RAF Red Arrows to perform in seven Middle East countries

RAF Red Arrows to perform in seven Middle East countries

Image copyright PA The Red Arrows will carry out a tour of the Middle East next month, the Ministry of Defence has said. The RAF’s aerobatic team will perform in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and the UAE, it said. The tour will highlight links with the British Armed Forces in each of […]

Ceasefire with ‘Islamic State’ on Syria-Lebanon border

Ceasefire with ‘Islamic State’ on Syria-Lebanon border

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hezbollah fighters pictured in a truck in Jroud Arsal, near the Syria-Lebanon border A ceasefire has been declared in offensives against so-called Islamic State on the Syria-Lebanon border. The militants have been fighting the Lebanese army on one front, and Hezbollah with the Syrian army on the other. Lebanon’s army […]

Tal Afar battle: Iraqi forces ‘breach IS defences to reach city centre’

Tal Afar battle: Iraqi forces ‘breach IS defences to reach city centre’

Media captionIraqi forces face an estimated 2,000 militants inside Tal Afar Iraqi forces say they have broken through the defences of so-called Islamic State (IS) and reached the centre of the city of Tal Afar. A spokesman said troops had also reached the old citadel. Tal Afar, in north-western Iraq near the Syrian border, is […]

Yemen war: Children dead after Sanaa air strike

Yemen war: Children dead after Sanaa air strike

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Local residents carried bodies from the rubble of the two destroyed buildings At least nine people, including children, have been killed after an air strike hit a residential area of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. Witnesses said two buildings in the south of the city, which is controlled by Houthi rebels, had […]

Syria war: UN urges pause in assault on IS bastion Raqqa

Syria war: UN urges pause in assault on IS bastion Raqqa

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Some civilians who fled Raqqa are being housed in makeshift camps The UN has urged US-led coalition forces to suspend their assault on Raqqa, the capital of so-called Islamic State in Syria, to permit evacuations. Up to 25,000 civilians are thought to be trapped in the city which, according to […]

Qatar restores diplomatic ties with Iran amid Gulf crisis

Qatar restores diplomatic ties with Iran amid Gulf crisis

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iran has allowed Qatar Airways to use its airspace during the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf Qatar has restored full diplomatic relations with Iran in defiance of four other Arab nations who have demanded it curb ties with the Islamic Republic. The emirate recalled its ambassador in 2016 when Saudi […]

UAE jails Singapore pair for wearing women’s clothes

UAE jails Singapore pair for wearing women’s clothes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Abu Dhabi has strict laws against cross-dressing A man and a pre-operative transgender woman from Singapore have been jailed in the United Arab Emirates for a year for wearing women’s clothes. They were stopped at a shopping mall in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, on 9 August but their arrest […]

Yemen war: Air strike on hotel outside Sanaa ‘leaves 30 dead’

Yemen war: Air strike on hotel outside Sanaa ‘leaves 30 dead’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The roof of the two-storey hotel in the Arhab area collapsed following the air strike At least 30 people have been killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on the outskirts of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, local medics and an aid group say. Witnesses said warplanes had bombed a hotel in […]

Egypt criticises US decision to withhold military aid

Egypt criticises US decision to withhold military aid

Image copyright AFP Image caption No reason was given for the cancellation of Sameh Shoukry’s meeting with Jared Kushner Egypt has criticised the United States after it reportedly withheld $195m (£152m) in military aid and cut $96m in other aid over human rights concerns. An Egyptian foreign ministry statement said the move – which has […]

Teenager arrested for dancing Macarena on Saudi street

Teenager arrested for dancing Macarena on Saudi street

Image copyright TWITTER @ahmed Image caption The clip of the boy dancing to the popular choreography has been shared thousands of times A 14-year-old boy who went viral on Twitter for dancing the Macarena in a busy Saudi Arabian street has been arrested by authorities. The teenager is being questioned after being accused of “improper […]