Iran protests: General declares ‘sedition’ defeated

Iran protests: General declares ‘sedition’ defeated

Media captionIran protests: Why people have taken to the streets The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has declared the defeat of the “sedition” in the country, referring to a wave of anti-government protests. Maj Gen Mohammad Ali Jafari made the announcement as tens of thousands of people attended pro-government rallies called to counter the unrest. […]

Palestinians condemn Trump threat to cut aid as ‘blackmail’

Palestinians condemn Trump threat to cut aid as ‘blackmail’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The US is the largest single donor to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees Palestinian officials have dismissed as “blackmail” Donald Trump’s threat to cut US aid over what he called their unwillingness to negotiate with Israel. A spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas insisted Jerusalem was “not for sale” – […]

Israel: African migrants told to leave or face imprisonment

Israel: African migrants told to leave or face imprisonment

Image copyright AFP Image caption The migrants claim they are seeking asylum from persecution, although Israel views them as economic migrants The Israeli government has issued a notice for thousands of African migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment. The migrants will be given up to $3,500 (£2,600) for leaving within the next 90 […]

Iran protests: Supreme leader Khamenei blames ‘enemies’

Iran protests: Supreme leader Khamenei blames ‘enemies’

Media captionFootage shows improvised roadblocks and street fires Iran’s supreme leader has accused the country’s enemies of stirring days of protests that have claimed at least 22 lives. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was speaking for the first time since people protesting at Iran’s economic troubles clashed with security forces last Thursday. Nine people, including a child, […]

Egypt’s Grand Mufti endorses Bitcoin trading ban

Egypt’s Grand Mufti endorses Bitcoin trading ban

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The crypto currency lost over 25% of it is value in a week. Egypt’s top imam has endorsed a ban on trading in Bitcoin by declaring it “forbidden” by Islam. Sheikh Shawki Allam, the Grand Mutfi, said the digital crypto-currency carried risks of “fraudulence, lack of knowledge, and cheating”. […]

Iran unrest: Nine dead in overnight clashes – state media

Iran unrest: Nine dead in overnight clashes – state media

Media captionFootage shows improvised roadblocks and street fires Nine more people have been killed overnight as clashes between protesters and security forces continue in Iran for a sixth day, state media report. The latest violence, in the central Isfahan region, brought the number of reported deaths to at least 22. Six protesters died in what […]

Iran unrest: New protests as Rouhani plays down violence

Iran unrest: New protests as Rouhani plays down violence

Media captionFootage shows improvised roadblocks and street fires There are reports of protests breaking out in Iran for a fifth day, despite a statement from the president that the unrest “is nothing”. Anti-government chanting and burning cars were reported as night fell in the capital, Tehran, with other demonstrations across the country. President Hassan Rouhani […]

Trump’s Jerusalem move: Palestinian envoy sent back to Washington

Trump’s Jerusalem move: Palestinian envoy sent back to Washington

Media captionWhy the city of Jerusalem matters The Palestinian envoy to the United States says he is returning to Washington after just one day of “consultations” over President Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Husam Zomlot said he met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas privately. He was instructed to return to Washington “immediately”, he […]

Palestinian girl charged after slapping soldier on video

Palestinian girl charged after slapping soldier on video

Media captionAhed Tamimi was arrested after this video went viral Israeli authorities have charged a Palestinian teenager with assault after a video of her hitting and pushing Israeli soldiers went viral. Ahed Tamimi, 17, and her cousin were filmed in a confrontation with the soldiers that was widely shared by Palestinians on social media. She […]

Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates introduce VAT for first time

Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates introduce VAT for first time

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Food and fuel are among the things subject to VAT Value Added Tax (VAT) has been introduced in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for the first time. The 5% levy is being applied to the majority of goods and services. Gulf states have long attracted foreign workers […]

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