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Wanted: one Syrian family for small Welsh village

Small community of Narberth may not be most obvious place to resettle a traumatised family but locals have worked hard for a year to make it happen There are no mosques, few foreigners and the nearest Muslim community is miles away. You have to drive almost an hour even to reach the start of the motorway and the weather can take some getting used to. Show More Summary

Sicilian mayor asks port to block ship trying to disrupt migrant rescues

Far-right group hopes to use vessel to stop journeys from Libya but mayor of Catania says its arrival threatens public order A Sicilian mayor is seeking to block a ship chartered by a group of far-right activists attempting to disrupt migrant rescues in the Mediterranean. Show More Summary

Acclaimed Iranian artist refused visa to attend Edinburgh book festival

Children’s book illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi says Kafkaesque reasons given for refusal An acclaimed Iranian illustrator has been denied a visa to attend the Edinburgh international book festival amid growing criticism of the UK’s handling of Iranian visas. Show More Summary

Island v megacity: the Cairo islanders fighting violent state evictions

Warraq has become a battleground as Egyptian authorities demolish houses in what locals fear will be a glossy transformation of their island Heba Nagaa Otmorsi was at work when a relative called to say her house had been demolished.Show More Summary

Qatar crisis may be rooted in old family rivalries

Diplomats in Middle East say issues cannot easily be resolved partly because they are personal as well as political It is a row that is roiling the Middle East, pitting the wealthiest and most influential Arab sheikhdoms against each other, and sparking weeks of shuttle diplomacy. Show More Summary

CIA director: Russia loves to meddle and 'stick it to America'

Mike Pompeo describes the US-Russia relationship as complicated but hopes there will be areas where they can cooperate The CIA director, Mike Pompeo, said on Thursday that Russia had no plans to leave Syria and would continue to try to meddle in US affairs to “stick it to America”. Show More Summary

Tories use 'take out the trash' day to dump controversial reports

Official documents that include details of deep cuts to police numbers published too late to be scrutinised by MPs Theresa May has been accused of an “absolute affront” to democracy after dumping dozens of official documents online on...Show More Summary

The Guardian view on Mosul: the price of revenge | Editorial

There is growing evidence of abuses against suspected Islamic State members and their families. They will cost Iraq dear In the days since Baghdad announced the liberation of Mosul, Islamic State’s last urban stronghold in Iraq, evidence has mounted of grotesque human rights abuses and revenge attacks against suspected members of the group. Show More Summary

Saudi prince arrested after video claimed to show him abusing man

Online clips purportedly show prince pointing rifle towards man bleeding from head and pleading A Saudi prince has been arrested after a video emerged online purporting to show him abusing someone and pointing a rifle at another. King...Show More Summary

US ends controversial laptop ban on flights from Middle East

Block affecting nine airlines flying from 10 airports is lifted, but restrictions remain on flights from region to UK The United States has ended a four-month ban on passengers carrying laptops onboard US-bound flights from certain airports...Show More Summary

Thatcher considered SAS-style raid in Kuwait to get food to diplomats

Newly released papers show PM asked about possibility of special forces bringing supplies to besieged UK embassy Margaret Thatcher considered an SAS-style raid to resupply Britain’s besieged embassy in Iraqi-occupied Kuwait, which was...Show More Summary

City of Ghosts review – astonishing look at Syrian media-savvy freedom fighters

This documentary about courageous activists in the Isis stronghold of Raqqa is a powerful testament to a new kind of citizen journalism Related: City of Ghosts review: could be the definitive Syria documentary Matthew Heineman’s documentary...Show More Summary

UN warned not to whitewash 'grave violations against children' in Yemen

Charities claim failure to blacklist Saudi-led coalition over bombings in which children were killed or injured would establish ‘dangerous precedent’ Charities have urged the UN to name and shame the Saudi-led coalition over child rights...Show More Summary

Donald Trump drops Syria programme 'in bid to improve Russia ties'

President suspends largely unsuccessful initiative aimed at equipping and training moderate rebels to fight Bashar al-Assad Donald Trump has decided to halt the CIA’s covert programme to equip and train moderate rebels fighting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, in a move likely to be welcomed by Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Show More Summary

Radiohead perform Israel gig despite opposition from activists

Band play 27-song set in Tel Aviv, in face of calls from from protesters and campaigners who called on group to join in cultural boycott of country Radiohead have performed their much-anticipated gig in Israel, after calls from protesters to cancel the show. Related: Radiohead are wrong to play in Israel. Show More Summary

Suspected Isis fighter seized in Mosul may be missing German girl, 16

German authorities urgently investigate if girl shown in footage is Linda Wenzel, who vanished from Saxony home last year German authorities are investigating whether a suspected Islamic State fighter seized by Iraqi forces in the war-torn...Show More Summary

Anger and mistrust in Gaza as Hamas hunts for Israel 'collaborators'

Deaths of three Palestinians alleged to have provided information to Israel highlights battle against perceived internal threat Abdullah al-Nashar does not have a tombstone. His grave is a smear of concrete with his name roughly written into it marked with a breeze block. Show More Summary

EU will 'wither and die' if it does not change policy on Israel – Netanyahu

Israeli prime minister is overheard by journalists at meeting of eastern European leaders in Hungary Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has launched a withering attack on the European Union at a closed-door meeting of eastern...Show More Summary

Israeli student admits stealing items from Auschwitz for art project

Museum demands Israel ensure objects taken by Rotem Bides, a granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, are returned An Israeli art student – and the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors – has admitted taking material from Auschwitz for her...Show More Summary

Islamic State's customised car bombs – in pictures

Iraqi police display captured vehicles that were turned into armoured car bombs for suicide attacks by Islamic State militants during the battle for Mosul. The cars are covered in thick metal armour, with small glass ports for a driver to see through, and are equipped with bombs Continue reading...

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