Saudi Arabia to allow cinemas to reopen from early 2018

Saudi Arabia to allow cinemas to reopen from early 2018

Image copyright AFP Image caption Fans dressed as famous film characters at a Comic Con Arabia event in Riyadh last month Saudi Arabia has announced it will lift a ban on commercial cinemas that has lasted more than three decades. The ministry of culture and information said it would begin issuing licences immediately and that […]

Netanyahu: Palestinians must face reality over Jerusalem

Netanyahu: Palestinians must face reality over Jerusalem

Media captionProtests in Beirut turn ugly again Israel’s prime minister has said Palestinians must “get to grips with” the reality that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital in order to move towards peace. Benjamin Netanyahu said Jerusalem had been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years and had “never been the capital of any other people”. He […]

Trump Jerusalem move: Tear gas at Lebanon US embassy protest

Trump Jerusalem move: Tear gas at Lebanon US embassy protest

Media captionSecurity forces in Lebanon use tear gas to try to disperse protesters at the US embassy There have been violent clashes near the US embassy in Lebanon, in the latest protest against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Security forces fired tear gas and water cannon to force […]

Trump’s Jerusalem move: Arab allies attack decision

Trump’s Jerusalem move: Arab allies attack decision

Media captionJerusalem: The view from one street Arab officials say US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital risks plunging the Middle East into “violence and chaos”. The move ended US neutrality on one of the region’s most sensitive issues. Arab League foreign ministers now say it means the US cannot be relied […]

Israel strikes Gaza Hamas sites after rocket attacks

Israel strikes Gaza Hamas sites after rocket attacks

Image copyright AFP Image caption At least 25 people were injured in the first air strikes on Gaza, Palestinian health officials said Israel says it has targeted sites in Gaza belonging to militant group Hamas in retaliation for rocket strikes. Israel’s military said it hit weapons sites early on Saturday. Two people were killed, a […]

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Boris Johnson set for talks in Iran

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Boris Johnson set for talks in Iran

Image copyright Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Image caption Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held in Iran since April 2016 Boris Johnson will raise “grave concerns” over the imprisonment of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe when he arrives in Iran later. The UK foreign secretary will call for the release of the British-Iranian woman, along with other dual nationals. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe is […]

Jerusalem row: Clashes erupt over Trump move

Jerusalem row: Clashes erupt over Trump move

Media captionTensions are high in wake of Donald Trump’s Jerusalem announcement Violence has flared between Israeli forces and Palestinians protesting at Donald Trump’s contentious recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Clashes erupted in the occupied West Bank and over the Israeli-Gaza border, where one Palestinian was killed. Tensions are high in the wake of Mr […]

Jerusalem: West Bank clashes over Trump move

Jerusalem: West Bank clashes over Trump move

Image copyright Reuters Image caption There have been violent confrontations between troops and protesters in Bethlehem Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank have clashed with Palestinians protesting against the US declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Demonstrators in Bethlehem threw stones and troops fired tear gas. There are unconfirmed reports of injuries. Tensions are […]

UK FM to urge Iran to free jailed Briton

UK FM to urge Iran to free jailed Briton

Image copyright PA Boris Johnson will urge Iran to free British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from jail when he visits Tehran. The foreign secretary is expected to travel to Iran in the next few days. Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been in prison since April 2016 after being accused of spying. She denies the claim. Supporters of the […]

Argentina judge seeks arrest of ex-leader Cristina Fernández

Argentina judge seeks arrest of ex-leader Cristina Fernández

Image copyright EPA Image caption Cristina Fernández de Kirchner urged Argentines to stand up for the rule of law A judge in Argentina says he is seeking the arrest of former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner over accusations she took part in a political cover-up. Ms Fernández, who governed for eight years from December 2007, […]

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