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Erdo?an rejects Saudi demand to pull Turkish troops out of Qatar

Turkey’s president condemns request as a ‘very ugly approach’ and dismisses other demands made of Qatar by Gulf states Turkey’s president has described as disrespectful a demand by Saudi Arabia and its allies that it withdraw its troops from Qatar as a step towards ending a deepening dispute with the besieged Gulf state. Show More Summary

The moment a landmark Mosul mosque is destroyed – video

Isis destroyed one of Iraq’s most symbolically important mosques on Wednesday night. Militants detonated explosives inside the 840-year-old al-Nuri mosque, according to Iraqi forces Destroying Great Mosque of al-Nuri ‘is Isis declaring defeat’ Continue reading...

Israel abandons deal on prayer at Western Wall, angering liberal Jews

Israel’s government on Sunday scrapped a compromise to allow pluralist prayer at the Western Wall holy site in Jerusalem, bowing to pressure from ultra-religious parties in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition and angering liberal Jewish denominations with large followings in North America....

Saudi Arabia’s role in success of al-Jazeera | Editorial

Saudis’ sudden closure of BBC Arabic channel gave Qatar pick of more than 150 talented BBC-trained Arab presenters, writers, producers and technicians The demand by Saudi Arabia that al?Jazeera be closed is deeply ironic as it was unwittingly...Show More Summary

Palestinian event in London faces ban over Hamas links

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has raised concerns that organisers of event at the South Bank support proscribed groups One of the biggest Palestinian events in Europe scheduled to start in less than a fortnight is in doubt afterShow More Summary

Kurds see chance to advance their cause in ruins of Islamic State

With the defeat of Isis close, its opponents scent opportunity in the region. Can Kurdish forces win more autonomy? As what remains of Islamic State crumbles, the would-be victors have started circling. In Mosul, Iraqi forces have begun preparing for peace in the city where the now-encircled marauders took root three years ago. Show More Summary

Canadian sniper kills an Islamic State fighter from more than 2 miles away, a record shot

Imagine taking a rifle to the end zone of a football field, peering through your scope at a target 38 football fields away, then squeezing the trigger and hitting that target. That’s a two-mile shot. If you’re in Los Angeles, that’s like shooting from the roof of Staples Center and hitting a target...

Rouhani Supporters Launch Huge Twitter Storm Backing Him After Hardline Mob Forces Him to Flee Rally

Map shows extent of I-Support-Rouhani tweets in Iran by region. Tens of thousands of President Hassan Rouhani’s supporters took to social media to express their outrage after he was surrounded by an angry mob loyal to Supreme

Qatar blockade exposes rifts in Trump administration's 'peculiar' foreign policy

While Donald Trump backs the Saudi-led ultimatum, the state and defense departments are openly critical – a mixed message that could worsen the crisis The crisis created by the ultimatum delivered to Qatar by the Saudi-led Gulf coalition...Show More Summary

The 20 photographs of the week

Wildfires in Portugal, the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, protests in Caracas and the continuing violence in Mosul – the news of the week captured by the world’s best photojournalists Continue reading...

Al-Jazeera: the Qatar broadcaster at centre of diplomatic crisis

Arab world’s leading TV channel is used to controversy – but now it fears for its future as Saudi Arabia wants it shut down Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based broadcaster that has found itself at the centre of the Gulf diplomatic crisis, was launched in 1996, and has since grown to become the most-watched TV channel in the Arab world. Show More Summary

Iran nuclear chief warns US over support for Saudi Arabia

Ali Akbar Salehi, who helped negotiate 2015 deal on Tehran’s atomic programme, says US risks upsetting balance of power in Middle East Comment: ‘US must stop endangering Iran nuclear deal’ The head of Iran’s atomic energy organisation,...Show More Summary

Saudi security foils terror plot targeting Mecca Grand Mosque

Five people, including a woman, reportedly arrested in security operations in Mecca Saudi security forces foiled a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, exchanging gunfire with one of the suspects who blew himself up inside a home on Friday, Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry said. Show More Summary

'We call on all governments to respect media freedoms': al-Jazeera on Saudi demands for its closure – video

Qatar-funded broadcaster al-Jazeera denounces the demand for its closure from Saudi Arabia and several other countries. They accuse the network of being a propaganda tool for Islamists intent on undermining other governments. Acting managing director Giles Trendle says the network will continue its ‘editorial mission’. Show More Summary

Qatar given 10 days to meet 13 sweeping demands by Saudi Arabia

Gulf dispute deepens as allies issue ultimatum for ending blockade that includes closing al-Jazeera and cutting back ties with Iran Saudi Arabia and its allies have issued a threatening 13-point ultimatum to Qatar as the price for lifting...Show More Summary

Iran's president heckled at rally after criticism by supreme leader

Protests in Tehran suggest escalation in power struggle between Rouhani and Khamenei after landslide re-election Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, has been heckled during an annual pro-Palestinian rally in Tehran, a week after he was criticised by the supreme leader, as a power struggle between the two appeared to escalate. Show More Summary

If the Iran deal is to survive, the west must change course | Ali Akbar Salehi

I helped negotiate the 2015 nuclear deal. Its success depends on constructive engagement, not the destabilising policies currently being pursued Working to negotiate agreements with the west has been a mixed experience for Iran. Often,...Show More Summary

Angry Protestors Force Rouhani to Flee Rally in Tehran

A few weeks after being elected for a second term as president, Hassan Rouhani had to be whisked away from a rally in Tehran on June 23 by his security forces after being encircled by angry chanting protestors. The mob shouted slogans comparing

Photojournalist Who Worked for Rouhani’s Presidential Campaign Arrested Without Charge

Husband Pressured to Confess to Espionage Formerly imprisoned photojournalist Asal Esmailzadeh was “suddenly” arrested without charge while accompanying her husband to the Culture and Media Court in Tehran on June 19, 2017, Saeed Seif told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Seif, the editor-in-chief

Qatar diplomatic crisis: what are Trump's financial links to the region?

US president has long history of lucrative investment deals with Saudi Arabia but few ties to small Gulf nation Donald Trump’s decision to back the blockade of Qatar – even as US diplomats have sharply criticised the embargo – follows...Show More Summary

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