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 […]

IS conflict: Iraqi forces enter outskirts of Tal Afar

IS conflict: Iraqi forces enter outskirts of Tal Afar

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Shia-dominated paramilitary Popular Mobilisation force is supporting security units Iraqi forces have fought their way into the outskirts of the city of Tal Afar, one of so-called Islamic State’s last remaining strongholds in the country. Counter-terrorism units entered the south-western Kifah district on Tuesday, the military said. IS militants […]

Syria war: ‘Dozens of civilians killed’ in Raqqa air strikes

Syria war: ‘Dozens of civilians killed’ in Raqqa air strikes

Image copyright Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently Image caption Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently posted photos it said showed the destruction in Badu US-led coalition air strikes have killed dozens of civilians in the Syrian city of Raqqa over the past 24 hours, activists and state media say. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported […]

Morocco bus sexual assault: Four arrested over attack

Morocco bus sexual assault: Four arrested over attack

Image copyright AFP Image caption The incident is alleged to have happened in Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city Four suspects have been arrested in Morocco after a video emerged on social media showing a group of men sexually molesting a woman on a bus. The footage, posted on Sunday, caused outrage online. It shows the young […]

Australian terror plan to hide plane bomb in Barbie revealed

Australian terror plan to hide plane bomb in Barbie revealed

Image copyright AFP/getty Image caption Raids were carried out in Sydney suburbs in July after officials discovered an “advanced” plane bomb plot Lebanon’s interior minister has claimed a terror cell attempted to blow up a flight from Australia with bombs hidden in a Barbie doll and a meat grinder. He said Amer Khayyat planned to […]

IS conflict: Iraq army makes advances on Tal Afar

IS conflict: Iraq army makes advances on Tal Afar

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tal Afar is surrounded by Iraqi forces (pictured) and Shia militiamen in the south, as well as Kurdish fighters in the north The Iraqi army says it has taken a number of villages on the outskirts of Tal Afar, one of the last urban strongholds held by so-called Islamic State […]