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Charges dropped over protest at Israeli military drones factory in UK

Company witnesses pull out of case involving five activists accused of blocking access to UAV Engines in Staffordshire Criminal charges have been dropped against a group of protesters over a demonstration that blocked access to a factory making engines for Israeli military drones after witnesses from the companies involved pulled out of the case. Show More Summary

Autocracies breed terror in Middle East, says Qatari foreign minister

Speech in London aims to present country as a more reliable ally in fight against terrorism than ‘crisis-making’ Saudi Arabia Qatar’s foreign minister has claimed the root cause of Middle East terrorism lay in authoritarian rulers, and...Show More Summary

British risk complicity in Yemen 'famine crime', says Alex de Waal

Africa analyst believes UN inaction makes security council members accessories to crisis in Arab nation gripped by cholera, hunger and violence Listen to the podcast: ‘Famine as mass atrocity’ Britain is in danger of becoming complicit in the use of starvation as a weapon of war in Yemen, academic and author Alex de Waal has said. Show More Summary

Lebanese PM Saad Hariri’s suspended resignation is only cosmetic | Joumanah El Matrah

The Lebanese know they don’t have the military and political power to fight foreign influence. It is unlikely Hariri is a free man even after his return The Sursock Gallery in Beirut features a video installation by Syrian artist Hrair Sarkissian, in which he is seen destroying his childhood home in Damascus. Show More Summary

Putin brings Iran and Turkey together in bold Syria peace plan

Russian leader meets Iranian and Turkish counterparts amid flurry of diplomatic activity, with US and EU sidelined A peace settlement to end the six-year Syrian civil war will require compromise by all sides, including the Assad government,...Show More Summary

Lebanese PM Saad Hariri suspends resignation

Hariri, whose resignation prompted fears Saudis had forced him out, eases regional tension by putting decision on hold The Lebanese prime minister, Saad Hariri, has said he is suspending the resignation that he announced two weeks ago from Saudi Arabia, easing a crisis that had deepened tensions around the Middle East. Show More Summary

On the Iraq border archaeological digs are a minefield – in every sense

At the ancient site of Charax Spasinou, military activity has left an indelible mark. Should it be viewed as modern damage – or as an important record of historical events? Modern conflict archaeology, the study of 20th and 21st century conflicts, is a new and slightly uncomfortable discipline in the world of archaeology. Show More Summary

Brian Eno and Roger Waters scorn Nick Cave's 'principled stand' to play in Israel

Australian labelled ‘naive’ and ‘arrogant’ after he accused pro-boycott campaigners of trying to bully and censor musicians High-profile artists including Brian Eno, Roger Waters and Ken Loach have hit back at Nick Cave after the musician...Show More Summary

Male rape and sexual torture in the Syrian war: ‘It is everywhere’

When Sarah Chynoweth was asked to report on sexual violence against men and boys in the Syria crisis, she had no idea of the scale of the problem Last year I agreed to undertake a fact-finding mission for the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on sexual violence against men and boys in the Syrian crisis. Show More Summary

I escaped war in Syria and am now free to dream – but other kids aren't so lucky | Bilal Rwaeh

On World Children’s Day, the Guardian invited a young Syrian refugee now living in the UK to tell us the stories we should be covering. Unsurprisingly, Bilal’s focus was on refugees, and the need for children to catch up on missed education I am Bilal and I am from Syria. Show More Summary

Saad Hariri returns to Lebanon after surprise resignation

Prime minister, who has renounced power, flies back into country on eve of its independence day after prolonged stay in Saudi Arabia Lebanon’s prime minister, Saad Hariri, returned to his home country late on Tuesday, on the eve of its...Show More Summary

Syria military operation 'wrapping up', Putin tells Assad in Russia talks

Russian president meets Syrian counterpart for first time in two years and praises their ‘joint work in fighting terrorism’ Vladimir Putin has hosted Bashar al-Assad for talks during which the two presidents agreed the focus in the Syrian conflict was switching from military operations to the search for a political solution. Show More Summary

Trade in Dead Sea Scrolls awash with suspected forgeries, experts warn

Two experts say a significant number of fragments bought in multimillion-dollar trade are suspected fakes A multimillion-dollar trade in fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls fuelled by a surge in interest from wealthy evangelicals in the US includes a significant number of suspected forgeries, two prominent experts have said. Continue reading...

UN urges Saudi Arabia to allow urgent aid supplies into Yemen

Humanitarian coordinator says many more people will die if blockade is not lifted for shipments of medicine and food UN humanitarian agencies in Yemen have pleaded with Saudi Arabia to permit the delivery of two urgently needed shipments...Show More Summary

Family of detained Briton Laura Plummer apologise to Egypt

Relatives express gratitude for ‘fairness’ justice system has shown towards woman accused of trafficking painkillers The family of the detained British citizen Laura Plummer have issued an apology to the Egyptian government. Speaking to the Guardian, Plummer’s sister Rachel presented a statement on behalf of her family. Show More Summary

Critical week for Syria as parallel talks get under way

Leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran to meet in Sochi to push ceasefire and constitution plan as Assad’s opponents convene in Riyadh With a flurry of diplomatic activity, two separate summits on Syria are to be staged this week to putShow More Summary

Saad Hariri: I will explain on return to Lebanon, says prime minister

Speaking after talks with Emmanuel Macron, Saad Hariri says he will explain his sudden departure, which sparked political turmoil Prime minister Saad Hariri said he will return to Lebanon for Wednesday’s Independence Day celebrations...Show More Summary

The Observer view on Saudi Arabia, the US and Yemen

While Yemen starves, Trump moves ever close to its tormenter, the headstrong ruler of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, is a young man in a hurry. So, too, is Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. Show More Summary

Syria: at least 14 civilians killed in air strikes by government forces

The deaths, which so far include one young girl, came after bombardment of the rebel-held eastern Ghouta region near Damascus At least 14 civilians, including one young girl, were killed by Syrian regime bombardment of the rebel-held eastern Ghouta region near Damascus on Saturday. Show More Summary

Palestinians vow to suspend talks if US closes diplomatic office in Washington

Potential rupture in relations threatens to undermine Trump’s bid for peace Rex Tillerson says Palestinians ran afoul of obscure provision in US law The Palestinians threatened on Saturday to suspend all communication with the United States if the Trump administration follows through with plans to close their diplomatic office in Washington. Show More Summary

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