Saudi Arabia freezes Canada trade ties, recalls envoy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Women’s rights activist Samar Badawi was arrested last week Saudi Arabia has said it is freezing all new trade and investment with Canada over its “interference” in the Gulf Kingdom’s internal affairs. In a series of tweets, the Saudi foreign ministry said it was expelling the Canadian ambassador and […]

Syrian conflict: Government scientist killed in blast

The head of a suspected chemical weapons’ research centre in Syria has been killed in a car bombing, pro-government and opposition media report. Aziz Asber was the head of a facility belonging to the government’s Syrian Scientific Research Centre. Western intelligence agents have said the organisation is linked to a Syrian chemical weapons programme. A […]

Osama Bin Laden: Mother Alia Ghanem remembers ‘good child’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The organisation he ran was behind a number of terror attacks worldwide, including the 9/11 attacks in the US The mother of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has spoken publicly about her son for the first time, seven years on from his 2011 death. Alia Ghanem gave an interview […]

Yemen war: Deadly ‘air strike’ near hospital in rebel-held port

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pro-government forces recently launched a major offensive against Houthi rebels in Yemen At least 20 people in the rebel-held Yemeni port city of Hudaydah have been killed in air strikes blamed on the Saudi-led coalition. The strikes hit a fish market and the entrance to a nearby hospital, eyewitnesses […]

In pictures: Hiking the Sinai Trail

Tribesmen of the Muzeina and Alegat tribes sit in a cave, sheltering from the midday sun. Today, around 50 Bedouin from the eight tribes work regularly on the Sinai Trail as cooks, guides, hosts and traders. In pictures: Hiking the Sinai Trail}

Yemen war: Air strike near hospital in rebel-held port kills at least 20

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pro-government forces recently launched a major offensive against Houthi rebels in Yemen At least 20 people were killed and dozens more injured in air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition in the rebel-held Yemeni port city of Hudaydah. The strikes hit a fish market and the entrance to a nearby […]

Israel ‘thwarts IS attack’ on Golan Heights

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Israel says the group had crossed a ceasefire line when it was attacked Israel says it has killed seven suspected Islamic State (IS) militants who it says had crossed inside Israeli lines on the Golan Heights. The Israeli military said it launched an air strike near a ceasefire line separating […]

Fields medal: UK refugee’s major maths award stolen

Image copyright Uni Cambridge Image caption Caucher Birkar was born in Iran but now works at the University of Cambridge A Cambridge professor who won of one of the most prestigious prizes in mathematics, the Fields Medal, has had his award stolen in Brazil. Professor Caucher Birkar, a Kurd, came to the UK as a […]

Fields medal: UK refugee wins ‘biggest maths prize’

Image copyright Uni Cambridge Image caption Caucher Birkar was born in Iran but now works at the University of Cambridge One of the most prestigious prizes in mathematics has been handed out at a ceremony in Brazil. Caucher Birkar, Alessio Figalli and Peter Scholze, and Akshay Venkatesh are all honoured for major contributions to their […]

Iranians criticise Trump’s offer of talks

Media captionDonald Trump: “No preconditions, if they want to meet, I’ll meet” Iranian officials have spoken out against US President Donald Trump’s offer to meet Iran’s leader. Mr Trump said he could meet President Hassan Rouhani with “no preconditions” at “any time”, after the two traded hostile threats earlier this month. Iranian state media quoted […]