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The west has to look beyond Aleppo’s agony | Adrian Hamilton

The outside world is powerless to help Syrians trapped under bombardment. Our duty now is to find another way to stop Assad winning the war It’s a terrible thing to say, let alone to think, but anyone who cares about the plight of the...Show More Summary

'We'd leave tomorrow if we could': life in Eritrea for those left behind

Thousands of people flee the country illegally every month to skip military service, but getting out is too expensive for most Outside a cafe on the crossroads of a busy intersection in Asmara, three 25-year-olds sip macchiatos and catch up on the latest gossip in the bright morning sunshine. Show More Summary

Son of Shimon Peres announces death of 'devoted' former Israeli leader – video

Son Chemi announces the death of former Israeli leader Shimon Peres, calling him a man who devoted 70 years to the public service of Israel as one of its founding fathers. ‘He worked tirelessly for Israel from the very first day of the...Show More Summary

Shimon Peres obituary

Last surviving member of Israel’s founding generation of politicians, he served as president, prime minister and foreign secretary Ever since the state of Israel was created in 1948, Shimon Peres, who has died aged 93, was at or near the centre of action. Show More Summary

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres – a life in pictures

Shimon Peres has died at the age of 93. The Nobel peace prize laureate served the state of Israel for more than six decades, including twice as prime minister and once as president, and was the last surviving figure associated with its founding Continue reading...

Shimon Peres dies: global reaction to former Israeli leader's death – latest

One of Israel’s defining political figures and a Nobel peace prize laureate dies at the age of 93, two weeks after having a stroke. Follow the latest updates here. 3.26am BST Peres’s family are due to hold a press conference, where they are expected to confirm his death, at 7am in Israel (in about one and a half hours’s time). Show More Summary

Former Israeli leader Shimon Peres dies aged 93

Leading political figure served twice as prime minister, once as president and won Nobel peace prize Shimon Peres, one of Israel’s defining political figures and a Nobel peace prize laureate, has died at the age of 93, two weeks after having a stroke, the official Israel News Agency has confirmed. Show More Summary

Syrian government troops launch ground assault to retake Aleppo

For several days this month, a cease-fire brought some measure of peace to the embattled city of Aleppo, where warring sides in Syria’s civil war have long been locked in a stalemate. But the lull in fighting quickly ended. The violence escalated dramatically Tuesday as pro-government forces launched...

Deaths on the Mediterranean Sea don't keep migrants from trying to reach Europe

When the smuggler’s boat sank a dozen miles off Egypt’s Mediterranean coast, 17-year-old Attia Abdu Qamary fell into the choppy water with hundreds of other frightened migrants. More than half looked like him -- teenage boys. Many had left their north coast fishing villages where the Nile River...

Syrian troops launch ground offensive against Aleppo rebels

Forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad advance on the old city, two other districts and a strategically sited former refugee camp Syrian troops have launched a large-scale ground attack on rebel-held areas of Aleppo in a bid to make concrete military gains after nearly a week of punitive bombardment that has mostly hit civilians. Show More Summary

Drone footage shows scale of destruction in eastern Aleppo – video

New drone footage shows the devastation in the rebel-held districts, which have faced intense airstrikes since the breakdown of a ceasefire in Syria last week. It shows collapsed buildings, empty streets and destroyed roads. About 250,000 civilians are trapped in the area. Continue reading...

Baha’i Student Expelled and Banned from University for His Faith

Iranian authorities have ignored requests to reinstate a student expelled from a university because of his faith. Nineteen-year-old Faraz Karin-Kani Sisan was expelled from Ghiyaseddin Jamshid Kashani Institute for Higher Education (GJKI)...Show More Summary

Isis poses 'sustained' threat to US for years to come despite loss of territory

Intelligence chiefs warn that pushing Isis out of Iraq and Syria will lead to the spread of operatives around the world rather than the end of the jihadi army The United States will face years of “sustained vulnerability” from Islamic...Show More Summary

Tehran's towers: how the Iranian capital embraced bold architecture

Despite its rich history of boundary-pushing designs, Tehran’s architecture scene had lain largely dormant since the 1979 revolution – until now From its iconic Azadi (freedom) tower, which has ridden out a revolution, an eight-yearShow More Summary

Canadians are embracing Syrian refugees. Why can't we? | Amos Roberts

In the past year, 30,000 Syrian refugees have been settled in Canada. One small town raised funds to sponsor the Hendawi family for a year, and the culture shocks were not what they expected Nobody warned the Hendawis about Canadian girls. Show More Summary

Thousands of Saudis sign petition to end male guardianship of women

Protest movement seeks to end Saudi Arabia law requiring women have permission of a male guardian to travel, marry or do other fundamental tasks Thousands of Saudis have signed an online petition calling for the government to abolish...Show More Summary

Saudi Arabia cuts ministers' pay by 20%

Perks for public sector employees will also be scaled back in one of the most drastic measures yet to save money at a time of low oil prices Saudi Arabia will cut ministers’ salaries by 20% and scale back financial perks for public sector...Show More Summary

Bunker-buster bomb reports may mark new stage in Russia's Syrian assault

Deployment of munitions designed to destroy underground structures, if proven, might indicate Russia’s desire to bring siege of Aleppo to speedy end The recent claims by the Syrian opposition and the United Nations that Russia is using...Show More Summary

Arabic-language film is Israel's official Oscar entry

Sand Storm depicts the lives of Bedouin women in an impoverished and conservative village and has already won a slew of awards Israel’s official entry for the best foreign language category at the Oscars is a drama in which the dialogue – for the first time – is exclusively in Arabic. Show More Summary

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