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Jordan’s King Abdullah calls for tax review after largest protests in years

Jordan’s King Abdullah calls for tax review after largest protests in years

Image copyright Getty Images Jordan’s King Abdullah has ordered the country’s new prime minister to conduct a review of a controversial new tax bill, following days of protests. Education minister and former World Bank economist Omar al-Razzaz has replaced former Prime Minister Hani Mulki, who resigned on Monday. The protests in Jordan, a key Western […]

Iran to boost uranium enrichment if nuclear deal fails

Iran to boost uranium enrichment if nuclear deal fails

Media captionWhat is the Iran nuclear deal? Iran says it has begun work on increasing its uranium enrichment capacity, in case its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers collapses. The head of Iran’s atomic agency told reporters it was developing infrastructure to build advanced centrifuges at the Natanz facility. The agency says it is officially […]

Syria war: Amnesty says UK ‘should come clean’ on Raqqa attacks

Syria war: Amnesty says UK ‘should come clean’ on Raqqa attacks

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Syrian forces backed by the coalition took back Raqqa from IS in October 2017 The UK should “come clean” about its role in attacks on the Syrian city of Raqqa which allegedly killed hundreds of civilians, a charity has said. Amnesty International said it has found evidence air strikes by […]

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 days of protests against tax rises and austerity measures. The recent demonstrations in the country, which is a key Western ally, are the biggest in years. Protesters have chanted anti-government slogans and […]

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 […]

Israel strikes Gaza after heaviest mortar barrage in years

Israel strikes Gaza after heaviest mortar barrage in years

Image copyright Israeli prime minister’s office Image caption One of the mortars from Gaza landed in the grounds of an Israeli kindergarten Israel has attacked militant sites in Gaza after coming under the heaviest barrage of mortar and rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave in years. The Israeli army said air strikes hit 35 targets, […]

Syria recognises Russian-backed Georgia regions

Syria recognises Russian-backed Georgia regions

Image copyright AFP Image caption Abkhaz separatists broke away from Georgia in 2008 (pic: 2013 parade in Abkhazia) Syria has recognised two Russian-controlled regions of Georgia – Abkhazia and South Ossetia – as independent states, angering Georgia. The Georgian Foreign Ministry responded by saying it was breaking off diplomatic relations with Syria. Separatists in Abkhazia […]