Cyclone Mekunu kills girl of 12 in Oman

Image copyright EPA Image caption The cyclone made landfall near Salalah, Oman’s second city Cyclone Mekunu has hit southern Oman with high winds and rain, killing a 12-year-old girl and leaving three other people injured, officials say. The girl died after wind swept her against a wall, police say. State TV showed large areas of […]

Prince William to make historic trip

Image copyright EPA The Duke of Cambridge is to visit Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan in the summer. His five day trip will begin in Amman, the capital of Jordan, on Sunday 24 June and end in Jerusalem. He will also visit the Jordanian city of Jerash, Tel Aviv in Israel and the Palestinian […]

‘Galapagos of the Indian Ocean’ a disaster zone

Image copyright Getty Images The island chain of Socotra, famed for unique plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet, is coping with the aftermath of a powerful cyclone. The archipelago was struck by Cyclone Mekunu on Wednesday night, leaving at least 17 people missing and forcing its native population to flee floodwaters. Socotra […]

Iran nuclear deal: Khamenei lists demands for European powers

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran could no longer deal with the US Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has set out several conditions for staying in the nuclear deal with world powers. The conditions include protecting Iran oil sales and safeguarding trade. US President Donald Trump has said he is withdrawing from […]

Wael Abbas: Prominent Egyptian blogger ‘arrested’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Wael Abbas has spent more than a decade documenting alleged police abuses A prominent Egyptian activist and blogger known for documenting alleged abuses by the security forces has been detained, his lawyer says. Heavily armed officers raided Wael Abbas’s home in Cairo overnight and took him away blindfolded to an […]

Saudi Arabia widens crackdown on women’s rights activists

Image copyright AFP Image caption Aziza al-Yousef is reportedly one of the women’s rights activists being held Saudi Arabia has reportedly arrested three more women’s rights activists in a crackdown launched just weeks before a ban on women driving will be lifted. Human rights groups said at least 10 people, most of them women who […]

Palestinians demand full ICC investigation into ‘Israeli war crimes’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Riad Malki said the Palestinians had “ample and insurmountable evidence” The Palestinians have asked prosecutors at the International Criminal Court to launch a full investigation into alleged Israeli human rights abuses. Foreign Minister Riad Malki submitted a so-called “referral”, which he said detailed evidence of crimes committed on occupied Palestinian […]

Iran sanctions: Zarif condemns Pompeo announcement

Media captionUS vows ‘unprecedented pressure on Iran’ Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has condemned the US for promising to impose the “strongest sanctions in history” on his country. Measures outlined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, he said, showed the US was a prisoner of its “failed policies” and it would suffer the consequences. EU […]

Syria war: Army takes full control of Damascus after ousting IS

Image copyright AFP Image caption The southern Hajar al-Aswad district of Damascus has been devastated by the fighting The Syrian military has declared that it has taken full control of all areas around the capital, Damascus, for the first time in six years. “Damascus and its surroundingsā€¦ are completely secure,” spokesman Gen Ali Mayhoub said […]

US vows ‘strongest sanctions in history’ on Iran

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mike Pompeo: “We will apply unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the US is imposing the “strongest sanctions in history” on Iran. In a speech in Washington, America’s top diplomat said Iran would be “battling to keep its economy alive” after the […]

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