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Syrian government made Sarin used in Khan Sheikhoun, France says

Syrian government made Sarin used in Khan Sheikhoun, France says

Image copyright EPA Image caption French intelligence agencies say it is not credible the incident in Khan Sheikhoun was staged France says it has evidence showing the Syrian air force “undoubtedly” dropped bombs containing the nerve agent Sarin on a rebel-held town last month. Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told reporters that samples taken from the […]

Yemen crisis: Donors pledge $1.1bn in aid

Yemen crisis: Donors pledge $1.1bn in aid

Image copyright AFP Image caption Three quarters of Yemen’s population urgently needs help, the UN says Donors at a conference in Geneva have pledged nearly $1.1bn (£857m) to Yemen to help relieve the “world’s largest humanitarian crisis”, the UN says. The UN had previously asked for $2.1bn this year, as aid groups warn the country […]

Israel’s Netanyahu scraps talks with German minister over rights groups

Israel’s Netanyahu scraps talks with German minister over rights groups

Image copyright EPA Image caption Germany and Israel have been close allies for decades Israel’s prime minister has cancelled talks with Germany’s foreign minister after he refused to call off a meeting with Israeli human rights activists. Sigmar Gabriel had been due to meet Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Mr Netanyahu had warned he would not […]

‘500kg’ Egyptian woman’s sister accuses Indian doctors of lying

‘500kg’ Egyptian woman’s sister accuses Indian doctors of lying

Image copyright Saifee hospital The sister of Eman Abd El Aty, an Egyptian woman thought to have been the world’s heaviest, has accused doctors of lying about her weight loss after surgery in India. She underwent surgery in Mumbai’s Saifee hospital, and last week doctors said she had lost 250kg (550lbs). But her sister said […]

Turkey air strikes kill Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq

Turkey air strikes kill Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A US military commander met with Kurdish fighters after the attack to show solidarity At least 18 Kurdish fighters battling the so-called Islamic State in Syria have been killed in air strikes by Turkey. The Popular Protection Units (YPG) militia said its positions were hit by multiple strikes early on […]

US imposes ‘sweeping’ Syria sanctions over ‘chemical’ attack

US imposes ‘sweeping’ Syria sanctions over ‘chemical’ attack

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Victims in Khan Sheikhoun suffered symptoms consistent with reaction to a nerve agent The US has imposed “sweeping” sanctions on officials in a Syrian government agency in response to a suspected chemical attack earlier this month. The treasury department ordered a freeze on all assets in the US of 271 […]

Article 308: Jordan scraps marriage loophole for rapists

Article 308: Jordan scraps marriage loophole for rapists

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A law which allowed rapists to escape jail has been scrapped in Jordan. Pictured: The capital Amman A law which protected rapists from punishment if they married their victims has been scrapped in Jordan. The Jordanian cabinet revoked Article 308 on Sunday, after years of campaigning by women’s activists, […]

Italy migrant crisis: Charities ‘colluding’ with smugglers

Italy migrant crisis: Charities ‘colluding’ with smugglers

Image copyright AFP Image caption Thousands have made the risky crossing to Italy this year An Italian prosecutor says he has evidence some of the charities saving migrants in the Mediterranean Sea are colluding with people-smugglers. Carmelo Zuccaro told La Stampa (in Italian) phone calls were being made from Libya to rescue vessels. Organisations involved […]

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman reverses public sector pay cuts

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman reverses public sector pay cuts

Image copyright Reuters Image caption King Salman has issued a raft of decrees Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has reinstated bonuses and special allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had been cut last September as part of austerity measures when oil revenues were low. The king fired his civil service minister and put him […]

Megrahi family seeks Lockerbie appeal

Megrahi family seeks Lockerbie appeal

Image copyright PA Image caption Megrahi abandoned his appeal shortly before being allowed to return to Libya The family of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi will launch a bid to appeal against his conviction within a fortnight. Lawyer Aamer Anwar confirmed files will be handed to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC). The SCCRC will […]