Jamal Khashoggi murder ordered by agent – Saudi prosecutor

Media captionJamal Khashoggi: What we know about the journalist’s disappearance and death Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor has concluded that an intelligence officer ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, and not Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The officer was tasked with persuading the dissident journalist to return to the Gulf kingdom, a spokesman said. Khashoggi was given a […]

Saudi women in ‘inside-out abaya’ protest

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Saudi women have to wear the abaya in public by law Some Saudi women have launched a protest against the abaya – a long loose-fitting robe used to cover their bodies in public – by saying that they will wear it inside out. Under the hashtag “inside-out abaya” they […]

Iran executes ‘Sultan of Coins’ amid currency crisis

Image copyright Tasnim News Agency/Reuters Image caption Vahid Mazloumin (R) was said to have amassed two tonnes of gold coins Iran has executed a currency trader known as the “Sultan of Coins” for amassing some two tonnes of gold coins. Vahid Mazloumin and another member of his currency trading network received the death penalty for […]

Khashoggi murder not ordered by crown prince – Saudi prosecutor

Media captionJamal Khashoggi: What we know about the journalist’s disappearance and death Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor has concluded a senior intelligence officer ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, and not Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The dissident writer was given a lethal injection after a struggle with agents in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, […]

Israel Defence Minister Lieberman resigns over Gaza ceasefire

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Avigdor Lieberman warned that Israel was “harming deterrence in the long term” Israel’s defence minister has resigned over the cabinet’s decision to accept a ceasefire ending two days of fighting with Palestinian militants in Gaza. Avigdor Lieberman, the leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, denounced the move as “surrendering to […]

Oil price drops amid fears over demand

Image copyright Getty Images Oil prices have dropped to their lowest level in over eight months amid fears about a slowdown in demand. International benchmark Brent crude dropped almost 7% to $65.11 (£50.24) a barrel, its lowest level since March. US oil – known as West Texas Intermediate – fell over 7% to $55.69, its […]

In Egypt, fake news becomes weapon of choice to crush dissent

In Egypt, a growing list of dissidents are prosecuted under a new law criminalising the spreading of fake news. The government says it is trying to fight rumours that destabilise the country. Sally Nabil reports from Cairo. This story is part of a series by the BBC on disinformation and fake news – a global […]

Spotify launches streaming service in the Middle East

Image copyright Getty Images Music streaming powerhouse Spotify has launched its service across the Middle East, hoping to tap into millions of digitally-connected consumers. Rumours about the service’s launch had been circulating for months. Spotify will face stiff competition from rivals already in operation. Executives from the company hope the service’s launch could cut down […]

Toddler among ‘Iranian migrants’ on boat

Image caption The vessel was located off the coast of Dover at 04:30 GMT Another boat with suspected migrants on board has been picked up by the coastguard off the Kent coast. The Home Office confirmed there were seven men, one woman and a toddler on board the “small open boat”. They are believed to […]

Heavy Gaza-Israel fire traded overnight

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An Israeli bus was hit by an anti-tank rocket amid the violence which has caused deaths on both sides Israel says its fighter jets have hit dozens of Palestinian militant targets overnight in Gaza after militants fired 370 rockets at Israel. At least three Palestinians died in the strikes […]

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