders of a future Kurdish state if Baghdad does not accept a vote for independence in a referendum due later this month. Massoud Barzani told the BBC he wanted to reach an agreement with the central government […]

Qatar crisis: Saudi Arabia angered after emir’s phone call

Qatar crisis: Saudi Arabia angered after emir’s phone call

Image copyright AFP Image caption Qatar Airways has been banned from the airspace of neighbouring Gulf states Saudi Arabia says it has suspended dialogue with Qatar, shortly after a phone call between the Qatari leader and the Saudi crown prince. The two sides had discussed holding talks to resolve the Qatar crisis, which has seen […]

Israeli PM Netanyahu’s wife ‘facing fraud charges’

Israeli PM Netanyahu’s wife ‘facing fraud charges’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Sara Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing Israel’s top prosecutor has said he is considering charging the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with fraud. The attorney general said he would make a final decision pending a pre-trial hearing for Sara Netanyahu. Mrs Netanyahu is suspected of misusing 359,000 shekels ($100,000; […]

‘Israeli jets hit Syria’s Masyaf chemical site’ – reports

‘Israeli jets hit Syria’s Masyaf chemical site’ – reports

Image copyright Ivan Sidorenko Image caption A pro-Syrian government blogger posted an image purportedly showing the strike’s aftermath The Syrian army says Israeli jets have attacked a military base in the west of the country, amid reports of a strike on a suspected chemical weapons site. A statement said rockets fired from Lebanese airspace hit […]

Syria government behind Sarin attack – UN investigators

Syria government behind Sarin attack – UN investigators

Media captionAbo Rabeea says he is still suffering from the suspected chemical weapons strike in Khan Sheikhoun UN human rights investigators have concluded that the Syrian Air Force carried out a chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town in April. At least 83 people died when a Su-22 jet dropped a bomb filled with the […]

Palestinian Authority ‘detains rights activist over criticism’

Palestinian Authority ‘detains rights activist over criticism’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Issa Amro criticised the arrest by Palestinian security forces on Sunday of a local radio journalist The Palestinian Authority is reported to have extended the detention of a prominent human rights activist who called on it to respect free speech. Issa Amro, 35, was detained on Monday by Palestinian Preventive […]