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Mehdi Karroubi: Iran opposition leader ends hunger strike

Image copyright Mohammad Karoubi Image caption Mehdi Karroubi had an operation to fit a pacemaker in early August, when this photo was taken An Iranian opposition leader held under house arrest since 2011 has ended his hunger strike after the authorities accepted one of his two demands. Mehdi Karroubi, 79, stopped eating and drinking on […]

Mehdi Karroubi: Iran opposition leader taken to hospital

Image copyright Mohammad Karoubi Image caption Mehdi Karroubi underwent a heart operation to fit a pacemaker earlier this month An Iranian opposition leader held under house arrest since 2011 has been admitted to hospital a day after he began a hunger strike, his family says. Mehdi Karroubi had stopped eating on Wednesday to press the […]

Saudi border to open for Qatari pilgrims attending Hajj

Image copyright EPA Image caption Saudi Arabia had threatened to impose conditions on Qatari pilgrims attending the Hajj in Mecca Saudi Arabia will open its border with Qatar to allow Muslim pilgrims to attend the annual Hajj in Mecca beginning this month, state media say. The announcement came after the first high-level meeting between the […]

Iran could restart nuclear programme within hours – Rouhani

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hassan Rouhani said that under Donald Trump the US was not a “reliable negotiator” Iran’s president has warned that it could restart its nuclear programme “within hours” if the United States imposes any more new sanctions. Hassan Rouhani also said the programme would be more advanced than in 2015, when […]

Egypt trains collide in Alexandria killing dozens

Image copyright EPA Image caption The crash is the deadliest train accident in the North African country since November 2013 Two passenger trains have collided in northern Egypt, killing at least 41 people and injuring more than 120 others, health officials say. A number of carriage were derailed by the accident in the coastal city […]

World’s oldest man, Auschwitz survivor Yisrael Kristal dies

Image copyright AFP Image caption Yisrael Kristal, the world’s oldest man, has died at the age of 113 The world’s oldest man – the only member of his immediate family to survive the Holocaust – has died at the age of 113. Polish-born Yisrael Kristal died on Friday, a month before he was due to […]

Yemen migrants killed in ‘second deliberate drowning’

Image copyright IOM Image caption Survivors from Wednesday’s incident found on a beach by IOM staff in Shabwa, Yemen At least 19 migrants have died after being deliberately drowned, the UN’s migration agency says. Many of the drowned were thought to be teenagers originating from Somalia and Ethiopia. Hundreds of migrants were forced from a […]

Israel to speed up Gaza tunnel barrier

Image caption Israel says the barrier aims to end the threat from militants tunnelling from Gaza Israel is to accelerate the building of a huge barrier along its boundary with Gaza aimed at preventing militants from tunnelling under the border. The 64km (40-mile) long construction will reach a depth of 40m (131ft) below and 6m […]

Saudi singer arrested for dabbing

Saudi singer arrested for dabbing

Image copyright NCNC A popular singer has been arrested for “dabbing” during a concert in south-west Saudi Arabia. Abdallah Al Shahani, a TV host, actor, and Saudi national, was performing the dance move, which involves a person tucking their head into the crook of their arm, at a music festival in the city of Taif […]

Smuggler blamed for mass drowning

Image copyright IOM Image caption The survivors were found by IOM staff on a beach in Shabwa, Yemen At least 29 teenage migrants were deliberately drowned by a people smuggler in Yemen, the UN’s migration agency says. They were among 120 people who were deliberately pushed from a boat into the sea by the smuggler […]

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