Muslim nations urge recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

Muslim nations urge recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pro-Palestinian protesters gathered outside the OIC summit venue in Istanbul The leaders of 57 Muslim nations have called on the world to recognise “the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital”. An Organisation of Islamic Co-operation communique declares US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise the city […]

Yemen war: Air strikes on rebel prison in Sanaa ‘kill 30’

Yemen war: Air strikes on rebel prison in Sanaa ‘kill 30’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Several prison buildings and a perimeter wall were heavily damaged in the reported air strike At least 30 people are reported to have been killed in Saudi-led coalition air strikes on a rebel military police camp in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. Most of the dead were said to be detainees at […]

Egypt singer jailed for ‘inciting debauchery’ in music video

Egypt singer jailed for ‘inciting debauchery’ in music video

Image copyright Shyma Image caption Shyma wrote that she had not anticipated the backlash against her video A court in Egypt has reportedly jailed for two years a singer who appeared in a music video in her underwear while suggestively eating a banana. Shaimaa Ahmed, a 25-year-old known professionally as Shyma, was arrested last month […]

Yemen war: Air strikes on rebel prison in Sanaa ‘kill 30’

Yemen war: Air strikes on rebel prison in Sanaa ‘kill 30’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Several prison buildings and a perimeter wall were heavily damaged in the reported air strike At least 30 people are reported to have been killed in Saudi-led coalition air strikes on a rebel military police camp in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. Most of the dead were said to be detainees at […]

Erdogan: World should recognise Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

Erdogan: World should recognise Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

Image copyright TR Image caption Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the US move illegal and said it fostered terrorism Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged leaders of Muslim nations to recognise Jerusalem as the “occupied capital of the Palestinian state”. Addressing a summit of the Organisation for Islamic Co-operation, he said the US decision to […]

Egypt singer jailed for ‘inciting debauchery’ in music video

Egypt singer jailed for ‘inciting debauchery’ in music video

Image copyright Shyma Image caption Shyma wrote that she had not anticipated the backlash against her video A court in Egypt has reportedly jailed for two years a singer who appeared in a music video in her underwear while suggestively eating a banana. Shaimaa Ahmed, a 25-year-old known professionally as Shyma, was arrested last month […]

Aharon Shteinman: Ultra-Orthodox spiritual leader dies in Israel

Aharon Shteinman: Ultra-Orthodox spiritual leader dies in Israel

Image copyright AFP Image caption Followers of Rabbi Aharon Shteinman attended his funeral in Bnei Brak on Tuesday The death has been announced in Israel of one of the leading figures in ultra-Orthodox Judaism. Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman – who was widely regarded as “Gadol Hador” or “Leader of the Generation” – died in […]

EU’s Federica Mogherini rebuffs Netanyahu on Jerusalem

EU’s Federica Mogherini rebuffs Netanyahu on Jerusalem

Media captionThe pair greeted each other warmly but had different things to say on Jerusalem The EU’s foreign policy chief says there is “full EU unity” in support of Jerusalem becoming the capital of both Israel and a future Palestinian state. Federica Mogherini says the bloc will not recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. […]

Russia’s Putin visits Syria airbase and orders start of pullout

Russia’s Putin visits Syria airbase and orders start of pullout

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Putin announced the move at the Russian Hmeimim airbase in Syria President Vladimir Putin has ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, during an unannounced visit there on Monday. Mr Putin was met by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as he arrived at the Russian Hmeimim airbase, […]

Saudi Arabia to allow cinemas to reopen from early 2018

Saudi Arabia to allow cinemas to reopen from early 2018

Image copyright AFP Image caption Fans dressed as famous film characters at a Comic Con Arabia event in Riyadh last month Saudi Arabia has announced it will lift a ban on commercial cinemas that has lasted more than three decades. The ministry of culture and information said it would begin issuing licences immediately and that […]

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