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Travel firm told Sousse survivors Tunisia was 100% safe, inquest hears

Another survivor claims Tui did not show her official travel advice warning terror threat in country was high Some of the survivors of a mass shooting in Tunisia say they were told by Tui travel agents before they travelled that theShow More Summary

Jack Straw and UK government should face kidnap and torture claims, court rules

Claims that rendition and torture of Abdel Hakim Belhaj in 2004 breached rights enshrined in Magna Carta should go before judges, supreme court rules The former foreign secretary Jack Straw, MI6 and the government will have to defend...Show More Summary

The Iran nuclear deal is a success – and the whole world is safer for it | Federica Mogherini

One year on, brave leadership and hard work have paid off. Iran is adhering to its obligations, to the huge benefit of the region and beyond. The critics are wrong One year ago this week, the European Union, China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK, the US and Iran began to implement the joint comprehensive plan of action on Iran’s nuclear programme. Show More Summary

Italian inquiry over mistaken identity fears in people smuggling case

Joint UK-Italian operation supposedly captured a key player transporting thousands from north Africa to Europe An Italian MP has launched a parliamentary inquiry into the joint British-Italian operation that led to a man being held on suspicion of people smuggling despite fears he is the victim of mistaken identity. Show More Summary

Israel's sidelined Mizrahi musicians and artists reclaim centre stage

Newfound political confidence sparks resurgence of culture of Jews from Middle East and north Africa, once marginalised by dominant Ashkenazim On a small stage in the basement of a Jerusalem bar, singer Inbal Djamchid pauses during her performance to describe the inspiration for the next song to be played by her group, Ecoute. Show More Summary

Quwat Dir’ Al-Qalamoun: Shifting Militia Links

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Emblem of Quwat Dir’ al-Qalamoun. The emblem includes a Qur’an quotation: “If God supports you, no one can overcome you” [3:160]. That many armed groups have shifted their links and affiliations over the course of Syrian civil war should come as no surprise. Show More Summary

UK supreme court to rule on government responsibility for alleged rendition

Judgments on alleged treatment of jihadi suspects could define extent of human rights protections overseas Government responsibility for alleged torture, rendition and illegal detention of jihadi suspects will finally be decided by the UK’s highest court in a series of judgments that may define the extent of human rights protections overseas. Show More Summary

Gunmen kill eight Egyptian police in attack on al-Naqab checkpoint, interior ministry says

Two attackers killed when security forces fought back, and three other security personnel injured Gunmen killed eight police late Monday in an attack on a checkpoint in el-Wadi el-Gedid province in south-west Egypt, the interior ministry...Show More Summary

Tunisia inquest: gunman shown on beach before and after Sousse attack – video

Warning: Some viewers may find the footage distressing. Footage from the Tunisia terror attack inquest was released on Monday, showing gunman Seifeddine Rezgui before and after he opened fire on a tourist beach. The inquest into the deaths of 30 British tourists started on Monday Tunisia attack: police ‘deliberately’ delayed arrival, inquest to hear Continue reading...

Yemen death toll has reached 10,000, UN says

United Nations seeks to draw world’s attention to ‘huge humanitarian cost’ of war that has also displaced 3 million people At least 10,000 people have been killed in the war in Yemen, according to the United Nations, which is urging both sides to come together to end nearly two years of conflict. Show More Summary

UK cosying up to Trump over Middle East peace process, say EU ministers

Boris Johnson blocks statement on how EU could encourage resolution of Israel-Palestine conflict in second row in 24 hours Britain has been accused of cowering in the face of Donald Trump after becoming involved in a second row in 24...Show More Summary

Jared Kushner has Trump’s trust but lacks experience for Middle East role

President-elect says his son-in-law ‘knows the region, knows the people,’ but the reality appears to be somewhat different Donald Trump’s proposed new point man on the Middle East peace process, his 36-year-old son-in-law Jared Kushner,...Show More Summary

Obama warns against ditching Iran nuclear deal on one-year anniversary

In his last week as president Barack Obama urged the new Trump administration to measure the deal, implemented a year ago, ‘against the alternatives’ At the start of his final week in the White House, Barack Obama issued a warning to the incoming Trump administration about the value of the nuclear deal with Iran. Show More Summary

Israeli publisher questioned after talks with Netanyahu leaked

Yedioth Ahronoth owner Arnon Mozes interviewed by police as PM accuses media of trying to ‘topple’ his government The publisher of one of Israel’s largest newspapers has been interviewed for eight hours as part of a sprawling police investigation into the country’s embattled prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Show More Summary

UN chiefs call for urgent access to get aid to people still under siege in Syria

In a statement in Davos, UN humanitarian agencies issue joint appeal to reach hundreds of thousands of Syrian families and children in need The heads of major UN organisations on Monday called for access to civilians cut off from humanitarian...Show More Summary

Tunisia attack: police 'deliberately' delayed arrival, inquest to hear

Testimony about police units in Sousse resort to be heard as inquests resume into deaths of 30 Britons killed by gunman on beach in 2015 Police officers “deliberately and unjustifiably” slowed down on their way to a mass terrorist shooting...Show More Summary

My body is not a source of shame. I have nothing to regret about this video | Ghadeer Ahmed

In Egypt, videos of women dancing and having sex have been published on social media by their ex boyfriends. Now they are speaking out to challenge a society that judges female sexuality Six years since the uprising, women in Egypt are still fighting for our rights. Show More Summary

Egyptian court rejects plan to transfer Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia

Cairo court ruling confirming Egyptian sovereignty over Tiran and Sanafir islands comes amid rising tensions with neighbour A top Egyptian court has issued a final ruling rejecting a government plan to transfer two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. Show More Summary

US transfers 10 Guantánamo prisoners to Oman

Inmates are moved to Gulf state in effort to reduce number of prisoners in US military jail before Barack Obama leaves office Oman has received 10 inmates from the US military prison at Guantánamo Bay, in a move to reduce their number days before the US president, Barack Obama, leaves office. Show More Summary

Syrian rebels agree to attend peace talks in Kazakhstan

Boost for talks backed by Russia and Turkey as opposition groups consent to send delegation to press for ceasefire Syrian rebel groups have decided to attend peace talks backed by Russia and Turkey in Kazakhstan to press for implementation of a widely violated ceasefire, rebel officials have said, in a boost for Moscow-led diplomacy. Show More Summary

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