Lebanon border jihadists withdraw to Syria

Lebanon border jihadists withdraw to Syria

Media captionThe town was a hive of activity as the fighters and their families quit Thousands of jihadists and their families are relocating to Syria from the border with Lebanon as part of a ceasefire deal with Hezbollah. Fighters from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) agreed to withdraw to Idlib province after Hezbollah, backed by Syrian […]

Jordan MPs vote to scrap rape law loophole

Jordan MPs vote to scrap rape law loophole

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jordan is one of a declining number of Middle Eastern countries with such laws Jordanian MPs have voted to scrap a law enabling rapists to avoid punishment if they marry their victim. The lower house backed the removal of a controversial clause known as Article 308. Rights activists have long […]

Yemen conflict: Cholera risk for more than a million children

Yemen conflict: Cholera risk for more than a million children

Image copyright Reuters More than a million children in Yemen are at high risk of dying from cholera, says Save the Children. The charity warns that the children are severely malnourished, and living in some of the areas of the country worst hit by the disease. The number of people infected with the disease during […]

Saudi Arabia plans luxury beach resorts on Red Sea

Saudi Arabia plans luxury beach resorts on Red Sea

Image copyright Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Image caption Promotional material showed some of the 125 miles (200km) of Saudi’s western coastline that is due to be transformed Saudi Arabia has launched a massive tourism development project that will turn 50 islands and other sites on the Red Sea into luxury resorts. It hopes to attract […]

Qatar ‘files complaint’ with World Trade Organization

Qatar ‘files complaint’ with World Trade Organization

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Qatar has been accused of supporting terror Qatar is reported to have filed an official complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO), aimed at challenging an ongoing trade boycott by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates. The formal step would mark the first step in the WTO’s dispute […]

Jerusalem holy site measures fail to halt clashes

Jerusalem holy site measures fail to halt clashes

Image copyright AFP Image caption Stun grenades were fired in confrontations between troops and Palestinians near the holy compound Israeli forces and Palestinians have clashed in East Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank and Gaza after weeks of friction over a Jerusalem holy site. Violence erupted on the outskirts of Jerusalem’s Old City and across the […]

US Senate backs new Iran sanctions

US Senate backs new Iran sanctions

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Trump has said he wants to mend relations with Russia The United States Senate has voted 98-2 to impose new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, despite objections from the White House. The House of Representatives approved the bill earlier this week, also by an overwhelming majority. […]

Syria war: US says coalition partners must only fight IS

Syria war: US says coalition partners must only fight IS

Image copyright AFP Image caption The US has said forces must focus on the fight against so-called Islamic State exclusively The US has warned its coalition partners in Syria to focus exclusively on the fight against so-called Islamic State (IS) and not regime forces. A Pentagon spokesman told reporters the US’s aim in Syria and […]

Jordan’s King Abdullah calls for Israel trial over embassy deaths

Jordan’s King Abdullah calls for Israel trial over embassy deaths

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jordan wanted to question the guard but Israel said he had diplomatic immunity. Jordan’s King Abdullah has urged Israel to put on trial an Israeli security guard who shot dead two Jordanians near Israel’s embassy in Jordan on Sunday. King Abdullah also described the congratulations given to the security guard […]

Iran carries out ‘successful’ satellite launch

Iran carries out ‘successful’ satellite launch

Media captionThe Phoenix rocket lifts off Iran says it has successfully tested a rocket that can deliver satellites into orbit, days after the US imposed new economic sanctions on Tehran over its ballistic missile programme. The Phoenix rocket was launched from a new space centre in Semnan in northern Iran. The US criticised the launch […]