Dubai’s Torch Tower on fire again

Dubai’s Torch Tower on fire again

Media captionIt is not clear what caused the fire A large fire has ripped through a residential 79-storey skyscraper in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates – for the second time in two years. Footage posted on social media showed flames spreading up the Torch Tower and burning debris falling to the streets. The authorities […]

Israeli PM Netanyahu’s son in social media row over dog poo

Israeli PM Netanyahu’s son in social media row over dog poo

Image copyright AFP Image caption Yair Netanyahu (right) got into a war of words with another, ex-prime minister’s son A son of the Israeli prime minister is facing a public backlash amid an escalating row over his reported failure to pick up his dog’s droppings. Yair Netanyahu, 25, responded with an obscene gesture, a neighbour […]

Large fire rips through Dubai’s Torch Tower

Large fire rips through Dubai’s Torch Tower

Media captionIt is not clear what caused the fire A large fire has ripped through a residential skyscraper in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates – for the second time in two years. Footage posted on social media showed flames spreading up the Torch Tower, and burning debris falling down. The authorities later said that […]

Syria war: Homs ceasefire deal announced

Syria war: Homs ceasefire deal announced

Image copyright AFP Image caption The ceasefire includes the Syrian town of Rastan (file photo) A ceasefire between Syrian forces and rebels north of Homs has been agreed and will come into effect on Thursday, Russia’s defence ministry says. It would be the third such “de-escalation zone” put in place since July after talks between […]

Awamiya: Hundreds flee clashes in Saudi town

Awamiya: Hundreds flee clashes in Saudi town

Hundreds of people have reportedly been fleeing a town in eastern Saudi Arabia after weeks of clashes between the security forces and armed men. The authorities have been trying since May to demolish the old quarter of Awamiya, saying Shia militants use its narrow streets as a hideout. Activists accuse security forces of trying to […]

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 […]

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