Egypt military officers get immunity over 2013 crackdown

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption At least 900 people were killed in Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares on 14 August 2013 Egypt’s parliament has passed a law that could protect senior military commanders from being prosecuted over the deadly crackdown that followed the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi. The current President, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, […]

Israel deals ‘hardest blow’ to Hamas since 2014 Gaza war

Image copyright AFP Image caption Palestinian witnesses says an empty building was struck in Gaza City – Israel says it hit militant training sites Israel has carried out its biggest attack against Hamas militant targets in Gaza since the war in 2014, Prime Minister PM Benjamin Netanyahu says. The raids were a response to rockets […]

Wave of Israeli Gaza strikes amid surge in rocket attacks

Image copyright AFP Image caption Palestinian witnesses says an empty building was struck in Gaza City – Israel says it hit militant training sites Israel says it has struck dozens of Hamas military targets in northern Gaza in retaliation for assaults including more than 90 rocket attacks. Palestinian health officials said two people were killed […]

Saudi Arabia woman ‘arrested for hugging’ singer Majid al-Mohandis

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Majid al-Mohandis performing in Jeddah last year A woman in Saudi Arabia has been arrested after running on stage to hug a male singer during a concert, according to reports. Majid al-Mohandis was performing at a festival in the western city of Taif when the woman darted on to […]

Syria war: Anti-IS strike ‘kills many civilians’

The US-led coalition says it “may have” carried out an air strike in an area of eastern Syria where scores of civilians were reportedly killed on Thursday. Fifty-four people, including at least 28 civilians as well as Islamic State (IS) group militants, died in the strike on a village near the Iraqi border, a monitoring […]

Deraa, birthplace of Syria uprising, retaken by government forces

Image copyright AFP Image caption Government supporters flew the national flag in the town of Tafas, east of Deraa, on Thursday Syrian government forces are retaking control of the rebel-held part of Deraa, the birthplace of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad. Troops, accompanied by Russian military police, entered the area and raised the national […]

Iranian man flogged 80 times for drinking alcohol as a child

Image copyright AFP Image caption More than 100 offences are punishable by flogging under Iran’s Islamic penal code Amnesty International has condemned the Iranian authorities for publicly flogging a man who was convicted of consuming alcohol when he was 14 or 15. Local media published photographs of the man – identified only as “M R” […]

Syria war: Government attacks IS enclave in south-west

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Syrian government forces have retaken much of Deraa province in the past three weeks Syrian government and Russian forces are reportedly attacking an enclave held by the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) in south-western Syria. Activists and a monitoring group said aircraft were bombing the Yarmouk Basin area, which borders […]

Israel closes main Gaza goods crossing in response to arson attacks

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Only “humanitarian equipment”, including food and medicine, will be allowed through Israel has shut the main cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip in retaliation for arson attacks by Palestinians and attempts to infiltrate its territory. Only “humanitarian equipment”, including food and medicine, will now be allowed through Kerem Shalom. Israeli […]

Iran women dance in support of arrested Instagram teen

Image copyright Maedeh Hozhabri/Instagram Women in Iran have posted videos of themselves dancing online, in support of a teenager who was arrested. Maedeh Hojabri had gathered thousands of followers on Instagram with videos of herself dancing to Iranian and Western pop music. On Friday, state TV broadcast Ms Hojabri’s apparent confession. Social media users shared […]

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